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Home Town Hopkins County, Ky.
Last Address Captain James R. Compton, 1910-1989, The actual day and months unknown. Born: Hopkins County Kentucky Home of record: Clayton Missouri
Date of Passing Jul 01, 1989
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Captain James Richard Compton
Captain James R. Compton, U.S. Navy, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1934. He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1937 and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals during WWII with Patrol Bombing Squadron VP-81 and VP-115. He commanded the USS Thetis Bay (CVHA-1), the USS Bennington (CV-20), and the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville Florida from 1961 to 1964.
VB-115, First Commanding Officer (became VB-25*)
Cdr James R. Compton October 1943 to April 1945
1 Oct 1943: VB-115 was established as a heavy bomber squadron at NAS San Diego, Calif., flying the PB4Y-1 Liberator. The squadron came under FAW-14 during its fitting out and initial training phase. 1 Dec 1943–17 Jan 1944: The squadron was relocated to NAAS Camp Kearney, Calif., for the comple- tion of its training prior to its transpac to Hawaii. On 2 January 1944, the advance team of one officer and 60 enlisted personnel departed San Diego, Calif. aboard Guadalcanal (CVE 62) for NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii. The squadron followed by sections, beginning the transpac on 17 January 1944. Shortly after the squadron’s arrival, administrative control was transferred to FAW-2 from FAW-14. Combat operational training and search patrols in the vicinity of the Hawiian Islands began on this date. 25–27 Mar 1944: VB-115 was transferred to the combat zone, departing for Munda, New Georgia, by sections. Combat operations and daily searches commenced from Munda on 27 March under the operational control of FAW-1. 10 Apr 1944: The squadron relocated to Green Island. Daily searches were conducted as required. Several attacks were conducted on enemy airfields located on Alet Island, Puluwat Group and Satawan Island. Antishipping strikes took place were opportunities were presented. 26 May 1944: VB-115 relocated to Mokerang Airdrome, Los Negros Island, Admiralties. Searches were conducted in conjunction with VB-106 under TU 73.1.3. On 27 May an advanced detachment was sent to Wakde Island to conduct searches of the northern coastline of Dutch New Guinea toward the Philippines. On this date, the operational control of the squadron was placed under the 5th Air Force, designated TU 73.2.3.
15 Jul 1944: The squadron headquarters and remaining aircraft were transferred to Owi Island. Long-range searches commenced upon arrival, remaining under the operational control of the 5th Air Force.
16–18 Oct 1944: VPB-115 was tasked with search sectors extending to the inland Philippine Sea in conjunction with the landing operations at Leyte. To facilitate the searches, a detachment was located on Morotai Island. By the end of October, all squadron elements had relocated to Morotai to await orders for return to the U.S.
29 Oct 1944: In a grand finale for VPB-115, Lieutenant (jg) Paul R. Barker and his crew sank the largest enemy ship ever destroyed by a land-based aircraft in the Pacific theater. On this date Itsukushima Maru, a tanker of 10,006 tons was sunk in Marundu Bay, North Borneo.
8 Nov 1944: VPB-115 departed Morotai for NAS Kaneohe en route to the West Coast. The last aircraft departed from Kaneohe for the U.S. on 30 November 1944.
30 Apr 1945: VPB-115 reformed and commenced training at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., under the operational control of FAW-6.
(*Redesignated Patrol Squadron TWENTY FIVE (VP- 25) on 1 September 1948, the third squadron to be assigned the VP-25 designation. Disestablished on 1 January 1950.)