USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY

Chapter VI to X

(9 September 1950 to 6 July 1954)

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

THIRD MEDITERRANEAN SEA DEPLOYMENT

REPAIRS & TRAINING off the Virginia Capes

(Hostilities in Korea Continue)

(9 September 1950 to 19 March 1951)

CHAPTER VI

 

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-17 embarked (tail code R) departed Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. 9 September 1950, on her third Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 8 th Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to her deployment conducted Carrier Qualifications, qualifying pilots of VC-5 squadron onboard flying AJ-1 Savage heavy attack bombers on 31 August 1950, marking the introduction of this long-range attack bomber to carrier operations, commencing local operations on 18 June 1950, proceeded by an in port period during which time the outbreak of tensions between North and South Korea commenced on 25 May 1950, clearing Norfolk, Va. on 1 May 1950 for Gitmo and training, just prior to the arrival of the new CO, Captain Frederick M. Trapnell, USNA at Norfolk, Va. on 29 April 1950. That was preceded by Carrier Qualifications when on 21 April 1950, the first carrier takeoff of an North American AJ-1 Savage heavy attack bomber (Hayward atomic bomb) was made from Coral Sea by Capt. John T. Hayward of VC-5. On the same day , Lt. Cmdr. R.C. Starkey flew a Lockheed P2V-3C Neptune weighing 74,668 pounds off Coral Sea, becoming the heaviest aircraft ever launched from an aircraft carrier (up to that point), operating locally out of Norfolk and the Virginia Capes area, proceeded by post-deployment voyage repairs upon return from her second Mediterranean Sea deployment. She will undergo her fourth deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) with CVG-17 (R)

(9 September 1950 to 1 February 1951)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

          ROLE

 AIRCRAFT DESIGN

     NICK NAME &

   PRIMARY ROLE

  TAIL

 CODE

 Modex

   AIRCRAFT   DESIGNATION

VF-171

Aces - Phantom Fighters -             Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - 

Jet Fighter

R100

F2H-2

VF-172

Blue Bolts -            

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -

Jet Fighter

R200

F2H-2

VF-173

Jesters -                 

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

   R300

F4U-5

VF-174

Hell Razors -           

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

R400

F4U-5

VA-175

Devil's Diplomats or Winged Man Bomb

Rocket - Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Electronic countermeasures

R500

AD-4 / AD-4Q

VC-4

Night Cappers  -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -Jet Fighter - Special armament

Vought - Corsair Fighter - All weather operation

?

F2H-2B
F4U-5N

VC-12

Fighting Omars -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Airborne Early warning

NE00

AD-3W

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos - Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

   TL00

F4U-5P

VC-33 Det. 6

Night Hawks  -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Night fighter & Electronic countermeasures

SS00

AD-4N / AD-4Q

HEDRON- 2nd MAW Det.

 Combat Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

   LL400

F4U-5P

HU-2

Fleet Angels/Service - Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly -   H-5

   UR00

HO3S-1

Banshee F2H-2 was the first major deployment by VF-171 and VF-172 9 September 1950” (Ref. 34).

(Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76)

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) transited the Strait of Gibraltar on 19 September 1950, subsequently taking part in fleet exercises off the coast of Sicily and in the Malta” (Ref. 43).     

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) visited Herakelton, Crete in between in fleet exercises.  Returning to sea, she operated near Suda Bay and Sicily again before visiting Algiers, Algeria and Oran, Morocco” (Ref. 43).

 

 

"The crew of USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) stands at attention on the flight deck." From All Hands magazine, November 1950 issue. NS024351 132k. Stanley Svec.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024351.jpg

 

 

Vought F4U-5 Corsair fighter takes off from USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), while she was operating in the Mediterranean Sea, November 1950. This is a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. Note radar antennas atop the island, and flag signal reading "085 turn".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-423543). NS02431891k. Scott Dyben.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024318.jpg

 

    “On 10 November 1950, USS Midway (CVB-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Group Seven (CVG-7) embarked arrived Norfolk, Va. 10 July 1950, with Captain Frederick Norman Kivette, USNA ‘25, as Commanding Officer, ending her fourth Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea via Gibralter, with her upgraded fighter capability, serving as the flagship of Commander, Carrier Division Six (COMCARDIV SIX). This consisted of two aircraft types, F9F-2 Panthers and F8F-1B Bearcats. Ports of call include: Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean and Phaleron Bay, a bay of the Aegean Sea on the coast of Attica, Greece. Squadrons: VF-71, F9F-2; VF-72 (*1), F8F-1B; VF-74, F4U-4; VA-75, AD-4; VMF-211, F4U-4; VC-4 Det. 5, F4U-5N; VC-62 Det. 5, F4U-5P; VC-12 Det. 5; AD-3W and HU-2 Det., HO3S-1. (*1) Redesignated VA-72 on 3 January 1956. Her eighth Deployment since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (10 July to 10 November 1950)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 1175G3).

 

10/07/54 to 10/11/54

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

National Defense Service Medal

Korea

Jun 1950 - Jul 1954

Europe

4th Med

Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Europe" clasp

Several periods, Dec 1947 - Oct 1954

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-42) commenced a five month Overhaul at Norfolk, Va, Shipyard to accommodate the latest jets shortly after arrival from her fourth Mediterranean Sea deployment on 10 November 1950” (Ref. 1175G & 1081L).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) departed the Algiers, Algeria and Oran, Morocco on January 1951 for return to the United States” (Ref. 43).

 

    “On 1 February 1951, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-17 embarked (tail code R) arrived Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., ending her third Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 8 th Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, with  Captain Trapnell, Frederick M., USNA in command, transiting the Strait of Gibraltar on September 1950, subsequently taking part in fleet exercises off the coast of Sicily and in the Malta operating area before she visited Augusta, Coral Sea was the first carrier to deploy with the non-nuclear parts for an A-bomb, while pilots of VF-171 & VF-172 operated Banshee F2H-2s, the first major deployment for the Banshee F2H-2, commencing on 9 September 1950, visiting Herakelton, Crete in between in fleet exercises. Returning to sea, she operated near Suda Bay and Sicily again before visiting Algiers and Oran, and departed the Algiers, Algeria and Oran, Morocco on 22 January 1951 for return to the United States. Her fourth deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947 (9 September 1950 to 1 February 1951)” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

CVB-43 Coral Sea

PDF file

Med Cruise Book, September 9, 1950–February 1, 1951, with Carrier Air Group 17 (CVG-17). Map, pages 1–8 and 10–17. NS024342. Mike Sharp, via Robert Hall.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024342.pdf

 

09/09/50 – 01/02/51

AWARD OR CITATION

 AWARD DATES

 MED CRUISE

 None Reported

 N/A

 3rd

Reference 34 and 35 reflect Chat info.

 

    “Following post-deployment voyage repairs from her third Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6 th Fleet, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) operated in the Virginia Capes area, qualifying CVG-1 and preparing for her fourth Mediterranean deployment” (Ref. 43 and 72).

 

    “Pioneering Aviator Captain James S. Russell, later chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics and four-star admiral, relieved Captain Fred M. Trapnell as USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) fifth commanding officer at Norfolk, Va., 12 February and Coral Sea became the flagship for RADM Daniel V. Gallery, ComCarDiv Six on February 1951” (Ref. 43).

 

 

FOURTH MEDITERRANEAN SEA DEPLOYMENT

OVERHAUL AT NORFOLK NAVY YARD

Local Virginia Capes operations and refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay

Iran History & Air Arm

(Hostilities in Korea continue)

(20 March 1951 to 18 April 1952)

CHAPTER VII

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-1 embarked (tail code R) departed Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. 20 March 1951, on her fourth Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, her first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise, Beehive I, with British, French, Greece, Turkey and Italian ships. Prior to her deployment she become the flagship for RADM Daniel V. Gallery, ComCarDiv Six on 12 February 1951, the same day pioneering Aviator Captain James S. Russell, later Chief or the Bureau of Aeronautics and four-star admiral, relieved Captain Fred M Trapnell as CO and the fifth commanding officer at Norfolk, Va. on 12 February 1951, preceded by operations in the Virginia Capes area, qualifying CVG-1 upon completion of post-deployment voyage repairs upon return from her third Mediterranean Sea deployment. She will undergo her fifth deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) with CVG-1 (R)

(20 March to 6 October 1951)

1st major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise, Beehive I, with British, French, Greece, Turkey and Italian ships.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DSIGNATION

VF-11

Red Rippers -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell -Banshee -

Jet Fighter

T100

F2H-2

VF-12

(Flying) Ubangis -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - 

Jet Fighter

T200

F2H-2

VF-13

Aggressors -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

T300

F4U-5

VF-44

Hornets -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

T400

F4U-5

VA-15

Valions -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Early warning & Night fighter modified for cold weather

T500

AD-4 / AD-4L

VC-4 Det. 6

Night Cappers -

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter Winterized & All weather operation

     ?

F4U-5NL /

F4U-5N

VC-12

Fighting Omars -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Airborne Early warning

   NE00

AD-4W

VC-33 Det. 6

Night Hawks -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Night fighter & Electronic countermeasures

   SS800

AD-4N / AD-4Q

VC-62

Fighting Photos -

Composite Squadron

Grumman - Eastern Bearcat' - Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

  TL000

F8F-2P

HU-2 Det. 6

Fleet Angels/Service - Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly -  H-5

   UR00

HO3S-1

(Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76)

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) reached Gibraltar on 1 April 1951” (Ref. 43).

   

    “As flagship for Commander, Carrier Division 6, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) participated in the first Major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise, Beehive I, with British, French, Greece, Turkey and Italian ships” (Ref. 34, 43 and 72).

 

    “In the last week of May, the 6th Fleet was augmented with USS Coral Sea (CVB-43)” (Ref.1-Coral Sea and 43).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) port of calls at Italian, French, Greek and Turkish ports punctuated her periods of flight operations at sea” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea and 43).

 

The War Stabilizes, 25 January -- 30 June 1951. - Ref. 210A

 

Iran History and Air Arm

“The U.S. interest in protecting Iran was not only for Iranian oil, but Iran was also a direct route to the Soviet Union, to which the United States was sending war supplies. In the late summer of 1941, both the Soviet Union and Britain invaded Iran, and the shah was driven into exile to South Africa.  When the United States entered the war in late 1941, it also occupied Iran” (Ref 4).

 

“Iran (Persia at the time) was occupied during World War II by the allies” (Ref. 27).

 

“During World War II, an Iranian politician named Mohammed Mossadegh had gradually risen to power” (Ref 4).

 

“After World War II began, Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union became allies to prevent Germany from taking over Iran.

 

Ariamehr Mohamed Reza Paklavi ruled Iran until the Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh became the democratically elected prime minister in May 1951. Heading a nationalist party that wanted to end all foreign interference in Iranian affairs, Mossadegh became more and more dictatorial; he soon was competing with the shah for control of Iran.

 

As Mossadegh became more and more dictatorial, he soon was competing with the shah for control of Iran. For support, the shah relied more and more firmly on the United States. It was not long before many Iranians began complaining about the United States having too much influence in Iranian affairs. What the Iranians did not know was the extent the United States was supporting the shah” (Ref 4).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) made a port of call at Lisbon before her return to Norfolk, Va.” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea & 43).

 

    “On 6 October 1951, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-1 embarked (tail code R) arrived Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., ending her fourth Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 8 th Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, as the flagship for RADM Daniel V. Gallery, ComCarDiv Six, with Captain James S. Russell in command, participating in the first major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise, Beehive I, with British, French, Greece, Turkey and Italian ships, augmenting the 6th Fleet in the last week of May, making port calls at Italy, France, Greece, Turkey and Lisbon, Portugal before her return to Norfolk, Va. Her fifth deployment since her commission 1 October 1947 (20 March to 6 October 1951)” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

20/03/51 – 06/10/51

AWARD OR CITATION

 AWARD DATES

 MED CRUISE

 Navy Occupation Service medal for ops in

 European waters

 6 April and 4 September 1951

 4th

Reference 34 and 35 reflect Chat info.

 

    “The Coral Sea (CVB-43), former CV-42, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 45th, commissioning on 1 October 1947, with her 1st CO Captain A. P. Storrs, III, in command, conducted overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. from 10 October 1951 to February 1952” (Ref. 34).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) new CO: Captain Robert B. Pirie, USNA, arrived at Norfolk Navy Shipyard on 10 February 1952” (Ref. 34).

 

    “Upon completion overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. in February 1952, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) carried out local Virginia Capes operations and refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay” (Ref. 34).

 

 

FIFTH MEDITERRANEAN SEA DEPLOYMENT

OVERHAUL AT NORFOLK NAVY YARD, VA.

CARRIER QUALIFICATIONS

off the Virginia Capes to Mayport, Florida

and into Cuban waters and the West Indies

(Hostilities in Korea continue and carriers participating with the Seventh Fleet)

(19 April to 25 April 1953)

CHAPTER VIII

 

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-4 embarked (tail code AF) departed Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. 19 April 1952, on her fifth Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea. Prior her deployment carried out local Virginia Capes operations and refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay, during which time Captain Pirie, Robert B., USNA, became the new CO, arriving at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. on 10 February 1952, completing overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. (10 October 1951 to 19 February 1952). She will undergo her sixth deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

USS CORAL SEA (CVB-43) with CVG-4

(19 April to 12 October 1952)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VMF-211 (*1)

Marine  -

Combat Squadron -

Wake Island Avengers

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

AF100

F4U-4

VF-62 (*2)

Gladiators -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -

Jet Fighter

AF200

F2H-2

VF-43

Challengers -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

AF300

F4U-4

VF-44

Hornets -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

AF400

F4U-4

VA-45

Blackbirds -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Night fighter modified for cold weather

AF500

AD-4  / AD-4L

VC-4 Det.  6

Night Cappers -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -  Jet Fighter - Special armament

Vought - Corsair - Fighter - Winterized  & All weather operation

NA00

F2H-2B
F4U-5NL / F4U-5N

VC-12 Det. 6

Fighting Omars -

Composite Squadron

Douglas -Skyraider -Airborne Early warning

NE00

AD-4W

VC-33 Det. 6

Night Hawks -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Special armament; Night fighter modified for cold weather & Special electronic installation

SS00

AD-4B / AD-4NL
TBM-3E

VC-62 Det. 62

Fighting Photos - 

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

TL00

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det. 6

Fleet Angels/Service - Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

‘Retriever’ Chopper

UR00

HUP-1 / HUP-1

(Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76)

(*1) While operating aboard the USS Coral Sea in 1952

(*1) VMF-211 was redesignated VMA-211

(*2) Redesignated VA-106 on 1 July 1955

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) became flagship for RADM Charles R. ‘Cat’ Brown, ComCarDiv Six 19 April 1952, to commemorate her fifth overseas deployment” (Ref. (34, 35, 43 and 72). 

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) became the first American aircraft carrier to visit Split, Yugoslavia, an Adriatic port from 4 September 1952. On 14 September 1952, she hosted President Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia’s Prime Minister, who observed air operations during his three-hour visit in a demonstration to the Soviet Union that American aid was available and acceptable to Yugoslavia” (Ref. (34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

    “The more capable F9F-5 first appeared in Korea in October of 1952, flown initially by reserve squadrons VF-781 and VF-783 operating off the USS Oriskany (CVA-34). F9F-5s also served with VF-51, VF-52, VF-53, VF-111, VF-153, and VF-154” (Ref. 155C/G).     
 

    “The F9F-2P was replaced by F9F-5Ps. Two Marine Corps reconnaissance (VMJ-1 and VMJ-3) squadrons flew F9F-5Ps. VMJ-3 was still flying F9F-5Ps when the squadron was redesignated VMCJ-3V” (Ref. 155C).

 

    “The Coral Sea (CVB-43), former CV-42, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 45th, commissioning on 1 October 1947, with her 1st CO Captain A. P. Storrs, III, in command, reclassified hull classification symbol CVA-43 on 1 October 1952; reported to the Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va., which was designated as her home port. The ship’s patch insignia in color, signal flag and radio call sign was issued by the U.S. Navy—BIG C, CORAL MARU, AGELESS WARRIOR—which was launched on 2 April 1946 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Va.; it was sponsored and christened by Mrs. Thomas C. Kincaid, wife of RADM Thomas Kincaid, who had commanded a cruiser division under RADM Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, a Coral Sea hero.  While under construction, the unnamed (CV-42) was first named the Coral Sea, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy on 10 October 1944; keel was laid down on 10 July 1944 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Va.. It was originally classified as an aircraft carrier with hull classification symbol CV-42, then reclassified as a “Large Aircraft Carrier” (CVB-43) on 15 July 1943, while the contract to build her was awarded on 14 June 1943” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea & 72).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) made a port of call at Lisbon before her return to Norfolk, Va.” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea and 43).

 

    “After taking part in NATO Exercise Mainbrace at Greenock, Scotland, and enjoying a liberty period at Plymouth, USS Wasp (CV-18) headed home” (Ref. 1-Wasp and 72). 

 

 

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) as seen from USS Baltimore (CA-68) in 1952.

(See also photos NS0406819 and NS0406840). NS0406827 96k. George Panos,
Ex QMS 2/C.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/04/068/0406827.jpg

 

 

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) and USS Salem (CA-139) during Med. exercises, 1952. Note helo between Coral Sea and Salem. NS024328 127k. George Panos, Ex QMS 2/C

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024328.jpg

 

    “On 12 October 1952, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), former CVB-43 & CV-42 with CVG-4 embarked (tail code AF) arrived Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., for overhaul at Norfolk Navy Ship Yard, ending her fifth Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, becoming flagship for RADM Charles R. ‘Cat’ Brown, ComCarDiv Six on 19 April 1952, to commemorate her fifth overseas deployment, with Captain Pirie, Robert B., USNA in command, Coral Sea became the first American aircraft carrier to visit Split, Yugoslavia, an Adriatic port between 11 to 14 September 1952, when on 14 September 1952, she hosted President Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia’s Prime Minister, who observed air operations during his three-hour visit in a demonstration to the Soviet Union that American aid was available and acceptable to Yugoslavia, making a port of call at Lisbon before her return to Norfolk, Va., and while still at sea, was reclassified hull classification symbol CVA-43 on 1 October 1952. Her sixth deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947 (19 April to 12 October 1952)” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

19/04/52 – 12/10/52

 

AWARD OR CITATION

 AWARD DATES

 MED CRUISE

 

 Battle Efficiency Award 6th Fleet in the

 Atlantic - FY 1952

 30 September 1952

 5th

(Ref. 34, 35, 39, and 41)

 

    “After taking part in NATO Exercise Mainbrace at Greenock, Scotland, and enjoying a liberty period at Plymouth, USS Wasp (CV-18) headed home” (Ref. 1-Wasp and 72). 

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) new CO: Captain Herbert D. Riley arrived at Norfolk Navy Ship Yard on 7 November 1952” (Ref. 34).

 

 

The first XFJ-2 Fury, BuNo 133754, conducted carrier qualification tests aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in late 1952. NS024369 41k. Pieter Bakels.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024369.jpg

 

    “The Coral Sea (CVA-43), former CVB-43 & CV-42, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 45th, commissioning on 1 October 1947, with her 1st CO Captain A. P. Storrs, III, in command, conducted overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard from 12 October 1952 to in early 1953” (Ref. 34).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) trained pilots in carrier operations off the Virginia Capes and Mayport, Fl., and in April 1953 she embarked the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for a three-day cruise” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea and 72). 

 

 

CARRIER QUALIFICATIONS off the Virginia Capes Carrying out Tests for the Bureau of Aeronautics and trained Members of the Naval Reserve at Mayport, Florida, and Guantanamo Bay

Iran History & Air Arm

(26 April 1953 to 6 July 1954)

CHAPTER IX

 

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) with CVG-8 embarked (tail code E) departed Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. 26 April 1953, on her sixth Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, scheduled to participate in NATO Exercise Black Wave, with Deputy Secretary of Defense R.M. Kyes onboard as an observer. Prior to her deployment trained pilots in carrier operations off the Virginia Capes and Mayport, Florida, and in April 1953 she embarked the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for a three-day cruise, while the previous year on 7 November 1952, Captain Riley, Herbert D. became the new commanding officer, proceeded by operations out of Norfolk, ranging from the Virginia Capes to Mayport, Fl., and into Cuban waters and the West Indies. She will undergo her seventh deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

    “Cruise with CVG-8 embarked (tail code E), marked a major change in air group composition from propellers to jets. Although earlier air groups had two full Banshee squadrons, the predominant aircraft had been Corsairs. The most numerous aircraft for the 1953 deployment were Grumman F9F-5 Panthers, which included a Marine squadron, VMF-122. The ship’s first AJ Savage Det. also operated during this cruise” (Ref. 43).

 

USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) with CVG-8 (E)

(26 April to 21 October 1953)

Korean War Ended 06/27/1953

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DSIGNATION

VF-81 (*1)

Waldomen -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Hellcat - Fighter

E100

F6F-5P

VMF-122

Marine - Candystripers Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -    

Jet Fighter

LC200

F9F-5

VF-83 (*2)

Rampagers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -    

Jet Fighter

E300

F9F-5

VA-85

Black Falcons -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Special armament; Winterized & Night fighter modified for cold weather

E500

AD-4 / AD-4B

& AD-4L

VC-4 Det..6

Nightcappers -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Attack Fighter -Special armament & Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

NA600

F2H-2B
F2H-3
P

VC-8

Fire Ballers  -

Composite Squadron

North American - ‘Savage’ - Attack

NC00

AJ-1 (A-2A)

HEDRON-2

Combat Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -

Jet Attack Fighter -

Special armament

LL400

F2H-2B

VC-62 Det.  62

Fighting Photos -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -

Jet Attack Fighter - PhotographicReconnaissance/Survey

TL000

F2H-2P

VC-33 Det. 6

Night Hawks -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Special armament; Night fighter & Electronic countermeasures

SS00

AD-4B / AD-4N & AD-3Q

VC-12 Det. 6

Fighting Omars -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Airborne Early warning

NE00

AD-4W

HU-2 Det. 6

Fleet Angels/Service - Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

‘Retriever’ Chopper

UR00

HUP-1 or HUP-1

 (Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76)

(*1) Redesignated VA-66 on 1 July 1955

(*2) Redesignated VA-83 on 1 July 1955

 

Iran History & Air Arm

“Allegedly with CIA interference, his government was overthrown after 27 months of service, in August 1953 and Reza was again installed in power” (Ref. 4 and 16).

 

“The CIA’s plan for getting involved in Iran’s internal political affairs was called Operation Ajax. In the spring and early summer of 1953, CIA agents hired mobs of Iranians to stir up trouble throughout the country. The CIA sponsored uprising against Mossadegh and his nationalists began in mid-August and on 19 August, he was forced to flee. He was arrested in flight and was sentenced to three years in prison. While the shah seemed to have triumphed, the strong current of anti-Americanism grew as word began to leak out about the secret role played by the United States in keeping the shah on his throne. The shah ignored any misgivings his subjects might have had about American intervention. Instead he seemed more determined than ever to stamp out any opposition to his leadership that might remain among his people. The shah further protected his dictatorial reign by signing oil agreements with several European countries as well as the United States. These agreements assured Iran of more than sufficient income to create economic prosperity. Unfortunately, most of this money was used by the shah, his aides, and other wealthy Iranian businessmen before the poor could benefit from any of it” (Ref. 4).

 

    “After the Korean War, the Lockheed Shooting Star reentered Guard service, with P-80C (F-80C) (including rebuilt F-80C-11/12-LO aircraft) equipping some 22 squadrons and the FP-80A (RF-80A) and P-80C (F-80C) serving with some five squadrons” (Ref. 41 and 180A).

 

    “Air Force Reserve squadrons flew Lockheed P-80C (F-80C) Shooting Stars from the summer of 1953 to the autumn of 1957” (Ref. 41 & 180A).

 

Iran History & Air Arm

Meanwhile, the shah and the United States continued to expand their friendship. Both military and economic aid was extended to Iran by the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. When Johnson took over as president, the shah made it clear that Iran would protect American interests in the Persian Gulf region. To aid Iran in this role the United States sent a military mission as well as continued the military aid. This eventually led to further misunderstanding between many Iranians and the United States” (Ref. 4).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) new CO: Caldwell, Henry Howard arrived at Naples, Italy on 10 August 1953” (Ref. 34). 
 

    “On 21 October 1953, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) with CVG-8 embarked (tail code E)

arrived Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., ending her sixth overseas deployment, on her sixth Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, with Captain Caldwell, Henry Howard as the commanding officer, relieving Captain Riley, Herbert D. at Naples, Italy on 10 August 1953, the cruise highlighted by a visit to Spain, and participation in NATO Exercise Black Wave with Deputy Secretary of Defense R.M. Kyes onboard as an observer, making other port of calls at Oran, Algiers, Naples and Barcelona, Palermo; reclassified hull classification symbol CVA-43 1 October 1952. Her seventh deployment since her commission on 1 October 1947 (26 April 1953 to 21 October 1953)” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 34, 35, 43 and 72).

 

26/04/53 – 21/10/53

AWARD OR CITATION

 AWARD DATES

 MED CRUISE

 Navy Occupation Service medal for ops in

 European waters

 14 October 1953

 6th

Reference 34 and 35 reflect Chat info.

 

    “Returning to Norfolk, Va., on 21 October 1953, Coral Sea carried out tests for the Bureau of Aeronautics and trained members of the Naval Reserve at Mayport, Florida, and Guantanamo Bay“ (Ref. 1-Coral Sea and 72).

 

 

Aerial view of USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) with Carrier Air Group 10 (CVG-10) aboard, probably in 1954. Lightship in the background appears to be USCG LV 84/WAL 509, which was stationed at the entrance of the St. Johns River, near Jacksonville, FL, 1929–1954. NS024352 149k. David Buell Mediterranean Cruise, 7 July–20 December 1954.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024352.jpg

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) new CO: Captain Harry E. Sears arrived on 14 June 1954” (Ref. 34).

 

 

 KOREA AIRCRAFT CARRIER (CV-CVA, CVE & CVL)

DEPLOYMENT DATES (1950 to 1953)

Korean Theater of Operation

CHAPTER X

 

 

“By the end of the Korean Conflict; 11 attack, one light, and five escort carriers had been sent into action — some for two or three tours.”  (Ref. 1-Philippine Sea & 72)

 

The U. S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet scheduled aircraft carriers deployments from 1950 to 1953 are as follows:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER           Combat Mission

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

 DEPART

RETURN

USS Boxer (CV-21)

2nd Westpac

CVG-19

B

11 Jan 1950

23 May 1950

USS Boxer (CV-21) (1st)

3rd Westpac

CVG-2

M

24 Aug 1950

11 Nov 1950

USS Boxer (CV-21) (2nd)

4th  Westpac

CVG-101

A

2 March 1951

24 Oct 1951

USS Boxer (CVA-21) (3rd)

5th Westpac

CVG-2

M

8 Feb 1952

26 Sep 1952

USS Boxer (CVA-21) (4th) & 1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

6th  Westpac

ATG-1

U

30 Mar 1953

28 Nov 1953

USS Valley Forge (CV-45) (1st)

2nd Westpac

CVG-5

S

1 May 1950

1 Dec 1950

USS Valley Forge (CV-45) (2nd)

3rd Westpac

CVG-2*

CVG-11

M

V

6 Dec 1950   29 Mar 1951

28 Mar 1951   7 Apr 1951

USS Valley Forge (CV-45) (3rd)

4th Westpac

ATG-1

S

15 Oct 1951

3 Jul 1952

USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) (4th)

5th Westpac

CVG-5

S

20 Nov 1952

25 Jun 1953

USS Philippine Sea          (CV-47) (1st)

1st Westpac

CVG-11* CVG-2

V

M

5 Jul 1950        29 Mar 1951

29 Mar 1951    9 Jun 1951

USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) (2nd)

2nd Westpac

CVG-11

V

31 Dec 1951

8 Aug 1952

*USS Leyte (CV-32) (1st)

1st Westpac

(CVG-3)

K

6 Sep 1950

3 Feb 1951

USS Princeton (CV-37) (1st)

3rd Westpac

CVG-19

B

9 Nov 1950

29 May 1951

USS Princeton (CV-37) (2nd)

4th Westpac

CVG-19X

B

31 May 1951

29 Aug 1951

USS Princeton (CVA-37) (3rd)

5th Westpac

CVG-19

B

21 Mar 1952

3 Nov 1952

USS Princeton (CVA-37) (4th) & 1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

6th Westpac

CVG-15

H

24 Jan 1953

21 Sep 1953

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) (1st)

1st Westpac

CVG-102

D

10 May 1951

17 Dec 1951

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) (2nd)

2nd Westpac

CVG-7

L

20 May 1952

8 Jan 1953

USS Essex (CV-9) (1st)

1st Westpac

CVG-5

S

26 Jun 1951

25 Mar 1952

USS Essex (CVA-9) (2nd)

2nd Westpac

ATG-2

M

16 Jun 1952

6 Feb 1953

USS Essex (CVA-9)

1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

3rd Westpac

ATG-2

W

1 Dec 1953

12 Jul 1954

USS Antietam (CV-36) (1st)

3rd Westpac

CVG-15

H

8 Sep 1951

2 May 1952

USS Antietam (CV-36) Home port transfer to the East Coast

Panama Canal

 

 

mid Aug 1952

Sep 1952

USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) (1st)

1st Westpac

CVG-101

T

11 Aug 1952

17 Mar 1953

USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) (2nd) & 1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

2nd Westpac

CVG-11

V

1 Jul 1953

18 Jan 1954

USS Oriskany (CVA-34) (1st)

1st Westpac

CVG-102

D

15 Sep 1952

18 May 1953

USS Oriskany (CVA-34)

1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

2nd Westpac

CVG-19

B

14 Sep 1953

22 Apr 1954

USS Lake Champlain  (CVA-39) (1st) &

1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

1st Westpac

CVG-4

F

26 Apr 1953

4 Dec 1953

USS Yorktown (CVA-10) 1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

1st Westpac

CVG-2

M

 

3 Aug 1953

3 Mar 1954

USS Sicily (CVE-118)  (1st)

VMF-214

VS-21

HU-1 Det

WE

BS

UP

F4U-4/B TBM-3E/S    HO3S-1

4 Jul 1950

5 Feb 1951

USS Sicily (CVE-118) (2nd)

VMF-323

VS-892

HU-1 Det

WS

ST

UP

F4U-4 TBM-3S/W    HO3S-1

12 May 1951

12 Oct 1951

USS Sicily (CVE-118) (3rd)

VMA-312

VS-931

HU-1 Det

WR

SV

UP

F4U-4/B AF2S/W HO3S-1

8 May 1952

4 Dec 1952

USS Sicily (CVE-118) (4th) & 1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

VMA-

VS-

HU-1 Det

 

 

14 Jul 1953

25 Feb 1954

USS Badoeng Strait         (CVE-116) (1st)

VMF-312

VMF/

VMA-323

HU-1 Det

WS

WS

UP

F4U-4

F4U-4

HO3S -1

14 Jul 1950

 

7 Feb 1951

USS Badoeng Strait          (CVE-116) (2nd)

VMF-212

VS-892

HU-1         Det 18

LD            ST           UP

F4U-4 TBM-3S/W    HO3S-1

15 Sep 1951

1 Mar 1952

USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) (3rd)

VMA-312 VS-892

HU-1 Det

WR                        UP

F4U-4/B AF2S/W HO3S-1

19 Jul 1952

27 Feb 1953

USS Cape Esperance (CVE 88)*

VMF (AW)-542

Grumma Tigercat

F7F F7F-3N

17 Aug 1950

Dates not researched

USS Bairoko (CVE-115) (1st)

VS-21          VS-23       HU-1 Det

BS           MI            UP

TBM-3S/W TBM-3E/S/W       HO3S-1

14 Nov 1950

15 Aug1951

USS Bairoko (CVE-115) (2nd)

VS-25

VMF-323

HU-1 Det

SK

WS-22

WS-22       UP

AF2S/W

F4U-4B AU-1  HO3S-1

1 Dec 1951

9 Jun 1952

USS Bairoko (CVE-115) (3rd)

VMA-312

VS-21

VS-23

WR         BS           MI          UP

F4U-4/B AF-2S/W     HO3S-1

12 Jan 1953

24 Aug 1953

USS Bataan (CVL-29) (1st)

VMF-212 VMF-312

HU-1 Det 8

LD          WR          UP

F4U-4              F4U-4 HO3S -1

16 Nov 1950

25 Jun 1951

USS Bataan (CVL-29) (2nd)

VMA-312

VS-25

HU-1 Det

WR         SK           UP

F4U-4/B AF2S/W HO3S-1

27 Jan 1952

26 Aug 1952

USS Bataan (CVL-29) (3rd)

VMA-312

VS-871

VS-21              HU-1 Det

WR

SU

BS           UP

F4U-4/B TBM-3S/W    HO3S-1

28 Oct 1952

26 May 1953

USS Bataan (CVL-29)       1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

VMA-312

VS-871

VS-21              HU-1 Det

WR

SU

BS           UP

F4U-4/B TBM-3S/W    HO3S-1

31 Jul 1953

before 26 Aug 1953

USS Rendova (CVE-114) (1st)

VMF-212

VS-892

HU-1 Det

LD

ST           UP

F4U-4/B TBM-3/W    HO3S-1

8 Ju1 1951

22 Dec 1951

USS Sitkoh Bay (CVE 86)*

VMA-121

 

Douglas AD-2s

2 Oct 1951

18 Oct 1951 Yokosuka, Japan

USS Point Cruz         (CVE-119) (1st)

VMA-332           VS-38             VS-23

HS-2

HU-1 Det

MR

F4U-4B            TBM-3S/W          TBM-3S/W          HRS-2             HO3S-1

11 Apr 1953

18 Dec 1953

USS Saipan (CVL-48)

1st Peace-Keeping Cruise

VMA- 324

 

 

Oct 1953

20 Jul 1954

 

Navy Patrol Squadrons Deployments and Deployed as of 1953 Operating in the Korean Theater of Operation - 7h Fleet

 

SQUADRON

TAIL CODE

AIRCRAFT DESIGNER

PLANE / HELO

DEPART

RETURN

VP-47
BA
Martin - Mariner - Patrol Bomber
PBM-5

25 Jun 1950

1 Jun 1953
VP-1
CD
Lockheed -Neptune - Patrol
P2V-3 / P2V-5

7 Aug 1950

27 Jul 1953
VP-22
CE
Lockheed -Neptune - Patrol
P2V-3 / P2V-4 (P-2D) / P2V-5

 14 Nov 1950

30 May 1953
VP-892
 
Martin -Mariner - Patrol Bomber
PBM-5

 23 Nov 1950

1 Sep 1953
VP-40
CA
Martin - Mariner - Patrol Bomber & Anti-submarine
PBM-5 / PBM-5S

 1 Jun 1951

 24 Feb 1953

VP-48
SF
Martin - Mariner - Patrol Bomber & Anti-submarine
PBM-5 /
PBM-5S2 ?

 29 May 1952

 15 Mar 1953

VP-29
BF
Lockheed -Neptune - Patrol
P2V-5 & P2V-6 (P-2F)

 27 Sep 1952

5 Apr 1953

VP-892
 
Martin - Mariner - Patrol Bomber
PBM-5

 23 Nov 1950

1 Sep 1953
VP-57
BI
Lockheed -Neptune - Patrol
P2V-5

 29 Mar 1953

27 Jul 1953

VP-7
HE
Lockheed -Neptune - Patrol
P2V-5

 30 Jun 1953

Jan 1954

VP-50
SE
Martin - Mariner - Patrol Bomber
PBM-5

 5 Jul 1953

27 Jul 1953

(Ref. U.S. Navy Deployment History Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:)

 
The U. S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet Navy Patrol Squadron deployed as of 1954:
 
Navy Patrol Squadron Deployed as of 1954 Operating in Korea or Japan – 7h Fleet 

SQUADRON

TAIL CODE

AIRCRAFT DESIGNER

PLANE / HELO

DEPART

RETURN

VP-7
HE
Lockheed -Neptune - Patrol
P2V-5

30 Jun 1953

Jan 1954

(Ref. U.S. Navy Deployment History Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:)

 

Korea Conflict/War Resources:

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

Preliminary Activities, up to 25 June 1950

210A

KOREAN WAR/General Books

220

Encyclopedia: Korean War

226

KOREAN WAR map final

227

KOREA

203

The Forgotten War

133

Korean War

218

Korea Web Weekly

137F

The Korean War, June 1950 - July 1953— Introductory Overview and Special Image Selection

210A

Korea 1950-1953 Significant Events: 1950

208

Remembering the Forgotten War: Korea, 1950-1953

210B

North Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

55

Logistics and Support Activities - Overview and Selected Views - 1950-1953

210A

Activities in the United States - 1950-1953

210A

The American Merchant Marine During the Korean War

130

Europe: The Second Front

128A

Air War Korea - Events

269

Korea War Fact Sheet “HISTORY

146

 

Shore Carrier-Based Marine Corps Squadrons Deployments and Deployed as of 1953 operating in the Korean Theater of Operation - 7h Fleet

SQUARDON PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL CODE

PLANE / HELO

DEPART

RETURN

VMF(N)-513 -      Marine Night Fighter Attack squadron - VMA-513 Squadron History - Night Fighters - Flying Nightmares

WF16

WF17  WF19

WF22

WF24

WF24

F4U-5N

F4U-5N

F4U-5N

F4U-5N                           F7F-3N

F3D-2

14 Jul 1950

Tigercat

Skynight 

21 June 1953

VMO-6 - Marine Observation Squadron -    VMO-6 History – Klondike - rolling in hot

WB

 

OY-2

TBM3E 'Sentinel'

HO2S-1 HTL-4 (TH-13L) Sioux 

HO3S-1                                                 OE-1 (O-1B) "Bird Dog"

O6-1

HO5S-1

14 Jul 1950

Convair

Sikorsky

Bell

Cessna Observation

Helicopter, Observation

March 1955

VMF/VMA-323 -Marine Fighter Attack Squadron – VMF-323 AU-1 Corsair - Death Rattlers

WS-22  WS-22

F4U-4B

AU-1

14 Jul 1950        F4U & AU-1 Corsair
1950-53

13 Jul 1953

VMF/VMA-212 -Marine Fighter Attack Squadron -  Lancers - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-212 [VMFA-212]

LD

F4U-4

F4U-5                                         F4U-5N

F4U-4B                                         AU-1

15 Sep 1950

Feb 1955

VMF-311 - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron -VMA-311 “Willy

Lovers”/“ Tomcats

WL2

F9F-2

F4U-4B                                      F9F-2B

F9F-5

14 Nov to Dec 1950 F9F Panther/Cougar1953-56

27 Apr 1955

VMF-234 - Marine Fighter Squadron -         Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-234 [VMGR-234]

 

F4U-4

F4U-4B

23 Apr 1951

 

VMA - 121 Marine Attack Squadron “Green Knights”

AK

AD-2

AD-3                                 AD-4

2 Oct 1951

16 Nov 1957

HMR-161 - Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 1 st Marine Air Wing

HR

HRS-

HRS-2Gs

H05S-1

16 Aug 1951

 

VMJ-1

MW

F2H-2P

F9F-2P

F7F-3P

F4U-5P

 

 

VMC-1

RM

AD-4N

4NL

AD-3N

AD-2Q

AD-4Q

AD-4W

 

 

VMF-115 - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-115 [VMFA-115] - Able Eagles

AE

F9F-2

F9F-4

F9F-5

Feb 1952

Jun 1953

VMA-332 Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron “Moonlighters”

MR4    MR6         MR20      MR22

F4U-4

F4U-4B

15 May 1953

23 Dec 1953

VMA-251

AL

AD-3

AD-4

AD-4B

9 Jun 1953

 

VMF-224  Marine Fighting Squadron “Bengals”

 

F2H-2 to F9F-5

10 Sep 1953

1 Dec 1954

 (Ref. U.S. Navy Deployment History and Korea USMC Conflict/War Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:)

VMO-6 equipped with O6-1s and converted from the HO3Ss Sikorsky to HTL-4 Bell Helicopters in late 1951.

Many of the Marine Corps Squadrons remained permanently assigned in the Korean operating area during the Korean War.

VMO-6 equipped with twelve HO5S-1 Sikorsky helicopters July 1952

 

USMC Korea Conflict/War Resources:

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

U.S. Marine Corps Aviation,

140A

USN and USMC Tactical Aircraft Operating in the Korean Conflict

140A

Korean War - History of Marine Corps Aviation Korea

140A

U.S. Marine CorpsAviatin by Maj. Gen. John P. Condon, at the excellent U.S. Navy Historical Center's public domain Web site

List of United States Marine Corps aircraft squadrons ...

118

Korean War - History of Marine Corps Aviation Korea

140A

Aviation Squadrons-VMF, VMFA VMFAT & VMFT Insignia

161

USMC Fighting Squadrons

168

Marine Corps squadrons (View as HTML)

165

History of VMF/VMA-214

109

The Nightmares of Korea: VMF(N)-513 By Steven P. Albright

215

VMA-513 Squadron History

112

VMO 6 - Marine Observation Squadron 6 - Korean War Project - Photo

167

VMO-6 History

115

VMF-323 AU-1 Corsair

116

VMF-323 - Death Rattlers Squadron USMC World War II

168A

Marine Fighting Squadron 312 (VMF-312) - Past

117 & 160

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-312 [VMFA-312]

163

Marine Attack Squadron-542 [VMA-542]

111

Marine Attack Squadron 542 History

166

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-212 [VMFA-212]

111A

VMA-311 Willy Lovers/Tomcats

110

VMF-234 Marine Fighter Squadron - Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-234 [VMGR-234]

162

VMA - 121 Marine Attack Squadron “Green Knights” (Tail code VK)

157A

VMA-121 Photograph Album

110A

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron(All Weather)-121 [VMFA(AW)-121]

111D

Green Knight History

251

HMR-161 - Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 1 st Marine Air Wing

 

VMJ-1

 

VMC-1

 

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-115 [VMFA-115]

111E

VMA-332 Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron “Moonlighters”

157F

VMA-251

 

VMF-224 Marine Fighting Squadron “Bengals”

157B

Marine Corps Aces

169

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aces (42 kb file)

75B

Korea 1950-1953 Significant Events: 1950

208

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau ... 1911 to Present

137A

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps BuNos--Third Series (60010 to 70187)

139

HISTORY AND MUSEUMS DIVISION-USMC

146

History of Marine Corps Aviation Main Page

140

 

 

 

 

 

President Truman’s Administration News:

 

Korean War: June, 1950                                  Korean War: July, 1950

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tues

Wed

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

U.S. Navy Ships

84B

U.S. Navy Ship Classification Symbols

39A

Evolutions of Aircraft Carriers

155B1

CV Deployments

76

U.S. Navy carriers

1

U.S. Navy Attack carriers: CV, CVA, CVB, CVL, CVAN and CVN

75D

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers - CV/CVN

84A

U.S. Navy Escort carriers: AVG, ACV and CVE

75D

U.S. Navy Escort Aircraft Carriers

84C

“This list of aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy includes all types in the main hull numbering sequence, consisting of hull classification symbols CV, CVA, CVB, CVL, and CVN” (Ref. 72).

For the smaller escort aircraft carriers (CVE), please see list of escort aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy” (Ref. 72).

Carrier Deployment by Year: Appendix 3 - Carrier Deployments by Year 1946 to 1990, U.S. Dept of the Navy – (Ref. 8).

Naval Aviation

155A1

APPENDIX 15 Evolution of Carrier Air Groups and Wings

114B

 

pdf

Evolution of Carrier Air Groups and Wings (49 kb file)

75B

CVG Deployments

76

Naval Squadrons

76

Aviation Commands (186 kb file)

75B

 

U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

Appendix 6 - Lineage Listing for VA, VA(AW), VAH, VA(HM), VAK, VAL ...

114A

 

pdf

U.S. Navy Aircraft Squadron Classification Symbols

39A

Aircraft Designations and Popular Names (218 kb file)

75B

Visual Identification System for Naval Aircraft (Tail Codes) (116 kb file)

75B

Naval Helicopters (63 kb file)

75B

History of U.S. Naval Operations: Korea

211A

History of U.S. Naval Operations: Korea (A Note on Source Materials) - (Ref. 211)

Korean Combat Action Reports for Carrier Air Groups

75C

U.S. Navy and Marine Corp Aircraft in the Korean Conflict

75C

Ships List: Alphabetical by Name

148

 

U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

RESOURCE

REF.

Carrier, Carrier Based Squadrons and Non-Carrier Based Squadron Korean War order of battle – (Ref. 29) – html

Carrier, Carrier Based Squadrons and Non-Carrier Based Squadron Deployments During the Korean War (36 kb file) – (Ref. 29)

CARRIER, CARRIER BASED SQUADRONS AND NON-CARRIER BASED SQUADRON DEPLOYMENTS DURING THE KOREAN WAR - Carrier, Air Group and Carrier Based Squadron Deployments – Squadron Aircraft tail code - Googles Search - View as HTML – (Ref. 90)

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Squadron Designations and Abbreviations (114 kb file) – (Ref. 75B)

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aces (42 kb file)

75B

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau ... 1911 to Present

137A

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps BuNos--Third Series (60010 to 70187)

139

 

 USN and USMC Tactical Aircraft Operating in the Korean

Theater during the Korean Conflict

AIRCRAFT

REF.

AIRCRAFT

REF.

AIRCRAFT

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AD/A-1 Skyraider (AD-4) (400 kb file, download as a .pdf file)

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AD-5 Skyraider (965 kb file, download as a .pdf file)

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AF Guardian (AF-2S) (1.3 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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F2H Banshee (1.4 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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F3D Skynight (1.6 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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F4U Corsair (1.6 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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F6F-5K Hellcat (F6F-5, 1.3 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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F7F-3N/P Tigercat (549 kb file, download as .pdf file)

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F9F Panther (1.6 MB file, download as a .pdf file)

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HO3S (1.98MB file, download as a .pdf file)

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HO3S-1 (986 kb file, download as a .pdf file)

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HO4S-2 (589 kb file, download as a .pdf file)

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HO5S-1 (497 kb file, download as .pdf file)

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HRS-1 (860 kb file, download as .pdf file)

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HRS-2 (see HRS-1)

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HTL-4 (530 kb file, download as a .pdf file)

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OE-1 (OE-1 redesignated O-1B, similar to OE-2/O-1C, 408 kb file, download as .pdf file)

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OY-2 (644 kb file, download as a .pdf file)

75D

P2V (P-2) Neptune (2.75 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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P2V-5 (P-2) Neptune (1.3 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

75D

PB4Y-2 Privateer (P4Y-2)(1.5 mb file, download as a .pdf file)

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PBM Mariner (2.3 MB file, download as a .pdf file)

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TBM-3S Avenger (Korea) (978 kb file, downloas as .pdf file)

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(Ref. U.S. Navy Deployment History and Korea USMC Conflict/War Resources during the Korean Conflict/War:)

VMO-6 equipped with O6-1s and converted from the HO3Ss Sikorsky to HTL-4 Bell helicopters in late 1951.

Many of the Marine Corps Squadrons remained permanently assigned in the Korean operating area during the Korean War.

VMO-6 equipped with twelve HO5S-1 Sikorsky helicopters July 1952

 

KOREA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

 

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Korea War Fact Sheet  - Chronology of the Korean War 1950-1953 “HISTORY

146

Air War Korea – Events I 1950-53

269

Korean War - History of Marine Corps Aviation Korea

140A

Korean War--Logistics & Support Activities in Korea, 1950-1953

273

Korean War--United Nations and Republic of Korea Forces

274

U.S. Air Force Units in the Korean War

176

Photo Archive Main Index - NavSource
Naval History - Photographic History Of The U.S. Navy

176

Air Power Development Centre - A Potted History of the RAAF

267

U.S. Air force F-86 Sabre – Korea War

212

Korean War Aces

199

Aerial Victories in Korea

199

History of U.S. Naval Operations: Korea

211A

Meteor Operations in Korea

213

USAF F-86 Sabre (F-86) Squadrons - 1st FDS to 97th FIS

252

War In The Air: The Royal Australian Air Force In Korea

268

USAF Historical Study No. 71 - USAF Museum

246

KOREAN WAR map final

227

The Air War

206

F-80 Shooting Star Units Over Korea

173

Air Power Development Centre - A Potted History of the RAAF

267

First American jet ace, USAF F-86 Sabre pilot “Maj. James Jabara

233

Photo Archive Main Index - NavSource
Naval History - Photographic History Of The U.S. Navy

176

P-47 USAAF Squadron Assignments

175

U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabre – Korea War

212

RAAF Museum - History of the RAAF page

270

RAAF News

271

The U.S. Air Force’s First War:
Korea 1950-1953 Significant Events
PREFACE or GLOSSARY

272

GENERAL GEORGE E. STRATEMEYER AND THE AIR WAR IN KOREA: FALL 1950 - By Thomas Y'Blood Headquarters, U.S. Air Force History Office Colloquium on Contemporary History, Seminar 3 (Ref. 224)

The U.S. Air Force's First Air War: Korea 1950-1953 Significant Events (Ref. 272) http://www.au.af.mil/au/afhra/wwwroot/korean_war/korean_war_chronology/kwc_contents.html