VA-44

VA-44 Hornets

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VB-75 1945

VA-3B 1946

VA-44 1950

 


VA-44 Hornets 1963
   

Patch

 

  • Patches from: Steve Smith, Otto Krueger, Tom Smith, Walt Adams.
     
  • VB-75's Bee patch was in use before August 1945.
    Patch colors were as follows: white background outlined in forest green; the head, arms, body and antenna of the bee were royal blue and the wings were light blue with royal blue vains; the V on the bee was yellow, his eyeball was white, eyelid light blue, and pupil black; deep scarlet nose, dark gray mouth with an inner lining of deep scarlet; white teeth and deep scarlet drops of blood; the bee's gloves were white; its lower body had bands of green and yellow with a deep scarlet tip; dark gray telescope with white highlights and a white lens, forest green bomb with yellow fins and the rocket had yellow fins and nose while the body was forest green; the banner was royal blue with yellow lettering. Description by Bud Southworth.
    VB-75 patch provide by Steve Smith whose farther wore it on his fligth jacket in 1945/6.
    Note: During World War II, squadron numbers or designations were not permitted in patch design.
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  • After being redesignated Attack Squadron Three B (VA-3B) on November 15, 1946, a new indian head and bomb patch was initiated in August 1947. The indian head and bomb patch represented the bombing and scouting mission of the carrier based squadron.
    This patch is displayed above.
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  • When the squadron was redesignated VA-44 in 1948 it adopted a patch with a scarlet chess knight centered on a white shield.
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  • VF-44's Hornet patch was first used before December 1952 and approved by CNO on December 11, 1952. This patch was used by both VF-44 and VA-44.
    The patch had a blue shield with a yellow banner across the shield with the word "Hornets" in red. There are two white playing cards, one with four black clubs and the other with four red hearts - to identify the squadron's designation number. The Hornet is yellow and black with a red eye and white details.


Handle

  • Hornets, 1950 to 1970.


Heritage

  • June 1, 1945, Bombing Squadron SEVENTY FIVE (VB-75) established.
  • November 15, 1946, VB-75 redesignated as Attack Squadron THREE B (VA-3B).
  • September 1, 1948, VA-3B redesignated as Attack Squadron FORTY FOUR (VA-44).
  • June 8, 1950, Attack Squadron FORTY FOUR (VA-44) was disestablished.
  • September 1, 1950, Fighter Squadron FORTY FOUR (VF-44) established.
  • January 1, 1956, VF-44 redesignated as Attack Squadron FORTY FOUR (VA-44).
  • May 1, 1970, VA-44 was disestablished.


Home Ports

  • June 1, 1945 - - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Chincoteague
  • March 1946 - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • February 12, 1949- - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • September 1, 1950- - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • September 19, 1950 - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Cecil Field
  • October 13, 1952 - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • February 18, 1963- - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field.


Air Wings

  • June 1, 1945 - - - - - - F - - - CVBG-75/CVBG-3/CVG-4*
  • September 1, 1950- - - - F - - - CVG-4
  • March 19, 1951 - - - - - T - - - CVG-1
  • October 8, 1951- - - - - F - - - CVG-4
  • June 30, 1953- - - - - - - - - - ATG-1
  • October 9, 1953- - - - - F - - - CVG-4
  • 1957 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - COMFAIRJACKSONVILLE
  • February 15, 1958- - - - AQ- - - ATG-202
  • March 15, 1958 - - - - - AD- - - CVG-4/RCVG-4/RCVW-4**
  • * CVBG-75 was established on June 1, 1945, redesignated CVBG-3 on November 15, 1946; redesignated CVG-4 on September 1, 1948 and disestablished on June 8, 1950.
  • ** CVG-4 was redesignated RCVG-4 in April 1958. On December 20, 1963, RCVG-4 was redesignated RCVW-4


Deployments

  • 01-08-46 to 03-19-46 - CVBG-75 - CVB 42 - SB2C-4E- - Caribbean/SoLant
  • 08-08-46 to 10-04-46 - CVBG-75 - CVB 42 - SB2C-5 - - Mediterranean
  • 09-13-48 to 01-23-49 - CVG-4 - - CVB 42 - AD-1 - - - Mediterranean
  • 01-06-50 to 05-23-50 - CVG-4 - - CVB 41 - AD-1 - - - Mediterranean
  • 03-20-51 to 10-06-51 - CVG-1 - - CVB 43 - F4U-5- - - Mediterranean
  • 04-19-52 to 10-12-52 - CVG-4 - - CVB 43 - F4U-4- - - Mediterranean
  • 04-26-53 to 12-04-53 - CVG-4/ATG-1* - CVA 39/CVA 21* - F4U-4 - Med/IO/ WestPac/Korea
  • 05-28-55 to 11-22-55 - CVG-4 - - CVA 11 - F2H-2- - - Mediterranean
  • 08-30-57 to 10-22-57 - † - - - - CVS 18 - F9F-8- - - NorLant
  • * VF-44 deployed to Korea as part of CVG-4 embarked in United States Ship Lake Champlain CVA 39 and conducted its first line period from Lake Champlain. On June 30, 1953, the squadron was transferred to ATG-1 aboard United States Ship Boxer CVA 21. The squadron remained aboard Boxer until October 9, 1953 when it transferred back to CVG-4 and Lake Champlain. † The carrier air group may not have been aboard during this deployment on United States Ship Wasp CVS 18. Antisubmarine carrier air groups were not established until 1960.


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