Official photo of VJ1, 16 June 1953

Home Page of VJ1/VW3

In mid December, 1953, this squadron lost an aircraft and crew in Typhoon Doris which struck the Northern Marianas in the West Pacific.  USS Whitehurst DE-634, was dispatched from Apra Harbor, Guam to participate in a long and tragic search for the missing crew.  In 1999 the Whitehurst website was posted and the story of that ship's part in the search was soon added.  After several years contact was made with members of VJ1/VW3 and we were able to post their piece of the story. These stories, related incidents, and photos have grown into to the epic account on the USS Whitehurst Web site.  The "Hurriphooners" and the "Tin Can Sailors" were pulled together by a tragedy that should not be lost to history. I encourage the flyers and the seamen to share each others stories by surfing this web site.  The place to start is Search and Rescue December 1953  The VJ1/VW3 section is now expanding to include pictures and material related to the eight year history (1952 - 1960) of the unit.
Follow the links to the  VJ1 pages.                                     Max Crow, Webmaster, USS Whitehurst Assn.
27 June 2010

Weatherplane Down

VJ1/VW3 Roster

VJ1/VW3 Snapshots

Jack Janus Memories

VJ1/VW3 History

Plane Crews 26 Dec.1953
VJ1/VW3 Aircraft Guam Daily News Item NAS Welcome
Denied Permission to Land Memories of a Plane Captain VJ1 in Typhoon Kit, 1953
Moment of Silence

VW-1 All Hands Alumni Assn.
Home Page
Follow the escapades of
other "Hurriphooners"

Search Plane Crashes, No Survivors

VW-3 Story from COMNAVMAR Newspaper

David L. "Dub" Wilson's Blog


Article from COMNAVMAR Crossroads Newspaper

Whitehurst SAR Missions   Whitehurst Home Page