17 May 1943 - U-128 sunk by planes flown
by Lieutenant Howland Davis and Lieutenant Junior Grade Harold Carey were credited
with the sinking along with the Destroyers Jouett
19 July 1943 - A PBM of VP-74 piloted by
Lieutenant Roy Whitcomb sank U-513.
31 July 1943 - U-199 was sunk by a
squadron plane flown by Lieutenant Junior Grade Walter Smith and a Brazilian Hudson.
27 Sept 1943 - U-161 was sunk by a VP-74
plane piloted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Harry Patterson.
There were 10 U-boats sunk by the Martin
PBM Mariners and VP-74 was credited
with five of the successes during World War II. While the squadron was in
Brazil, a plane flown by Lieutenant Junior Grade H.C. Carey out of Rio de
Janeiro was lost on 4 July 1943, while attacking U-199. The entire crew of 11
Established as Patrol Squadron 55 - 1
Aug 1940 (VP-55)
Redesignated Patrol Squadron 74 - 1 July
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron 74 -
1 Oct 1944 (VPB-74)
Redesignated Patrol Squadron 74 - 15 May
Redesignated Medium Patrol Squadron
(Seaplane) 10 - 15 Nov 1946 (VP-MS-10)
Redesignated Patrol Squadron 40 - 1 Sept