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Old 6th September 2023, 09:44
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Re: LtCdr ES McCuskey during and after VF-8

Yes, a 36-plane squadron would have three 12-plane flights, the flight leads being the C.O., X.O. and Flight Officer.

One other point concerns OTU VF-1. This was formed at Cecil Field in October 1942 using personnel from the VF section of the Advanced Carrier Training Group at Norfolk, so McCuskey may have started off with the latter. The OTU moved to Green Cove Springs in March 1943.
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Old 6th September 2023, 19:04
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Re: LtCdr ES McCuskey during and after VF-8

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Thanks Rich,

a few questions...

Why is McCuskey still a Lt(j.g.) in the USNR register of 1 Jan. 1943 when he is promoted Lieutenant on 15 June 1942 and is listed in that rank when he joins the OTU at Green Springs in October 1942?
Because that is what the register reports (page 955). Somewhere around here is an ALNAV of May 1942 showing the 6/15/42 promotions, but I’ve not seen it in years. That portion of my lists was probably first generated 20 years ago (which started back then with just Midway era aviators). I suspect I left him a JG because I thought the record date was amusing in relation to the publication date.

Also why is he listed with VF-8 on the USS Intrepid on 8 January 1944 when he had been with the squadron (according to his interview) since June 1943? Is this because VF-8 is reinstated to active duty?
Air Group 8 set up in Norfolk circa 1 June 1943 and was assigned to USS Intrepid even though the ship was not ready until August. The air group worked from shore and off the ship for its work-ups. The air group went west from Norfolk aboard Intrepid on 3 December 1943 to San Diego and on to the Hawaiian operating area arriving about 10 January 1944 with the air group finally going ashore at NAS Kaneohe circa 12 January 1944 and on to NAS Puunene by the end of the month. Air Group 6 took Air Group 8’s place aboard Intrepid. So, aboard on and off and then for deployment to the Pacific; not a combat deployment, think of it as a nice easy way to move both a ship and a new air group to someplace where they might be put to work.

Picked the 8 January 44 date because that was just about the time the air group went ashore. Could have just as easily picked the 3 December 43 date when they left Norfolk. In fact I just may insert/change same to my list.

On a totally different strand Rich, your father flew with McCuskey in VS-41. Did he ever give opinion about the performance of the SBU-1 Corsair. It looks a robust aeroplane (carrier aircraft usually are) but apart from service in the Chaco War I am not aware of it meeting combat anywhere else.
VS-41 was my father’s first assignment after finishing up operational training, that was in January 1941. By March 1941 the squadron had been redesignated and were operating F4Fs. My father’s assigned plane was 42-F-2. He said that one came from Wasp’s VF-7 as he remembers a thin black outline coming from beneath the Ranger green on the tail surface and he could discern where the original side number was 7-F-1. Regretfully all the info from those days was lost when his first log book went down on Yorktown. A yeoman had gone with the salvage party to collect all the log books and squadron(s) records he could get his hands on and did so, but they were all sitting bagged up on the flight deck when the end came.

As far as the SBU was concerned he said it was a nice plane to fly, very forgiving, and easily handled. He said he really didn’t worry about performance then because now he was in an active squadron and things could only get better . . . which they did.

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Old 6th September 2023, 22:22
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Re: LtCdr ES McCuskey during and after VF-8

As always, messrs Kernahan and Leonard, many thanks.

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