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NAS South Weymouth

NAS, NARTU & MARTD
South Weymouth, MA

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Provided by John Gabbard

Patch
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Handle
  • Black Mac's Killers

Heritage
  • 1941: facilities purchased.
  • 30 SEP 1997 NAS South Weymouth closed.

Air Wings
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Aircraft
Commanding Officers
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Events
  • 1941:
    The Navy acquired the site for use a "Lighter than Air" Facility for patroling the North Atlantic during WWII.

  • 1945:
    South Weymouth facility closed at the end of WWII.

  • 1953:
    Navy reopened the South Weymouth facility.
    Nomans Land Island was the bombing range associated with Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Mass.
    The 628-acre island, located 2.7 miles from Martha's Vineyard, was used for ordance delivery exercises.

  • July 29, 1963
    Lt. Robert Hamft broke both legs and received internal injuries when he ejected from his burning A-4B BuNo 144993 over the Hueco Mountains late yesterday enroute from Lemoore to Dallas. The A4D exploded after he ejected and the wreckage landed 17 miles east of the Hueco Inn on U.S. Highway 62-180.
    El Paso, TX El Paso Herald-Post, Tuesday, July 30, 1963

  • September 12, 1963
    Lt. William Gerety ejected from A4D-2 BuNo 142779 following a lightening strike over Brooklyn, NY
    Kingsport, TN The Kingsport Times, Friday, September 13, 1963

  • March 7, 1965
    Lt. William H. Gerety, Jr. in A-4B Buno 144911 perished in a radar ground controlled approach at NAS South Weymouth, MA.
    Bennington, VT Bennington Banner, Monday, March 8, 1965

  • June 3, 1967
    Marine Capt. Stephen J. Perlin attached to NARTU perished in A-4B BuNo 142820 in a crash in East Lyme, CT
    Nashua, NH Nashua Telegram article (30 NE Accidental Deaths Recorded Over Weekend)

  • December 7, 1975
    Capt. Andrew James Ley (MARTD) ejected safely from his A-4E BuNo 150135 before it crashed in a wooded area near Colebrook, NH, after an unrecoverable spin.
    Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Register, Monday, December 8, 1975.

  • November 25, 1986
    Capt. Scott Moore (USMC) and GSgt. Ron Daignault ejected safely from TA-4J BuNo 155079 after it exploded, burst into flames and trailed wreckage for about 2,000 feet upon landing at NAS South Weymouth.
    US Armed Forces, , Thursday, November 27, 1986.

  • July 14, 1991
    Maj. John Rufo (USMCR) ejected safely before his aircraft plunged into Cape Cod Bay five miles off the mouth of the Cape Cod canal.
    Doylestown, PA, The Intelligencer ยป The Record, Monday, July 15, 1991

  • September 30, 1997:
    Base is closed due to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (BRAC), Public Law 101-510; as part of the BRAC Commissions 1995 Base Closure List (BRAC IV).

  • Nov.13, 2003:
    The 1,442-acre base is located in Weymouth, Abington, and Rockland MA. and is currently being considered for civilian develoment.

Awards
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Photographs


Webmaster note:
Prior to 1970, reserve aircraft belonged to the local NARTU or Reserve Naval Air Station. Except for those squadrons on active duty, as in Korea, no reserve squadron "owned" their aircraft, as they were assigned to the NARTU/Station. In 1970, during that reorganization of the reserves into the "Reserve Force" concept, each new squadron was made independent of NARTU (later called NAR), and assigned either to CVWR-20 or CVWR-30. All squadrons were then made in the image of active duty units, with the reserve unit Commanding Officer owning the aircraft and reporting to the CAG. On this site you will find all era reserve combat aircraft images in the appropriate squadron photo page, and only non-combat support aircraft images in the reserve station photo page.

NAS South Weymouth Hanger.
Gary verver Collection.

Sunset over New England.

TV-2 Seastar
Gary Verver Collection.


Sources
  • David A. Weber
  • Gary Verver


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