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Old 10th June 2006, 05:57
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F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

Hi!

Anyone know what squadrons of US Marines had used the F4U-4 in combat in Okinawa, in April-June of 1945?

For that I read, only the VMF-222, VMF-223 and VMF-212.

Somebody would have photos or indication of books where could find more information?

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Old 10th June 2006, 07:24
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

As far as I can tell, those are the only units to make claims:
VMF-212 2
VMF-222 3
VMF-224 4

All destroyed, no probables or damages.

Robert Sherrod's History of US Marine Corps Aviation in World War 2 would probably be the best place to start looking.

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Old 11th June 2006, 01:04
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

Hi, Frank

I don't have this book.

Barrett Tillman's Vought F4U Corsair (Warbirdtech Series) list three squadrons:

VMF-212 - 36 F4U-4 Awase, Okinawa
VMF-222 - 32 F4U-4 Anase, Okinawa
VMF-223 - 31 F4U-4 Awase, Okinawa

I'm searching especially photos of F4U-4 Corsairs used of marines, in Okinawa, june 1945.

I found only two photos of F4U-4 of VMF-212 and VMF-223, in the book F4U Corsair in Color - Fighting Colors (Squadron/Signal Publications), p. 25, by Jim Sullivan.

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Old 20th June 2006, 23:04
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

Could not begin to tell you which squadron was flying what aircraft without dragging out a bunch of books and such, but a list, distilled from data in Sherrod, of VMF and VMF(N) squadrons operating out of Okinawa and Ie Shima in the period April though June 1945 looks like:

VMF-113
VMF-212
VMF-222
VMF-223
VMF-224
VMF-311
VMF-312
VMF-314
VMF-322
VMF-323
VMF-422
VMF-422
VMF-441
VMF(N)-533
VMF(N)-542
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VMF(N)-543

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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

Hello Names Ray Ledesma.

Writing book on Corsairs and to answer your question, there was VMF124 flying from the deck of the carrier Essex in 1945 and they participated in the bombing of Naha AB on Oki. the sqdn leader was Col millington. VMF124 was the first group to receive F4U's and the first to be assigned to a carrier. If you need more info let me know
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

I've got some good VMF-222 photos and can post a few after work and also some F4U-4 Bu/No's if you want.
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

Has promised.....................

F4U-4s VMF-222 Okinawa 1945

2Lt Whisenhant taxies his F4U-4 VMF-222 Okinawa 1945
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

VERY interesting photos, Jack! Yes I for one would be interested in BuNo information as well. Is "318" BuNo 81318 by any chance?


PS. Jack, over the past months I've sent you a number of e-mails/PMs regarding Mr Schiess. Did you receive them? I haven't had an answer.
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

Here are the losses for F4U-4s during WW2. Hope they're of interest.

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Date		BuNo		Squadron	Origination		Destination	Hemisphere	Pilot

 25-Mar-45	80802		VBF-89		USS Antietam				Cent.Lant.	Lt. T.F. Godding
 28-Mar-45	80805		VBF-89		USS Antietam				Cent. Lant.	Lt.(jg) A.S. Paulson
 10-Apr-45	80799		VBF-89		USS Antietam				Cent. Lant.	Ens. David L. Girardet
 15-Apr-45	80810		VBF-89		USS Antietam				Cent.Lant.		
 17-May-45	80851		VMF-223					Samar		P.I.		2nd Lt. Robert Huxham
 20-May-45	80912		VMF-212					Samar		P.I.		
 30-May-45	80856		SERVRON-14				Samar		P.I.		
 31-May-45	81553		VBF-89		USS Antietam		Panama		Cent.Lant.	Lt.(jg) T.F. Kendrick
 07-Jun-45	81028		VBF-94		USS Lexington		Pearl		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. R.S. Isaacs
 07-Jun-45	81118		VBF-94		USS Lexington		Pearl		E.Cen.Pac.	Lt.Cdr. L.S. Wall, Jr.
 09-Jun-45	81084		VBF-6		USS Hancock				E.Cen.Pac.		
 09-Jun-45	81346		VBF-2					Pearl		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. Donald K. Hobson
 11-Jun-45	81000		SERVRON-14				Okinawa		Empire		
 11-Jun-45	81173		SERVRON-14				Okinawa		Empire		
 13-Jun-45	80892		SERVRON-14				Okinawa		Empire		
 13-Jun-45	81493		VBF-86		USS Wasp				P.I.		
 14-Jun-45	81121		POOL					Pearl		E.Cen.Pac.		
 15-Jun-45	81336		VBF-86		USS Wasp				P.I.		
 16-Jun-45	81217		VBF-94		USS Lexington				W.Cen.Pac.	Lt.(jg) C.W. Snyder
 17-Jun-45	81116		VBF-2					Hilo		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. Louis J. Smoley
 17-Jun-45	81210		VBF-2					Hilo		E.Cen.Pac.	Lt. Richard W. Hellis
 18-Jun-45	81304		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		
 18-Jun-45	81332		VBF-86		USS Wasp				P.I.		
 20-Jun-45	81209		Pool		Pearl					E.Cen.Pac.		
 20-Jun-45	81262		VBF-94		USS Lexington		Wake Island	W.Cen.Pac.	Lt. Nicholas M. Pavonetti
 21-Jun-45	81052		VMF-222					Okinawa		Empire		Lt. A.J. Austin
 21-Jun-45	81066		VMF-212					Okinawa		Empire		2nd Lt. Thomas R. McKay
 25-Jun-45	80862		SERVRON-14				Okinawa		Empire		
 28-Jun-45	80882		SERVRON-14				Okinawa		Empire		
 28-Jun-45	81187		Pool		Pearl			Pearl		E.Cen.Pac.		
 28-Jun-45	81309		VBF-86		USS Wasp		Pearl		E.Cen.PaC.		
 29-Jun-45	80913		VMF-212					Okinawa		Empire		2nd Lt. James B. Wortman
 29-Jun-45	81018		VMF-212					Okinawa		Empire		
 01-Jul-45	81061		VMF-222					Awase		Empire		
 02-Jul-45	81158		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Lt.(jg) John F. O'Neil
 02-Jul-45	81303		VBF-86		USS Wasp				Empire		
 02-Jul-45	81605		VBF-89					Hawaii		E.Cen.Pac.	Lt.(jg) S.C. Bain
 04-Jul-45	81529		VBF-150		USS Lake Champlain	Culebra Island	Cent.Lant.	Lt. J.P. Hancock
 05-Jul-45	81760		VBF-150		USS Lake Champlain			Cent.Lant.	Lt. J.F. Oliver
 07-Jul-45	80817		VMF-222					Awase		Empire		
 07-Jul-45	81012		VMF-212					Awase		Empire		Operational - not enemy action
 07-Jul-45	81044		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		Ens. Milton Zehr
 08-Jul-45	81589		VBF-89					Hawaii		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. E.J. Heitinger
 08-Jul-45	81671		VBF-10		USS Intrepid				E.Cen.Pac.		
 09-Jul-45	81034		ACORN-30				Tacloban		P.I.		
 09-Jul-45	81139		VBF-89					Hawaii		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. M.K. Spiess
 09-Jul-45	81540		VBF-89					Hawaii		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. R.L. Hearn, Jr.
 10-Jul-45	81180		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		Lt. Harvey G. Odenbrett
 10-Jul-45	81330		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Lt.(jg) Edward Clancy
 11-Jul-45	81110		VMF-222					Okinawa		Empire		2nd Lt. Clark Ketcham
 11-Jul-45	81684		VBF-10					Hawaii		E.Cen.Pac.	Ens. L.A. Penick
 13-Jul-45	81315		VBF-2					Saipan		W.Cen.Pac.	Ens. Roy K. Sorenson
 16-Jul-45	80875		VMF-223					Awase		Empire		Cpt. Donald L. Radway
 16-Jul-45	80941		VMF-223					Awase		Empire		2nd Lt. William V. Everett
 17-Jul-45	80982		VMF-223					Awase		Empire		
 17-Jul-45	81085		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		Ens. N.T. Edmondson
 18-Jul-45	80955		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		
 18-Jul-45	81073		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		
 18-Jul-45	81535		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Lt.(jg) Milton L. Adams
 18-Jul-45 	80847		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		
 19-Jul-45	81298		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		
 21-Jul-45	80963		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		
 21-Jul-45	81095		VMF-212					Okinawa		Empire		2nd Lt. John F. McGrath
 22-Jul-45	81501		VBF-86		USS Wasp				Empire		Lt.(jg) Arthur W. Anderson
 24-Jul-45	80920		VMF-223					Awase		Empire		
 24-Jul-45	80995		VMF-223					Awase		Empire		
 24-Jul-45	81070		VMF-223					Awase		Empire		
 24-Jul-45	81088		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Lt.(jg) Thomas Brett
 24-Jul-45	81099		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Lt. T.A. Sinclair
 24-Jul-45	81119		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Ens. H.F. Donnelley, Jr.
 24-Jul-45	81179		VBF-6		USS Hancock				Empire		Ens. C.L. Bausor
 24-Jul-45	81319		VBF-94		USS Lexington				Empire		Lt. Ralph E. Boggs
 24-Jul-45	81371		VMF-212					Awase		Empire		
 24-Jul-45	81185		CVG-2					Saipan		W.Cen.Pac.		

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Old 24th September 2007, 15:14
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Re: F4U-4 in action in Okinawa, 1945

And F4U-4s as they were deployed in various units, from USN Aircraft Location Reports. Available reports are, generally, 6 to 8 days apart, but some there are some gaps. First -4's appear in the 10 March 1945 returns; first USMC -4s appear in the 16 June 1945. Remember, also, that it took generally about 5-6 days to compile the world-wide reports in to the dated consolidated report. Also in more than just a few cases, the presence of -4's in a unit's complement, especially in obviously less than full strength numbers, is not necessarily indicative that these were the only aircraft in a given unit's inventory; earlier makes of F4Us, FGs and even F3As could be part of a squadrons mix. Many of these reports show squadrons in states of transitions as they increased their numbers or even gave up their -4s as part of a movement to another operating area, such as east coast squadrons moving to the west coast and on to Pacific deployments. On this list, if a unit no longer reports the presence of -4s it is so noted. If a squadron drops off the list it is because a report definitively shows it as no longer having -4s in inventory. Makes following their progress a little interesting. CASU and ServRon inventories were somewhat transitory, servicing line squadrons and serving as a source to turn in earlier types and draw new.

From 10 March 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 1 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
From 17 March 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 2 with VBF-2/San Diego
  • 1 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 1 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 37 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
From 24 March April 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 37 with VBF-2/San Diego
  • 1 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 1 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
From 31 March 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 36 with VBF-2/San Diego
  • 1 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 1 with VBF-15/29 Palms
  • 1 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 1 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
From 7 April 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 37 with VBF-2/San Diego
  • 2 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 1 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 1 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
From 14 April 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 37 with VBF-2/San Diego
  • 1 with VBF-14/Holtville
  • 1 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Trinidad
  • 1 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
From 21 April 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • VBF-2 complement not noted
  • 1 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 1 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 36 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/Central Atlantic
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/Central Atlantic
  • 1 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
  • 28 with CASU 25/Oceana
From 5 May 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • VBF-2 complement not noted
  • 8 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/ashore Kaneohe
  • 30 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 2 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 6 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/ashore Norfolk
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Norfolk
  • 1 with CVG-93/USS Boxer/ashore Norfolk
  • 2 with VBF-93/USS Boxer/ashore Otis Field
  • 18 with VBF-95/Oceana
  • 29 with VBF-151/Oceana
  • 7 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
  • CASU 25 not reporting F4U-4s
  • 21 with CASU 28/Groton
From 19 May 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • VBF-2 not reporting F4U-4s
  • 8 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/ashore Kaneohe
  • 33 with VBF-14/29 Palms
  • 2 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/ashore Alameda
  • 10 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/ashore Vernalis
  • 3 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CASU 32/Kahului
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/ashore Norfolk
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Norfolk
  • CVG-93 not reporting F4U-4
  • VBF-93 not reporting F4U-4s
  • 32 with VBF-95/Oceana
  • 36 with VBF-151/Oceana
  • 36 with VBF-152/Groton
  • 10 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
  • CASU 28 not reporting F4U-4s
From 26 May 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 17 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/ashore Barbers Point
  • 33 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 2 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/ashore Alameda
  • 31 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/ashore Vernalis
  • 3 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CASU 32/Kahului
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 2 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/ashore Norfolk
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Norfolk
  • 29 with VBF-95/Oceana
  • 36 with VBF-151/Oceana
  • 36 with VBF-152/Groton
  • 42 with CASU 21/Norfolk NAS
From 16 June 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 10 with VBF-2/Hilo
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 28 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 25 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/ashore Alameda
  • 37 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/ashore Vernalis
  • 1 with CVG-89/USS Antietam/aboard San Diego
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/aboard San Diego
  • 36 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • 20 with ServRon14/MAG-14/enroute Okinawa
  • 5 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CASU 32/Kahului
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 7 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 8 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 8 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 7 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • VBF-95 no report
  • 36 with VBF-151/Oceana
  • 36 with VBF-152/Groton & Ayer Field
  • 36 with VBF-153/Oceana
  • 24 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 35 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
From 23 June 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 10 with VBF-2/Hilo
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 28 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 23 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/ashore Hawaii
  • 37 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/ashore Hawaii
  • CVG-89 not reporting F4U-4
  • VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Alameda – complement not noted
  • 32 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • VBF-95/Hawai/complement not reported
  • 1 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • 20 with ServRon14/MAG-14/enroute Okinawa
  • 24 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 20 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 15 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 11 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 1 with CASU 32/Kahului
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • CVG-74 not reporting F4U-4
  • 7 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 8 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 8 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 7 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 16 with VF-75A/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 24 with VF-75B/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 37 with VBF-150/Edenton
  • 36 with VBF-151/Oceana
  • 32 with VBF-152/Groton & Ayer Field
  • 36 with VBF-153/Oceana
  • 35 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 1 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
From 30 June 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • VBF-2/Pearl Harbor for Transport/complement not noted
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 26 with VF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Alameda
  • 25 with VBF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Alameda
  • 28 with VBF-14/Ream Field
  • 25 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/ashore Hawaii
  • 36 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/ashore Hawaii
  • 1 with CVG-89 /USS Antietam/ashore Hawaii
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Hawaii
  • 36 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • VBF-95/Hilo/complement not reported
  • 4 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • 8 with ServRon14/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 29 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 25 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 28 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 3 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 14 with CASU 31/Hilo
  • 1 with CASU 32/Kahului
  • 15 with CASU F 45/29 Palms
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 37 with VBF-20/Edenton
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 14 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 9 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 8 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 7 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 20 with VF-75A/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 24 with VF-75B/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 36 with VBF-150/Norfolk
  • 36 with VBF-151/Oceana
  • 36 with VBF-152/Groton
  • 36 with VBF-153/Oceana
  • 1 with NACTULant/Charlestown
  • 37 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 5 with CASU 26/Otis Field
  • 2 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
  • 1 with CASU 67/Edenton
From 7 July 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 24 with VF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Hawaii
  • 25 with VBF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Hawaii
  • 9 with VBF-14/Kahului
  • 25 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 13 with VBF-19/Santa Rosa
  • 1 with VBF-80/Holtville
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-89 /USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • 8 with VBF-92/Kahului
  • 34 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • 15 with VBF-95/Hilo
  • 4 with VBF-99/Saipan
  • 5 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • VBF-151 Complement not reported/Corvallis
  • 2 with VMF-215/MASG-44/Ewa
  • 7 with ServRon14/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 28 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 28 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 30 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 7 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with CASU 6/Alameda
  • 14 with CASU F 14
  • 1 with CASU 32/Kahului
  • 15 with CASU F 45/29 Palms
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with ComAirPac Sub Com/Guam
  • 36 with VBF-20/Edenton
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Quonset Point
  • 18 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field & Croatan
  • 11 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 10 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field & Quonset Point
  • 11 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field & Quonset Point
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 20 with VF-75A/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 24 with VF-75B/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 36 with VBF-150/USS Lake Champlain/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-152/Groton & South Bend
  • 36 with VBF-153/Oceana
  • 1 with NACTULant/Charlestown
  • 1 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 2 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
  • 1 with CASU 67/Edenton
From 21 July 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Barbers Point
  • 30 with VF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Barbers Point
  • 36 with VBF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Barbers Point
  • 9 with VBF-14/Kahului
  • 25 with VBF-15/Los Alamitos
  • 13 with VBF-19/Santa Rosa
  • 1 with VBF-80/Holtville
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-89 /USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • VBF-92/enroute Saipan
  • 34 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • 15 with VBF-95/Hilo
  • 4 with VBF-99/Saipan
  • 5 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • VBF-151 Complement not reported/Corvallis
  • 2 with VMF-215/MASG-44/Ewa
  • 7 with ServRon14/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 28 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Awase
  • 28 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Awase
  • 30 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Awase
  • 7 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with CASU 6/Alameda
  • 14 with CASU F 14/Saipan
  • 15 with CASU F 45/29 Palms
  • 1 with CASU 65/Ream Field
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with ComAirPac Sub Com/Guam
  • 1 with CVG-20/Edenton
  • 35 with VBF-20/Edenton & Norfolk
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Quonset Point
  • 19 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 10 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 10 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field & Quonset Point
  • 10 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field & Quonset Point
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 20 with VF-75A/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 23 with VF-75B/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 1 with CVG-93/USS Boxer/ashore Norfolk
  • 36 with VBF-93/USS Boxer/ashore Norfolk
  • 36 with VBF-150/USS Lake Champlain/aboard Guantanamo
  • 35 with VBF-152/Groton
  • 29 with VBF-153/Oceana
  • 40 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 36 with CASU 25/Oceana
  • 2 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
From 28 July 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 35 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Barbers Point
  • 30 with VF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Barbers Point
  • 36 with VBF-10/USS Intrepid/ashore Barbers Point
  • 2 with VBF-14/Kahului
  • VBF-15 complement not noted/Los Alamitos
  • 13 with VBF-19/Santa Rosa
  • 1 with VBF-80/Holtville
  • 25 with VBF-84/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-89 /USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • VBF-92 complement not noted/Saipan
  • 32 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • 15 with VBF-95/Hilo
  • 4 with VBF-99/Saipan
  • 5 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • VBF-151 Complement not reported/Corvallis
  • 2 with VMF-215/MASG-44/Ewa
  • 7 with ServRon14/MAG-14/Okinawa
  • 29 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Awase
  • 28 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Awase
  • 31 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Awase
  • 7 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with CASU 6/Alameda
  • 14 with CASU F 14/Saipan
  • 19 with CASU F 45/29 Palms
  • 1 with CASU 65/Ream Field
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with ComAirPac Sub Com/Guam
  • 36 with VBF-3/Oceana
  • 1 with CVG-20/Edenton
  • 35 with VBF-20/Edenton & Norfolk
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Quonset Point
  • 18 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 11 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 11 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 10 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 20 with VF-75A/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 23 with VF-75B/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 1 with CVG-93/USS Boxer/at sea enroute Canal Zone
  • 36 with VBF-93/USS Boxer/ at sea enroute Canal Zone
  • 35 with VBF-150/USS Lake Champlain/aboard Guantanamo
  • 34 with VBF-152/Groton & Manteo
  • 36 with VBF-153/Oceana
  • 42 with CASU 21/Norfolk
From 8 August 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-10/USS Intrepid/at sea
  • 30 with VF-10/USS Intrepid/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-10/ USS Intrepid/at sea
  • 21 with VBF-14/Kahului
  • 13 with VBF-19/Santa Rosa
  • 4 with VBF-80/Holtville
  • 25 with VBF-84/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-89 /USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/ashore Kahului
  • 36 with VBF-93/USS Boxer/ at sea enroute San Diego
  • 32 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • 21 with VBF-95/Hilo
  • 4 with VBF-99/Saipan
  • 6 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • 2 with VMF-215/MASG-44/Ewa
  • 4 with ServRon14/MAG-14/Awase
  • 36 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Awase
  • 32 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Awase
  • 31 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Awase
  • 1 with HedRonMarFAirWest/San Diego
  • 7 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 2 with CASU 6/Alameda
  • 34 with CASU F 14/Saipan
  • 19 with CASU F 45/29 Palms
  • 4 with CASU 54/Fallon
  • 1 with CASU 65/Ream Field
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 1 with ComAirPac Sub Com/Guam
  • 36 with VBF-3/Oceana
  • 1 with CVG-20/Edenton
  • 37 with VBF-20/Edenton
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Quonset Point
  • 18 with VF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 11 with VF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 8 with VBF-74A/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 10 with VBF-74B/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 19 with VF-75A/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 24 with VF-75B/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 1 with CVG-93/USS Boxer/at sea enroute Canal Zone
  • 35 with VBF-150/USS Lake Champlain/aboard Guantanamo
  • 34 with VBF-152/Groton & Manteo
  • 26 with VBF-153/Oceana & Manteo
  • 43 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 19 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
  • 1 with ASDevLant/Quonset Point
From 7 September 1945 Aircraft Location returns:
  • 1 with CVG-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-6/USS Hancock/at sea
  • 1 with CVG-10/USS Intrepid/at sea
  • 29 with VF-10/USS Intrepid/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-10/ USS Intrepid/at sea
  • 28 with VBF-14/Kahului
  • VBF-19 complement not noted/Kahului
  • 13 with VBF-80/Holtville
  • 25 with VBF-84/Los Alamitos
  • 1 with CVG-86/USS Wasp/ashore Eniwetok
  • 36 with VBF-86/USS Wasp/ ashore Eniwetok
  • 1 with CVG-89 /USS Antietam/at sea
  • 36 with VBF-89/USS Antietam/at sea
  • 8 with VBF-92/Saipan
  • 1 with CVG-93/USS Boxer/ashore Hawaii
  • 36 with VBF-93/USS Boxer/ashore Hawaii
  • 34 with VBF-94/USS Lexington/at sea
  • 7 with VBF-95/Hilo
  • 3 with VBF-98/Los Alamitos
  • 4 with VBF-99/Saipan
  • 6 with VBF-100/Barbers Point
  • 2 with VMF-215/MASG-44/Ewa
  • 1 with HedRonMAW2/Yontan
  • 23 with VMF-212/MAG-14/Awase
  • 24 with VMF-222/MAG-14/Awase
  • 24 with VMF-223/MAG-14/Awase
  • 6 with CASU 5/San Diego
  • 8 with CASU 6/Alameda
  • 4 with CASU 7/Seattle
  • 1 with CASU F 14/Saipan
  • 7 with CASU F 15/Saipan
  • 6 with CASU 54/Fallon
  • 10 with CASU 64/Watsonville
  • 1 with CASU 65/Ream Field
  • 20 with CASU 69/29 Palms
  • 1 with ComAirPac/Pearl Harbor
  • 36 with VBF-3/Oceana
  • 1 with CVG-20/Edenton
  • 37 with VBF-20/Edenton
  • 33 with VF-29/Squantum
  • 1 with CVG-74/USS Midway/ashore Quonset Point
  • 31 with VF-74/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 31 with VBF-74/USS Midway/ashore Otis Field
  • 1 with CVG-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 31 with VF-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 31with VBF-75/USS F D Roosevelt/ashore Chincoteague
  • 1 with CVG-93/USS Boxer/at sea enroute Canal Zone
  • 35 with VBF-150/USS Lake Champlain/aboard New York
  • 36 with VBF-153/Ocean
  • 1 with NACTULant/Charlestown
  • 20 with CASU 21/Norfolk
  • 2 with CASU 22/Quonset Point
  • 1 with CASU 26/Otis Field
  • 3 with CASU 27/Chincoteague
  • 1 with ASDevLant/Quonset Point
  • 4 with XVF-200/Brunswick
(whew)

Oh, and my father's log shows he first flew the F4U-4 on 5 March 1945, b/n 80825 out of North Island NAS, during a period from 8 Feb 1945 to 2 April 1945 when the TF-38 staff (he was assistant ops officer) was in between deployments. He flew that same F4U-4 on two other occasions during that period, 17 March and 26 March. Other flights of interest around then were 2 February, 19 March, and 20 March in an A6M5 (b/n 5357) with the 19 and 20 March flights in practice interceptions against PB4Y-2's; a 16 March flight in a Ryan FR-1 (b/n 39647) and another FR-1 flight on 31 March (b/n 39653), though not his first in that hybrid dual engined type, that was back on 23 August 1944 in bn 48232, the XFR-1; and his first flight in an F7F, a -2N (b/n 80336) on 30 March.

Regards,

Rich


Last edited by R Leonard; 24th September 2007 at 16:41.
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