VA-791

VF-791 - VA-791 Fighting Rebels

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1951 VF-791 patch
Provided by Ben Willingham

VF/VA-791 patch (Photo from flight jacket)
Provided by John Gabbard


Patch


Handle

  • Fighting Rebels- - 195? - Reserve Fighter Squadron VF-791
  • Unknown- - - - - - 1961 - Reserve Attack Squadron VA-791
  • River Rattlers - - July 1, 1970 - Reserve Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VA-204).
  • River Rattlers - - May 1, 1991 to the present - Reserve Strike Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VFA-204).
  • Lake Champlain CVA-39 "Iron Base" and VA-791 "End-Run"; from Phillip Moss


Heritage

  • 195x - - Reserve Fighter Squadron 791 (VF-791) established at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee.
     
  • 1961 - - Reserve Fighter Squadron 791 (VF-791) was re-designated as Reserve Attack Squadron 791 (VA-791) at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee.
     
  • July 1, 1970 - - Reserve Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VA-204) River Rattlers established at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee, using Reserve Attack Squadron VA-791 assets.
     
  • October 1, 1989 - - Reserve Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VA-204) River Rattlers re-designated as Strike Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VFA-204) River Rattlers at Naval Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • 194x - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1970 - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.
  • January 1978 - - - - - Naval Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana.


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing - - -  Carrier
  • 2 Mar 1951 - 24 Oct 1951 - - - - A - - - - - - - - CVG-101 -- - - USS Boxer


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - Air Wing - - Carrier - - - - - - - -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 2 Mar 1951 - 24 Oct 1951 ----- CVG-101 -- USS Boxer (CV-21) -- F4U-4 ------ Korea

 


Aircraft

 


Commanding Officers

  • 1951 - - - CDR James B. Kisner (VF-791), Jr.


Events

  • 194x:
    About 1948 a Reserve Fighter Unit 791 (VF-791) was established at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee. The Reserve Fighter Unit was probably assigned the Grumman F6F Hellcat (Whistling Outhouse) for its first aircraft. Sometime during the Korean War (about 1950) the Squadron was assigned the Chance Vought F4U Corsair. After the Korean War (about 1954) the Squadron was probably assigned the Grumman F9F-6 Cougar.
    The 1949 Navy Reserve concept was to attached Reserve Units to a Naval Air Station which held assets such as the aircraft the Reserve Units flew.
  • 29 March 1951
    CVG-101, composed of Reserve squadrons called to active duty:
    • VA-702 - Dallas, TX (AD-2/4Q)
    • VF-721 - Glenview, IL (F9F-2B)
    • VF-791 - Memphis, TN (F4U-4)
    • VF-884 - Olathe, KS (F4U-4)
  • Flew its first combat missions from Boxer—the first carrier strikes by Reserve units against North Korean forces.
  • The Reserve Fighter Unit 791 (VF-791) was probably redesignated as Reserve Attack Squadron 791 (VA-791) at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee. The Squadron was probably assigned the Douglas A-4A (A4D-1) Skyhawk.

  • 1968:
    Reserve Attack Squadron 791 (VA-791) was probably redesignated as Reserve Squadron 791 (VA-791) at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee. Reserve Squadron 791 (VA-791) was probably assigned the Douglas A-4B (A4D-2) Skyhawk.
    Up to this time, a Reserve Unit (Squadron) reported to the Naval Air Reserve Unit on their Naval Air Station. The 1961 Navy Reserve concept had Reserve Squadrons hold their own assets (such as the aircraft the Reserve Squadron flew).

  • July 1, 1970:
    The Navy Reserve Force concept was implemented and Reserve Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VA-204) River Rattlers were established at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee, using assets of Reserve Attack Squadron XXX (VA-XXX). For Skyhawk Association purposes Reserve Squadron VA-XXX was redesignated VA-204 when Naval Air Reserve Units were combined into a newly established Carrier Air Wing 20 (East Coast AF) and Carrier Air Wing 30 (West Coast ND). The new VA-204 was assigned the Douglas A-4L Skyhawk and some Douglas A-4C Skyhawks. About 100 A-4C Skyhawks were remanufactured into the hot-rod A-4L.


Awards

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

  • NAVE
    • No data available

 


Sources:

 

  • John Tarn
  • John Gabbard

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