Grumman WF (E-1) Tracer

1955

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Grumman WF (E-1) Tracer

Modification of the S2F Tracker with an overfuselage radome housing APS-82 search radar for AEW missions.

WF-2 Tracer

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Jim Bonner, e-mail, 15.10.2021 05:05

If anyone knows where Tom Manalio is or Danny Ferretti is and how toget in touch with them please call me at 434-386-4304 or e-mail me at jamesjbonner3@gmail.com
thanks

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Jim Bonner, e-mail, 13.10.2021 19:50

This site allows you to send repliesbut does notlist your e mail address.anyone visiting this site can see your name but not your e-mail address.
Isaw Tom Manaleo 's comment bot I can not message him.He was avery cood friend.I have not talked to him for 52 yrs

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Juan redick, e-mail, 24.03.2018 06:10

I own a E1b 148922 RVAW 120 sitting in AZ does anyone have any photos or have you ever flown this Aircraft I've been collecting parts for some time now got two Q's hopefully will be able to install them this year . Hope toget it flying I'd irelly love to share it with people at air shows some day it's on the top of my bucket list

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Tom Mobley, e-mail, 23.02.2018 14:59

Was in VW-11 in Argentia Newfoundland & came to VAW-12 in early 1962. Sent on Med Cruise with U.S.S. Randolph, CVS 15 as radar aircrew. Flew many missions from Randolph during the Cuban Missile Crisis the fall of 1962, looking for Russian Subs. I wish I had more photographs of the time as it was interesting and exciting for a young sailor. I left the navy in Nov. 1963 with over 1100 hours flight time.

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clifford L. Jacobson, e-mail, 04.11.2017 02:56

Went straight to RVAW 110 out of boot camp. Transferred to VAW 111 Det 20 after a couple of years. Went out on the Bennington, Ticonderoga,and Hornet on Quals. Re-upped for 60 months shore duty to Moffett field. Got out after that. Went back for Master Chief Richard Perry's retirement ceremony on the Vincent. It was parked in Alameda next to the Hornet. Lots of fond memories.

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Cliff Rose, 27.05.2017 15:05

I was flight crew in VAW - !! at North Island 1965 - 1967 and did 2 westpacs 1 on the Midway CVA 41 and 1 on the big "O" CVA 34. I was in the aircraft and we ready to go to cat #1 when the ship had the big fire in 1966. We ended up comming house 3 months early due to the fire, at the time I had almost made my metal for 100plus landing & take offs on an aircraft carrer

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"Kentucky", e-mail, 31.03.2017 19:20

I too was RVAW 110 DET 4 "End of Trail" E-1B Tracer "Willie Fudd" "Stoof with the Roof" not sure I spelled that right,deployed onboard USS Oriskany CV 34, USS Roosevelt CV 42. All three just that "End of Trail" I learned not to stand under a prop dome that had just been cleaned while being attached to the 1820 and, with one of the 1820 has been feathered shut the damn overhead."Shakie" "Scoobie Dooh" where are you. You guys know ! Thank all of you shipmates for one the highlight in my life. Mr C Nesby I can only thank you for your leadership and have prayed that you got that "Fighter" seat.

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Phillip Kokesh, e-mail, 26.01.2017 14:17

along with Reno Unger, I was in Det 20 aboard the Bennington her last cruise...
what a group we had! remember LCDR Barton & LCDR Hale?
i was also in Det 34 aboard the Oriskany for a second Nam' cruise... LCDR Gene Quinn, our OinC, was one of the greatest guys I ever met in my life..! black Irish, a rapier wit, and smart as a whip on how the Navy ACTUALLY worked- he was a mustang'... (officer who came up through the enlisted ranks...)

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reno nger, e-mail, 26.12.2016 07:04

I was an NFO with VAW 111, Det 20 aboard the Bennington 1967-69. One Tonkin Gulf Cruise. Left the active Navy, stayed in the reserves and ended up a university professor in Pennsylvania. The time in the squadron added a dimension to my life that I wouldn't fave missed for the word.

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Jeffrey Beardsley, e-mail, 09.08.2016 15:23

RVAW 110-Det 4. I was an IFT. Oriskany and then the final cruise of Franklin Roosevelt. 1975-1977.

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Rem Hunnewell, e-mail, 31.07.2016 05:24

Served with RVAW110 Det 6 at North Island 72-74

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Riva Lippincott, e-mail, 30.07.2016 08:03

My husband, Mike Lippincott, flew E1b's from 1967-1970 in Norfolk, Va. Did anyone fly with him? He had such good memories of "the Willy Fudd."

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B. Clark, e-mail, 06.07.2016 10:42

Crewed one of the first, #774 out of Quanset Point, RI 1960-1962 aboard the FDR CVA42. Great experience.

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Tom Manalio, e-mail, 21.03.2016 06:34

Flew as aircrew on the E1B 1967-69 can still remember a few pilots names. Pittman. Savard. T. Dunn. Estes. Godwin. Kinnan (a real douche) Swaffar (sarcastic, gifted, demeaning but could drive off the tee with a 1 iron) Tito Bianci or Rose Mateus. Funny story.

TIME OF MY LIFE. Guido. The killer Pimp

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Lawrence "Commander" Day, e-mail, 12.02.2016 02:39

I was a "Mole", Naval Flight Officer in VAW-121 from May 1967 until October 1970. I was in Detachment 9 USS Essex when we picked up Apollo 7 and later in Detachment 18 USS Wasp. The E-1B was a sturdy airplane. I enjoyed poking my head out the topside hatch during flight to cool off during warm summer flights over the Atlantic.

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Timothy E. Johnson, e-mail, 19.10.2015 02:54

I was in RVAW Det 4 out of NAS North Island and we were assigned to the USS Oriskany CVA 34 for its last cruise to Westpac. I was an airframe mech and plane captain on the E1B. 1975 was the timeframe and while 12 on and 12 off was rough it was the best time of my life. The mighty O is a reef in Pensacola, Florida. I saw her before she was sunk. Good memories

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Don Morales, e-mail, 23.09.2015 15:39

i was in VAW-121 Det. 11 when it disbanded.

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Fontaine L., e-mail, 16.08.2015 04:51

I was with vaw111 det 12 later 3.also made a couple westpak cruises on hancock 70 /71 /72 69 recovery apollo11 uss hornet.took a screwing by cmd.peterzak.i won out in the end.was a little smatter than that a&#,o!%.hope he died mosarable i pray.

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Fontaine L., e-mail, 16.08.2015 04:50

Vaw 111 det.19 aboard USS.Hornet.Vaw 111 Det.12 USDHancock,I dtill remember a few of the guy's names.

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Randy Staples, e-mail, 28.07.2015 01:08

I was a young airman and 3rd class with VAW-111 Det. 3 on the Ticonderoga. Had some of my best times in that Detachment with only 75 Officers and Enlisted we got to know and work very close together and build good friendships. This was the start of my 28 year career and I don't think it could have started any better. The Willy Fudd was fun to work on and maintain and it gave me my first cat and recovery in the Navy. Loved it!!!

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