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Helmet and Shield -1952
Patch coutesy of Otto Krueger
VA-106/VF-62 Gladiator Reunion Group

Helmet & Shield - 1982
Patch courtesy of VFA-106

F/A-18 Shoulder Patch - 199x
Drawn by Bud Southworth

F/A-18 Shoulder Patch - 199x
Drawn by Bud Southworth


Patch

  • November 23, 1945, Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN created the "Skeleton Riding A Rocket" patch.
    The Skeleton Riding A Rocket patch had deep purple sky, aquamarine water and white clouds outlined in pale blue; the skeleton had a deep purple sombrero, a white face with light green shading and deep purple sockets, magenta shirt with an orange neckerchief, the hands were white with light green markings, teal trousers with a light blue cuff, tan boots with a brown sole, dark purple stirrups, tan saddle with pommel and under-portions brown; light gray rocket outlined in purple with yellow and orange lines emanating from the tail, light gray pistol outlined in purple with yellow smoke, magenta bomb, and a brown belt and holster.
  • April 16, 1952, Fighter Squadron SIXTY-TWO initiated the "Helmet and Shield" patch --- illustrated above.
  • May 26, 1982, VFA-106 modified the "Helmet and Shield" patch. This patch is illustrated above.
  • 199x, VFA-106 Hornet pilots wear unofficial F/A-18 shoulder patches.


Handle

  • There is no recorded moniker for the 1945 to 1952 period.
  • VA-106 Gladiators from 1952 to 1969.
  • VFA-106 took the name "Gladiators" when established in 1984, and has used it to the present.


Heritage

  • January 2, 1945, Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN (VBF-17) established.

  • November 15, 1946, VBF-17 redesignated as Fighter Squadron SIX B (VF-6B).

  • July 28, 1948, VF-6B redesignated as Fighter Squadron SIXTY-TWO (VF-62).

  • July 1, 1955, VF-62 redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VA-106).

  • November 7, 1969, Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VA-106) disestablished.
  • VFA, Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VFA-106) established April 27, 1984.


Home Ports

  • January 2, 1945* - - - - - Naval Air Station Agana, Guam
  • July 8, 1945 - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • September 1945 - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Fallon
  • February 1946- - - - - - - Naval Air Station Brunswick
  • 1946 - - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • September 25, 1948 - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Oceana
  • November 22, 1948- - - - - Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • January 20, 1949 - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Oceana
  • September 18, 1950 - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Cecil Field
  • October 13, 1952 - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • December 1954- - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field
  • April 27, 1984 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field
  • * Temporary shore assignment while the squadron conducted training in preparation for combat deployment.
  • The squadron was transferred from Naval Air Station Brunswick to Naval Air Station Norfolk sometime in July or August 1946.
  • The squadron's home port changed to Naval Air Station Jacksonville on September 5, 1950 and the move from Naval Auxiliary Air Station Oceana was conducted between September 6 and 7. On September 18, Commander Fleet Air Jacksonville changed the squadron's home port to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Cecil Field.


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • January 2, 1945- - - - - - C - - - - - CVG-17/CVBG-17/ CVBG-5/CVG-6*
  • September 1950 - - - - - - F - - - - - CVG-4
  • 1954 - - - - - - - - - - - P/AK - - - CVG-10
  • October 12, 1961 - - - - - - - - - - - CVG-10
  • November 12, 1961- - - - - AK- - - - - CVG-10/CVW-10
  • January 1, 1966- - - - - - AC- - - - - CVW-3
  • February 1, 1967 - - - - - AA- - - - - CVW-17
  • January 10, 1968 - - - - - AK- - - - - CVW-10
  • March 3, 1969- - - - - - - AG- - - - - CVW-7
  • April 27, 1984 - - - - - - AD- - - - - COMLATWING ONE
  • * CVG-17 was established on January 1, 1943, redesignated CVBG-17 on January 22, 1946, then redesignated CVBG-5 on November 15, 1946. CVBG-5 was then re-designated CVG-6 on July 27, 1948.
  • The tail code was changed from P to AK in 1957. The effective date for this change was most likely July 1, 1957.
  • The squadron was temporarily assigned to Air Group 1 for operation Blow Torch, simulated nuclear strikes against North American targets, and for nuclear operational suitability tests aboard United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42.
  • CVG-10 was redesignated CVW-10 when Carrier Air Group (CVG) designations were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
  • *CVG-I5 was redesignated CVW-16 when Carrier Air Groups (CVG were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 02-10-45 to 06-13-45 - CVG-17 - CV 12- - F6F-5 - - Pacific
  • 10-27-49 to 11-23-49 - CVG-6- - CVB 42 - F8F-2 - - NorLant
  • 05-15-51 to 10-04-51 - CVG-4- - CV 34- - F2H-2 - - Mediterranean
  • 04-19-52 to 10-12-52 - CVG-4- - CVB 43 - F2H-2 - - Mediterranean
  • 04-26-53 to 12-04-53 - CVG-4- - CVA 39 - F2H-2 - - Korea/West Pac/Med
  • 07-07-54 to 12-20-54 - CVG-10 - CVA 43 - F2H-2 - - Mediterranean
  • 08-13-56 to 02-11-57 - CVG-10 - CVA 43 - F9F-8B- - Mediterranean
  • 08-07-59 to 02-26-60 - CVG-10 - CVA 9- - A4D-2 - - Mediterranean
  • 09-06-60 to 10-20-60 - CVG-10 - CVA 38 - A4D-2 - - NorLant
  • 02-02-61 to 05-15-61 - CVG-10 - CVA 38 - A4D-2 - - Mediterranean
  • 02-07-62 to 08-28-62 - CVG-10 - CVA 38 - A4D-2 - - Mediterranean
  • 10-01-63 to 05-23-64 - CVW-10 - CVA 38 - A-4C- - - Mediterranean
  • 02-15-65 to 09-20-65 - CVW-10 - CVA 38 - A-4C- - - Mediterranean
  • 03-11-66 to 10-26-66 - CVW-3- - CVA 60 - A-4C- - - Mediterranean
  • 06-06-67 to 09-15-67 - CVW-17 - CVA 59 - A-4E- - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 06-04-68 to 02-08-69 - CVW-10 - CVS 11 - A-4E- - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 09-03-69 to 10-09-69 - CVW-7- - CVA 62 - A-4C- - - NorLant

 


Aircraft

 


Commanding Officers

  • VBF-17, VF-6B, VF-62, VA-106
  • January 11, 1945 - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Hugh W. Nicholson
  • May 14, 1945 - - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Edwin S. Connant (acting)
  • August 20, 1945- - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Edwin S. Connant
  • July 1, 1947 - - - - - - - - - Commander C. E. Houston
  • 1948 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Walter O. Zoecklein (acting)
  • July 2, 1948 - - - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander James E. Shew
  • January 3, 1950- - - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander Hugh A. Kelly
  • October19, 1951- - - - - - - - Commander Douglas A. Clark
  • November 25, 1952- - - - - - - Lieutenant Commander William W. Kelly
  • February 27, 1954- - - - - - - Commander Lewis W. Jenkins
  • July 1955- - - - - - - - - - - Commander Hollis H. Hills
  • February 1957- - - - - - - - - Commander O. L. Dauphin
  • April 25, 1958 - - - - - - - - Commander Newton P. Foss
  • December 5, 1959 - - - - - - - Commander S. O. Bach
  • July 22, 1960- - - - - - - - - Commander L. W. Baldwin, Jr.
  • July 31, 1961- - - - - - - - - Commander L. E. Irvin
  • July 25, 1962- - - - - - - - - Commander W. S. Nelson
  • July 1963- - - - - - - - - - - Commander G. E. R. Kinnear II
  • August 1, 1964 - - - - - - - - Commander C. B. Crockett
  • June 1965- - - - - - - - - - - Commander James H. Scott
  • June 24, 1966- - - - - - - - - Commander S. R. Foley, Jr.
  • August 7, 1967 - - - - - - - - Commander S. E. Latimer, Jr.
  • November 17, 1967- - - - - - - Commander Walter L. Clarke, Jr.
  • March 3, 1969- - - - - - - - - Commander J. H. Harns
  • VFA-106
  • April 27, 1984 - - - - - - - - Commander D. J. L'Herault
  • December 13, 1985- - - - - - - Commander J. W. Peterson
  • February 13, 1987- - - - - - - Commander L. G. Kappel
  • June 3, 1988 - - - - - - - - - Commander W. O. King, Jr.
  • June 12, 1989- - - - - - - - - Commander W. N. Deaver, Jr.
  • March 19, 1991 - - - - - - - - Commander J. Barry Waddell


Events

  • VBF-17, VF-6B, VF-62, VA-106
  • January 2, 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN (VBF-17) was established at Naval Air Station Agana, Guam, a month before it entered combat. Personnel from VF-17 were the core of the newly established Bomber-Fighter Squadron 17. The squadron was assigned the Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat.
  • February 10, 1945 through June 13, 1945:
    VBF-17 flying the F6F-5 Hellcat embarked on United States Ship Hornet CV 12, for combat in the Pacific war.
  • February 16 & 17, 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN operating from United States Ship Hornet CV 12, striking against targets in the Tokyo area.
  • February 20 through 22, 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN flew strikes against Iwo Jima and provided air support for the landings on the island.
  • February 25, 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN flew strikes in the Tokyo area.
  • March 18 & 19, 1945:
    Major strikes were conducted by VFB-17 aircraft against Kanoya, the largest airfield on Kyushu and against the Japanese Fleet anchored at Kure Naval Base. On March 19, Lieutenant Edwin S. Conant was awarded the Silver Star for his action as flight leader on a fighter sweep over Kure Bay. He shot down three planes during an engagement with the enemy and his flight group accounted for a total of 24 enemy planes downed and probably eight or more damaged.
  • March 21, 1945:
    Lieutenant Junior Grade Henry E. Mitchell became an Ace when he shot down five Betty twin engine bombers that were part of a sortie attacking the squadron's task force. Henry was later killed in action on April 3, 1945. For his action on March 21, LTJG Henry Mitchell was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
  • March through May 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN operating from United States Ship Hornet CV 12, flew strikes against Okinawa.
  • April 6, 1945:
    Ensign Harold Yeremain became an Ace when he added three more aircraft to his total by downing two Mitsubishi A6M Zeke Fighters, more commonly known as Zeros and an Aichi Val single engine carrier bomber during an engagement near Okinawa. Ensigns John J. Gafeney and William J. Kostik were awarded Silver Stars for their actions in shooting down three Japanese aircraft each during this engagement.
  • April 7, 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN flew in the combined task force strikes against the super battleship Yamato and its accompanying escorts, resulting in the sinking of Yamato, two cruisers and three destroyers.
  • April 7, 1945:
    Lieutenant Byron A. Eberts became an Ace when he brought his total to five by shooting down a Yokosuka Francis Japanese Navy Night Fighter.
  • April 12 1945:
    Lieutenant Edwin S. Conant became an Ace when he shot down a Mitsubishi A6M Zeke (Zero) and a Japanese Army Nakajima Tojo Fighter and brought his tally to six aircraft downed.
  • April 14, 1945:
    Ensigns Robert A. Clarke and William J. Kostik became Aces when they each shot down a Mitsubishi A6M Zeke (Zero).
  • April 16, 1945:
    Lieutenant John M. Johnston became an Ace when he shot down four Mitsubishi A6M Zekes (Zeros), bringing his total to eight aircraft. For John's action during this engagement he was awarded the Silver Star.
  • May 1945:
    Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN flew strikes against Kyushu and Shikoku, hitting aircraft plants and airfields.
  • May 14, 1945:
    Lieutenant Commander H. W. Nicholson, Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN's Commanding Officer, was killed in action during a strike against Kyushu.
  • May 14, 1945:
    Lieutenant Junior Grade Carl V. Stone became an Ace when he added two Japanese fighters to his total of downed aircraft.
  • September 1945:
    VBF-17 was assigned the Vought F4U Corsair I.
  • November 15, 1946:
    VBF-17 redesignated as Fighter Squadron SIX B (VF-6B).
  • June 30, 1948:
    VF-6B was assigned the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat.
  • July 28, 1948:
    VF-6B redesignated as Fighter Squadron SIXTY-TWO (VF-62).
  • August 3, 1950:
    VF-62 was assigned the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee.
  • July 1, 1955:
    VF-62 redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VA-106).
  • October 1955:
    VA-106 was assigned the Grumman F9F-8B Cougar.
  • August 1956:
    Following the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egypt on July 26, the United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43, with Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX aboard was ordered to the eastern Mediterranean as tensions increased and France and the United Kingdom began preparations for military action against Egypt.
  • October and November 1956:
    On October 29, Israel invaded Egypt and a day later France and the United Kingdom joined in the invasion, with the intent of reoccupying the Suez Canal. United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43, with Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX aboard was on station in the eastern Mediterranean during the American evacuation of Western nationals from Egypt and Israel.
  • June 4, 1958:
    VA-106 was assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.
  • Jan. 1959:
    In One Hour, 46 Landings! VA-106 Smashes Intrepid Record. From sun-up to moon-up, it was a most unusually busy day for the men of Attack Squadron 106 aboard U.S.S. Intrepid (CVA-11). At the close of operations the pilots had racked up 225 landings in A4D-2 Skyhawks. Forty-six of them were made in one hour, marking an Intrepid first.
    LCDR Newton P. Foss, the skipper of VA-106, stated that the remarkable speed with which the flight deck crew and squadron enlisted personnel worked safely and efficiently played a highly important role in the success of the day. The achievement was made more noteworthy by the fact that none of the pilots had experience in carrier landing jets at night.
    The 225 tally may have set a new Atlantic Fleet record for landings by one squadron in one day. There's no doubt that it was tops for the carrier.

    Naval Aviation News January 1959.

    From John Gabbard.
  • February 6, 1959:
    Lt(jg). Rupert B. Lowe ejected safely from A4D-2 BuNo 142782 before it crashed in the Ocala National Forest while on a bombing mission.
    Daytona Beach, FL, Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal, Friday, February 8, 1959.
  • July 1959:
    During the NATO exercise Riptide, held off the east coast of the United States, Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX conducted cross deck operations with the British carrier HMS Victorious.
  • November 15 through 28, 1960:
    Following a request from Guatemala and Nicaragua, a Navy patrol was established off the coast of these Central American countries to prevent infiltration by communists from Cuba. Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX operated from United States Ship Shangri-La CVA 38, as part of the patrol force.
    "Emergency Loading of CVG-10", from Otto Krueger's Cruise Book: "Shangri-La, typical of our versatile Navy, was ordered to the Caribbean on less than twelve hour's notice, to carry out an alert off the coast of Guatemala and Nicaragua. ADM Robert L. Dennison, Atlantic Fleet Commander, acted quickly after President Eisenhower called for a show of force to stop communist aggression in that area. Shangri-La was called in to serve as a means of asserting American policy and of reaffirming America's support of the Monroe Doctrine. It was our "short of war" answer to the communists' "short of war tactics."
    Details:
    In 1960, it was a nite hop from Cecil Field to NAS Mayport (Jacksonville) on 11/14/60. Planes were hoisted aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA-38). Steamed to Caribbean with flight ops in Caribbean and areas off Guantanamo, Cuba from 11/18 'till 11/22/60, then back to Cecil on 11/26/60 ... flying 145011(what else?)!. During that time, we conducted routine day/night flight ops ... show of force only ... for the folks in question. Logged about 11 hours flt time and 5 arrested landings on Shangri-La.
    AirWing 10 again loaded aboard Shangri-La at NAS Mayport on 6/1/61. Steamed to the Caribbean, operated in & out of Guantanamo at NAS Leeward Point from the 6-3-61 to 6-29-61. From 6-29 to 7-16 we were steadily at sea conducting airops, including live ordnance drops at Vieques & Culebra 14/15 June. On the 18th of July we flew off the Shang and home to Navy Cecil. No notable events that I can recall ... logbook shows I logged 41.4 hours flight time, 19 carrier landings ( including a couple nite landings). Also 18 landings and 16 FCLP landings at Leeward Point during that time. No hostile shots fired ... We were ready for Castro's folks, but nothing occurred. We stayed on our side of the fence ... they stayed on theirs!
    The A-4 definitely was assigned to VA-106 throughout both these periods. I first flew with VA-106 on April 25th, 1960. My first time in 145011 was May 11th ... a nite FCLP hop and my final flight in the Little Scooter was on July 7, 1961, the last day in VA-106 before being detached with orders to Naval War College, Newport, RI.
    Captain Otto E.Krueger (ret.)

    Additional remarks:
    Memories, memories. I was with VA-43 and as a member of a detachment we had left Mayport on the Shang for a week's worth of carqualin' in the Caribbean when all this Guatemala episode began to unfold. We spent a total of 36 hours aboard. The Shang turned around, we launched our A-4s for Oceana and we steamed back to Mayport. Upon arrival we were met by the entire air wing ready to hoist aboard. Wow!
    John "Gabby" Gabbard
  • February 6, 1959:
    Lt(jg). Rupert B. Lowe ejected safely from A4D-2 BuNo 142782 before it crashed in the Ocala National Forest while on a bombing mission.
    Daytona Beach, FL, Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal, Friday, February 8, 1959.
  • July 1959:
    During the NATO exercise Riptide, held off the east coast of the United States, Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX conducted cross deck operations with the British carrier HMS Victorious.
  • November 15 through 28, 1960:
    Following a request from Guatemala and Nicaragua, a Navy patrol was established off the coast of these Central American countries to prevent infiltration by communists from Cuba. Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX operated from United States Ship Shangri-La CVA 38, as part of the patrol force.
    "Emergency Loading of CVG-10", from Otto Krueger's Cruise Book: "Shangri-La, typical of our versatile Navy, was ordered to the Caribbean on less than twelve hour's notice, to carry out an alert off the coast of Guatemala and Nicaragua. ADM Robert L. Dennison, Atlantic Fleet Commander, acted quickly after President Eisenhower called for a show of force to stop communist aggression in that area. Shangri-La was called in to serve as a means of asserting American policy and of reaffirming America's support of the Monroe Doctrine. It was our "short of war" answer to the communists' "short of war tactics."
    Details:
    In 1960, it was a nite hop from Cecil Field to NAS Mayport (Jacksonville) on 11/14/60. Planes were hoisted aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA-38). Steamed to Caribbean with flight ops in Caribbean and areas off Guantanamo, Cuba from 11/18 'till 11/22/60, then back to Cecil on 11/26/60 ... flying 145011(what else?)!. During that time, we conducted routine day/night flight ops ... show of force only ... for the folks in question. Logged about 11 hours flt time and 5 arrested landings on Shangri-La.
    AirWing 10 again loaded aboard Shangri-La at NAS Mayport on 6/1/61. Steamed to the Caribbean, operated in & out of Guantanamo at NAS Leeward Point from the 6-3-61 to 6-29-61. From 6-29 to 7-16 we were steadily at sea conducting airops, including live ordnance drops at Vieques & Culebra 14/15 June. On the 18th of July we flew off the Shang and home to Navy Cecil. No notable events that I can recall ... logbook shows I logged 41.4 hours flight time, 19 carrier landings ( including a couple nite landings). Also 18 landings and 16 FCLP landings at Leeward Point during that time. No hostile shots fired ... We were ready for Castro's folks, but nothing occurred. We stayed on our side of the fence ... they stayed on theirs!
    The A-4 definitely was assigned to VA-106 throughout both these periods. I first flew with VA-106 on April 25th, 1960. My first time in 145011 was May 11th ... a nite FCLP hop and my final flight in the Little Scooter was on July 7, 1961, the last day in VA-106 before being detached with orders to Naval War College, Newport, RI.
    Captain Otto E.Krueger (ret.)

    Additional remarks:
    Memories, memories. I was with VA-43 and as a member of a detachment we had left Mayport on the Shang for a week's worth of carqualin' in the Caribbean when all this Guatemala episode began to unfold. We spent a total of 36 hours aboard. The Shang turned around, we launched our A-4s for Oceana and we steamed back to Mayport. Upon arrival we were met by the entire air wing ready to hoist aboard. Wow!
    John "Gabby" Gabbard

  • June 2 through 19, 1961:
    Following the assassination of the Dominican Republic's dictator, General Rafael Trujillo, VA-106 operated from Shangri-La off the coast of Dominica until the domestic situation stabilized.
  • October 22 through November 28, 1962:
    During the Cuban Missile Crisis VA-106 was assigned to the U.S. Air Force's 19th Tactical Air Force, in an alert status.
  • May 1963:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX operated from United States Ship Shangri-La CVA 38, in the Caribbean during the period of unrest in Haiti and the civil strife with the Dominican Republic.

  • 1966
    CAG-3 LSOs group photo on the platform of USS Saratoga in 1966.
  • May 15, 1967:
    Lr(jg) Davis ejected safely when his test bird, A-4E BuNo 151155, came apart over the runway.
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  • July 8, 1967 through September 15, 1967:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX Gladiators flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk from the from United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59, deployed for their first of two WestPac/Vietnam combat cruises.
  • July 29, 1967:
    After four days on Yankee Station tragedy struck United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59. While aircraft were being prepared for the second launch of the day against targets in Vietnam, a Zuni rocket was accidentally fired on the flight deck causing a chain reaction of explosions among the aircraft loaded with bombs and fuel. Flames engulfed the fantail and spread below decks touching off bombs and ammunition. Heroic efforts by VA-106 personnel, along with other members of CVW-17 and ship's company, brought the fires under control. Damage to the carrier and aircraft was severe and VA-106 lost eight men out of the 132 dead, two missing and presumed dead and 62 injured.
    Those VA-106 killed were Petty Officers H. Fontenot, W. W. Stewart, R. N. Plesh, J. A. Earick and Airman C. R. Rich, J. A. Velez, A. R. Metz and G. E. Wall. Numerous squadron personnel were cited for their acts of heroism during the fire.
    Eleven A-4E Skyhawks were lost in the fire:
    • BuNo. 149996
    • BuNo. 150064
    • BuNo. 150068
    • BuNo. 150084
    • BuNo. 150115
    • BuNo. 150118
    • BuNo. 150129
    • BuNo. 152018
    • BuNo. 152024
    • BuNo. 152036
    • BuNo. 152040
  • June 4, 1968 through February 8, 1969:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX flying the A-4E Skyhawk from United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11, the second of two combat cruises to WestPac/Vietnam.
  • September 23, 1968:
    Gladiator A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152091 was lost in an operational accident. U.S. Navy LtCdr. David Francis Callahan Jr., died when his VA-106 A-4E Skyhawk (BuNo.152091) lost electrical power and went off the port side of the USS Intrepid on recovery. LCDR Callahan is on panel 43W, line 068 of the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
  • October 21, 1968:
    Gladiator A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151160 AK 217 was shot down by anti aircraft fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Kenneth Keith Knabb is missing in action.
    Reno, NV Reno Evening Gazette article
  • November 7, 1969:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VA-106) was disestablished.
  • VFA-106
  • April 27, 1984:
    Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX (VFA-106) was established. The squadron's mission is the training of F/A-18 replacement pilots and maintenance personnel for east coast F/A-18 fleet squadrons.
  • February 9, 1985:
    Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIX was assigned the McDonnell F/A-18A Hornet.
  • October 7, 1985:
    The first Replacement Pilot Class arrives at VFA-106 to begin training on the F/A-18 Hornet.
  • 2005:
    VFA-106 dedicates a new briefing room to the Skyhawk.
    Early in 2005 LT Michael A. DePalma of VFA-106 requested assistance from the Skyhawk Association in decorating a new briefing room. Below are the results.









    Photos from LT Michael A. DePalma
    VFA-106 E/F Carrier Qualification Phase Head


Awards

  • Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:

  • Pacific Unit Commendation
    • 02-16-45 to 06-10-45
  • Campaign Medal WW-II Asiatic-Pacific Area
    • 02----45 to 06----45
  • NAVE
    • 07-01-49 to 06-30-50
    • 07-01-55 to 06-30-56
    • 07-01-59 to 06-30-60
    • 07-01-65 to 12-31-66
  • KPUC
    • 06-09-53 to 07-27-53
  • KSM
    • 06-09-53 to 09-27-53
  • VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
    • 07-15-67 to 07-17-67
    • 07-23-67 to 07-31-67
    • 08-12-67 to 08-13-67
    • 09-05-68 to 09-27-68
    • 10-14-68 to 11-14-68
    • 12-03-68 to 12-27-68
  • NEM
    • 06-03-61 to 06-11-61
    • 06-14-61 to 06-18-61
  • NUC
    • 05-01-85 to 04-30-86
  • MUC
    • 05-01-86 to 10-31-87
    • 11-01-87 to 12-31-89
     

    Photographs


    24 Oct 1958: Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 142782, AF-514, is readied for launch from the Intrepid.
    Naval Aviation News Photo, Gary Verver.

    1959: Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 142767 trails the hose and drogue as it refuels from BuNo 142773 which is taking on fuel from another Gladiators Skyhawk (BuNo 145025 or 145026).
    Naval Aviation News

    July 1959: VA-106 Gladiators A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 144954, AK-00, trapping aboard the HMS Victorious during cross-deck operations.
    Official U.S. Navy photo.

    1959: Personnel - 1959-1961 aboard the U.S.S. Shangra La CV-38.

    Photo from Cruise Book, via Otto Krueger.

    Personnel - 1959-1961 aboard the U.S.S. Shangra La CV-38.

    Photo from Cruise Book, via Otto Krueger.

    Personnel - 1959-1961 aboard the U.S.S. Shangra La CV-38.

    Photo from Cruise Book, via Otto Krueger.

    VA-106 maintenance 1959-1961 aboard the U.S.S. Shangra La CV-38.

    VA-106 Maintenance on U.S.S. Shangri La in 1959 MED Cruise. Working on something in the aft "hell-hole".
    Photo from Cruise Book, via Otto Krueger.

    Gladiator four plane.
    In March 1961, six Skyhawks flew over the United States Ship Shangri-La CVA-38 in the Mediterranean off Navplion, Greece on returning from an escort mission. An accompaning VFP-62, F-8 Crusader flying top cover rolled on his side and snapped this picture from his side camera. The Crusader photo bird was piloted by LCDR Norm Youngblood, Officer in Charge, of VFP-62 Det 44. The Shang was headed into the wind and launching the next flight cycle.
    The Skyhawk flight was actually made up of 6 planes but two were cropped from the picture.
    LCDR Otto Krueger the VA-106 Operations Officer was flying lead in AK 300; Left wing was LTJG Jim "Trim" Tabb in AK 302; On right wing was LT Bob Kemper in AK 306; Tail-end Charlie in AK 310, was LTJG Jack Peace. Subsequently Killed in Action December 31, 1967, CDR John Darlington Peace III, is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall panel 33 line 10.
    The pilots of the two cropped Skyhawks were LTJG John Kessler and LTJG Jay Rower. Wire services published this picture and erroneously identified the lead plane pilot as CAG CDR Frank Ault.
    USN photograph from Otto Krueger.

    1960: left front view of Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 142724, AK-313, tied down topside on the Shang.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    1962: Gladiators Skyhawks BuNo 145011, AK-303, and BuNo 144962, AK-301, tied down on the Shang's flight deck.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    1962:
    VA-106 145026, AK305; 144960, AK-302; 144903, AK311 and unknow A4D-2 during the Shangri La MED cruise in 1962.
    Martin Treu.

    VA-106 1962 Shangri La Med Cruise

    VA-106 Personnel during 1962 Shangri La Med Cruise.
    First row, L to R; LTJG Dyke, KT Wood, LT Lawler, CDR Irving, CDR Nelson, LTGJ Hallman, LT Lent, Womeldorf;
    Second Row: Walston, LTJG May, LT Burriss, LT Kemper, LTJG Jay Rower, LTJG Jack Peace, LTJG George Coyne, (unkn)
    Back Row: (unkn), (unkn), LTJG J. Duncan, (unkn), (unkn), LTJG Les Jackson, LCDR Bob Harris, (unkn), (unkn).
    ROtto Kruger

    1963-64: Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 148463, AG-316, parked on the ramp.
    Neil Schneider

    Oct 1964: partial left front view of Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 149529, AK-306. UH-25B Retriever at right is BuNo 128496.
    Naval Aviation news Photo.

    1964-66: BuNo 148546, AK-309, on the ramp behind an array of Skyhawk ordnance including FFAR's, Sidewinders, Bullpups and iron bombs.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    January 1965: These Gladiator Skyhawks flying in a spear formation represent the striking punch of the NAS Cecil Field, FL based squadron operating with the USS Shangi La.
    Naval Aviation News

    1965 Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 150585, tail code AK, moving onto the Shang's forward cat.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    Nov 1965: Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 147796 prepares to taxi forward after the hookman has cleared the arresting cable.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    1966: A-4E SKYHAWK BuNo. 151178 --
    VA-86 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151178, side number AG 412 is shown trapping on the United States Ship Independence CVA-62 in 1966.
    USN photo from Jack "Puresome" Woodul.

    1966: a Gladiators pilot preflights Skyhawk BuNo 148600 aboard the Sara.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    VA-106 Gladiators A-4E, BuNo 150070, AA-321, tied down on the USS Forrestal. Probably June/July 1967 as VA-106 deployed on the Forrestal in "67" with tail code AA and modex 3xx. They sailed 6 June and the stern of the Forrestal had a new look after 29 July.
    Official U.S. Navy photo, Don Scott collection and courtesy of Gary Verver.

    1967: (pre-29JUL67 fire):
    BuNo 152024, AA-310, on the ramp prior to the 1967 WestPac aboard CVA-59. This aircraft was destroyed in the fire aboard CVA-59 on 29JUL67.
    Dave Dollarhide

    29 July 1967: burned out hulk of Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 152024, AA-310, on-board the USS Forrestal, CV-59, following the fire while on station off the coast of Vietnam.
    US Navy Photo.

    1967: Gears up landing at Rosy Roads for BuNo 152030. With twin drop tanks carried, damage is minimized.
    Rocky Pratt - from Gary Verver.

    September 1968: VA-106 Gladiators A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152091, AK-216, configured as a tanker is positioned for launch aboard the USS Intrepid (CVS-11) in the Gulf of Tonkin.
    Official U.S. Navy photo.

    02 September 1968: VA-106 Gladiator Skyhawk BuNo. 151178, side number AK 210 --- rebuilt and upgraded and now operating from the United States Ship Intrepid. 151178 is shown cleaned up after takeoff from Naval Air Station Atsugi.
    Black & white photograph by and from Takafumi Hiroe of Yokohama, Japan.

    September 1968: BuNo. 152069 is brought to the launching position on a steam catapult aboard USS Intrepid (CVS-11), during flight operations in the Gulf of Tonkin. Note nosewheel steering bar in use.
    Pretty sure the squadron is VA-106 as they were the only A-4E squadron on-board the Intrepid at that time and they used the AK 2xx modex. Information is that the other two A-4 squadrons on-board were VA-36 and VA-66 and they flew A-4C's with the modex AK 5xx and AK 3xx.
    Official US Navy Photo - Provide by Gary Verver.

    02 Oct 1968 Gladiators Skyhawk BuNo 151027, AK-202, taking off from NAS Atsugi.
    Photo by Masakaai Hayakawa

      November 1968: BuNo 155078, AK-201, assigned to CDR Walt Clarke parked on the ramp.
    Nick Williams

    February 1969: BuNo 150091, AK-217, parked on the ramp.
    Nick Williams

    March-October 1969: VA-106 Gladiators A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149640, AG-301, and BuNo 145078, AG-307, USS Independence, CVA-62, March - October 1969. VSF-1 War Eagles A-4C AG-614 at left and VA-64 Black Lancers A-4C AG-581 between them.
    Official U.S. Navy.

    1969: BuNo 149640, AG-301 of VA-106, going to the cat, being steered by a Blue Shirt.
    USN Photo via Gary Verver.

    1970: USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) with CVW-10 (AK) including VF-13 Night Cappers (F-8E Crusader), VF-62 Boomerangs (F-8E Crusader), VA-106 Gladiators (A-4C Skyhawk), VA-176 Thunderbolts (A-1H Skyraider), VA-46 Clansmen (A-4C Skyhawk), VFP-62 Eyes of the Fleet Det. (RF-8A Crusader), VAW-12 Det. (E-1B Tracer) and HC-2 Det. (UH-2A Seasprite), 1970.


    Sources:
    • Harry S. Gann
    • Takafumi Hiroe
    • Otto Krueger
    • Jack Woodul
    • John Gabbard

U.S.S. Forrestal - 29 JULY 1967

 

 

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After four days on Yankee Station, while aircraft were being prepared for the second launch of the day against targets in Vietnam, a fire broke out (a Zuni rocket was accidentally fired) on the flight deck of United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59. A chain reaction of explosions among the aircraft loaded with bombs and fuel caused flames to engulfed the fantail and spread below decks touching off more bombs and ammunition.
Heroic efforts by members of CVW-17 and ship's company, brought the fires under control. Damage to the carrier and aircraft was severe and the casualties included 132 dead, two missing and presumed dead and 62 injured. A total of eleven A-4E Skyhawks were lost in the fire. Those lost by VA46 were: 149996 (AA416), 150064 (AA405), 150068 (AA407), 150084 (AA410), 150115 (AA412), 150118 (AA414) and 150129 (AA417).
Other Skyhawks lost were: BuNo. 152018, BuNo. 152024, BuNo. 152036, and BuNo. 152040.
Dave Dollarhide, VA-46, was in BuNo150129 (AA417) just forward of John McCain when the fire broke out. They both scrambled out of their cockpits and survived with minor injuries, but 150129 was blown overboard by an M-65 1,000lb. bomb, as were other Skyhawks. LCDR Fred White of VA-46, in a aircraft that was struck by a Zuni rocket, was one of those killed. Gary Stark, Fred White and Denny Barton of VA-46 were the only pilots to die that day. Dave Dollarhide was the only one in his flight of four to survive. VA-46 enlisted that perished were AMHC Richard L. Owens, AMEAN Richard A. Hatcher, PRAN Thomas D. Ott III, PRAN John C. Pody II,, AN Harol D. Watkins, and AN Robert Zwerlein.
Those in VA-106 killed were Petty Officers H. Fontenot, W. W. Stewart, R. N. Plesh, J. A. Earick and Airman C. R. Rich, J. A. Velez, A. R. Metz and G. E. Wall. Numerous squadron personnel were cited for their acts of heroism during the fire.



Forrestal Flight Deck Layout from JAG Report


Learn or Burn.


JAG Report Part 1 (pdf)

JAG Report Part 2 (pdf)

JAG Report Part 3 (pdf)


BuNo. Side # Crew Status / Repair Hours  
         
VA-46        
150068 AA407 LCDR Gerry L. Stark (deceased). Destroyed  
150118 AA414 LCDR Herbert A. Hope Jr. Destroyed  
150064 AA405 LCDR Fred D. White (deceased) Destroyed  
149996 AA416 LCDR John S. McCain III Destroyed  
150084 AA410 LT Dennis M. Barton (deceased) Destroyed  
150129 AA417 LTJG David A.Dollarhide Destroyed  
150115 AA412   Destroyed  
150025     862.1  
150013     352  
150047     376.6  
150061     391.1  
150063     393.2  
150065     342  
150111 AA411   418.5  
         
VA-106        
152030 AA306 LCDR Dillard D. Hicks Jr. 150  
152036 AA302 LCDR Robert B. Browning Destroyed  
152040 AA301 LCDR Kenneth A. McMillen Destroyed  
152003 AA316 LT John E. Carpenter 300  
152024 AA310 LTJG Richard M. Wilson Destroyed  
152018 AA312 LTJG Donald H. Dameworth Destroyed  
152012     760  
152023     100  
152029     100  
152031     Overhaul  
152033     100  
152039     100  
151124     100  
152011     Overhaul  

 

Forrestal Fire Memorial


THIS WEEKEND THE USS FORRESTAL ASSOCIATION COMMENCES THE TENTH YEAR OF HONORING THEIR TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-SIX FALLEN SHIPMATES ANNUALLY ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND THE NATIONS CAPITAL.
FLOWERS WERE PLACED AT THE USS FORRESTAL GRAVE SITE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY AND ALONGSIDE THE LONE SAILOR STATUE AT THE U. S. NAVY MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC. FORTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO LIEUTENANT COMMANDER J. A. HUMES OF VF-21 DIED WHILE FLYING HIS FJ-3 FURY JET FIGHTER FROM THE DECK OF FORRESTAL. HE WAS OUR FIRST FALLEN SHIPMATE. OUR LAST SHIPMATE TO DIE, OVER TEN YEARS AGO, WAS FIREMAN CRAIG LEE JARREL OF "R" DIVISION. THE OTHER TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR MEN ARE EQUALLY NOTED. ALL THOSE MANY MEN SERVE AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY, IN THE LIVES OF THE MEN WITH WHICH THEY SERVED, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY LOVED AND ARE LOVED BY THEIR FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS.
HONORING ALL OUR 276 SHIPMATES THAT PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WHILE SERVING ABOARD USS FORRESTAL IS AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION. SIMPLY IT SAYS TO OUR FALLEN SHIPMATES, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, WE THEIR SHIPMATES "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"
Ken Killmeyer

Provided via Joe Turpen

 

 


  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142103 c/n 11357
        • 25 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 20 Apr 1969 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 142123 c/n 11377
        • 04 Nov 1960 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jan 1961 - VA-164 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142127 c/n 11381
        • 03 Nov 1960 - VA-106 -- NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Jan 1961 - VA-164 -- NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142139 c/n 11393
        • 06 Apr 1960 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Feb 1961 - VA-163 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142140 c/n 11394
        • 08 Sep 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142417 C/N 11602
        • 13 Jul 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Jan 1963 - NART - NAS New York, NY
      • 142708 c/n 11770
        • 03 Nov 1960 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 06 Jan 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142724 c/n 11786
        • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jan 1961 - VA-164 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142726 c/n 11788
        • 05 Mar 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Apr 1969 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142733 c/n 11795
        • 15 Feb 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1962 - VA-133 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142756 c/n 11818
        • 09 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 17 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142761 c/n 11823
        • 31 Mar 1960 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 29 Nov 1961 - VA-134 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142762 c/n 11824
        • 10 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142767 c/n 11829
        • 05 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142770 c/n 11832
        • 05 Jun 1958 - VA-106 -- NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142772 c/n 11834
        • 09 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 May 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL

        • 20 Jul 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 07 Jan 1963 - NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 142773 c/n 11835
        • 09 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 07 May 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL

        • 20 Jul 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Nov 1961 - VA-133 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142779 c/n 11841
        • 04 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 Nov 1958 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142780 c/n 11842
        • 13 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142781 c/n 11843
        • 09 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Feb 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142782 c/n 11844
        • 10 Jun 1968 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Feb 1959 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 142783 c/n 11845
        • 09 Oct 1962 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Feb 1963 - NART - NAS New York, NY
      • 142784 c/n 11846
        • 16 Oct 1962 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Feb 1963 - NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 142787 c/n 11849
        • 24 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 May 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL

        • 20 Jul 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Apr 1961 - NAF - NAF Naples, Italy
      • 142793 c/n 11855
        • 23 Jun 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Nov 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142799 c/n 11861
        • 14 Jul 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142836 c/n 11898
        • 15 Aug 1958 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jul 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142863 c/n 11925
        • 16 Nov 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 25 Jan 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142864 c/n 11926
        • 17 Nov 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 142868 c/n 11930
        • 17 Nov 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 May 1962 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142883 c/n 11945
        • 31 Aug 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Jan 1963 - NART - New York, NY
      • 142895 c/n 11957
        • 27 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Jul 1969 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 142930 c/n 11992
        • 17 Mar 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Apr 1969 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142934 c/n 11996
        • 25 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 29 May 1969 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 142948 c/n 12010
        • 27 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 Apr 1969 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
      • 144888 C/N 12134
        • 11 Apr 1962 - VA-106 - USS Shangri La
        • 31 Dec 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144889 C/N 12135
        • 27 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Fields, FL
        • 01 May 1969 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 144894 C/N 12140
        • 14 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Aug 1969 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 144900 C/N 12146
        • 15 Sep 1961 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 144903 C/N 12149
        • 07 Feb 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 07 Jul 1961 - Pool BUWEPS FR - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144918 C/N 12164
        • 06 Mar 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 May 1969 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 144933 C/N 12179
        • 28 Feb 1968 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 May 1969 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 144954 C/N 12200
        • 22 Apr 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 144956 C/N 12202
        • 19 Jun 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 144960 C/N 12206
        • 22 Apr 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Mar 1960 - NAS & NAV DST - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144962 C/N 12208
        • 22 Apr 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 145000 C/N 12246
        • 11 Mar 1961 - VA-106 - USS Shangri La
        • 02 Jan 1963 - NART - NAS New York, NY
      • 145011 C/N 12257
        • 03 Jul 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 145025 C/N 12271
        • 03 Jul 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Feb 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 145026 C/N 12272
        • 03 Jul 1959 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Feb 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 145057 C/N 12303
        • 25 Feb 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 May 1969 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 145078 c/n 12324
        • 27 Mar 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 19 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145117 c/n 12363
        • 09 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 21 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 147697 C/N 12461
        • 20 Feb 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147727 C/N 12491
        • 17 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 19 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147736 C/N 12500
        • 17 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 147754 C/N 12518
        • 04 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Oct 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 147768 C/N 12532
        • 26 Jul 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147783 C/N 12547
        • 17 May 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Nov 1969 - MARTD - NAS Dallas, TX
      • 147796 C/N 12560
        • 27 Sep 1963 - VA-106 - USS Shangri La
        • 10 Sep 1965 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 147809 C/N 12573
        • 24 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 12 Jun 1969 - VMA-324 - MCS Beaufort, SC
      • 148304 C/N 12614
        • 28 May 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Feb 1965 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148463 C/N 12656
        • 14 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 19 Sep 1963 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 28 May 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Feb 1965 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 16 May 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148478 C/N 12671
        • 13 Jun 1963 - VA-106 - USS Shangri La
        • 22 Jul 1963 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 148479 C/N 12672
        • 03 Jul 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148480 C/N 12673
        • 14 Dec 1965 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 09 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 148483 C/N 12676
        • 29 Jul 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Sep 1963 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148487 C/N 12680
        • 22 Dec 1965 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 148491 C/N 12684
        • 17 Feb 1965 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 Nov 1966 - VA-36 - USS America
      • 148495 C/N 12688
        • 21 Dec 1965 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 07 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 148503 C/N 12696
        • 07 Jan 1966 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 06 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 148506 C/N 12699
        • 23 Feb 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 15 Feb 1967 - VMAAW-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 148515 C/N 12708
        • 15 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 148516 C/N 12709
        • 17 Feb 1966 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 17 Feb 1966 - VA-36 - USS Saratoga

        • 30 May 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 03 Nov 1966 - VA-36 - USS America
      • 148517 C/N 12710
        • 17 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 29 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148533 C/N 12726
        • 12 Feb 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 19 Dec 1966 - VA-64 - USS America
      • 148543 C/N 12736
        • 17 Feb 1966 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 Nov 1966 - VA-66 - USS America
      • 148545 C/N 12738
        • 21 Feb 1966 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid

        • 25 Mar 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Nov 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148546 C/N 12739
        • 06 Aug 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 26 Mar 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148571 C/N 12764
        • 08 Sep 1965 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 18 Nov 1966 - VA-66 - USS America
      • 148573 C/N 12766
        • 21 Mar 1963 - VA-106 - USS Shangri La
        • 14 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148574 C/N 12767
        • 21 Mar 1963 - VA-106 - USS Shangri La
        • 10 May 1963 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148591 C/N 12784
        • 02 Jun 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148600 C/N 12793
        • 28 May 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Jan 1966 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148612 C/N 12805
        • 01 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149503 c/n 12828
        • 06 Jan 1966 - VA-106 - USS Saratoga
        • 06 Jan 1966 - VA-46 - USS Forrestal
      • 149517 c/n 12842
        • 19 Dec 1962 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 Jul 1963 - Stricken - 1AA0
      • 149518 c/n 12843
        • 18 Dec 1962 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 25 Jan 1966 - VA-46 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149519 c/n 12844
        • 02 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149520 c/n 12845
        • 24 Mar 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Nov 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 149521 c/n 12846
        • 11 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 May 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 149522 c/n 12847
        • 30 Dec 1962 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Oct 1964 - VA-144 - USS Constellation

        • 23 Oct 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 09 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149526 c/n 12851
        • 02 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149529 c/n 12854
        • 03 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 149530 c/n 12855
        • 11 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 12 May 1964 - VA-12 - USS FD Roosevelt
      • 149536 c/n 12861
        • 16 Apr 1965 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Apr 1965 - VA-172 - USS FD Roosevelt
      • 149543 c/n 12868
        • 22 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 May 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 149544 c/n 12869
        • 20 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 11 May 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 149573 c/n 12898
        • 06 Jul 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Oct 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 149611 c/n 12936
        • 07 Jan 1966 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 09 Feb 1967 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 149621 c/n 12946
        • 28 Jan 1966 - VA-106 - USS Saratoga
        • 05 Dec 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 149628 c/n 12953
        • 16 May 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149630 c/n 12955
        • 03 Jul 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Oct 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 149635 c/n 12960
        • 02 Jul 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 149640 c/n 12965
        • 15 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Oct 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149643 c/n 12968
        • 24 Jan 1963 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Sep 1963 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150585 c/n 12996
        • 26 Jun 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 Oct 1966 - VA-36 - USS America
      • 150592 c/n 13003
        • 11 Sep 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Feb 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 08 Apr 1969 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jul 1969 - VA-66 - USS Forrestal
      • 150600 c/n 13011
        • 16 Jul 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Feb 1967 - Stricken - 1S

    • Douglas A-4E Skyhawk
      • 150002 c/n 13055
        • 18 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 06 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150070 c/n 13123
        • 30 Nov 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 02 Jun 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 05 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150089 c/n 13142
        • 22 Nov 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 25 May 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 21 Jan 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150091 c/n 13144
        • 29 Oct 1968 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 150100 c/n 13153
        • 15 Dec 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 02 Jun 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 04 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150117 c/n 13170
        • 01 Nov 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 29 Dec 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 150119 c/n 13172
        • 27 Nov 1968 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 150120 c/n 13173
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 03 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150125 c/n 13178
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 02 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150127 c/n 13180
        • 07 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 04 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151023 c/n 13193
        • 20 Sep 1968 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 151027 c/n 13197
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 28 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 151028 c/n 13198
        • 04 Mar 1968 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 13 Jun 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151052 c/n 13222
        • 20 Sep 1968 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 29 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 151095 c/n 13265
        • 15 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 151124 c/n 13294
        • 04 Jan 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 11 Sep 1967 - VA-153 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151147 c/n 13317
        • 12 Mar 1968 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 151149 c/n 13319
        • 13 Mar 1968 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 151155 c/n 13325
        • 07 Apr 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 15 May 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151160 c/n 13330
        • 05 Apr 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 25 May 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 14 Mar 1968 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 21 Oct 1968 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151165 c/n 13335
        • 25 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 151178 c/n 13348
        • 08 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 152003 c/n 13391
        • 08 Dec 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 10 Aug 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152011 c/n 13399
        • 22 Nov 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 15 Sep 1967 - NARF - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 152012 c/n 13400
        • 16 Nov 1966 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 10 Aug 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152023 c/n 13411
        • 25 Jan 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 19 Aug 1967 - VA-153 - USS Coral Sea
      • 152024 c/n 13412
        • 31 Jan 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 06 Jun 1967 - VA-46 - USS Forrestal
      • 152029 c/n 13417
        • 16 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 12 Sep 1967 - VA-153 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152030 c/n 13418
        • 16 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 24 Sep 1967 - VA-153 - USS Coral Sea
      • 152031 c/n 13419
        • 15 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 10 Aug 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152033 c/n 13421
        • 17 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 29 Aug 1967 - VA-153 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152036 c/n 13424
        • 24 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 06 Jun 1967 - VA-46 - USS Forrestal
      • 152039 c/n 13427
        • 20 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 29 Aug 1967 - VA-153 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152040 c/n 13428
        • 20 Feb 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 06 Jun 1967 - VA-46 - USS Forrestal
      • 152041 c/n 13429
        • 29 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 28 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152069 c/n 13457
        • 05 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 28 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152070 c/n 13458
        • 05 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMRON-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 152078 c/n 13466
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 152081 c/n 13469
        • 05 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 28 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152082 c/n 13470
        • 05 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 28 Dec 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152089 c/n 13477
        • 04 Apr 1967 - VA-106 - USS Forrestal
        • 31 May 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 05 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 11 Nov 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152091 c/n 13479
        • 18 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 23 Sep 1968 - Stricken - 1SA
      • 152098 c/n 13486
        • 19 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Dec 1968 - HAMron-12 COSA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam

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