VA-72

VA-72 - Blue Hawks

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VFB-18 Bearcats - about 1945
Courtesy of Doug Siegfried

VF-72 - 1952

VA-72 BLUE HAWKS - 1966
Courtesy of John Lamers


Patch

  • Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN (VBF-18) was using the Bearcat patch before 1945. This patch courtesy of Doug Siegfried, is displayed above.
  • On December 5, 1950, Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VF-72) installed the Peregrine Falcon patch.
    The colors were: a red outline with upper background white and the lower background blue; the falcon had a black head with gray feathers and black markings; the beak, eye and feet were yellow with black markings and a red tongue.
  • In 1956, Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VA-72) continued using the Peregrine Falcon patch but added a scroll with "ATAKRON 72." This patch courtesy of Youthly Puresome, is displayed above.
  • The VA-72 WestPac Cruise of 1966-67 spawned the patch provide by John Lamers (above).


Handle

  • Bearcats from 1945 to about 1950
  • Hawks or Skyhawks?, from about 1950 to 1956
  • Blue Hawks, from 1956 to 1991.


Heritage

  • January 25, 1945, Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN (VBF-18) established.
  • November 15, 1946, VBF-18 was redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHT A (VF-8A).
  • July 28, 1948, VF-8A was redesignated Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VF-72).
  • January 3, 1956, VF-72 was redesignated Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VA-72).
  • Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VA-72) was disestablished on June 30, 1991.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • January 25, 1945 - - - - - Naval Air Station Astoria
  • April 22, 1945 - - - - - - Naval Air Station San Diego
  • November 14, 1945- - - - - Naval Air Station Quonset Point
  • September 3, 1957- - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • February 15, 1966- - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • January 25, 1945 - - - - L/AG† - - - CVG-18/CVAG-7/CVG-7/CVW-7*
  • March 7, 1966 - - - - - - AB - - - - CVW-1
  • August 26, 1968 - - - - - AJ - - - - CVW-8
  • September 22, 1969- - - - AD - - - - RCVW-4‡
  • March 2, 1970 - - - - - - AB - - - - CVW-1
  • October 1, 1986 - - - - - AG - - - - CVW-7
  • September 1988 - - - - - - - - - - - COMLATWING 1§
  • March 1, 1989 - - - - - - AC - - - - CVW-3
  • * CVG-18 was redesignated CVAG-7 on November 15, 1946. On September 1, 1948, CVAG-7 was redesignated CVG-7. CVG-7 was redesignated CVW-7 when Carrier Air Group (CVG) designations were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
  • The tail code was changed from L to AG in 1957. The effective date for this change was most likely the beginning of FY 58 (July 1, 1957).
  • The squadron was assigned to RCVW-4 during its transition to the A-7B.
  • The squadron detached from CVW-7 and came under the operational and administrative control of Commander Light Attack Wing 1


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 09-16-46 to 12-12-46 - CVG-18 - CV 32 - F8F-1- - Carib/South America
  • 04-03-47 to 06-09-47 - CVAG-7 - CV 32 - F8F-1B - Mediterranean
  • 07-30-47 to 11-19-47 - CVAG-7 - CV 32 - F8F-1B - Mediterranean
  • 01-04-49 to 05-23-49 - CVG-7 - CV 47 -- F8F-1- - Mediterranean
  • 07-10-50 to 11-10-50 - CVG-7 - CVB 41 - F8F-1B - Mediterranean
  • 05-20-52 to 01-08-53 - CVG-7 - CV 31 -- F9F-2 - WestPac/Korea
  • 09-16-53 to 02-21-54 - CVG-7 - CVA 20 - F9F-5 - NorLant/Mediterranean
  • 04-04-55 to 12-10-55 - CVG-7 - CVS 12 - F9F-5 - WestPac
  • 09-02-58 to 03-12-59 - CVG-7 - CVA 15 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
  • 08-04-60 to 03-03-61 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
  • 08-04-61 to 12-19-61 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A4D-2N - Mediterranean
  • 04-19-62 to 08-27-62 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A4D-2N - Mediterranean
  • 08-06-63 to 03-04-64 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 09-08-64 to 11-05-64 - CVW-7 - CVA 62 - A-4E - NorLant/Mediterranean
  • 05-10-65 to 12-13-65 - CVW-7 - CVA 62 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 06-21-66 to 02-21-67 - CVW-1 - CVA 42 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 08-24-67 to 05-19-68 - CVW-1 - CVA 42 - A-4B - Mediterranean
  • 01-07-69 to 07-29-69 - CVW-8 - CVA 38 - A-4B - Mediterranean
  • 09-14-70 to 03-01-71 - CVW-1 - CVA 67 - A-7B - Carib/Mediterranean/NorLant
  • 12-01-71 to 10-06-72 - CVW-1 - CVA 67 - A-7B - Med/NorLant
  • 04-16-73 to 12-01-73 - CVW-1 - CVA 67 - A-7B - Med/NorLant/Mediterranean
  • 06-28-75 to 01-27-76 - CVW-1 - CV 67 -- A-7B - Mediterranean
  • 09-02-76 to 11-09-76 - CVW-1 - CV 67 -- A-7B - NorLant
  • 01-15-77 to 08-01-77 - CVW-1 - CV 67 -- A-7B - Mediterranean
  • 06-29-78 to 02-08-79 - CVW-1 - CV 67 -- A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 08-04-80 to 03-28-81 - CVW-1 - CV 67 -- A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 08-23-82 to 10-30-82 - CVW-1 - CV 66 -- A-7E - NorLant/Mediterranean/Carib
  • 12-08-82 to 06-02-83 - CVW-1 - CV 66 -- A-7E - Mediterranean/IO
  • 04-24-84 to 11-14-84 - CVW-1 - CV 66 -- A-7E - Carib/Mediterranean/IO
  • 08-24-85 to 10-09-85 - CVW-1 - CV 66 -- A-7E - NorLant
  • 03-10-86 to 09-10-86 - CVW-1 - CV 66 -- A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 02-29-88 to 08-29-88 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 08-15-90 to 03-28-91 - CVW-3 - CV 67 -- A-7E - Mediterranean/Red Sea.

 


Aircraft

 

  • Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • February 7, 1945 - - - - - - - Grumman F6F-3/5 Hellcat
  • August 10, 1945- - - - - - - - Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat
  • January 1947 - - - - - - - - - Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat
  • March 20, 1948 - - - - - - - - Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat
  • December 1, 1948 - - - - - - - Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat
  • February 9, 1950 - - - - - - - Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat
  • March 16, 1951 - - - - - - - - Grumman F9F-2 Panther *
  • October 11, 1951 - - - - - - - Grumman F9F-5 Panther *
  • February 1952- - - - - - - - - Grumman F9F-2 Panther *
  • February 1953- - - - - - - - - Grumman F9F-5 Panther *
  • September 1956 - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk **
  • February 12, 1958- - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B_Skyhawk **
  • March 1961 - - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk **
  • May 1964 - - - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk **
  • March 1967 - - - - - - - - - - Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
  • January 1970 - - - - - - - - - Vought A-7B Corsair II
  • September 13, 1977 - - - - - - Vought A-7E Corsair II
  • * The F9F through the F9F-5 Panther have straight wings; The F9F-6 through the F9F-8 Cougar have swept wings.
  • ** November 30, 1962
    • The A4D-1 designation was changed to A-4A
    • The A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
    • The A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4C
    • The A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E
  • Three view drawings from Harry Gann, redrawn by Bud Southworth.
  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
      • 139921 C/N 11286
        • 27 Sep 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 29 Mar 1957 - VA-83 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139923 C/N 11288
        • 27 Sep 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 29 Mar 1957 - VA-83 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 20 Nov 1957 - VA-72 - USS Forrestal
        • 26 Jun 1958 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 139932 C/N 11297
        • 09 Nov 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 28 Feb 1958 - FASron 6 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 139933 C/N 11298
        • 24 Jan 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 20 Sep 1957 - VA-83 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
      • 139935 C/N 11300
        • 09 Nov 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 18 Feb 1958 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 139937 C/N 11302
        • 09 Nov 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 18 Feb 1958 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 139940 C/N 11305
        • 11 Dec 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 24 Mar 1958 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139941 C/N 11306
        • 28 Nov 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 26 Feb 1958 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139943 C/N 11308
        • 04 Jan 1957 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 16 Apr 1958 - VA-44 - USS Wasp
      • 139944 C/N 11309
        • 14 Jan 1957 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 16 Apr 1958 - VA-44 - USS Wasp
      • 139945 C/N 11310
        • 17 Dec 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 02 Apr 1958 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139946 C/N 11311
        • 17 Dec 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 21 Mar 1958 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139951 C/N 11316
        • 14 Jan 1957 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 31 Mar 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 139952 C/N 11317
        • 04 Jan 1957 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 30 Jun 1957 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 139953 C/N 11318
        • 28 Dec 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 24 Mar 1958 - FASRon 5 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139956 C/N 11321
        • 05 Feb 1957 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
        • 18 Apr 1958 - VA-44 - USS Wasp
      • 142177 c/n 11431
        • 23 Oct 1957 - VA-72 - USS Saratoga
        • 16 Sep 1958 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142193 c/n 11447
        • 28 Oct 1957 - VA-72 - USS Saratoga
        • 13 Mar 1958 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142211 c/n 11465
        • 10 Jan 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
        • 31 Jun 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142213 c/n 11467
        • 10 Jan 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
        • 29 Mar 1958 - VA-44 - USS Wasp

    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142101 c/n 11355
        • 22 May 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 18 Aug 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142105 c/n 11359
        • 10 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 18 Jul 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142108 c/n 11362
        • 30 Nov 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 11 Jul 1960 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142111 c/n 11365
        • 19 May 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 01 Jul 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142121 c/n 11375
        • 23 May 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 23 Aug 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142122 c/n 11376
        • 20 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 30 Apr 1968 - HC-1 Det 116 - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 142130 c/n 11384
        • 08 May 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Oct 1959 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 07 May 1960 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 04 Aug 1960 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142132 c/n 11386
        • 18 Feb 1959 - VA-72 - USS Forrestal
        • 16 Oct 1959 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142141 c/n 11395
        • 31 May 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 May 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142679 c/n 11741
        • 11 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 18 Jul 1958 - VA-66 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
      • 142680 c/n 11742
        • 04 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Jul 1958 - FASron 5 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142692 c/n 11754
        • 19 Feb 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 30 Nov 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142697 c/n 11759
        • 19 Feb 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Mar 1958 - VA-83 - USS Essex
      • 142698 c/n 11760
        • 10 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 Dec 1960 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142700 c/n 11762
        • 10 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 May 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142701 c/n 11763
        • 11 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 May 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142702 c/n 11764
        • 19 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 30 Sep 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142703 c/n 11765
        • 12 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Feb 1961 - NAVSTA - NAS Rota, Spain
      • 142706 c/n 11768
        • 22 Oct 1958 - VA-72 - USS Forrestal
        • 30 Jun 1959 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142707 c/n 11769
        • 14 Feb 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Jul 1960 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142708 c/n 11770
        • 12 Feb 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Jul 1960 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142712 c/n 11774
        • 15 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Jul 1960 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142717 c/n 11779
        • 25 May 1967 - VA-72 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Jul 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142719 c/n 11781
        • 15 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 02 Jun 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142720 c/n 11782
        • 11 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 Oct 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142721 c/n 11783
        • 20 Mar 1958 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 Aug 1959 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142725 c/n 11787
        • 29 Dec 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 30 Dec 1960 - CVA-62 - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 142741 c/n 11803
        • 13 Jun 1968 - VA-72 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 07 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 142745 c/n 11807
        • 21 Apr 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 16 Oct 1968 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 142746 c/n 11808
        • 15 Dec 1966 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 03 May 1967 - VA-216 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 142763 c/n 11825
        • 08 May 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Oct 1959 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142779 c/n 11841
        • 28 Nov 1958 - VA-72 - USS Forrestal
        • 29 Nov 1958 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142784 c/n 11846
        • 28 Nov 1958 - VA-72 - USS Forrestal
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142805 c/n 11867
        • 11 May 1960 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 26 Oct 1960 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142829 c/n 11891
        • 06 Apr 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 03 Sep 1069 - NAS - NAS Twin Cities, MN
      • 142868 c/n 11930
        • 13 Apr 1966 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 03 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Twin Cities, MN
      • 142873 c/n 11935
        • 17 Jul 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 11 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 142881 c/n 11943
        • 13 Jun 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 14 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 142895 c/n 11957
        • 13 May 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142937 c/n 11999
        • 01 Jan 1969 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
      • 142945 c/n 12007
        • 18 Apr 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 26 Dec 1068 - Stricken - 1S
      • 142946 c/n 12008
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 18 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 144881 C/N 12127
        • 29 May 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 17 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144888 C/N 12134
        • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 14 Mar 1961 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 144894 C/N 12140
        • 6 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 17 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144898 C/N 12144
        • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 20 May 1961 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 144918 C/N 12164
        • 16 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144930 C/N 12176
        • 07 Jun 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 12 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144940 C/N 12186
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 18 Sep 1969 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144948 C/N 12194
        • 13 Jun 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 23 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
      • 144952 C/N 12198
        • 14 Apr 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Feb 1961 - NAV STA - NAS Rota, Spain

        • 28 Feb 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 May 1961 - FIRST NAVALDY - RICT
      • 144959 C/N 12205
        • 06 May 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 Mar 1961 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 144964 C/N 12210
        • 23 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 11 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
      • 144970 C/N 12216
        • 06 May 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 06 Nov 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 144978 C/N 12224
        • 21 Aug 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Apr 1961 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 144988 C/N 12234
        • 23 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145000 C/N 12246
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 14 Sep 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 145001 C/N 12247
        • 13 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 31 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145013 C/N 12259
        • 10 Mar 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 27 Nov 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 27 Dec 1968 - VA-72 - USS Shangri La
        • 14 Sep 1969 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145057 C/N 12303
        • 13 May 1967 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 30 Jul 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145058 C/N 12304
        • 17 Nov 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 17 Nov 1960 - CVA-62 - NS Norfolk, VA

        • 30 Nov 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 09 May 1961 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 147670 C/N 12434
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 24 Nov 1961 - NAF - NAF Naples, Italy
      • 147703 C/N 12467
        • 09 Aug 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 147801 C/N 12565
        • 12 Jul 1963 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 15 Feb 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 147807 C/N 12571
        • 05 Feb 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 Aug 1962 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 147811 C/N 12575
        • 01 Mar 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 Aug 1962 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 147814 C/N 12578
        • 05 Feb 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Feb 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 147818 C/N 12582
        • 05 Feb 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Dec 1962 - Stricken - NAS 1AA1
      • 147822 C/N 12586
        • 01 Dec 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 27 Apr 1962 - VMA-224 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 147837 C/N 12601
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 03 May 1962 - VMA-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 147845 C/N 12609
        • 14 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Feb 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 147847 C/N 12611
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Apr 1962 - VA-66 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148315 C/N 12625
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 May 1962 - VMA-242 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 148316 C/N 12626
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 04 Apr 1962 - VMA-224 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 148455 C/N 12648
        • 04 Jan 1963 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Mar 1963 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148456 C/N 12649
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 28 Jul 1963 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 148461 C/N 12654
        • 07 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Aug 1961 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 148468 C/N 12661
        • 23 May 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 17 May 1963 - VA-172 - USS FD Roosevelt
      • 148478 C/N 12671
        • 23 Mar 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 24 May 1963 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148479 C/N 12672
        • 04 Apr 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 17 May 1963 - VA-172 - USS FD Roosevelt
      • 148485 C/N 12678
        • 04 Apr 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 28 Aug 1962 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 148502 C/N 12695
        • 09 Aug 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 12 Dec 1962 - VMGR 252 Det - NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco

        • 11 Feb 1963 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Jun 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148526 C/N 12719
        • 26 Jul 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Aug 1961 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain

        • 30 Aug 1961 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 29 Nov 1961 - NAVSTA - NAS Rota, Spain
      • 148528 C/N 12721
        • 26 Jul 1961 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Aug 1961 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain

        • 01 Nov 1961 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 148546 C/N 12739
        • 21 Feb 1964 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 03 May 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 148552 C/N 12745
        • 25 Aug 1963 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 19 Jun 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148562 C/N 12755
        • 28 Sep 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 148568 C/N 12761
        • 09 Oct 1962 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 23 Aug 1963 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 148579 C/N 12772
        • ?? Sep 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Aug 1963 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 148606 C/N 12799
        • 15 Jan 1963 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 148609 C/N 12802
        • 19 Sep 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 Aug 1963 - VA-64 - USS Enterprise

        • 31 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 149512 c/n 12837
        • 05 Feb 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Aug 1963 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 149591 c/n 12916
        • 29 Jun 1962 - VA-72 - USS Forrestal
        • 11 Apr 1963 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 149639 c/n 12964
        • 20 Mar 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 04 May 1964 - O&R BUWEPS FR - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 150581 c/n 12992
        • 30 Apr 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Jun 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150585 c/n 12996
        • 17 Apr 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 26 Jun 1964 - VA-106 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150592 c/n 13003
        • 23 Aug 1963 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 150593 c/n 13004
        • 23 Aug 1963 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 150600 c/n 13011
        • 21 Feb 1964 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 05 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Quonset Point, RI

    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 149648 c/n 12973
        • 12 Jan 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Apr 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149664 c/n 12989
        • 29 Aug 1966 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 15 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149967 c/n 13020
        • 24 Oct 1965 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 07 Mar 1966 - VAH-4 - NAS Whidby Island, WA
      • 149984 c/n 13037
        • 30 Nov 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 30 Mar 1965 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149992 c/n 13045
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 22 Aug 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149993 c/n 13046
        • 14 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Apr 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149999 c/n 13052
        • 14 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Sep 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150002 c/n 13055
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Dec 1965 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 150007 c/n 13060
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 150008 c/n 13061
        • 07 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 26 Dec 1964 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150013 c/n 13066
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 25 Nov 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150021 c/n 13074
        • 19 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Nov 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Jun 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150022 c/n 13075
        • 15 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Jun 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150069 c/n 13122
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Nov 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150076 c/n 13129
        • 14 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 18 Nov 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150117 c/n 13170
        • 31 Jan 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 18 Apr 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150129 c/n 13182
        • 31 Jan 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 15 Feb 1967 - VA-46 - USS Forrestal
      • 150135 c/n 13188
        • 01 Apr 1965 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Mar 1966 - BWR - Long Beach, CA

        • 01 May 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 May 1966 - VA-12 - USS FD Roosevelt

        • 01 May 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 May 1966 - NPRO - Long Beach, CA
      • 151030 c/n 13200
        • 21 Nov 1966 - VA-72 - USS FD Roosevelt
        • 06 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151049 c/n 13219
        • 31 Jan 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 06 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151068 c/n 13238
        • 31 Jan 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 Dec 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151070 c/n 13240
        • 04 Jan 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 06 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151106 c/n 13276
        • 01 Jul 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 02 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151109 c/n 13279
        • 23 Nov 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 21 Aug 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151111 c/n 13281
        • 01 Jul 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 23 Nov 1964 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 151114 c/n 13284
        • 01 Jul 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 07 Mar 1965 - Stricken - 1QA2
      • 151115 c/n 13285
        • ?? ??? 1965 - VA-72 - USS Independence
        • 20 Sep 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151116 c/n 13286
        • 23 Nov 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 02 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151117 c/n 13287
        • 23 Nov 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 07 Mar 1965 - Stricken - 1QA2
      • 151137 c/n 13307
        • 21 Feb 1966 - VA-72 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 Jan 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 151138 c/n 13308
        • 08 Sep 1965 - VA-72 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Nov 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151141 c/n 13311
        • 23 Aug 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 01 Dec 1964 - Stricken - 1AA1


Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • January 25, 1945 - - - - LT Mohl C. Norton, Jr. (Acting)
  • March 5, 1945- - - - - - LCDR Jeremy Morrison
  • September 14, 1945 - - - CDR Sam E. Clark
  • June 11, 1947- - - - - - LCDR Frank Malinasky
  • July 6, 1948 - - - - - - LCDR Burton F. Haker
  • August 19, 1948- - - - - LT G. F. Colleran (acting)
  • October 20, 1948 - - - - LCDR Frank Malinasky
  • June 20, 1949- - - - - - LCDR Carlton H. Clark
  • July 4, 1950 - - - - - - LCDR John B. Jorgensen
  • July 9, 1951 - - - - - - LCDR Archibald W. Curtis
  • January 1953 - - - - - - CDR Gordon J. Brown
  • November 12, 1954- - - - LCDR Carlton F. Naumann
  • February 8, 1956 - - - - LCDR Robert F. Hunt
  • July 23, 1957- - - - - - CDR C. K. Ruiz
  • February 4, 1959 - - - - CDR John K. Beling
  • March 4, 1960- - - - - - CDR C. A. Hill, Jr.
  • May 12, 1961 - - - - - - CDR W. W. Kendall Miller, Jr.
  • April 16, 1962 - - - - - CDR Frederick S. Gore
  • March 25, 1963 - - - - - CDR T. L. Neilson
  • February 17, 1964- - - - CDR Grover C. Walker *.
  • February 10, 1965- - - - CDR Joe D. Adkins *.
  • February 11, 1966- - - - CDR Harrison B. Southworth *.
  • March 15, 1967 - - - - - CDR E. J. Hofstra *.
  • March 15, 1968 - - - - - CDR R. A. Phillips
  • April 10, 1969 - - - - - CDR S. E. Latimer, Jr.
  • October 17, 1969 - - - - CDR D. B. Young, Jr.
  • September 9, 1970- - - - CDR R. K. Shea
  • July 2, 1971 - - - - - - CDR M. G. Basford
  • July 8, 1972 - - - - - - CDR J. F. Donahue
  • July 14, 1973- - - - - - CDR Robert J. Kelly
  • September 12, 1974 - - - CDR Edward D. Estes
  • October 16, 1975 - - - - CDR Robert F. Brennock
  • December 16, 1976- - - - CDR Patrick M. Commons
  • April 6, 1978- - - - - - CDR Hugh A. Merrill
  • July 1979- - - - - - - - CDR Howard E. Koss
  • October 1980 - - - - - - CDR Carter B. Refo
  • February 16, 1982- - - - CDR Robert L. Kiem
  • June 9, 1983 - - - - - - CDR C. A. Cook
  • November 21, 1984- - - - CDR Arthur F. Richardson
  • May 3, 1986- - - - - - - CDR Gordon G. Stewart
  • October 15, 1987 - - - - CDR James B. Waddell
  • June 15, 1989- - - - - - CDR John R. Sanders
  • * Official United States Navy photographs from Al Carpenter


Events

  • January 25, 1945:
    Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN (VBF-18) established at Naval Air Station Astoria, Oregon.

  • February 7, 1945:
    Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN was assigned the Grumman F6F-3/5 Hellcat.

  • April 22, 1945:
    VFB-18 moved to Naval Air Station San Diego, California.

  • August 10, 1945:
    Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN was assigned the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat.

  • November 14, 1945:
    VFB-18 moved to Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

  • September 16 through December 12, 1946:
    Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN "Bearcats" flying the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat assigned aboard United States Ship Leyte CV 32, participated in the good-will cruise to the Caribbean and South America for the inauguration of Chile's President.

  • November 15, 1946:
    Bomber Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN was redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHT A (VF-8A).

  • April 3 through June 9, 1947:
    Fighter Squadron EIGHT A flying the Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat assigned aboard United States Ship Leyte CV 32, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • July 30 through November 19, 1947:
    VF-8A "Bearcats" flying the Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat assigned aboard United States Ship Leyte CV 32, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • July 28, 1948:
    Fighter Squadron EIGHT A (VF-8A) was redesignated Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VF-72).

  • August 19, 1948:
    Squadron commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander B. F. Haker, lost at sea.

  • January 4 through May 23, 1949:
    Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO flying the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat assigned aboard United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • July 10 through November 10, 1950:
    VF-72 "Bearcats" flying the Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat assigned aboard United States Ship Midway CVB 41, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • March 16, 1951:
    Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Hawks" was assigned the Grumman F9F-2 Panther.

  • May 20, 1952 through January 8, 1953:
    VF-72 "Hawks" flying the Grumman F9F-2 Panther and assigned aboard United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CV 31, participated on a combat cruise to WestPac/Korea.

  • September 16, 1953 through February 21, 1954:
    Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO flying the Grumman F9F-5 Panther assigned aboard United States Ship Bennington CVA 20, participated on a cruise to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean operating areas.

  • January 3, 1956:
    Fighter Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VF-72) "Hawks" was redesignated Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VA-72) "Hawks".

  • September 1956:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO was assigned the Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk.

  • June 20, 1957
    Lt. John O. Hughes III flying A4D-1 BuNo 139952, perished in a bay crash near NAS Quonset Point, RI, RI.
    Newport, RI, The News, Friday, June 21, 1957

  • September 3, 1957:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO moved to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

  • February 6, 1958
    LT(jg) Jack L. Moss safely ejected when a flock of birds swept into the intake of his A4D-1 BuNo 139951 while he was making a low-altitude run and the cockpit filled with smoke. He managed to climb the plane to 2,000 feet and bailed out safely near Norfolk.
    Hayward, CA, The Daily Review, Monday, February 10, 1958
    Naval Aviation News, Grampaw Pettibone, July, 1958

  • September 2, 1958 through March 12, 1959:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO flying the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Randolph CVA 15, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • September 25, 1958:
    Lt. Thomas A. Banta was killed when the bridle detached from one hook and dragged A4D-2 BuNo 142702 sideways down track and upside down into sea.
    Chester, PA Chester (PA.) Times Monday, September 29, 1958

  • October 30, 1958:
    Lt(jg). John Parrott ejected safely from A4D-2 BuNo 142720 after he collided with a VA-75 AD-6 Skyraider which was circling the ship under an overcast. The AD pilot, Lt. Wallace D. Arbuckle was killed.

  • November 15, 1958:
    LCdr. George Gardner (VA-72 Ops Officer) perished in ramp strike in A4D-2 BuNo 142692. Tail broke off (including O2 bottle). A/c flipped over, caught fire and came to rest on deck. Fire had to be put out before a/c could be lifted, clamshell canopy opened and pilot removed. Pilot suffocated due to lack of oxygen.

  • April 1959 to July 1 1959:
    VA-72 flying their A4D-2 Skyhawks participated in USS Independence (CVA-62) shake down cruise.

  • June 29, 1959:
    Lt(jg) Parrot ejected safely in the loss of A4D-2 BuNo 142706.
    USS Independence, Deck Log?, Monday, June 29, 1959

  • August 12, 1959:
    Lt(jg). L.E. Eilbacker ejected safely when his A4D-2 142721 of VA-72 crashed into the sea about a half mile astern of the USS Independence (Lat. 36-00.8N, Long. 74-39.5) on an approach to a landing on 12 August 1959 and was rescued by helicopter (51) which was always airborne.
    Cdr. G. E. Peddicord, USS Independence Air Officer (1958-1960).
    USS Independence deck log 12 August 1959.
    USS Independence Deck log, Wednesday, August 12, 1959
    USS Independence Deck log, Wednesday, August 12, 1959

  • May 4, 1960:
    During Carquals an Lt. Feltham ejected safely when his A4D-2 BuNo 144880 spun in at about 1500 ft. attitude after a night launch from the USS Independence, assumed to have been caused by pilot disorientation. He was rescued by plane-guarding destroyer.
    Cdr. G. E. Peddicord, USS Independence Air Officer (1958-1960)
    USS Independence Deck log , Wednesday, May 4, 1960
    USS Independence Deck log , Wednesday, May 4, 1960

  • August 4, 1960 through March 3, 1961:
    VA-72 "Hawks" flying the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Independence CVA 62, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • October 14, 1960:
    John Tate ejected from A4D-2 BuNo 142805 and was rescued when his bomb skipped and exploded under his plane, setting it on fire, during a Path Follower Mission fire power demonstration with an A3D-2 Skywarrior and another A4D-2 Skyhawk. After the explosion the ship repeatedly called "get out you are on fire" and hearing this the crew of the VAH-11 Skywarrior (BuNo 144629,) seeing their starboard engine was on fire, bailed out and also were rescued.

  • December 14, 1960:
    Med Sea Lt(jg). Robert Barnick ejected safely when his A4D-2 BuNo 142698 flamed out just astern of the carrier after the fuel gauge immediately dropped to 600 lbs. on a night launch.
    The plane guard destroyer had their lights on him before he hit the water and after one riser didn't release and the Destroyer prop wash pulled him and the chute under. A Lt(jg). from the destroyer dove in and rescued Bob who was revived on deck and then transferred back to the Indy.
    From John Tate.
    Naval Aviation News, Grampaw Pettibone, April 1961

  • August 4 through December 19, 1961:
    VA-72 "Hawks" flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Independence CVA 62, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • August 16, 1961:
    LCdr. James Alfred Mulligan ejected safely when his A4D-2N BuNo 148461 rolled inverted and he lost his instruments at night on final approach to the Indy.
    From John Tate.

  • April 19 through August 27, 1962:
    VA-72 "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Independence CVA 62, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • October 1962:
    During the Bay of Pigs VA-72 operated from United States Ship Independence CVA 62, south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  • May 10 through 16, 1963:
    The "Blue Hawks" provided courier service during a Mercury Project space flight of the Faith 7 capsule from United States Ship Wasp CVS 18.

  • August 6, 1963 through March 4, 1964:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Independence CVA 62, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • August 19, 1963:
    While on a training flight from USS Independence, LT(jg) Herbert “Hot Dog” Recktenwald ejected from A-4C 148579 AG-3... The aircraft crashed into a house in the village of Plouharnel, France.
    LT(jg) Duane “King Tut” Tuttle ejected from A-4C 149512 AG-3.. and parachuted to the French coast near the Gavres Peninsula.
    Eau Claire, WI, The Daily Telegram, Wednesday, August 21, 1963
    Charleston, WV, The Daily Mail, Tuesday, August 20, 1963
    Anderson, IN, The Anderson Herald, Tuesday, August 20, 1963
    Kalispel, MT, Kalispel Inter Lake, Tuesday, August 20, 1963
    US Armed Forces, Pacific Stars and Stripes, Wednesday, August 28, 1963

  • September 8 through November 5, 1964:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Independence CVA 62, participated on a cruise to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.

  • December 1, 1964:
    Lt(jg). Errol J. Quinn ejected from A-4E BuNo 151141 over Pamlico Sound, NC and was recovered uninjured.
    Hamilton, OH, Journal, Wednesday, December 2, 1964

  • March 7, 1965:
    VA-72 A-4E BuNo 151114 and 151117: Capt. Joe Mitchum (USAF) in VA-72 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151114 ejected safely after he collided with Lt. Bob Manser in VA-72 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151117, in the groove while recovering aboard the USS Independence (CVA-62). Cause of the accident was a slight difference in formation flying procedures between the USAF and USN, 07 March 1965.
    From Cdr. Al Carpenter. 11 February 2016.
    A-4E BuNo 151114 of VA-72, pilot Capt. Mitchum, USAF, and A-4E BuNo 151117 of VA-72, pilot Lt. Manser, USN, crashed into the sea astern of the ship 1500 yards at lat. 19-63.5N, long. 55-10.0W and sank in 4100 fathoms of water. Helo brought back pilots of both downed A/C.
    USS Independence logbook, 07 March 1965.

    As four VA-72 Skyhawks in a finger four formation are making the turn to Fox Corpen and coming across the wake #2 (151114) gets the signal to cross over into echelon and crossed right into #3 (151117) resulting in loss of both aircraft.
    1. Used to spend lots of time on Vulture's Row and platform for fun. Was up on Vulture's Row, watching the recovery. The fighters were done, and here comes VA-72 (aka brand X) out of holding in finger four formation. As they are making the turn to Fox Corpen (The carrier's heading for flight operations), coming across the wake, Numero Two-o gets the signal to cross over into echelon. Guess wot? He crossed right into Numero three-o. Huge explosion! Pieces of airplane, the front of a Scooter with the fuselage and empennage torn off behind the wing and fire everywhere, comes spinning out of the mess. Ho--lee--chit! Wouldn't have thunk it, but two chutes appeared. One of them was an AF exchange pilot, who fit into the tight Scoot cockpit like a cork--we always thot that an ejection would plane off several inches from each side. It didn't, but he was so heavy, wet, the little Kayman helo had to go dump gas to be light enough to pick him up.
    Didn't even get close to the famous part, but I've seen two mid-airs:
    From Youthly Puresome, 12 February 2016.

  • May 10 through December 13, 1965:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Independence CVA 62, participated on a combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • September 13, 1965:
    LTJG Joe Russell Mossman, flying Skyhawk BuNo.149999, was struck by small arms fire and was lost in action. He, and others who served aboard and were lost from the U.S.S. Indpendence, are remembered on a plaque that resides aboard the "Indy".
    Plaque Pic 1
    Plaque Pic 2
    Plaque Pic 3
    I was his plane captain the day he took off and never returned. I will never forget being the last one waiting on the flight deck, with his ladder and tie downs, for him to return; and wondering what happened when they said "recovery complete". He was the nicest officer I ever served under in my four years in the Navy."
    John P. Marinos

    LTJG Joe R. Mossman Chapter L to R = Dianne Mossman, Billy Joe Mossman, Bobby Wingate and Admiral Dalrymple of the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard.
    April 10, 1986: Bob L. Wingate Jr. of the "National Forget-Me-Not Association for POW-MIA, Inc. - LTJG Joe R. Mossman Chapter, started a campaign to place a bronze plaque on the U.S.S. Independence honoring those that served in Vietnam and did not return, or who were taken prisoner.

  • September 20, 1965:
    LTJG Jon R. Harris in VA-72 A-4E BuNo.151115 was hit by ground fire, shot down and wounded. He was recovered.

  • October 17, 1965:
    Commander Harrison B. Southworth, VA-72 XO, led the first successful strike against a surface-to-air SA-2 missile installation in North Vietnam.
    Commander Harrison B. Southworth, VA-72 XO
    Commander Harrison B. Southworth, VA-72 XO
    U.S. Navy Photographs from Al Carpenter

  • February 15, 1966:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" moved to Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.

  • June 21, 1966:
    VA-72 deployed to WestPac aboard CVA-42 with CVW-1 flying the A-4E Skyhawk.

  • August 21, 1966:
    LT Allan Russell Carpenter was shot down while flying BuNo.151109. He was recovered and returned to combat flying.

  • November 1, 1966:
    LT Allan Russell Carpenter was shot down while flying BuNo.151138 and was made a POW.

  • December 14, 1966:
    LT Claude David Wilson, flying BuNo.151058, was struck by a SAM and was lost.

  • June 21, 1966 through February 21, 1967:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42, participated on a combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • March 21, 1967:
    A Douglas A-4 Skyhawk of VA-72 out of NAS Cecil Field, Florida, crashes into a wooded area W of Lake City, Florida after pilot Lt. Cmdr. Robert W. McKay, 34, ejects from the crippled jet. "He suffered no apparent injuries", a Navy spokesman said. "He was picked up by the Highway Patrol and will be returned to Cecil Field on a Navy helicopter.

  • August 24, 1967 through May 19, 1968:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • January 7 through July 29, 1969:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO "Blue Hawks" flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk and assigned aboard United States Ship Shangri La CVA 38, participated on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • January 1970:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO was assigned the Vought A-7B Corsair II.

  • October 1973:
    After completing a normal Med cruise and while returning to CONUS the United States Ship Kennedy and her air wing, were redeployed into the Mediterranean, south of Crete to maintain the peace.

  • September 17 through 19, 1985:
    VA-72, along with other units of CVW-1 on United States Ship America CV 66, were the first to conduct flight operations from a carrier operating inside a fjord near Vestfjord, Norway.

  • March 22 through 27, 1986:
    During Freedom of Navigation Exercises in the Gulf of Sidra and the resulting combat action with Libyan forces, VA-72 flew patrols to protect the task force from attack by surface ships or sub-marines and also provided tanker missions for fighters flying combat air patrols.

  • April 14, 1986:
    The United States initiated Operation Eldorado Canyon, air strikes against targets in Libya. VA-72 provided air-to-surface missile support for possible employment against surface-to-air missile radar sites.

  • September through October 1990 and December 1990 through January 1991:
    The squadron participated in 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.

  • January 17, 1991:
    The squadron's A-7E Corsair IIs participated in the first combat strike against Iraqi targets in Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm.

  • January 29, 1991:
    Squadron aircraft flew their first combat mission in the Kuwait theater, striking Iraqi troops, tanks and artillery positions.

  • February 27, 1991:
    Squadron aircraft participated in the last naval air combat strike of the war, hitting retreating Iraqi troops east of An Najef, Iraq. During the 43 days of war the squadron flew 362 sorties without the loss of a pilot or aircraft.

  • June 8, 1991:
    The last two squadron aircraft participated in the Desert Storm Victory Parade Fly Over in Washington, D.C.

  • June 30, 1991:
    Attack Squadron SEVENTY TWO (VA-72) disestablished at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.


Awards

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