VMA-142

VMA-142 Flying Gators

 

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VMA-142 Flying Gators
Courtesy of Randy Toskin

MAG42 Det A
Courtesy of Randy Toskin


Patch

  • No Data to date


Handle

  • Flying Gators


Heritage

  • March 1, 1942
    Activated at Camp Kearney, California as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 142, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
  • August 1942
    Assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
     
  • September 1942
    Reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 11, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
  • October-November 1942
    Deployed to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 11, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
  • August 1942
    Relocated to El Toro, California, and reassigned to Marine Base Defense Aircraft Group 41, Marine Fleet Air, West Coast.
  • April 1944
    Relocated to Ewa, Territory of Hawaii, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 32, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
  • September 21, 1945
    Deactivated .
  • 1946 - 1997
    • July 1, 1946
      Reactivated at Miami, Florida, as Marine Fighting Squadron 142 and assigned to Marine Air Detachment, Naval Air Reserve Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida.
    • December 1946
      Reassigned to Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Reserve Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida.
    • April 1, 1949
      Re-designated as Marine Fighter Squadron 142, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, Naval Air Station Miami, Florida, re-designated during February 1952 as Marine Corps Air Station, Miami, Florida.
    • September 1953
      Re-designated as Marine Fighter Squadron 142, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Marine Corps Air Station, Miami, Florida.
    • May 15, 1958
      Re-designated as Marine Attack Squadron 142.
    • March 1959
      Relocated to Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida.
    • January 1971
      Reassigned to the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
    • December 1978
      Relocated to Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida.
    • January 1979
      Reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 42 Detachment, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
    • January 1980
      Reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 42, Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
    • December 21, 1990
      Re-designated as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 142.
    • August 1997
      Relocated to Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Marine Aircraft Group 42 Detachment A
    • 1946
      Marine Aircraft Group 42 Detachment A, was organized as Marine Air Detachment, Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. They were tasked to supervise, train, and support VMF-144.
    • 1953
      Re-designated Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment (MARTD).
    • 1958
      HMM-765 was activated and attached to MARTD Jax for support. This was followed later with the relocation of VMF-142 from Miami, Florida to Jacksonville.
    • 1965
      VMF-144 and VMF-142 were re-designated VMA's with the transition to the A-4 Skyhawk aircraft; the two Squadrons were merged to form VMA-142.
    • December 3, 1967
      While landing A-4B BuNo 144970 at NAS Cecil Field a landing gear crumpled. Maj. Walter Bryson of VMA-142 pulled up to a safe altitude and ejected over a wooded area
      San Antonio, TX San Antonio Express article
    • 1968
      HMM-765 was relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.
    • 1962 - 1974
      During the Vietnam era, no MARTD Jax units were activated. VMA-142 was held in a standby status. This era witnessed a substantial growth in the number of reserve personnel joined to VMA-142.

      The numbers and experience of personnel were such that it was deemed feasible in 1977 to organize a Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron (H&MS-42 Det A) and a Marine Air Base Squadron (MABS-49 Det C). Excess VMA-142 personnel were assigned as appropriate to better utilize skill and experience.
    • 1978
      MARTD Jax and its attached reserve units relocated to Cecil Field Naval Air Station, thus becomming MARTD Cecil Field. This name was short lived due to a reorganization of the Fourth Marine Air Wing and MARTD Cecil Field was designated Marine Aircraft Group 42 Detachment A (MAG-42 Det A). The purpose of the rorganization was to fully incorporate all active duty MAG-42 Det A Maines into the table of organization of its attached units upon mobilization.
    • July 1985
      The MABS detachment was deactivated, and its personnel were transfered to VMA-142 and H&MS-42 Det A for training. H&MS-42 Det A was redsignated as Marine Avation Logistics Squadron 42 Detachment A (MALS-42 Det A) in 1988, while VMA-142 was redesignated in 1990 as VMFA-142 upon replacement of the A-4 Skyhawk with the current F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.
    • August 1997
      MAG-42 Det A, MALS-42 Det A, and VMFA-142 relocated to Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Georgia. Thus ending a 50 year history in the state of Florida.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • 1970's - - - - - - - - - - - - - NAS Jacksonville
  • 1970's - - - - - - - - - - - - - NAS Cecil Field


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • 1970's - - - - - - MB - - - - - VMA-142 and MAG-42


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • WWII - - - - - - - - - Guadalcanal
  • WWII - - - - - - - - - Southern Solomons
  • WWII - - - - - - - - - Luzon
  • WWII - - - - - - - - - Southern Philippines

 


Aircraft

 


Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • No Data To Date


Events

Awards

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

  • No info yet

 

Photographs


1961: MAJ Dean H. Maderis checks out one of the new Skyhawks that are replacing the squadrons F9F Cougars.
Naval Aviation News

BuNo.147726 in a 1970 photo of the reserve flight line at NAS JAX.
This VMA-142 A-4C previously was owned by VA-44, where Dave Dollorhide flew it in 1966.
Photo provide by Dave Dollarhide.

BuNo 147807, MB-9, parked on the flightline.
Lionel Paul

Skyhawk BuNo 147815, MB-7, parked on the flightline.
Unknown photograper via W. Mutza

1974: Flying Gators Skyhawk BuNo 149594, MB-3, parked on the ramp.
Unknown photograper via W. Mutza

Circa 1964:
Unknown A-4B with VMA-142,
side number 6F-29.
NAN.

March 1974: VMA-142 A-4L BuNo 148436, MB-8, parked on the ramp.
L.B. Sides

1976: VMA-142 Flying Gators A-4L Skyhawk BuNo 149594, MB-3 on the ramp.
Photographer unknown.

17 OCT 1976: Right side view of MARTD JAX VMA-142 Gators TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153689, MB-22, on the ramp, Dobbins AFB, 17 October 1976. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

May 1977: VMA-142 TA-4J BuNo 155082, MB-21. Name below the canopy is Lt.Col. Herlocker, commanding officer.
Photo by L.B. Sides.

VMA-142 A-4M BuNo 158165, MB-02, undated.
From W. Munzenmaier.

24 July 1977 BuNo 154979, MB-09, parked on the flight line next to VMA-331 A-4M BuNo 158183.
Gary Verver Collection

date unknown:
right side view of VMA-142 Flying Gators A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159472
, MB-11, on the ramp with a centerline tank and painted in a lo-vis grey scheme.
photo from W. Munzenmaier.

14 NOV 1977:
VMA-142 A-4F BuNo 155024,
MB-05, 14 NOV 1977.
Photographer unknown, from Verver Collection.

1978: Flying Gators Skyhawk BuNo 154976, MB-10, painted in a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
Harry Gann

VMA-142 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 155030 - 1979
A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 155030 side number 04 of Marine Reserve squadron VMA-142/MAG-42 Det "A" the "Flying Gators" from Naval Air Station Cecil Field near Jacksonville, Florida. The "Fox" is carrying "shake and bake" as it departs Cecil for fun and adventure.
Photo by and from John W. Street MGySgt - USMC-Ret.

1979 BuNo 155022, MB-06, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Apr 1979 BuNo 154209, MB-12 parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Apr 1980 BuNo 154209, MB-12 parked on the ramp with a centerline tank and wing mounted TER's.
Gary Verver Collection

Apr 1980 BuNo 154971, MB-11, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

Apr 1980 BuNo 155034, MB-03, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1980 BuNo 155030, MB-04, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Oct 1980 Flying Gators Skyhawk BuNo 155013, MB-07, as she taxis by the photographer.
Gary Verver Collection

Nov 1980 BuNo 155022, MB-06, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

DEC 1980: BuNo 155013, MB-07, parked on the ramp.
Rob Mignard

March 1984 of Flying Gators Skyhawk BuNo 154209, MB-00, parked on the ramp.
Ted Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection

May 1985 BuNo 155028, MB-16, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Dec 1985 Flying Gators Skyhawk BuNo 154989, MB-12, parked on the ramp in a lo vis gray paint scheme.
Gary Verver Collection

03 Sept 1988 BuNo 159482, MB-12, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

03 Sept 1988 right rear view of BuNo 159482, MB-12, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

VMA-142 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 158162 - 1988
Marine Reserve squadron VMA-142 "Flying Gators" A-4M BuNo. 158162, side number Mike Bravo 01. This is the Commanding Officer's bird from Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. It is pictured at Naval Air Station Atlanta in December, 1988. Colors are tactical paint scheme ghost grays ("low-vis").
Photo by and from Frank J. Mirande

Sketch drawn by a Squadron ordinance man
Sketch from Randy Toskin.

A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat
Drawing from Randy Toskin.

BuNo 154207, MB-15, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154976, MB-10, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection


Sources:

 

  • Randy Toskin
  • John Gabbard

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