My Memories of World War II : My Memories of World War II Presented by:
Dallas H. Jones CWO3 US Navy (ret)
Photos courtesy of
Dallas Jones; VP-11.org; National Archives; National Park Service; Naval Historical Center; PBY.com; U of HI
David Trojan, Aviation Historian About me…… : About me…… Dallas Jones
Born in March 1923 in Duplin County, NC
Moved to rural Halifax County, NC. My father was a tenant farmer.
I am one of thirteen children. Having food for everyone was a concern.
In 1940, I changed the dates in the family Bible and joined the Navy.
I told them I wanted to join for 20 years but they laughed. Paradise Found : Paradise Found Schofield Barracks Slide 4: PBY Catalina’s fly over NAS Kaneohe Bay during commissioning ceremony July 1941 Slide 5: PBY Catalinas in formation flight Slide 6: PBY Catalina on the ramp at NAS Kaneohe Bay Slide 7: NAS Kaneohe Bay on 1 October 1941
Note 37 PBY aircraft on the ramp, VP-11 was in hangar # 1. Hangar #1 Slide 9: VP-11 Navigator Slide 10: Refueling a PBY-5 at NAS Kaneohe
Each engine burned about 42 gal. of gasoline per hour Slide 11: VP-11 PBY Catalina 11-P-4 undergoing maintenance Disposition of VP-11 PBY planes before the attack: Two planes in the hanger Four planes at south end of the hanger Six planes on the ramp Slide 13: Japanese strike photo of NAS Kaneohe after the first attack wave. Planes in the water and on the ramp are hit first Hangar #1 Slide 14: Paradise Lost… Slide 15: Sailor runs past flaming wreckage hit by horizontal bombers at NAS Kaneohe Bay Slide 16: PBY-5 seaplanes burn out of control on the tarmac at Kaneohe Naval Air Station Slide 17: Sailors moving a damaged PBY near Hanger #1 Slide 18: Attempting to save a burning PBY during the Japanese raid. Slide 19: Retrieving guns from a burning PBY Slide 21: Wrecked autos and Hanger #1 at NAS Kaneohe Bay 1935 Ford : 1935 Ford Slide 23: VP-11’s Hangar, just after the Japanese raid Slide 24: After the Japanese raid - December 8, 1941 Slide 25: Sailors man machine guns salvaged from PBYs Slide 26: One lucky PBY – most were not so fortunate at Kaneohe Bay Slide 27: Salvaging a PBY-5, 11-P-7, on the ramp at NAS Kaneohe Bay, 8 December 1941.
Note wing fabric burned off and detached pontoon. Slide 28: Northwest view of the hangar area at NAS Kaneohe Bay, showing damage by Japanese bombing attack Slide 29: Counting Our Losses
7 People from VP-11 killed
20 wounded -3 seriously
All but 1 of VP-11’s 12 planes destroyed
Hangar badly damaged. After December 7th : After December 7th Norden Bombsight : Norden Bombsight Royal Hawaiian Hotel : Royal Hawaiian Hotel / : / USS Curtiss (AV-4) : USS Curtiss (AV-4) PBY on water : PBY on water German Destroyer : German Destroyer Chincoteague, Virginia : Chincoteague, Virginia End of the War ! : End of the War ! Naval Recruiting Station, Raleigh, NC . : Naval Recruiting Station, Raleigh, NC . Ordnance : Ordnance CWO-3 Dallas Jones 1960 : CWO-3 Dallas Jones 1960