‘Black Cat Squadron’ VP-12 at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, December 1943


4 responses

  1. Austin Sharp

    My father Bill W Sharp died thursday at 87 yrs he what a radio gunman for the VP-12 squadron.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    • howard kenyon jr.

      I am sorry to hear about your dad,my dad is 89 and flew with vp-11.howard Kenyon. he went on an honor flight to d.c. two weeks ago. I am so proud of our vets,.god bless ya howard Kenyon jr.

      July 2, 2013 at 3:26 am

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  3. Tim Nasworthy

    Great pics…and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw my dad! His picture is on the third row, far right. I have never seen this before but there is absolutely no doubt that it is Ltjg George Franklin Nasworthy. Dad went on to have a 30 year career in the Navy and was CO of VP-8 in the late 50’s. Retired as a Captain in 1971, and passed away in 2013. He rarely spoke about Guadalcanal, and it wasn’t until I became a young USN officer that I started quizzing him about his service. Only then did Dad begin relating how tremendously proud he was of VP-12 and being a Black Cat. He corresponded with several squadron mates (Norrm Rafshaw and DeLo among them) and especially Al Stichka, who met and married my mom ‘s best friend. Al and my Dad ended up building retirement homes in Shenandoah County, VA next door to each other and I heard many, many good stories from them both about the Cactus Air Force and their time on Guadalcanal and rotating off to Fiji.

    August 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

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