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Page Updated 11/27/17

- Home Page of the VW-1 All Hands Alumni Association -

By Ed and Sally Metzger, founders of the VW-1 All Hands Alumni Association

Hello, thank you for visiting our web site. This site is dedicated to all those who served on-board Airborne Early Warning Squadron One (VW-1) the "Typhoon Trackers" and their families, from its inception in 1948 as VPW-1 to its disestablishment in 1971. At that time the men and aircraft were absorbed into VQ-1.

We believe that in every Navy career, whether it be a two-year enlistment or a 30-year career, that at sometime there was one or two duty stations that stood out. For those of us involved with this site and the VW-1 All Hands Alumni Association (All Years, All Ranks and Rates) it was with ..


Nowhere else in our careers did we feel such a sense of accomplishment, more pride in our mission or greater fellowship with our shipmates. We shared a purpose and dedication for what we were doing. In addition, without shame, we truly loved the aircraft that we flew in or helped maintain or supported in some manner. The "Connie" Oh, what memories that name conjures up.

However; the squadron only started flying the "Connie" in 1954. The PB-1W (converted B-17G WWII "Flying Fortresses") was flown in the early years from 1948 until Feb. 1955. We are sure that the men who flew and supported the PB-1W felt the same way as the men who flew or supported the Connie's. It would be our wish, as you look through these pages, that you remember good times and old friends.

It is the goal of this site - and the VW-1 All Hands Alumni Association - to rekindle old friendships and revive memories. We offer the opportunity to make new friends of shipmates who may have served at a different time; yet have the same fondness for the squadron. Finally, we hope to help support one another and our families as time passes.

Please visit the other pages and let the memories flow. When you are done, we hope you will choose to join us. Should you choose to join us and are also on Facebook you are welcome join our private Facebook group.

Contributions of your pictures and comments to this site are welcomed, photos must be in jpg, gif, or bitmap formats. Please include your name, the crew and or office/shop, years assigned to VW-1 and a brief description of each photo. To e-mail us click here.

Shipmate, we wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas.