VA-216

VA-216 Black Diamonds

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Black Diamonds - 1956

Patch

  • Patch from Paul Galanti Collection


Handle

  • 1956 -1970: Black Diamonds


Heritage

  • 30 MAR 1955: VA-216 established.
  • 01 AUG 1970: VA-216 disestablished.


Home Ports

  • 30 MAR 1955 - - - Naval Air Station Moffett Field
  • SEP 1961: - - - - Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • 01 AUG 1968 - - - Naval Air Station Alameda


Air Wings

  • 30 MAR 1955: - - - Z*/ND** - - - - - ATG-4
  • 01 JUL 1959: - - - NP - - - - - - - CVG-21
  • 01 SEP 1966: - - - COMFAIRALAMEDA
  • 01 FEB 1967: - - - AC - - - - - - - CVW-3
  • 09 DEC 1967: - - - COMFAIRALAMEDA
  • 1968: - - - - - - - **** - - - - - - CVW-15
  • 1969: - - - - - - - AA - - - - - - - CVW-17
  • * The tail code Z for Air Task Group 4 (ATG-4) was assigned on July 24, 1956.
  • ** The tail code was changed from Z to ND in July 1957.
  • *** ATG-4 was disestablished on January 19, 1959. VA-216 was assigned to CVG-21 on July 1, 1959 but was not an active part of the Air Group until its return from deployment in December 1959.
  • **** VA-216 probably joined CVW-15 upon the air wing's return from its deployment in April 1968.


Deployments

  • 19 MAR 56 to 13 SEP 56: ATG-4- - CVA 10 - AD-4B/NA - WestPac
  • 06 JAN 58 to 02 JUL 58: ATG-4- - CVA 12 - AD-7 - WestPac
  • 21 AUG 58 to 12 JAN 59: ATG-4- - CVA 20 - AD-6 - WestPac
  • 29 OCT 60 to 06 JUN 61: CVG-21 - CVA 16 - FJ-4B- WestPac
  • 02 FEB 62 to 24 AUG 62: CVG-21 - CVA 19 - FJ-4B- WestPac
  • 07 JUN 63 to 16 DEC 63: CVG-21 - CVA 19 - A-4C - WestPac
  • 21 OCT 64 to 29 MAY 65: CVW-21 - CVA 19 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10 NOV 65 to 01 AUG 66: CVW-21 - CVA 19 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 01 MAY 67 to 06 DEC 67: CVW-3- - CVA 60 - A-4B - Med
  • 07 SEP 68 to 18 APR 69: CVW-15 - CVA 43 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 02 DEC 69 to 08 JUL 70: CVW-17 - CVA 59 - A-4E - Med


Aircraft

  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
    • 142130 c/n 11384
      • 01 May 1967 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 12 Dec 1967 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
    • 142134 c/n 11388
      • 09 Dec 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 18 Mar 1967 - VC-1 - NAS Barbers Point, HI
    • 142138 c/n 11392
      • 15 Oct 1966 - VA-216 AC614 - USS Saratoga
      • 12 Dec 1967 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
    • 142687 c/n 11749
      • 27 Dec 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 05 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
    • 142700 c/n 11762
      • 27 Dec 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 11 Dec 1967 - NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
    • 142729 c/n 11791
      • 03 Dec 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 13 Dec 1967 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 142737 c/n 11799
      • 25 Oct 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 20 Jun 1968 - NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
    • 142743 c/n 11805
      • 23 Nov 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 14 Dec 1967 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 142744 c/n 11806
      • 23 Nov 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 12 Dec 1967 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
    • 142746 c/n 11808
      • 03 May 1967 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 14 Mar 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 142751 c/n 11813
      • 28 Feb 1967 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 14 Dec 1967 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 142781 c/n 11843
      • 17 Feb 1967 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 12 Dec 1967 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
    • 142815 c/n 11877
      • 31 Aug 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 16 Feb 1968 - VA-152 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142852 c/n 11914
      • 16 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142869 c/n 11931
      • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 05 Feb 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142889 c/n 11951
      • 31 May 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142890 c/n 11952
      • 04 Dec 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 01 Mar 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 142894 c/n 11956
      • 20 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142901 c/n 11963
      • 16 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142902 c/n 11964
      • 27 Mar 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142904 c/n 11966
      • 12 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142906 c/n 11968
      • 24 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142910 c/n 11972
      • 06 Mar 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142913 c/n 11975
      • 16 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142914 c/n 11976
      • 19 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142917 c/n 11979
      • 12 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 142922 c/n 11984
      • 16 Feb 1959 - VA-216 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 01 Jul 1959 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • 144882 C/N 12128
      • 10 Feb 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 28 Feb 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 144913 C/N 12159
      • 08 Mar 1967 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 12 Apr 1968 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 144943 C/N 12189
      • 07 Mar 1967 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 08 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 144966 C/N 12212
      • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 05 Feb 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 144974 C/N 12220
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 22 Apr 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 145008 C/N 12254
      • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 06 Feb 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 145012 C/N 12258
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 22 Apr 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 145050 C/N 12296
      • 24 Feb 1967 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 01 Mar 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 145059 C/N 12305
      • 10 Mar 1967 - VA-216 - USS Saratoga
      • 19 Feb 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA

  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
    • 145076 c/n 12322
      • 10 Jun 1966 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 21 Sep 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
    • 145106 c/n 12352
      • 20 Mar 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 28 May 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 145119 c/n 12365
      • 13 Apr 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 28 Feb 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 147678 C/N 12442
      • 05 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VC-5 Det Cubi Point - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 147690 C/N 12454
      • 08 Jun 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 19 Jul 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 147698 C/N 12462
      • 09 May 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VC-5 Det Cubi Point - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 147712 C/N 12476
      • 10 Jun 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 08 Nov 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 147720 C/N 12484
      • 26 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 05 Apr 1968 - Stricken - 1S
    • 147723 C/N 12487
      • 25 Feb 1964 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 31 Aug 1964 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147727 C/N 12491
      • 12 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 19 Jun 1968 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 147731 C/N 12495
      • 24 Jan 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 13 Oct 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 147764 C/N 12528
      • 01 Jul 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 03 Jan 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 147765 C/N 12529
      • 18 Jul 1963 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 25 Oct 1966 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147768 C/N 12532
      • 26 Aug 1963 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 30 Aug 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147815 C/N 12579
      • 07 Jun 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 09 Jul 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
    • 147827 C/N 12591
      • 20 Mar 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 09 Jul 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147834 C/N 12598
      • 06 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VC-5 Det Cubi Point - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 147835 C/N 12599
      • 06 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 21 Nov 1966 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 148442 C/N 12635
      • 09 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 26 Oct 1966 - VMA-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148447 C/N 12640
      • 14 Dec 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 21 Jul 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 148453 C/N 12646
      • 15 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 23 Aug 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148442 C/N 12635
      • 09 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 26 Oct 1966 - VMA-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148447 C/N 12640
      • 14 Dec 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 21 Jul 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 148453 C/N 12646
      • 15 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 23 Aug 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148456 C/N 12649
      • 24 Sep 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 07 Jul 1966 - Stricken - 1S
    • 148464 C/N 12657
      • 07 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 04 Jun 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 148473 C/N 12666
      • 08 Jun 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 21 May 1966 - Stricken - 1S
    • 148493 C/N 12686
      • 08 Dec 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 20 Oct 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
  • Douglas A4D-2n (A-4C) Skyhawk (Continued)
    • 148496 C/N 12689
      • 27 Feb 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 28 Feb 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan

      • 23 Jul 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Fallon, NV
      • 12 Nov 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148498 C/N 12691
      • 11 Mar 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 04 May 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 148505 C/N 12698
      • 03 Jul 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 20 Oct 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA

      • 24 Nov 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 12 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148514 C/N 12707
      • 07 Jun 1966 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 06 Dec 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
    • 148536 C/N 12729
      • 02 Apr 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 28 May 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 148547 C/N 12740
      • 05 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 14 Feb 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 148557 C/N 12750
      • 08 Feb 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 03 Apr 1965 - Stricken - 1TW2
    • 148576 C/N 12769
      • 04 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 12 Oct 1966 - VMA-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148602 C/N 12795
      • 03 Apr 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 16 Jun 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 148603 C/N 12796
      • 30 Apr 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 30 Jul 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 148608 C/N 12801
      • 29 May 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 21 Nov 1968 - Stricken - 1SA
    • 148609 C/N 12802
      • 13 Mar 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VC-5 Det Cubi Point - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 149494 c/n 12819
      • 08 Jun 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 08 Jul 1966 - Stricken - 1S
    • 149498 c/n 12823
      • 14 Mar 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 01 Apr 1969 - VC-5 Det Cubi Point - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 149528 c/n 12853
      • 23 Sep 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 17 Jun 1966 - Stricken - 1S
    • 149529 c/n 12854
      • 25 Apr 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore
      • 14 Feb 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 149532 c/n 12857
      • 14 Nov 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 29 May 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

      • 07 Mar 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore
      • 15 Nov 1968 - VA-95 - USS John F Kennedy
    • 149575 c/n 12900
      • 07 Jun 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
    • 149579 c/n 12904
      • 27 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 22 Jul 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 149580 c/n 12905
      • 07 Jun 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 15 Jul 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
    • 149583 c/n 12908
      • 09 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 26 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

      • 01 Mar 1966 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 30 Sep 1966 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 149605 c/n 12930
      • 16 Oct 1965 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA (L)
      • 27 May 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 149606 c/n 12931
      • 10 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 06 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 149608 c/n 12933
      • 14 May 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 15 Dec 1966 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 149610 c/n 12935
      • 10 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 04 May 1965 - FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 149612 c/n 12937
      • 21 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 03 Mar 1965 - Stricken - 1AE2
    • 149614 c/n 12939
      • 10 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 16 Dec 1966 - VMA-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 149616 c/n 12941
      • 04 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 04 Jul 1966 - Stricken - 1S
    • 149620 c/n 12945
      • 04 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 02 Nov 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 149622 c/n 12947
      • 10 Sep 1963 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 04 Nov 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 149623 c/n 12948
      • 06 Sep 1963 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 23 Sep 1965 - VA-95 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • 27 May 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 15 Jul 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan

      • 26 Feb 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 13 Oct 1969 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 149625 c/n 12950
      • 06 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 30 Dec 1964 - Stricken - 1AA2
    • 149626 c/n 12951
      • 10 Sep 1963 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 25 Jan 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 149627 c/n 12952
      • 10 Sep 1963 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 04 May 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 149629 c/n 12954
      • 12 Feb 1968 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 18 Jun 1968 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 149633 c/n 12958
      • 10 Sep 1962 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 22 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 150583 c/n 12994
      • 20 Apr 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 24 Nov 1965 - NAS - NAS Barbers Point, HI
    • 150586 c/n 12997
      • 13 Apr 1965 - VA-216 - USS Hancock
      • 14 Oct 1965 - VMA-214 - MCAS El Toro, CA

  • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
    • 149648 c/n 12973
      • 27 Aug 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 23 Sep 1969 - VA-152 - USS Shangri La
    • 150015 c/n 13068
      • 28 Aug 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 18 Sep 1969 - VA-152 - USS Shangri La
    • 151110 c/n 13280
      • 17 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 30 Sep 1969 - VA-152 - USS Shangri La
    • 151120 c/n 13290
      • 14 Jun 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 23 Jun 1970 - VMA-331 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 151121 c/n 13291
      • 12 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 30 Sep 1969 - VA-152 - USS Shangri La
    • 151137 c/n 13307
      • 29 Aug 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 24 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 151156 c/n 13326
      • 25 Aug 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 04 Aug 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 151163 c/n 13333
      • 18 Sep 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 23 Jun 1970 - VMA-331 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 151164 c/n 13334
      • 17 Sep 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 04 Aug 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 152012 c/n 13400
      • 10 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 30 Sep 1969 - VA-152 - USS Shangri La
    • 152019 c/n 13407
      • 14 Aug 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 03 Aug 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 152035 c/n 13423
      • 02 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 31 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 152050 c/n 13438
      • 14 Jun 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 26 Jul 1970 - VMA-214 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 152058 c/n 13446
      • 23 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 31 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCS Yuma, AZ
    • 152080 c/n 13468
      • 10 Oct 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 23 Jun 1970 - VMA-331 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 152083 c/n 13471
      • 02 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 24 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 152089 c/n 13477
      • 01 Jul 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 28 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 152090 c/n 13478
      • 20 Jun 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 28 Jul 1970 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
    • 154319 c/n 13707
      • 07 May 1969 - VA-216 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 17 Oct 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 154321 c/n 13709
      • 07 May 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal
      • 01 Oct 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC


Commanding Officers

  • 30 MAR 1955: - CDR Frank W. Ault
  • SEP 1956 - - - CDR Hope Strong, Jr.
  • 13 FEB 1959: - CDR W. E. Payne, Jr.
  • 01 JUL 1959: - CDR L. F. Baumgaertel
  • 09 OCT 1959: - CDR M. E. Stewart
  • 05 JUL 1961: - CDR T. M. Smyer
  • 02 DEC 1961: - CDR R. W. Galt (acting)
  • 06 JAN 1962: - CDR G. W. Bailey
  • 31 DEC 1962: - CDR J. R. Anderson
  • 10 NOV 1963: - CDR J. W. Miller
  • 07 NOV 1964: - CDR R. E. Schwoeffermann
  • OCT 1965 - - - CDR Carl Birdwell, Jr.
  • 21 OCT 1966: - CDR Robert S. Moore
  • 10 OCT 1967: - CDR James J. Tyson
  • 17 DEC 1968: - CDR James B. Busey IV
  • 19 SEP 1969: - CDR Roger A. Massey, Jr.




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Events

  • 30 MAR 1955:
    Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED SIXTEEN (VA-216) established at Naval Air Station Moffett Field. The Black Diamonds were assigned the Douglas AD-4 Skyraider.

  • 19 MAR to 13 SEP 1956:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas AD-4 Skyraider deployed with ATG-4 aboard United States Ship Yorktown CVA 10 to cruise the western Pacific seas.

  • MAY 1955:
    The Black Diamonds were assigned the Douglas AD-5 Skyraider.

  • 06 JAN to 02 JUL 1958:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas AD-7 Skyraider deployed with ATG-4 aboard United States Ship Hornet CVA 12 to cruise the western Pacific seas.

  • 21 AUG 1958 to 12 JAN 1959:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider deployed with ATG-4 aboard United States Ship Bennington CVA 20 to cruise the western Pacific seas.

  • SEP 1958:
    VA-216, embarked in Bennington, operated in the Formosa Straits during the Chinese Communist shelling of Quemoy and Matsu.

  • 16 FEB 1959:
    The Black Diamonds were assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.

  • 01 JUL 1959:
    The Commander of the Naval Air Force in the Pacific reorganized VA-216 and VA-192 by swapping aircraft and personnel. Normally this would be accomplished by redesignating the two squadrons but in a weird display of administration, VA-192 commanding officer, Commander Baumgaertel, became commanding officer of VA-216 and all other personnel assigned to VA-192 were reassigned to VA-216. Likewise the commanding officer of VA-216 and all other VA-216 personnel were reassigned to VA-192; the two squadron's aircraft were likewise swapped thus the squadron was assigned the North American FJ-4B Fury..

  • 29 OCT 1960 to 06 JUN 1961:
    VA-216 flying the North American FJ-4B Fury deployed with CVG-21 aboard United States Ship Lexington CVA 16 to cruise the western Pacific.

  • 02 FEB to 24 AUG 1962:
    VA-216 flying the North American FJ-4B Fury deployed with CVG-21 aboard United States Ship Hancock CVA 19 to cruise the western Pacific.

  • APR 1962:
    VA-216 flying from Hancock, operated off the coast of South Vietnam during the arrival of the first USMC advisor unit in the Republic of Vietnam.

  • 04 SEP 1962:
    The Black Diamonds were assigned the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk.
  • 07 JUN to 16 DEC 1963:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk deployed with CVG-21 aboard United States Ship Hancock CVA 19 to cruise the western Pacific.

  • NOV 1963:
    Embarked in United States Ship Hancock CVA 19, the Black Diamonds flew the A-4C Skyhawk as they did throughout the war. The Hancock operated off the coast of South Vietnam following the coup that overthrew President Diem.

  • 21 OCT 1964 to 29 MAY 1965:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk deployed with CVW-21 aboard United States Ship Hancock CVA 19 to combat in WestPac/Vietnam.

  • 29 DEC 1964 to MAY 1965:
    VA-216 participated in Yankee Team operations, armed reconnaissance flights over Laos, and Barrel Roll operations, armed reconnaissance and strike missions in eastern Laos covering the infiltration routes used by the Communists.

  • 30 DEC 1964:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149625 was lost in an accident - Lt. Frank Scot Crimson perished.
    Lowell, MA The Lowell Sun article
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • 07 FEB 1965:
    VA-216 participated in Flaming Dart I operations, striking the Dong Hoi Barracks. These reprisal attacks against targets in North Vietnam were in response to the shelling of an American advisors compound at Pleiku by the Viet Cong.

  • 11 FEB 1965:
    The Black Diamonds participated in Flaming Dart II operations, reprisal attacks against the barracks at Chanh Hoa, North Vietnam.

  • MAR to MAY 1965:
    VA-216 engaged in the Rolling Thunder campaign, strikes against designated military targets in North Vietnam.

  • 03 MAR 1965:
    LT Thomas F. Mineau was killed while landing Skyhawk BuNo 149612 aboard the USS Hancock CVA-19. During what appeared to be a normal approach to the ship, radio and radar contact was lost with the aircraft when it was 12 miles from the ship.

  • 03 APR 1965:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148557 was shot down over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander R. A. Vohden, ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese, and made Prisioner of War.

  • 10 NOV 1965 to 01 AUG 1966:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk deployed with CVW-21 aboard United States Ship Hancock CVA 19 to combat in WestPac/Vietnam.

  • MAR 1966:
    VA-216 participated in Operation Jackstay, providing close air support for the amphibious operations that cleared the Rung Sat zone, the river channels, southeast of Saigon.

  • 01 MAY 1966:
    Lieutenant C.O. Tolbert was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a combat mission over North Vietnam involving the Xom Dom Dien supply area and the sighting of a SAM missile battery which was destroyed in a later mission.

  • 21 MAY 1966:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148474 NP 690 was shot down over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander O.F. Baldwin, ejected and was rescued.

  • 21 MAY 1966:
    LCdr. O.F. Baldwin ejected near the Hancock and was rescued when he couldn't lower the starboard landing gear due to fire damage sustained after an attack on a cargo barge near Phong Bai.
    1725 O.F. Baldwin, LCDR, ejected from his plane and was rescued by ships helo. Pilot was reported to be uninjured.
    1721 (late entry) LCDR Baldwin of VA-216 ejected from A4C 690 BuNo 148473.
    1722 A4C 690 crashed into the sea two (2) miles off the port bow at Lat. 18-41.8 N, Long. 107-16.0E and sunk in thirty five (35) fathoms of water.
    1728 (late entry) LCDR Baldwin recovered by helo number six (6).
    1732 (late entry) Recovered helo number six (6) with LCDR Baldwin aboard.
    1823 Medical Department reported LCDR Baldwin received no injuries.
    USS Hancock deck log, 21 May 1966.
    USS Hancock, Deck Log (page 1)
    USS Hancock, Deck Log (page 2)
  • 17 JUN 1966:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149528 NP 693 was shot down over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Paul E. Galanti, ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese, and made a Prisoner Of War. He was released at the end of the war.
    Art work by James Caielle
    Paul Galanti aboard the USS Hancock in 1965
    Paul Galanti is the "POW Contact Person" for the Skyhawk Association.
    His web site.

  • 04 JUL 1966:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149616 NP 688 was shot down over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander O.F. Baldwin, ejected and was rescued.

  • 07 JUL 1966:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148456 NP 685 was shot down over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander W. J. Isenhour, ejected and was rescued.

  • 07 JUL 1966:
    The Black Diamonds's commanding officer, Commander C. Birdwell, was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in a strike against the Haiphong POL storage area.

  • 08 JUL 1966:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149494 was lost in an accident --- At catapault a bomb dropped from the aircraft, bounced, hitting the aircraft starting a fire. Lt. Paul Haglund rescued.

  • 02 MAY to 06 DEC 1967:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed with CVW-3 aboard United States Ship Saratoga CVA 60 to cruise the Mediterranean.
    Whereas VA-216 had been flying the A-4C, they reverted to the A-4B for the cruise aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60) in 1967. I initially had orders to VA-93 upon arrival for FRAMP training at VA-125, NAS Lemoore, CA. Because VA-93 was returning from a WESTPAC and VA-216 was preparing to deploy, my orders were changed. I served initially as a plane captain (buddy store captain) from April 1967 until August 1967. Upon returning to NAS Lemoore in December 1967, the squadron transitioned back to the A-4C for our upcoming WESTPAC aboard USS Coral Sea.
    Ron Jones AT1 (AW), USN (RET)

  • 07 SEP 1968 to 18 APR 1969:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk deployed with CVW-15 aboard United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 to combat in WestPac/Vietnam.

  • 21 NOV 1968:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148608 was lost in an accident --- CDR Marvin Joel Naschek perished.

  • 03 JAN 1969:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147764 NL 610 was shot down over Laos. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade R. M. Aaron, ejected and was rescued.

  • 14 FEB 1969:
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149529 NL 607 was shot down over Laos. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade L. J. Stevens, was declaired "Missing in Action."
    AND
    VA-216 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148547 NL 601 was shot down over Laos. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander J. F. Meeham, ejected and was rescued.

  • 02 DEC 1969 to 08 AUG 1970:
    VA-216 flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk deployed with CVW-17 aboard United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59 to cruise the Mediterranean.

  • 01 AUG 1970:
    Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED SIXTEEN (VA-216) disestablished.


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