Coronado Heights Annex
San Diego, California
VOL. 1, 4 Dec. 1945 EDT. 13
The first squadron of Privateers, PB4Y-2, to see action against
the Japs at Iwo Jima, is now in the decommissioning process aboard
this station. VPB 118, under the command of Lt. Cmdr. C.W.
Rinehart, USN, who holds the DFC, is in charge of that
118's war score, in one cruise of 9 months combat, ran up a total
that some carrier air groups did not equal in three cruises. In
addition to the 100 ships sunk totaling 118,000 tons, they damaged
another 112,000 tons of enemy shipping. They destroyed 14 Jap
planes in the air and 8 on the ground, in addition to damaging many
Their runs were always conducted at masthead level, 95% of which
were within sight of Japan or Korea and within range of shore
batteries. Their targets were not confined to shipping and
aircraft. They destroyed and damaged enemy ground installations
including 3 oil refineries, 15 railroad locomotives, 18
lighthouses, and numerous radio and radar stations.
The squadron mined Jap waters with over 200 one ton mines and
carried on strafing activities on both land and sea targets. They
sent the first plane over the sea of Japan and were the first
bombers to operate from Okinawa. They also dropped the first bomb
on Iwo Jima.
Although they had a complete turnover of personnel, the members
hold more than 400 awards, one, the Navy Cross.