Archive and Microfilm Research
by Louise Thoman
01 September 1938
Patrol Squadron 21 Commissioned at NAS Sand Point (Seattle, WA) with 6 P2Y aircraft. VP-21 was later to become VP-45 and then VP-14.
04 May 1939
Squadron detailed to NAS San Diego to ferry 15 new PBY-4 aircraft to Pearl Harbor, T.H. Detail completed on 27 June 1939.
01 August 1939
VP-21 was redesignated Patrol Squadron 45 at Seattle, WA, G. Ott, Commanding.
08 August 1939
Transferred to Sitka, Alaska, G. Ott, Commanding.
05 November 1939
Transferred to NAS Sand Point (Seattle, WA), G. Ott, Commanding
Photo taken at NAS North Island
01 December 1939
Squadron redesignated Patrol Squadron 14 at NAS North Island (San Diego, CA) William T. Rassieur, Commanding. This was the birth of VP-14.
01 March 1940
The squadron was divided. Half the personnel was assigned to newly formed VP-13 to afford that squadron experienced personnel. Both squadrons were brought up to full strength with new personnel and equipment.
01 December 1940
Training at NAS North Island with PBY-4 and PBY-5 aircraft. William T. Rassieur, Commanding.
14 April 1941
Squadron transferred to Pearl Harbor, T.I. VP-20 was also based here. William T. Rassieur, Commanding.
15 April 1941
Squadron designation changed to VP-26 and relocated to NAS Kaneohe Bay. William T. Rassieur, Commanding.
01 July 1941
Squadron designation changed back to VP-14. Change of command. T. B. Clark, Commanding.
01 September 1941
Summary: During the prior three years, the squadron
spent 10 months in Seattle, 4 months in Sitka, 16 months in San Diego, 5 months at Kaneohe and 1 month in transit to these duty assignments.
07 December 1941
Japanese navy carrier pilots attacked Pearl Harbor, NAS Kaneohe, Hickam Army Air Corps Base, Schoffield Barracks and other military installations. T. B. Clark Commanding.
08 December 1941
All available aircraft and six crews detailed to Pearl Harbor. T.B. Clark, Commanding.
17 December 1941
All personnel and aircraft returned to NAS Kaneohe. T. B. Clark, Commanding.
01 January 1942
Squadron had 6 PBY-5 aircraft. T. B. Clark, Commanding.
To satisfy Pacific Fleet requirements:
07 January 1942 Hillis and crew TDY to Palmyra Island
07 January 1942 Kilner and crew TDY to Johnston Island
11 January 1942 Hillis and Kilner returned to NAS Kaneohe
12 January 1942 Web and crew TDY to Hilo, T.H.
16 January 1942 Paulin and crew TDY to Johnston, Island
17 January 1942 Web returned to NAS Kaneohe
21 January 1942 Thurlow and crew TDY to Palmyra Island
26 January 1942 Paulin and Thurlow returned to NAS Kaneohe
07 February 1942
6 plane detachment commanded by T.B.Clark dispatched
for search and reconnaissance around and between: The Coral Sea, New Caledonia, Palmyra, Canton and Suva.
15 February 1942
Continued search and reconnaissance in areas at the pleasure of the Pacific Fleet to satisfy fleet requirements. Still based at NAS Kaneohe but on TDY a good portion of the time.
01 October 1942
Change of command. Gordon Fowler, commanding. Received 8 new PBY-5A aircraft. NAS Kaneohe.
28 October 1942
Three aircraft and crews sent to Canton Island to perform
long range searches. They were accompanied by 3 crews from VP-12.
01 November 1942
Change of Command. Bruce Van Voorhis Commanding. All aircraft and crews at NAS Kaneohe. Crews were continually dispatched on TDY to areas of need.
15 February 1943
All crews of VP-14 and appropriate equipment transferred to VB-102, Bruce Van Voorhis Commanding. The arrival of the Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator afforded more speed, bomb load and fire power.