VA-195

VA-195 Dambusters

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Lion Cub - 1944
Drawn by Bud Southworth

Tiger & Parrot before 1953
Courtesy Edward Christie

Tiger & Parrot after 1956
Courtesy Tailhook Association

Helmet and Shield - 195?
Drawn by Bud Southworth

War Eagle - 1985
Courtesy VFA-195
 


Patch

  • VT-19's Lion Cub patch was first used during World War II, the patch making its appearance shortly before March 1944. The VA-20A Tigers also appear to have used the Lion Cub crest. The VT-19 patch illustrates a lion cub flying a torpedo and launching a rocket. First patch displayed above.
    According to Tom Howley (fomer squadron member) the basis of the original lion cub and "rocket launcher' on a torpedo was that Bob Burns, a movie person famous for the "bazooka" - a comical musical instrument and "the so called rocket launcher", gave a lion cub to the squadron (final destination L.A. Zoo). Disney drew up the patch about 1944.
    The tiger/rocket (tiny tim 11.75") and "feel the breeze" parrot was born at a squadron party at Barbers Point O club, Aug. 1947 (Boxer CV-21 )deployment.
  • VA-20A & VA-195 used a Tiger and Parrot crest after 1949. (Aug. 1947 per Tom Howley) There are two versions of the Tiger and Parrot patch.
    The first Tiger and Parrot patch was un-officially initiated sometime before 1953; but this patch was never officially recognized.
    The second Tiger and Parrot patch was a modification of the un-official patch and was in use September of 1955 for at least a year. The origin of the patch, as explained to Herrick M. Drake (O-6, Ret'd) when he checked aboard in 1955, was that the torpedo represented the historical event (from which the unit got its nickname) of the squadron's destruction of the Whanchon Dam during the Korean War. The tiger on his back referred to the previous nickname, The Fighting Tigers, and the parrot on his back referred to a joke that for some reason always came up at squadron parties
  • The Helmet and Shield patch was adopted by VA-195 in the 4th qtr. of 1957. When Cdr. Mead assumed the helm, the squadron had a contest for a new patch. The contest was won by an enlisted man and, after a few modifications by Cdr Mead, was submitted for BuAir approval. It became official the last of that year (1957). The new patch's background depicted the unit's day or night over land or sea capability, the torpedo upheld the "Dambusters" history, and the superimposed atom represented the squadron's nuclear weapons capability. The Trojan helmet at the peak was CVG-19's patch.
  • On August 30, 1985, VFA-195 adopted a War Eagle patch. Patch displayed above.


Handle

  • Tigers, 1949 to the early 1950s.
  • Dambusters, early 1950s to the present.


Heritage

  • August 15, 1943, Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) was established.
  • November 15, 1946, VT-19 was redesignated Attack Squadron TWENTY A (VA-20A).
  • August 24, 1948, VA-20A was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VA-195).
  • April 1, 1985, VA-195 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VFA-195).


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • August 15, 1943 - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Los Alamitos
  • February 29, 1944 - - - Naval Air Station Kahului *
  • December 14, 1944 - - - Naval Air Station San Diego
  • January 20, 1945- - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • February 5, 1945- - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Santa Rosa
  • August 9, 1945- - - - - Naval Air Station Kahului *
  • November 3, 1945- - - - Naval Air Station Barbers Point
  • August 19, 1946 - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • November 3, 1952- - - - Naval Air Station Moffett Field
  • December 13, 1961 - - - Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • July 1, 1986- - - - - - Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi & Misawa) †
  • * Temporary shore assignment while the squadron conducted training in preparation for combat deployment.
  • † VFA-195 was assigned to CVW-5 on July 1, 1986 as part of a program that has a permanently assigned carrier and air wing at an overseas homeport. The homeport for CVW-5 and United States Ship Midway CV 41, was Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. The squadron did not arrive in Japan until November 1986.


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • August 15, 1943 - - - A/B/NM† - - CVG-19/CVAG-19/ CVG-19/CVW-19*
  • December 1, 1969- - - - - - - - - COMFAIRLEMOORE
  • 1970 - - - - - - - - - NH - - - - CVW-11
  • January 18, 1982 - - - NL - - - - CVW-15
  • October 1, 1982 - - - - - - - - - COMLATWINGPAC
  • November 12, 1982- - - NG - - - - CVW-9
  • September 15, 1984- - - - - - - - COMLATWINGPAC
  • July 1, 1986 - - - - - NF - - - - CVW-5
  • * CVG-19 was redesignated CVAG-19 on November 15, 1946. On September 1, 1948 CVAG-19 was redesignated CVG-19. CVG-19 was redesignated CVW-19 when Carrier Air Groups (CVG) were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
  • † The tail code A was assigned to CVAG-19 on December 12, 1946 and changed to B on August 4, 1948. The tail code B was changed to NM in 1957. The effective date for this change was most likely the beginning of FY 58 (July 1, 1957).


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 06-23-44 to 11-23-44 - CVG-19 - CV 16*- - TBM-1C - - Pacific
  • 03-18-46 to 08-19-46 - CVG-19 - CV 36- - TBM-3E - - WestPac
  • 01-11-50 to 06-13-50 - CVG-19 - CV 21 - - AD-3 - - - WestPac
  • 11-09-50 to 06-09-51 - CVG-19 - CV 37- - AD-4 - - - WestPac/Korea
  • 03-21-52 to 11-03-52 - CVG-19 - CV 37 - - AD-4/4L- - WestPac/Korea
  • 09-14-53 to 04-22-54 - CVG-19 - CVA 34- - AD-4B/NA - WestPac
  • 03-02-55 to 09-21-55 - CVG-19 - CVA 34- - AD-6 - - - WestPac
  • 03-09-57 to 08-25-57 - CVG-19 - CVA 10- - AD-6 - - - WestPac
  • 11-01-58 to 06-18-59 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - AD-6 - - - WestPac
  • 11-21-59 to 05-14-60 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - A4D-2- - - WestPac
  • 04-26-61 to 12-13-61 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - A4D-2N - - WestPac
  • 07-12-62 to 02-11-63 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - A-4C - - WestPac
  • 01-28-64 to 11-21-64 - CVW-19 - CVA 31- - A-4C - - WestPac/IO/Vietnam
  • 04-21-65 to 01-13-66 - CVW-19 - CVA 31- - A-4C - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10-15-66 to 05-29-67 - CVW-19 - CVA 14- - A-4C - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 12-28-67 to 08-17-68 - CVW-19 - CVA 14- - A-4C - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 04-14-69 to 11-17-69 - CVW-19 - CVA 34- - A-4E - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 11-06-70 to 07-17-71 - CVW-11 - CVA 63- - A-7E - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 02-17-72 to 11-28-72 - CVW-11 - CVA 63- - A-7E - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 11-23-73 to 07-09-74 - CVW-11 - CV 63 - - A-7E - - WestPac/IO
  • 05-21-75 to 12-15-75 - CVW-11 - CV 63 - - A-7E - - WestPac
  • 10-25-77 to 05-15-78 - CVW-11 - CV 63 - - A-7E - - WestPac
  • 03-13-79 to 09-22-79 - CVW-11 - CV 66 - - A-7E - - Mediterranean
  • 04-14-81 to 11-12-81 - CVW-11 - CV 66 - - A-7E - - Mediterranean/IO
  • 07-15-83 to 02-29-84 - CVW-9- - CV 61 - - A-7E - - Central America/ WestPac/IO
  • 01-09-87 to 03-20-87 - CVW-5 - CV 41- - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 04-23-87 to 07-13-87 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac 1
  • 10-05-87 to 04-12-88 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 10-18-88 to 11-09-88 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 01-21-89 to 02-24-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 02-27-89 to 04-09-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 05-31-89 to 07-25-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 08-15-89 to 12-11-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 02-20-90 to 04-06-90 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 10-02-90 to 04-17-91 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac/IO/ Persian Gulf
  • * The squadron departed Hawaii enroute to Eniwetok Atoll embarked on United States Ship Intrepid CV 11, and arrived there on June 30, 1944. On July 9, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Lexington CV 16, in preparation for its combat deployment. The squadron's combat deployment ended on November 23, 1944 when they were transferred to United States Ship Enterprise CV 6, while at Ulithi Atoll. They arrived at Hawaii on November 27, and were transferred to Long Island (CVE 1) for the final leg of the return trip to the States, arriving at Naval Air Station San Diego on December 14, 1944.
  • † The squadron departed Hawaii enroute to Saipan embarked on United States Ship Hancock CV 19, and arrived there on April 3, 1946. On April 20, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Antietam CV 36, for deployment to WestPac. During the squadron's deployment to WestPac it was temporarily shore based at Saipan on several occasions.
  • ‡ The squadron and CVG-19 were relieved aboard United States Ship Princeton CV 37, by Carrier Air Group 19X. Squadron aircraft were transferred to VA-55. The officers were flown back to the States and the enlisted personnel were transferred to USAT General Nelson M. Walker for transportation back to Naval Air Station Alameda.
  • § The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan. Consequently, all future deployments for the squadron will cover only those operations outside the home waters of Japan.

 


Aircraft

 


Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • August 15,1943 - - - - - LT Leonard R. Prater (acting)
  • August 18, 1943- - - - - LCDR Karl E. Jung
  • September 22, 1943 - - - LCDR Albert P. Coffin
  • December 31, 1943- - - - LCDR David E. Dressendorfer
  • September 26, 1944 - - - LCDR Frank C. Perry
  • November 24, 1945- - - - LCDR James F. McRoberts
  • August 11, 1947- - - - - LCDR Melvin H. Warner
  • August 7, 1948 - - - - - LCDR Harry C. White
  • June 26, 1950- - - - - - LCDR Harold G. Carlson
  • September 28, 1951 - - - CDR Neil A. MacKinnon
  • December 1, 1952 - - - - CDR August W. Elliott, Jr.
  • July 16, 1954- - - - - - CDR Lewis R. Hardy, Jr.
  • September 30, 1955 - - - CDR William A. Rawls
  • September 6, 1957- - - - CDR R. J. Mead
  • July 18, 1958- - - - - - CDR Fletcher H. Burnham
  • July 1959- - - - - - - - CDR Harry N. O'Connor
  • June 1, 1960 - - - - - - CDR George W. Blease
  • March 17, 1961 - - - - - CDR Walter E. Scholz
  • April 27, 1962 - - - - -

    CDR Anson D. Geiger, CO. and CDR J. V. Smith, XO.
  • March 29, 1963 - - - - - CDR Robert F. Doss
  • April 28, 1964 - - - - - CDR J. V. Smith
  • April 12, 1965 - - - - - CDR Bertrand O. Larsen
  • April 1, 1966- - - - - - CDR Charles E. Hathaway
    Left to right: VA-195 CO CDR Charles E. Hathaway, named CO on 01 APR 1966, was shotdown on 281st mission 07 APR 1967 and was recovered and returned to the Ticonderoga. He achieved the second highest sortie count, surpassed only by his replacement as CO CDR Samuel R. Chessman who flew a total of 306 sorties during the war. On the right is Dick Tulley, who was CO of VA-127 during Nickel Grass.
  • April 28, 1967 - - - - - CDR Samuel R. Chessman, XO, 1966-67 Cruise.
  • July 24, 1968- - - - - - CDR W. H. Greiwe
  • June 1969- - - - - - - - CDR C. W. Jorgensen
  • March 6, 1970- - - - - - CDR D. D. Hicks, Jr.
  • February 9, 1971 - - - - CDR Paul F. McCarthy, Jr.
  • December 30, 1971- - - - CDR Donald L. Hall
  • March 7, 1972- - - - - - CDR Mace C. Gilfry
  • March 16, 1973 - - - - - CDR Norman D. Campbell
  • June 1, 1974 - - - - - - CDR Brian D. Woods
  • June 2, 1975 - - - - - - LCDR James R. Lee
  • August 27, 1976- - - - - CDR William E. Newman
  • October 7, 1977- - - - - CDR Robert C. Kaup
  • October 6, 1978- - - - - CDR William C. Bowes
  • December 13, 1979- - - - CDR James M. Hays
  • March 24, 1981 - - - - - CDR Alexander M. Phillips
  • June 9, 1982 - - - - - - CDR David I. Pierce
  • December 1, 1983 - - - - CDR Kirwin S. Webster
  • May 8, 1985- - - - - - - CDR W. O. King, Jr.
  • October 10, 1986 - - - - CDR Patrick D. Moneymaker
  • April 15, 1988 - - - - - CDR Thomas G. Otterbein
  • August 9, 1989 - - - - - CDR Gregory C. Wooldridge
  • October 17, 1990 - - - - CDR Randolph R. Robb


Events

  • August 15, 1943:
    Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) was established at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Los Alamitos, California. VT-19 Tigers were assigned the Grumman TBF-1 Avenger.

  • February 29, 1944:
    The squadron was based at NAS Kahului, Hawaii.

  • June 23, 1944 through November 23, 1944:
    VT-19 Tigers, flying the Grumman TBF-1C Avenger, embarked on the United States Ship Lexington CV 16, for their 1st cruise. VT-19 departed Hawaii enroute to Eniwetok Atoll embarked on United States Ship Intrepid CV 11, and arrived there on June 30, 1944. On July 9, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Lexington CV 16, in preparation for its combat deployment. The squadron's combat deployment ended on November 23, 1944 when they were transferred to United States Ship Enterprise CV 6, while at Ulithi Atoll. They arrived at Hawaii on November 27, and were transferred to United States Ship Long Island CVE 1, for the final leg of the return trip to the States, arriving at NAS San Diego on December 14, 1944. This World War II combat cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater.

  • July 18, 1944:
    VT-19 flew its first combat mission when it conducted pre-invasion strikes against Guam.

  • July to October 1944:
    VT-19 Tigers flew combat strikes against Guam, Palau, the Bonin and Volcano Islands, Mindanao, Visayans, Luzon, Okinawa and Formosa.

  • October 24, 1944:
    VT-19 aircraft participated in strikes against the Central Japanese Task Force in the Sibuyan Sea, which included the super battleship Musashi. Three of the squadron's personnel, Lieutenants Joseph C. Black and Max E. Gregg and LTJG Edward H. Schulke, were awarded the Silver Star for their actions during this strike.

  • October 25, 1944:
    VT-19 Tiger aircraft participated in the Battle of Cape Engano, strikes against the Japanese Northern Force composed primarily of carriers. The following squadron personnel were awarded the Navy Cross for their actions during this battle: Lieutenant Commander Frank C. Perry; Lieutenants Leonard R. Prater, Joseph C. Black, Max E. Gregg, Frederick Doll, Jr., James C. West, Leonard P. Mathias, Donald W. McMillan, Richard D. Greer, Jr., and Gordon B. Whelpley; LTJGs Frank A. Fox, Morris R. Goebel, James H. Langrall, Ray J. Stacy, Robert F. Durian, William R. Garrett, John S. McDonald, Edward H. Schulke, Edward C. Myers, Jr., Irvin Kramer, Jr. and James E. Sipprell; and Ensigns Mercer L. Jackson, Jr., Wallace F. Leeker, Frederick Schuler and Warner W. Tyler.

  • November 5, 1944:
    Tiger aircraft participated in an attack on the Nachi, a Japanese heavy cruiser, which was making a sortie out of Manila Bay. The cruiser was sunk and Lieutenant (jg)s Robert F. Durian, James E. Sipprell and Ray J. Stacy were awarded a Gold Star in lieu of their second Navy Cross for their actions in this engagement. Lieutenant Joseph C. Hebert was awarded a Navy Cross for actions in this strike.

  • December 14, 1944:
    VT-19 was based at Naval Air Station San Diego, California.

  • January 20, 1945:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • February 5, 1945:
    VT-19 was based at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Santa Rosa, California.

  • August 9, 1945:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Kahului, Hawaii.

  • November 3, 1945:
    VT-19 was based at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.

  • March 18, 1946 through August 19, 1946:
    VT-19 Tigers, flying the Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, embarked on the United States Ship Antietam CV 36, for their 2nd cruise. The squadron departed Hawaii enroute to Saipan embarked on United States Ship Hancock CV 19, and arrived there on April 3, 1946. On April 20, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Antietam CV 36, for deployment to WestPac. During the squadron's deployment to WestPac it was temporarily shore based at Saipan on several occasions. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater.

  • August 19, 1946:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • November 15, 1946:
    VT-19 was redesignated Attack Squadron TWENTY A (VA-20A).

  • May 3,1947:
    Attack Squadron TWENTY A Tigers were assigned the AD-1 Douglas Skyraider.

  • August 24, 1948:
    VA-20A was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VA-195).

  • January 11, 1950 through June 13, 1950:
    VA-195 Tigers, flying the Douglas AD-3 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Boxer CV 21, for their 3rd cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater.

  • November 9, 1950 through June 9, 1951:
    VA-195 Tigers, flying the Douglas AD-3 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Princeton CV 37, for their 4th cruise. This first Korean War combat cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • December 5, 1950:
    The VA-195 Tigers flew its first combat mission since the end of World War II, flying close air support missions for U.S. Marines near Chosen Reservoir in North Korea.

  • May 1, 1951:
    The VA-195 Tiger's AD-4 Skyraiders made a torpedo strike against the floodgates of the Hwachon Reservoir Dam. The purpose of the mission was to destroy the floodgates and raise the level of the river to form a natural barrier against the enemy's advance. It was from this mission that the squadron derived its nickname, Dambusters.

  • March 21, 1952 through November 3, 1952:
    VA-195 Tigers, flying the Douglas AD-4/4L Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Princeton CV 37, for their 5th cruise. This second Korean War combat cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • June 23, 1952:
    The VA-195 Tigers, along with units from two other carrier air groups and the Fifth Air Force, conducted coordinated air strikes against the Suiho hydroelectric plant on the Yalu River and the Kyosen Number Three hydroelectric plant. Squadron aircraft participated in attacks against other hydroelectric plants the following day.

  • July 11, 1952:
    VA-195 Dam Buster aircraft participated in one of the major joint Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps air strikes of the war, hitting industrial targets in North Korea's capital city of Pyongyang.

  • November 3, 1952:
    VA-195 was based at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California.

  • September 14, 1953 through April 22, 1954:
    VA-195 Dam Buster, flying the Douglas AD-4B/NA Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Oriskany CV 34, for their 6th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • March 2, 1955 through September 25, 1955:
    VA-195 Dam Buster, flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Oriskany CV 34, for their 7th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • March 9, 1957 through August 25, 1957:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Yorktown CVA 10, for their 8th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • November 1, 1959 through June 18, 1959:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 9th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • July 1, 1959:
    VA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.

  • November 21, 1959 through May 14, 1960:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 10th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • December 22, 1959:
    Lt(jg). B. Cooper was killed when VA-195 A4D BuNo 144909 crashed into the sea astern of the USS Bon Homme Richard (en-route from Pearl Harbor to Guam) at 2122 hours and sank in 3,000 fathoms of water. USS Lofberg DD-759, USS Buck DD-761 and the USS Bon Homme Richard commenced a search for the pilot.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log.

  • March 4, 1960:
    Lt(jg). Jerome V. Bachman VA-195 in A4D BuNo 145036 did not return to the USS Bon Homme Richard (en-route from Kobe, Japan to Sasebo, Japan) at 0925 hours. A pilot reported seeing a possible flash and finding an oil slick. The USS Bon Homme Richard accompanied by the USS Morton, USS Chevalier, USS Wiltsie, USS Hamner and USS Tang commenced a search and completed the search at 1222 hours.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log.

  • April 26, 1961 through December 13, 1961:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 11th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • July 19, 1961:
    LtCmdr. Allen Price perished when his A4D-2N BuNo 147679 hit the round down and exploded while attempting a carrier landing
    Midland, TX Reporter-Telegram article

  • November 27, 1961:
    An unnamed pilot perished when he crashed into a field 2.5 miles from NAS Atsugi, Japan while on final for landing
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • December 13, 1961:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

  • July 12, 1962 through February 11, 1963:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 12th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • August 21, 1962:
    AA L.E. Cotton was killed when VA-195 A4D BuNo 147692 went over the port side with him at 2024 hours and sank in 2,300 fathoms of water in the South China Sea. USS Small, DD-838, and USS Buckley, DD-808, commenced search for man overboard and secured the search at 2102 hours.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log.

  • September 22, 1962:
    A4D-2N BuNo 148542 & A4D-2N BuNo 145142 were involved in a 3 plane mid-air collision during a night in-flight refueling off Japan. Lt.Cmdr. John T. Parks perished. The other A4D-2N pilot and the tanker A/C pilot were recovered uninjured
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • January 28, 1964 through November 21, 1964:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 13th cruise. This was the squadron's first Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • August to October 1964:
    VA-195 Dam Busters participated in special operations, flying escort and reconnaissance sorties in support of U.S. operations in Vietnam and Laos.

  • April 21, 1965 through January 13, 1966:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 14th cruise. This was the squadron's second Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • October 15, 1966 through May 29, 1967:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14, for their 15th cruise. This was the squadron's third Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • October 19, 1965:
    A-4 C BuNo 148584, NM-512 disappeared on armed reconnaissance mission - Lt(jg) John Bowers Worchester - KIA.
    Name: John Bowers Worcester
    Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy
    Unit: Attack Squadron 195, USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA 31)
    Date of Birth: 23 April 1941
    Home City of Record: Big Rapids MI
    Date of Loss: 19 October 1965
    Country of Loss: North Vietnam
    Loss Coordinates: 191900N 1052500E (WG437357)
    Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
    Category: 2
    Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C
    Refno: 0175

    LTJG John B. "Smiley" Worcester was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 195 onboard the USS BON HOMME RICHARD. He had been in the Vietnam theater for about six weeks, and had flown 14 combat missions. On October 19, 1965, Worcester launched in his A4C Skyhawk attack aircraft as the second plane in a two-plane section of A4Cs on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.
    The route was along a river valley and over rolling hills with peaks extending up to approximately 1800 feet mean sea level. The weather in the entire mission area was clear with unrestricted visibility. Some automatic weapons and anti-aircraft positions were known to exist along the mission route. The flight was conducted at altitudes between 5,000 and 7,000 feet above ground level.
    At about 5:00 p.m. local time, LTJG Worcester expended part of his ordnance on a bridge. There was no enemy ground fire observed. The flight leader called "turning over point" and had visual contact with Worcester. He acknowledged over the radio that he had visual sight of the leader. The flight leader called "point 2" and received no response from LTJG Worcester. Calls were made on both attack primary and guard frequencies. The mission area was in Nghe An Province, North Vietnam. Worcester's last known location was about 75 miles northwest of the city of Vinh.
    The flight leader retraced the entire route three times, but saw no trace nor indication of any kind of a crash or anti-aircraft artillery fire. A fighter pilot in the general area saw an explosion on the ground near the alternate rendezvous point, but was too far away to determine its origin.
    Meanwhile, another section of aircraft circled the alternate rendezvous point at 10,000 feet looking for Worcester. This point was a prominent peninsula on the coast clearly visible from the entire mission area. All aircraft stayed in the area as long as fuel permitted. Search and rescue units were alerted and began their search efforts at that time. Darkness precluded further overland search.
    The following morning at first light, all pilots who had been in the mission area when LTJG Worcester disappeared thoroughly searched the route again. All search results were negative. Photography along the mission route also failed to reveal any trace of the pilot or his aircraft. Worcester was declared Missing in Action.
    Worcester was not among the prisoners of war that were released in 1973 by the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese deny any knowledge of him, though circumstances surrounding his incident indicate the strong probability that enemy forces knew his fate.
    John B. Worcester graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1963.
    John B. Worcester was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander during the period he was maintained missing.

    Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.
     

  • October 29, 1966
    LCdr Chester L. Nightengale, Jr. perished in A-4C BuNo 145123 while on a training flight off United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14 enroute to Southeast Asia.

    His loss was a daylight ramp strike during routine ops during a transpac the day before arriving in Yokosuka Japan. After the strike, the A/C rolled inverted and departed the port side wiping the lens etc. platform clean. The only thing recovered was his helmet. I was a JG in VA-195 at the time on my second cruise, saw the plat tape several times.
    Dick Nielsen

    An A-4C of Attack Squadron 195 piloted by LCdr. C. L. Nightengale, Jr. Struck the fantail, burst into flames and continued overboard on the port side. USS R.K. Turner and Tiacondroga helicopter commenced search of area around 34 deg - 27'N, 142 deg - 08.6E for pilot. 1510 ceased search for pilot with negative results.
    USS Ticonderoga, Deck Log - Saturday, October 29, 1966

  • December 13, 1966:
    LTJG Donald O. Taylor flying 147776 (VA-195) was downed by ground fire. He was recovered and returned to the ship.

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147776 - Lt(jg). Donald O. Taylor ejected and was rescued by a Navy ship when his Skyhawk was hit by ground fire leaving the target after a rocket attack on a SAM site at the Xuan Mai Bridge and his aircraft flamed out due to fuel loss. 1652 LTJG Donald O. Taylor piloting an aircraft of VA-195 ejected after engine failed. Position of ejection from this ship 243 degrees at 16 miles. Pilot recovered by helicopter and returned to this ship. No report received on his condition.
    USS Ticonderoga deck log, 13 December 1966.
    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147819 - LCdr. Charles Edward Barnett ejected and was rescued by one of the Ticonderoga's helicopters after his Skyhawk was hit by an SA-2 missile while attacking a SAM site at the Xuan Mai Bridge and was too damaged attempt a carrier landing. 1718 LCDR C.E. Barnett pilot of a damaged A-4C of VA-195 ejected from his aircraft. Position of ejection from this ship 075 degrees at 4 miles. Pilot recovered by helicopter and returned to this ship. Pilots condition reported to be good.
    USS Ticonderoga deck log, 13 December 1966.
    USS Ticonderoga, , Deck Log (Page 1), Tuesday, December 13, 1966
    USS Ticonderoga, , Deck Log (Page 2), Tuesday, December 13, 1966
    USS Ticonderoga, , Deck Log (Page 3), Tuesday, December 13, 1966

  • February 27, 1967:
    Lt. Richard A. Luker in VA-195 A-4C BuNo 148607 (NM 512) crashed into the sea off the port bow at latitude 18-35N longitude 107-19E and sank in 35 fathoms of water at 1107. USS Keppler (DD-765) and helicopter commenced search for pilot at 1108. Pilot recovered by helicopter and delivered on board Ticonderoga at 1115.
    USS Ticonderoga deck log, 27 February 1967.

  • April 7, 1967
    Cdr. Charles E. Hathaway ejected safely and was recovered after his A-4C BuNo 149639 was hit by ground fire, caught fire and the flames began burning through the right side of the airplane and spread to the wing.
    Fergus Falls, MN Fergus Falls Daily Journalarticle

  • April 20, 1967:
    Commander S. R. Chessman, the VA-195 Dam Buster's executive officer, was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in planning and executing a successful strike against a Haiphong thermal power plant, accomplishing the mission without the loss of a single aircraft.

  • December 28, 1967 through August 17, 1968:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14, for their 16th cruise. This was the squadron's fourth Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • September 18, 1968
    An unidentified pilot was killed when A-4C BuNo 147689 crashed and exploded in a pasture near Dinuba, CA, 25 miles southeast of Fresno, CA.
    Long Beach, CA Independent Press-Telegram article

  • October 1968:
    VA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the TA-4F Douglas Skyhawk.

  • April 14, 1969 through November 17, 1969:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34, for their 17th cruise. This was the squadron's fifth Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • February 1970:
    VA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the Vought A-7E Corsair II.

  • November 6, 1970 through August 17, 1971:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, for their 18th cruise. This was the squadron's sixth Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • February 17, 1972 through November 28, 1972:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, for their 19th cruise. This was the squadron's seventh Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • March 6, 1972:
    During night operations off Kitty Hawk CVA 63, in Philippine waters, the squadron's commanding officer, Commander D. L. Hall, was lost when his aircraft crashed into the sea astern the boat.

  • April 1972:
    Following the invasion by North Vietnam into South Vietnam the VA-195 Dam Busters participated in tactical air sorties against military and logistic targets in North Vietnam.

  • May 9, 1972:
    VA-195 Dam Buster aircraft participated in the mining of North Vietnamese harbors.

  • May 10, 1972:
    VA-195 participated in the beginning of Linebacker I operations, concentrated air strikes against targets in North Vietnam above the 20th parallel.

  • November 23, 1973 through August 9, 1974:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CV 63, for their 20th cruise. VA-195 deployment with CVW-11 on Kitty Hawk as part of the first CV concept air wing deployment on the west coast. This concept consolidated all aspects of carrier aviation warfare into one air wing deployed on a single deck.

  • May 21, 1975 through December 15, 1975:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CV 63, for their 21st cruise. This cruise was to the WestPac Theater.

  • October 25, 1977 through May 15, 1978:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CV 63, for their 22nd cruise. This cruise was to the WestPac Theater.

  • March 13, 1979 through September 22, 1979:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship America CV 66, for their 23rd cruise. This cruise was to the Mediterranean Theater.

  • April 14, 1981 through November 12, 1981:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship America CV 66, for their 24th cruise. This cruise was to the Mediterranean Theater.

  • July 15, 1983 through February 29, 1984:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Ranger CV 61, for their 25th cruise. This cruise was to Central America.

  • April 1, 1985:
    VA-195 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VFA-195).

  • September 30, 1985:
    VFA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the F/A-18A Boeing Hornet.

  • July 1, 1986:
    VFA-195 was stationed at Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan (Naval Air Facility Atsugi & Misawa).

  • January 9, 1987 through March 20, 1987:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 26th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • April 23, 1987 through August 13, 1987:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 27th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from Midway.

  • October 15, 1987 through April 12, 1988:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 28th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • January 21, 1988 through November 9, 1988:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 29th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • January 21, 1989 through February 24, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 30th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • February 27, 1989 through April 9, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 31st cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • May 31, 1989 through August 25, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 32nd cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • August 15, 1989 through December 11, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 33rd cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • February 20, 1990 through April 6, 1990:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 34th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • October 2, 1990 through April 17, 1991:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 35th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway. This cruise was to the Western Pacific with a side trip to the Persian Gulf.

  • November 1990 - January 1991:
    VFA-195 flew missions in support of Operation Desert Shield, the build up of American and Allied forces to counter a threatened invasion of Saudi Arabia by Iraq and as part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force its withdrawal from Kuwait.

  • Today:
    The VFA-195 Dam Busters are defending this country as they have for over fifty years. When you go to bed tonight please say a prayer for your sailors and naval aviators who are at peril in the sky and at sea so that you may sleep in peace this night.


Awards

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

  • NAVE
    • 01 January 1970 to 30 June 1971

  • PUC
    • 18 July 1944 to 05 August 1944
    • 06 September 1944 to 06 November 1944

  • CAMPAIGN MEDAL (Asiatic Pacific)
    • 18 July 1944 to 27 August 1944
    • 31 August 1944 to 14 October 1944
    • 10 October 1944 to 23 November 1944

  • SASM
    • 02 November 1990 to 14 March 1991

  • KLM
    • 17 January 1991 to 28 February 1991

  • NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION
    • 05 December 1950 to 10 August 1951
    • 15 April 1952 to 18 October 1952
    • 28 October 1966 to 21 May 1967
    • 26 January 1968 to 23 July 1968
    • 07 December 1970 to 24 June 1971
    • 09 March 1972 to 04 November 1972
    • 17 January 1991 to 07 February 1991

  • KPUC
    • 05 December 1950 to 10 August 1951

  • KSM
    • 01 December 1950 to 31 May 1951
    • 14 April 1952 to 24 April 1952
    • 30 April 1952 to 21 October 1952

  • ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL
    • 03 April 1960 to 04 April 1960
    • 26 April 1960 to 27 April 1960
    • 22 May 1961 to 27 May 1961
    • 05 March 1964 to 13 March 1964
    • 12 May 1964 to 14 May 1964
    • 05 June 1964 to 10 June 1964
    • 13 June 1964 to 17 June 1964
    • 31 August 1964 to 06 November 1964
    • 14 November 1964 to 21 November 1964
    • 26 May 1965 to 03 June 1965
    • 17 March 1968 to 21 March 1968
    • 17 September 1969
    • 28 September 1969 to 04 October 1969

  • MILITARY UNIT COMMENDATION
    • 05 May 1969 to 03 November 1969
    • 01 January 1987 to 30 June 1988
    • 07 September 1989 to 25 October 1989

  • NAVY EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL
    • 09 May 1981 to 18 October 1981

  • REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS
    • 19 October 1965 to 20 October 1965
    • 23 October 1965 to 28 October 1965
    • 22 November 1965
    • 24 November 1965
    • 06 December 1965
    • 15 November 1966 to 16 November 1966
    • 20 November 1966 to 21 November 1966
    • 06 December 1966
    • 15 December 1966
    • 06 January 1967
    • 09 January 1967
    • 30 January 1967
    • 21 February 1967
    • 25 February 1967
    • 03 March 1967 to 04 March 1967
    • 06 March 1967 to 07 March 1967
    • 09 March 1967
    • 30 March 1967
    • 11 April 1967
    • 15 April 1967
    • 24 April 1967
    • 26 April 1967
    • 27 January 1968
    • 31 January 1968 to 03 February 1968
    • 05 February 1968 to 03 March 1968
    • 27 March 1968 to 06 April 1968
    • 08 April 1968
    • 26 April 1968
    • 28 April 1968 to 01 May 1968
    • 08 May 1968
    • 11 May 1968
    • 31 May 1968
    • 02 June 1968
    • 17 May 1969 to 03 June 1969
    • 15 June 1969 to 30 June 1969
  • VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
    • 18 July 1965 to 13 August 1965
    • 10 September 1965 to 01 October 1965
    • 08 October 1965 to 29 October 1965
    • 13 November 1965 to 17 December 1965
    • 12 November 1966 to 18 December 1966
    • 03 January 1967 to 07 February 1967
    • 13 February 1967 to 16 March 1967
    • 28 March 1967 to 28 April 1967
    • 25 January 1968 to 04 March 1968
    • 25 March 1968 to 08 April 1968
    • 16 April 1968
    • 24 April 1968 to 12 May 1968
    • 20 May 1968 to 14 June 1968
    • 25 June 1968 to 23 July 1968
    • 05 May 1969 to 04 June 1969
    • 15 June 1969 to 01 July 1969
    • 12 July 1969 to 30 July 1969
    • 14 August 1969 to 12 September 1969
    • 08 October 1969 to 31 October 1969
    • 07 December 1970 to 30 December 1970
    • 12 January 1971 to 04 February 1971
    • 19 February 1971 to 01 April 1971
    • 09 April 1971 to 26 April 1971
    • 03 May 1971 to 17 May 1971
    • 29 May 1971 to 23 June 1971
    • 08 March 1972 to 25 March 1972
    • 03 April 1972 to 22 April 1972
    • 01 June 1972 to 27 June 1972
    • 07 July 1972 to 04 August 1972
    • 14 August 1972 to 05 September 1972
    • 15 September 1972 to 02 October 1972
    • 12 October 1972 to 31 October 1972
     

    Photographs


    NOVEMBER 1959 TO MAY 1960 USS Bon Homme Richard
    U.S.N. photographs taken Book
    Unknown Dambusters Skyhawk trapping aboard the Bonnie Dick.
    Bon Homme Richard Cruise Book

    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 145035 NM 501 catching the Bonnie Dick's two wire.
    Bon Homme Richard Cruise Book

    Later, while respotting the deck, A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 145035 NM 501 is pictured from the island.
    Bon Homme Richard Cruise Book

    The Bonnie Dick aft flight deck aircraft ready for the next launch. Dambusters Skyhawk NM-207, Golden Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 145035, NM-501, A3D Skywarriors, F-11F Tigers, F3H Demons, & AD Spads.
    Bon Homme Richard Cruise Book

    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 14???? NM 502 is in the foreground the BuNo. cropped from the picture. VA-195 NM 509 (w/o BuNo.) is parked next to VA-192 Golden Dragon A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 142889 NM 202 along the port catwalk.

    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 144904 NM-507 in approach for a barrier trap.
    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 144904 NM-507 over the "rounddown".
    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 144904 NM-507 enters the barrier.
    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 144904 NM-507 is safe in the Bonnie Dick's barricade.

    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 144902 NM 510 trapping and pulling out the arresting wire.

    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 145036 NM 512 chained to the flight deck and getting the "Grapes" fueling treatment.

    A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk BuNo. 144896 NM ??? is lashed to the deck in the hangar bay.

    Dambuster Tinker Toy riding the Bonnie Dick's waist elevator.

    Manning the Skyhawks for a mission.

    A-4B Scooter launching from the port catapult.

    Dambuster A4D-2 Skyhawk trapping on the Bonnie Dick.

    VA-195 1959-60 Pilots.
    VA-195 1959-60 Officers on U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard Cruise.
    Standing, port to starboard:
    1. Lieutenant Junior Grade M. D. Trout; 2. Lieutenant Junior Grade J. V. Bachman; 3. Lieutenant Junior Grade H. W. Grant; 4. Ensign B. J. Froelich; 5. Lieutenant Junior Grade J. C. Boyce; 6. Lieutenant Junior Grade J. C. Murray; 7. Lieutenant Junior Grade C. H. Livens.
    Sitting, port to starboard:
    1. Lieutenant Junior Grade R. C. Snyder; 2. Lieutenant Junior Grade R. J. Fischer; 3. Lieutenant R. A. Stack; 4. Lieutenant Commander F. G. Moody; 5. Commander H. N. O'Connor; 6. Lieutenant Commander J. R. Anderson; 7. Lieutenant Commander J. W. Brannon; 8. Lieutenant T. F. Kopfman; 9. Lieutenant Junior Grade D. J. Tighe.

    Killed in aircraft accidents at sea during this cruise: Lieutenant Junior Grade Jerome V. Bachman, Lieutenant Junior Grade Brian Cooper (not pictured).


    VA-195 1959-60 Power Plant, Air Frame and Steward Departments.
    Standing, L to R:
    L.G. Santos, G.C. Mockenhaupt, J.A. Weibersick, V. Watson, W.J. Faron, D.F. Stott, R.D. Jones, R.E. Burrell, J.W. Grabiak, W.L. Anderson, J.D. Jones, G.W. Carp, D.R. Pipitone, R.E. Shea, D.R. Carns, N. Hawkins, S. Williams, J.A. Stanek, W.A. Kempton, D.G. Pasley.
    Sitting, L to R:
    J.B. Caudilla, T.H. Wymore, J.R. Epping, M.S. Mikita, R.D. Gray, E.D. Melvin, L.G. Hart, R.A. Johnson, M.H. Hamalainen, W.B. Worsnop, J. Bently, P.W. Gordon, R.F. San Juan.


    VA-195 1959-60 Line Department.

    Standing, L to R:
    R.E. Nicholson, P.R. Kemp, T.J. Kettterman, J.M. Nored, S.L. Sweetana, R.L. Moore, J.J.D. Hersel, J.V. Perini, J.D. Nealy, G.A. Dixon, O.W. Ratherford, J.D. Thomas, D.A. Ulmer, A. Estrada, R.M. Cherryholmes, R.L. Proctor.
    Sitting, L to R:
    J.H. Buchanan, C.E. Grimes, H.J. Dorenkamp, W.T. Hawes, W.L. West, E.R. Pickett, D.F. Thompson, C.A. Lockwood, R.V. Garcia, R.D. Fisher, A.R. McMillin.

    VA-195 1959-60 Avionics Department.

    Standing, L to R:
    R.E. Pretzel, J.F. Richardson, R.A. Musgraves, J.D. Thomas, R.C. Hamilton, J.W. Greenway, J.A. Cotton, R.C. Sullivan, J.R. Vahey, J.E. Venturi, J.L. Thompson, J.L. Wright, E.W. Bateman, J.L. McKinney.
    Sitting, L to R:
    R.L. Lloyd, L.J. Shedek, W.A. Marsh, F.E. Blackmore, J.D. Stempel, O.E. Goad, J.D. LePage, D.C. Gordon, G.A. Geyer, L.F. Morse, G.W. McCabe, D.F. Prescott.


    VA-195 Ordinance, Personnel and Administration Deprtments.
    Standing, L to R:
    J.R. Conrad, J.L. Jacobs, J.L. McKeller, J.H. Hayward, C.E. Reffitt, E. Gustavson, A.S. Parnell, P.R. Simpson, R.G. Rhoades, W.S. Garrison, J.G. Bechman, J.A. Knight.
    Sitting, L to R:
    C.D. Nall, V.J. Ronco, E.L. Kinder, A.F. Stoneham, S.M. Adaams, F.E. Schoolmaster, L.D. Little, D.G. Miller, J.L. Adams, T. Leota, M.L. Hampton, B.B. Campbell.




    1960-61: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 145127, NM-503, as she taxies from the flightline.
    Douglas

    1960-61: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 145127, NM-503, as she taxies between the flightlines.
    Douglas

    1960-61: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 145137, NM-507, as she taxies down the flightline.
    Douglas

    1960-61: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 145137, NM-507, as she taxies down the flightline.
    Douglas


    1960-61: tail section view of Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 145139, parked on the flightline.
    Douglas

    1960-61: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 147679, NM-204, parked on the ramp next to F3H Demon BuNo 147003.
    Douglas


    APRIL 1961 TO DECEMBER 1961
    Navy photographs taken U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard Cruise Book.
    NM 501 -- BuNo. 147817. From the LSO platform -- NM 501 ready to trap.
    VA-195 A-4C NM-501, BuNo 147917. CVA-31 neg. no. 8299 (L) and date taken 18 June 1961.
    Don Scott photo in Gary Verver Collection

    NM 502 -- BuNo. 145129. Skyhawks on the Bonnie Dick elevator.

    NM 504 -- BuNo. 147679. Over the round-down for a trap.

    NM 506 -- BuNo. 147817. Over the round-down for a trap.

    NM 509 -- BuNo. 147710. VA-195 Dambuster Men pose by BuNo. 147710 on the Bon Homme Richard flightdeck.

    NM 510 -- BuNo. 147695. NM 510 traps aboard.

    NM 511 -- BuNo. 147692. Color photograph of Lieutenant Junior Grade Hanna & Lieutenant Junior Grade Knowlenberg's Scooter parked on the angle deck.

    NM 512 -- BuNo. 145142.

    Four Dambuster Skyhawks. BuNo. 145129, BuNo. 147710, BuNo. 147692, and BuNo. 147817 parked on the flight deck.

    VA-195 1961 Pilots.
    VA-195 1961 Pilots on U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard Cruise.
    Standing, Port to Starboard:
    1. Lieutenant R. C. Snyder; 2. Lieutenant T. F. Kopfman; 3. Ensign W. A. Barclay; 4. Lieutenant Junior Grade A. R. Gloor; 5. Lieutenant Junior Grade R. C. Tarkowski; 6. Lieutenant R. O. Daniels; 7. Lieutenant Junior Grade C. H. Livens; 8. Lieutenant H. W. Grant; 9. Lieutenant W. A. Finn; 10. Lieutenant J. D. Knollenberg; 11. Lieutenant T. B. Hannah; 12. Lieutenant Junior Grade M. D. Trout; 13. Lieutenant H.D. Barnhart.
    Sitting, Port to Starboard:
    1. Lieutenant M. E. Zophy; 2. Lieutenant Commander G. V. Askew; 3. Commander W. E. Scholz; 4. Lieutenant Commander A. B. Price; 5. Lieutenant Commander T. A. Francis.

    Killed in a carrier landing accident during night flight operations on the South China Sea during this cruise - Lieutenant Commander Abe Price.


    VA-195 Blue Jackets - Grp 1.
    VA-195 1961 Blue Jackets - Grp 1.
    Standing in the Back Row, L to R:
    R.T. Stull, A. Estrada, R.L. Proctor, R.J. Lloyd, R.C. Hamilton, J.E Venturi, O.W. Retherford, H.F. Thompson, C.E. Reffitt, S.L. Sweetana, W.G. Cotton, J.A. Kelly, J.L. McKeller, J.H. Hunstiger, R.E. Templeman.
    Standing in the Middle Row, L to R:
    L.A. Boydston, R.L. Moore, J.W. Dorris, G.L. Montgomery, W.T. Quillin, R.E. Pretzel, P.G. White, T.J. Ketterman, R.J. Seiss, W.T. Hawes, W.L. Handell, T.L. Tageson, J.L. Jacobs, J.A. Knight.
    Sitting, L to R:
    C. Watson, O.G. Poindexter, T.H. Wymore, J.F. Richardson, D.G. Miller, H. Ekeskog, S.M. Adams, W.J. Nelson, O.E. Goad, R.D. Remick, B.W. Beck, E.L. Kinder, J.L. King, B.B. Campbell, M.L. Hampton.


    VA-195 Blue Jackets - Grp 2.
    VA-195 1961 Blue Jackets - Grp 2.
    Standing, L to R:
    N.R. Humphrey, J.J. Jacaruso, J.M. Nored, R.J. Martin, R.H. Whisnant, J.E. Malone, R.L. Quick, C.L. Smith, C.R. Glessing, D.R. Molinari, J.D. Hersel, W.G. Cotton, F.T. Goddard, Z.J. Pieszala, R.J. Derrico, W.D. Wright J.H. Hayward, T.W. Smith, J.D. Nealey.
    Sitting, L to R:
    J.B. Caudilla, G.L. Moeller, R.E. Galvin, C.H. Berglund, G.W. Shisler, A.H. Castle, I.R. Bromley, E.D. Melvin, L.D. Little, P.G. Blondin, G.B. McQuiggin, L.W. McBride, D.L. Llewellyn, H.A. Huffmen, H.D. Sams, E.W. Bateman.


    1961 U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard: Dambuster's Bluejackets pose by BuNo 147710, NM-509, on the Bon Homme Richard's flightdeck.
    1961 Bon Homme Richard Cruise Book


    AUGUST 1962 TO FEBRUARY 1963
    Dambusters Skyhawks BuNo 145139, NM-508 and BuNo 147710, NM-509 and VF-193 Demon BuNo 145232, NM-301, refuel from a USAF KB-50 tanker, s/n 49-0358, as they operate from the USS Bon Homme Richard.
    Courtesy of Gary Verver.

    1962: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 147712, NM-503, in formation with BuNo 148607, NM-505.
    U.S. Navy Photo

    Dambuster A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147687 -- NM 506 -- 1962.
    Douglas A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147687 made the VA-93 1961 Bonnie Dick cruise as an A4D-2N and the 1962 Bonnie Dick cruise as an A-4C. A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147687 side number AJ 407 was assigned to VA-12 in 1970.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry

    VA-195 1962 Dambuster Pilots.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    First row:
    Lieutenant Commander R. T. Manning, Lieutenant T. F. Kopfman, Lieutenant R. C. "Duke" Snyder. Second row:
    Lieutenant H. D. "Barnie" Barnhart, Lieutenant J. R. Daws, Lieutenant R. R. Floyd, Lieutenant H. W. "Howdy" Grant. Third row:
    Lieutenant T. B. Hannah, Lieutenant W. A. "Mickey" Finn, Lieutenant R. C. Tarkowski, Lieutenant J. D. Knollenberg. Fourth row:
    Lieutenant Junior Grade H. W. Knepp, Lieutenant Junior Grade E. A. Stafford, Lieutenant Junior Grade R. W. Castle, Lieutenant Junior Grade A. R. "Rich" Gloor. Fifth row:
    Lieutenant Junior Grade P. F. Grover, Lieutenant Junior Grade J. F. Smith, Lieutenant Junior Grade G. L. Daniels.


    VA-195 1962 Blue Jackets - Grp One.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Quick, R. L., AN; Lowther, C. W., AO2; White, P. G., AMH1; Dixon, G. A., AT2; Ludwig, S. A., AE2; Linkey, G. D., AMSCA; Hickey, R. P., ADJCA; King, J. L., AE1; Johnson, B. B., AK1; Jacobs, J. L., AO1; Torres, P. S., PR1.
    Second row:
    Coleman, P. V., AA; Wright, W. D., ADJ3; Berviller, W. J., ADJ2; McMillin, A. R., AMS2; Hayward, J. H., PN3; Reese, L. R., ADJ3; Stevens, R. J., ADJ3; Smith, T. W., AN; Flotho, P. C., AA; Martin, R. J., AMH3.
    Third row:
    Poindexter, S., ATAN; Gadberry, J. W., AA; Perry, R. L., AME3; Doredant, P. D., AN; Montgomery, G. L., ADJ2; Tate, C. R., ATN3; Cotton, L. E., AA; Watkins, R. M., ADJAN; Quillin, W. T., ADJ1; Watson, G. (n)., AMS2.


    VA-195 1962 Blue Jackets - Grp Two.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Glessing, C. R., ADJ3; Hall, T. E., ADJ1; McBride, L. W., ADJ2; Perkins, C. C., ADJ1; Barnes, J. E., AMSCA; Fagans, W. E., ADJCA; Covington, W. B., AO1; Gessner, O. B., AE1; Beck, B. W., AT1; Wheeler, K. E., AMS3; Huffman, H. A., PN2.
    Second row:
    Roote, L. W., PR2; Costello, C. F., ATN3; Emert, D. M., AE3; Edwards, J. E., AA; Buck, L. E., AA; Nealey, J.D., AMSAN; Acker, W. R., ADR3; Sutton, J., III, AO2; Remick, J. E., AN; Weaver, W. A., AE2.
    Third row:
    Sweetana, S. L., AMH2; English, R. G., AA; Boothe, J. E., AO3; Stamp, N. D., ADJ3; Hersel, J. J.D.,AMSAN; Ramsey, H. L., AA; Castle, A. H., AMH1; Gatlin, B. M., AA; Heig, C. J., AA.


    VA-195 1962 Blue Jackets - Grp Three.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Mares, M. J., ADJ3; Rhye, M., ADJAN; Wymore, T. H., AMS1; Embree, L. E., YN1; Crawford, W. B., ADJ2; Backhurst, W. H., ADJ2; Zuniga, J., AEAN.
    Second row:
    Reynaud, F. A., AA; Bruce, R. W., AA; Hollingsworth, T. W., AA; Martin, L. D., AA.


    VA-195 1962 Blue Jackets - Grp Four.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Diaz, F. N., TN; Ahrens, P. F., AT1; Plunkett, W. E. Jr., ATC; Bangerter, S. D., ACC; Dollard, E. A., AA; Gentry, G. E., AA.
    Second row:
    Seiss, R. J., AT2; Dowling, J. R., ADJAN; Shelton, G. G., AT2; Wilt, R. D., PN3; Kelly, L. J., AA; Caudilla, J. B., DK3.
    Third row:
    Legaspi, A. L., TN; Sabando, D.C.,TN; Wico, A.D., SD2; Santos, L. G., TN.


    VA-195 1962 Blue Jackets - Grp Five.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Callister, S. D., SN; Williams, R. L., AN; Flenner, G. R., PR2 ; Rasmussen, R. J., ADJ2; Hight, D. D., AMS2; Morrow, J. R., AOC; Scavo, A. J., ADJCA; Morrill, J.D., AE1; Pederson, C. F., AE2; South, H. E., AO1; Frazer, A. H., ADJ3; Pamanian, M. C., ADJ2.
    Second row:
    Geddry, T., ADJAN; Wilson, J. E., AO3; Berglund, C. H., ATN3; Forbey, D.C., SA; Mazza, L. P., ADJ1; Poindexter, O. G., ADJ1; Jacaruso, J. J., ADJ3; Molinari, D. R., ADJ3; Scott, I. L., AA; Ketterman, T. J., AMS3; Matthews, E. P., AA.
    Third row:
    Cotton, W. G., AME3; Frey, J. L., AA; Eslinger, E. T., AN; Sharr, R. J., AN; Hagen, L., AO3; Bullard, R. W., AN.



    APRIL 1965 TO JANUARY 1966
    VA-195 Douglas A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149509 - side number NM 502 was having an interesting day. Dambuster BuNo. 149509 had a problem and had to make a gear up landing - into the barricade.
    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149509 side number NM 502 on the ball, flaps down, wheels and hook up. On final approach.

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149509 side number NM 502 arriving!

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149509 side number NM 502 in a tangle of arresting webbing, This Dambuster is on deck and home again. Official Navy photographs from Glen E. Gentry


    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148586 side number NM 50? on the Bonnie Dick flight deck surrounded by its ordnance and the Carrier Air Patrol.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148607 side number NM 50? This is a photograph of the most dangerous job on the flight deck - the Hook Runner is snatching the arresting wire clear of the tailhook of BuNo 148607.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148493 side number NM 504 rests across the Bonnie Dick flight deck from a venerable Skyraider, the Dambuster ordnance crew is reloading NM 504. The aircraft parked next is A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148607.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry

    Sep 1965 Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 148584 and squadron pilots.
    Naval Aviation News.

    OCT 1965: Right side view of USS Oriskany VA-195 Dambusters A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150060, NM-500, on the ramp, NAS Lemoore. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

    VA-195 1965 Dambuster Officers.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    op row port to starboard:
    Commander Bertrand O. Larsen, Commanding Officer, Commander Charles E. Hathaway, Executive Officer.
    Second row port to starboard:
    Lieutenant Commander Richard K. Halverson, Lieutenant Commander Jack C. Holland.
    Third row port to starboard:
    1. Lieutenant John F. Calvert, 2. Lieutenant William P. Olsen, 3. Lieutenant Paul J. McKinnon, 4. Lieutenant Howard T. Winfree, 5. Lieutenant George Mitchell Jr., 6. Lieutenant Thomas M. McGraw.
    Fourth row port to starboard:
    1. Lieutenant Junior Grade Kent T. Kilby, 2. Lieutenant Junior Grade Benjamin E. Caldwell, 3. Lieutenant Junior Grade Frank J. Olney Jr., 4. Lieutenant Junior Grade David K. Droen, 5. Lieutenant Junior Grade Robert W. Harris, 6. Ensign Richard W. Nielsen.

    VA-195 1965 Dambuster Chief Petty Officers.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Canterbury, M. A.; Mulcahy, C.; Embree, L. E.; Fritts, P. N.; Jankowski, S. P.; Hughes, E. C.; Chirite, R. H.; Smart, G. T.


    Group One of the Dambuster Bluejackets.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Gibson, G. E.; Fuller, J. E.; Faeth, D. G.; Howe, P. J.; Griffin, H. A.; Trevino, J. B.; Hoopes, W. A.; Welch, J. F.; Austin, W. E.
    Second row:
    Shanahan, W.; Coonrod, A. B.; Phillips, A. E.; Crofton, J. P.; Burnett, J. W.; Donahue, S. E.; Garrity, F. J.; Cecil, P.; Kelly, L. J.
    Third row:
    Sharp, M. J.; Walshaw, N. A.; Baldwin, A. B.; Whitten, J. W.; Solomon, J. E.; Smith, C. A.; Siegl, H. K.; Maupin, J. C.


    Group Two of the Dambuster Bluejackets.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Porter, R. R.; Crawford, W. B.; Fox, G. B.; Odom, D. J.; Moultrie, F.; Johnson, M. L.; Driggins, J. A.; Latimer, R. R.; McCarthy, R. B.; Gordon, R. F.
    Second row:
    Corn, R. D.; Grasmeyer, J. D.; Mall, S. J.; Erhlicher, F. J.; Proctor, J. R.; Thomas, C. A.; Adams, F. C.; Gift, L. R.; Whitfield, J. D.; Hughes, J. G.; Bruce, R. W.
    Third row:
    Scruggs, K. G.; Dale, T. M.; Curtis, G. R.; LeBlanc, A. N.; Oxendine, A. S.; Farrar, V. J.; Newman, W. C.; Koebnick, R. B.


    Group Three of the Dambuster Bluejackets.
    Official Navy photograph from Glen E. Gentry
    (Left to Right)
    Front row:
    Burian, E. J.; unknown; Parks, J. W.; Wiggins, R. E.; Gadberry, J. W.; Hoffman, C. F.; Edwards, D. R.; Peck, C. L.; Tanner, J. B.; Waller, R. K.
    Second row:
    Hoopes, W. A.; Goode, R. R.; Laguardia, R. W.; Campbell, S. J.; Lake, M. E.; Cornelius, R. E.; Hume, M. R.; Coady, W. M.; Glines, W. H.; Martin, L. D.; Faurot, H. M.
    Third row:
    Tucker, L. M.; Center, J. R.; Gentry, G. E.; Pendergraft, T. C.; Schwafel, D. L.; Garza, J. W.; Weber, B. J.; Fatur, J. E.; Bolin, R. D.; Algar, V. P.; Vining, E. W.; Runfola, B. R.


    29 October 1966: VA-195 Dambusters A-4C BuNo 145123, NM-513, about to go over the port side of the USS Ticonderoga, CVA-14, following a ramp strike.
    Official U.S. Navy photo.


    December 1966 DaNang: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 149633, NM-503, parked on the ramp awaiting repairs to the burned aft fuselage tail pipe section.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza


    December 1966: The Dambusters "Chippy News"



    Richard E. Dellwo

    JAN 1967: The Dambusters "Chippy News" provided by Richard E. Dellwo









    Christmas 1966: WestPac USS Ticonderoga CV-14






    LCDR R.E. Dellwo during 1966-67 Cruise

    March 1967: VA-195 Dambusters A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149645, NM-500, with empty TERs assisted by flight deck crewmen moves crosswind into a parking area on the flight deck of the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) while operating in the South China Se.
    Official U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist R.D. Moeser.


    May 1967: NAS Barbers Point: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 150022, NM-510, assigned to LT North parked on the ramp.
    Nick Williams

    CDR Ernest M. Moore was award the Silver Star for "evading eight SAM missiles and neutralizing two SAM sites" during the same strike at Vin Dinh. He also received the Distinguished Flying Cross and his seventh Air Medal for previous missions.
    JUN67 NAN

    JUN67 NAN photo of VA-195 Skipper CDR Charles Hathaway. He received his second DFC on this cruise.
    JUN67 NAN

    JUN67 NAN photo of LT Judson Springer, who was awarded a DFC for his actions on this cruise.
    JUN67 NAN

    JUN67 NAN photo of LCDR Richard L. Kiehl of VA-195, who was awarded a DFC for his actions.
    JUN67 NAN

    1967 SE Asia: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 148607, NM-512, parked on the ramp.
    Neil Schnieder

    1967 SE Asia: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 149645, NM-500, parked on the line.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    1967 SE Asia: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 145111, NM-510, parked on the flightline. Assigned pilot is LT Caldwell and the p/c is McElroy.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza


    21 Sept 1968: BuNo 149623, NM-514, parked on the ramp.
    Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

    BuNo 148488 Dambusters Skyhawk, NL-303, in the fueling pit at NAS Lemoore.
    Courtesy of Tom Bispo.

    BuNo.148507 Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 147712 at upper right and BuNo 148507, NM-505 in flight.
    Courtesy of Tom Bispo.

    15 FEB 1969: right front view of Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 154336, NM-000, assigned to CDR Bill Gureck, parked on the ramp.
    Nick Williams

    1969:
    BuNo 149983, NM-5114, of VA-195 loaded for a sortie aboard CVA-34 in 1969.
    Photo from Richard Mylar.

    1969 U.S.S. Oriskany: Dambusters Skyhawk BuNo 150076, NM-515, in a tangle of barricade webbing following a landing without the stbd main gear.
    Tailhook Association and "Boom" Powell.

    1969: CVW-19 Skyhawks aboard the USS Oriskany. Left to right is VA-195 NM-512, VA-23 NM-304 and VA-192 NM-4xx.

    1969: Closeup of CVW-19 Skyhawks aboard the USS Oriskany. Left to right is VA-195 NM-512, VA-23 NM-304 and VA-192 NM-4xx.
    Richard Mylar

    Blast from the past, helmet has the name of "Nichols" on the visor.
    Richard Green.



    Sources:
    • Herrick M. Drake
    • Edward Christie
    • Harry S. Gann
    • Glen E. Gentry
    • Mike Trout
    • The Tailhook Association
  • >A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 144893 C/N 12139
        • 30 Nov 1959 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 25 May 1960 - VA-22 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144896 C/N 12142
        • 02 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 27 May 1960 - VA-22 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144897 C/N 12143
        • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1960 - VA-23 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144902 C/N 12148
        • 02 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1960 - VA-23 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144904 C/N 12150
        • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1960 - VA-22 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144907 C/N 12153
        • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1960 - VA-22 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144908 C/N 12154
        • 02 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 27 May 1960 - VA-23 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144909 C/N 12155
        • 02 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 31 Dec 1959 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 144911 C/N 12157
        • 02 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1960 - VA-23 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145021 C/N 12267
        • 25 Jun 1959 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 03 Jul 1959 - VA-153 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 145024 C/N 12270
        • 10 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 24 May 1960 - VA-22 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145035 C/N 12281
        • 06 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 19 May 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 145036 C/N 12282
        • 15 Jul 1959 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 17 Mar 1960 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 145037 C/N 12283
        • 12 Jan 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Jan 1966 - VA-95 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145040 C/N 12286
        • 08 Mar 1960 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 24 May 1960 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 145042 C/N 12288
        • 06 Jan 1960 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 24 May 1960 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 145064 c/n 12310
        • 01 Jul 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 27 Oct 1967 - VMAAW-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 145084 c/n 12330
        • 20 Jun 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Oct 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145092 c/n 12338
        • 13 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 01 Oct 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145095 c/n 12341
        • 15 Aug 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 145102 c/n 12348
        • 20 May 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 23 Mar 1961 - VA-125 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 145111 c/n 12357
        • 22 May 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 02 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-224 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam

        • 31 Dec 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 01 Jan 1966 - VA-95 - USS Intrepid
      • 145112 c/n 12358
        • 28 Jun 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Nov 1967 - VMAAW-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 145113 c/n 12359
        • 05 Feb 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 18 Mar 1965 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 02 Aug 1965 - VA-144 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 145114 c/n 12360
        • 04 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 27 May 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145117 c/n 12363
        • 15 Jun 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 19 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 145120 c/n 12366
        • 21 May 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 28 May 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145123 c/n 12369
        • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 29 Oct 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 145127 c/n 12373
        • 24 May 1960 - VA-195 - Moffett Field, CA
        • 21 Apr 1961 - VA-94 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145129 c/n 12375
        • 31 May 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145132 c/n 12378
        • 19 Jul 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 30 Sep 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145137 c/n 12383
        • 31 May 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 30 Nov 1961 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 145139 c/n 12385
        • 03 Jun 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 May 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145141 c/n 12387
        • 01 Mar 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 May 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 145142 c/n 12388
        • 11 Jul 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 30 Sep 1962 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 147669 C/N 12433
        • 24 Dec 1964 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 14 Nov 1965 - VMA-224 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 147679 C/N 12443
        • 23 May 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 17 Jul 1961 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 147682 C/N 12446
        • 28 Aug 1962 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 07 Oct 1963 - H&MS-15 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 147683 C/N 12447
        • 08 Mar 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 May 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 147687 C/N 12451
        • 09 Jul 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 09 Jul 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 147689 C/N 12453
        • 08 Dec 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 18 Sep 1968 - Stricken - 1SA
      • 147692 C/N 12456
        • 01 Jul 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • ?? Aug 1962 - Stricken - 14K2
      • 147710 C/N 12474
        • 01 Jul 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 24 Jan 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 147712 C/N 12476
        • 01 Jul 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 14 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 26 Feb 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-146 - USS Constellation
      • 147714 C/N 12478
        • 15 Jul 1960 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 09 Sep 1960 - VA-93 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147721 C/N 12485
        • 29 Jun 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 22 Sep 1967 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147746 C/N 12510
        • 01 Jan 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 22 Jun 1967 - NARF - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147750 C/N 12514
        • 25 Mar 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Jun 1967 - NARF - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147754 C/N 12518
        • 10 Mar 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Feb 1967 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP

        • 16 May 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 26 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 147755 C/N 12519
        • 24 Dec 1964 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Aug 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 147771 C/N 12535
        • 11 Mar 1963 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Nov 1963 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147776 C/N 12540
        • 02 Sep 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Dec 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 147802 C/N 12566
        • 31 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 22 Nov 1967 - VSF-1 - USS Independence
      • 147809 C/N 12573
        • 05 Feb 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Mar 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 25 Mar 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147817 C/N 12581
        • 27 Jan 1961 - VA-195 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 22 Jan 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 147819 C/N 12583
        • 12 Jan 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Dec 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 147829 C/N 12593
        • 03 Apr 1961 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 26 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147830 C/N 12594
        • 02 Jun 1965 - VA-195 - USS America
        • 01 Jul 1965 - VA-66 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147843 C/N 12607
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 05 Feb 1969 - VA-95 - USS John F Kennedy
      • 148308 C/N 12618
        • 04 Nov 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 21 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148310 C/N 12620
        • 02 Jun 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 21 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148444 C/N 12637
        • 23 Jan 1964 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 15 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148449 C/N 12642
        • 31 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 27 Sep 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148474 C/N 12667
        • 12 Aug 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 11 Oct 1966 - VA-146 - USS Constellation
      • 148486 C/N 12679
        • 22 May 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 24 Mar 1966 - VA-153 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148489 C/N 12682
        • 09 Aug 1961 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 30 Nov 1961 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148497 C/N 12690
        • 09 Feb 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Nov 1965 - VA-146 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 148498 C/N 12691
        • 10 Mar 1964 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 21 May 1964 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 148500 C/N 12693
        • 01 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 28 Oct 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 148511 C/N 12704
        • 03 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 25 Sep 1068 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
    • Douglas A4D-2n (A-4C) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 148513 C/N 12706
        • 20 Nov 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Mar 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 148525 C/N 12718
        • 17 May 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 19 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 148534 C/N 12727
        • 09 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 27 Sep 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148537 C/N 12730
        • 05 Jan 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 26 Sep 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 148542 C/N 12735
        • 06 Sep 1962 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 22 Sep 1962 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 148555 C/N 12748
        • 30 Mar 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 19 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 148558 C/N 12751
        • 31 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 05 Dec 1967 - VSF-1 - USS Independence
      • 148584 C/N 12777
        • 05 Oct 1962 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 19 Oct 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148587 C/N 12780
        • 26 Nov 1962 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 27 Jan 1964 - NAS - NAS North Island, CA

        • 04 Nov 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 19 Dec 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP

        • 12 Oct 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
      • 148588 C/N 12781
        • 05 Oct 1962 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 01 May 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148590 C/N 12783
        • 01 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 30 Nov 1967 - VA-76 - USS Independence
      • 148596 C/N 12789
        • 20 May 1963 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Jul 1965 - VA-22 - USS Midway
      • 148599 C/N 12792
        • 01 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 30 Nov 1967 - VA-76 - USS Independence
      • 148601 C/N 12794
        • 10 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 06 Dec 1967 - VA-113 - Enterprise
      • 148603 C/N 12796
        • 21 Apr 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 01 May 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148606 C/N 12799
        • 07 Dec 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 07 Nov 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 148607 C/N 12800
        • 12 Jan 1962 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 27 Feb 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148610 C/N 12803
        • 12 Jan 1962 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 18 Dec 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149492 c/n 12817
        • 11 Jan 1962 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 14 Dec 1962 - FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149493 c/n 12818
        • 11 Mar 1963 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Mar 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149498 c/n 12823
        • 04 Nov 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 18 Dec 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149505 c/n 12830
        • 23 Feb 1968 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 11 Feb 1969 - VSF-1 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149509 c/n 12834
        • 05 Mar 1962 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 10 Oct 1966 - VA-94 - USS Hancock
      • 149528 c/n 12853
        • 19 May 1964 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 15 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149547 c/n 12872
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 24 Apr 1969 - VSF-1 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149583 c/n 12908
        • 30 Sep 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Oct 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149605 c/n 12930
        • 28 May 1963 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Oct 1963 - H&MS-15 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 149620 c/n 12945
        • 01 May 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 22 Sep 1967 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149623 c/n 12948
        • 09 Dec 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 27 Sep 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149626 c/n 12951
        • 28 Oct 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 18 Oct 1966 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 149633 c/n 12958
        • 07 Dec 1965 - VA-195 - USS Bon Homme Richard
        • 16 Feb 1966 - VA-95 - USS Intrepid
      • 149639 c/n 12964
        • 22 Mar 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Apr 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149644 c/n 12969
        • 17 Aug 1965 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 22 Jan 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 30 Jan 1968 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 29 Oct 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 149645 c/n 12970
        • 01 Jan 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 01 May 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149646 c/n 12971
        • 01 Feb 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 26 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La

    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 149977 c/n 13030
        • 31 Aug 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-164 - USS Hancock
      • 149979 c/n 13032
        • 02 Feb 1970 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Apr 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 149981 c/n 13034
        • 15 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 29 Jul 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149983 c/n 13036
        • 15 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 23 Mar 1970 - VMA-211 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 149986 c/n 13039
        • 07 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 07 Nov 1969 - VMA-311 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 149990 c/n 13043
        • 13 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-164 - USS Hancock
      • 149993 c/n 13046
        • 24 Dec 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 11 Feb 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149995 c/n 13048
        • 02 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 11 Nov 1969 - VMA-311 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 150010 c/n 13063
        • 22 Jan 1970 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 08 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150013 c/n 13066
        • 26 Sep 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 11 Nov 1969 - VMA-311 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 150015 c/n 13068
        • 02 Feb 1970 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Apr 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150022 c/n 13075
        • 07 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 23 Dec 1969 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 150023 c/n 13076
        • 01 Aug 1969 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 26 Mar 1970 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 150037 c/n 13090
        • 31 Aug 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
      • 150044 c/n 13097
        • 19 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 20 Nov 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard

        • 24 Dec 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 27 Feb 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150055 c/n 13108
        • 31 Aug 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 17 Nov 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150056 c/n 13109
        • 31 Aug 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-164 - USS Hancock

        • 27 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 30 Dec 1969 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 150058 c/n 13111
        • 27 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 06 Apr 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150060 c/n 13113
        • 30 Sep 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 06 Apr 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150062 c/n 13115
        • 25 Dec 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 11 Nov 1969 - VMA-311 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 150065 c/n 13118
        • 15 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 08 Apr 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150066 c/n 13119
        • 04 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 06 Apr 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150073 c/n 13126
        • 03 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 03 Nov 1969 - VMA-223 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 150076 c/n 13129
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 13 Dec 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard

        • 17 Feb 1969 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 24 Jan 1970 - VMA-211 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 150083 c/n 13136
        • 27 Dec 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 13 May 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 150085 c/n 13138
        • 31 Aug 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 24 Nov 1967 - VA-153 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151066 c/n 13236
        • 23 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 16 Nov 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard

        • 24 Dec 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 19 Mar 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151110 c/n 13280
        • 30 Jan 1970 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Jun 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 151121 c/n 13291
        • 04 Feb 1970 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 19 Jun 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCS Yuma, AZ
      • 151137 c/n 13307
        • 08 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 07 Feb 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151156 c/n 13326
        • 15 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 12 Mar 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA

    • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
      • 154206 c/n 13663
        • ?? ??? 1969 - VA-192 - USS Oriskany
        • 15 Aug 1969 - Stricken - 1S

    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
      • 153678 c/n 13616
        • 13 Feb 1970 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 Jun 1970 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154314 c/n 13702
        • 31 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 28 Mar 1969 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154336 c/n 13724
        • 08 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 02 Apr 1969 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154616 c/n 13734
        • 31 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
        • 07 Feb 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

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