VSF-3

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This Skyhawk Association website is dedicated to:
Lieutenant Fredrick Morrison Kasch
AIR MEDAL
On Tuesday, July 2, 1967, Lieutenant Fredrick Morrison Kasch was flying a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk, AK-112, bureau number 145002, from the USS Intrepid (CVS-11) carrier on Yankee Station. Lieutenant Kasch was killed after being hit by AAA fire while attacking a target in North Vietnam.

Photograph from Jacki Lomangino

Lieutenant Kasch was 26 years old at the time of his death. Fredrick's remains were repatriated in 1989 and he rests in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego California.
 
Photograph from John W. Hays

Lieutenant Fredrick Morrison Kasch is remembered on "The Wall" panel 22E, line 106.
From shipmate "Boom" Powell:
Fred was from San Diego where his father was a college teacher/prof. Believe he went to San Diego State and got his wings as an AOC. He was in VA-125 the same time I was along with Howie Fowler as we all reported to VSF-1 in Alameda on the same day. He was a bachelor and lived simply, ie, BOQ, no smoking or drinking. His only luxury was to fly to SD on weekends to visit his family. Used his VW bug once and the glove compartment had a half dozen un-cashed pay checks.
He had two younger sisters and years later Honey married Dan Swinford who was in VSF-3 with us.(2nd time around for both.
At Alameda he bought a 35mm SLR camera and loved using it. He was interested in getting air-to-air to the point where he and I were going to get checked out in the Station's T-33. He took the photo of me in A-4B over the Golden Gate Bridge.

VT-4 Sweeps the Seas - 1942
Courtesy of Tailhook Association

Attack Lion - 1986
Courtesy of Tailhook Association
 

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Page Sources:

  • Bud Southworth
  • John W. Hays
  • "Boom" Powell

Patch

  • When the detachment left at Naval Air Station Alameda grew larger than the deployed VSF-1, it became VSF-3... and an attack squadron in all but name. Here was another opportunity to continue tradition. A tiny cadre persistently submitted the insignia of previous squadrons. The cadre had what they felt was winner; TorpRon Three which was on Yorktown at Midway. The number was the same. The crest a red dragon wrapped around a bomb; VSF-3's color and new mission. Alas, the traditionalists were voted down.
    R. R. Boom Powell, Cdr, USN (Ret), VSF-1 1966 & VSF-3 1967

Heritage

  • MAR 1967: VSF-3 established.
  • 9 FFEB 1968: VSF-3 disestablished.

Home Ports

  • MAR 1967 NAS Alameda

Air Wings

  • MAR 1967: AK - USS Intrepid CVS-22

Aircraft

Deployments

  • 11 May 1967 to 30 Dec. 1967 Westpac on USS Intrepid CVS-22

Commanding Officers

  • CDR Lesli C. Hofto

Awards

  • No info yet.

Events

  • 1 July 1966:
    VSF-3 WAS COMMISSIONED. Anti-Submarine Fighter Squadron One -- VSF-1 was split in half:
    One half remained as VSF-1 and deployed on the United States Ship Shangri-La -- CVS-38 to the Mediterranean.
    The other half was called VSF-1 Det Alameda -- and VSF-1 Det Alameda was then renamed VSF-3 Chessmen.

  • VSF-3 deployed to WestPac on the USS Intrepid CVS-11, on 11 May 1967, and returned to the United States on 30 December 1967. The combat line periods were:
    21 June 1967 to 13 July 1967.
    30 July 1967 to 27 August 1967.
    15 September 1967 to 12 October 1967.
    1 November 1967 to 23 November 1967.

  • 2 July 1967, LTJG F. M. Kasch flying an A-4B Skyhawk was killed in action.

  • 3 October 1967, LTJG A. D. Perkins in A-4B Skyhawk, AK-102, BuNo 142114, was lost to AAA in North Vietnam. LTJG Perkins was recovered by HC-7 helo.
    Photograph from John W. Hays

  • November 26, 1967:
    Lt(jg). Bruce Hollinger ejected from A-4B BuNo 142742 and was rescued after engine flamed out at Cubi right after the break to land and the A-4 went into the bay. No effort was made to recover the airplane for investigation. USS Intrepid was there to off load the pilots for the magic carpet ride home.
    (CO Cdr. Leslie C.) Hofto wanted the whole thing wrapped up before Magic Carpet time so Jerry and the Board worked full time, allowing no time for frivolity at the Club, as I remember and Jerry was not a happy camper... Last day of flying on that deployment.
    From Boom Powell.

  • 9 February 1968:
    VSF-3 Chessmen were disbanded. Assets and some personel were transfered to the VA-152 Fighting Aces.

Unit Photos

VSF-3 A-4B being loaded aboard CVS-11, USS Intrepid, in 1967.
"Boom" Powell

A-4B being moved aboard CVS-11, USS Intrepid, in 1967.
"Boom" Powell

1966-67: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142126, AK-103, and Valions Skyhawk BuNo 148484 on the Intrepids hangar deck during a sweep-down.
"Boom" Powell

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142687, AK-111, armed with Sidewinder missiles and on Alert aboard the Intrepid.
"Boom" Powell Photo.

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142687, AK-111, armed with Sidewinder missiles and on Alert aboard the Intrepid.
"Boom" Powell Photo.

Ordies loading up a Skyhawk 1967 CVS-11.
'Boom' Powell'

VSF-3 A-4B SKYHAWK BuNo. 142140 AK-108 on the Intrepid Catapult.
Photograph from John W. Hays

VSF-3 A-4B SKYHAWK BuNo. 142131 AK-110 in the Intrepid pattern.
Photograph from John W. Hays

Circa 1967: A-4B of VSF-3 shows the need for a paint job.
"Boom" Powell Photo.

1967: "Boom" Powell atop the boarding ladder of Skyhawk BuNo 144889, AK-101, aboard the Intrepid.
Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

17 NOV 1967: LTJG "Boom" Powell inspects the damage received over Hanoi to VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 144889, AK-101.
Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142100, AK-109, and BuNo 142849, AK-102, in flight with Bullpup missiles on the wing pylons which they trained with, but did not use anytime during the deployment. Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142100, AK-116, on the deck edge elevator. Probably during work-ups off of the east coast.
1967 Intrepid Cruise Book, "Boom" Powell.

1967: #1 in a sequence of LCDR Tom "Cork" Corkhill (VSF-3 maintenance officer) in Skyhawk BuNo 142131, AK-110, going into the barricade after one of his landing gear would'nt come down on a maintenance check flight.
1967 Intrepid Cruise Book, "Boom" Powell.

1967: #2 in a sequence of LCDR Tom "Cork" Corkhill (VSF-3 maintenance officer) in Skyhawk BuNo 142131, AK-110, going into the barricade after one of his landing gear would'nt come down on a maintenance check flight.
1967 Intrepid Cruise Book, "Boom" Powell.

1967: #3 in a sequence of LCDR Tom "Cork" Corkhill (VSF-3 maintenance officer) in Skyhawk BuNo 142131, AK-110, going into the barricade after one of his landing gear would'nt come down on a maintenance check flight.
1967 Intrepid Cruise Book, "Boom" Powell.

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawks BuNo 142772 and 145002 await their turn to be loaded aboard the USS Intrepid. VSF-3 and the rest of CVW-10 flew into NAS Norfolk and taxied to Intrepid for a hoist aboard before departing on deployment.
1967 Intrepid Cruise Book, "Boom" Powell.

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142772, AK-110, serves as the backdrop for a crew photo aboard the Intrepid.
VSF-3 Officers Pic1
VSF-3 Officers Pic2

Early 1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 142100, AK-109, and BuNo 142849, AK-102, in flight with Bullpup missiles on the wing pylons which they trained with, but did not use anytime during the deployment.
1967 Intrepid Cruise Book, "Boom" Powell.

1966-67: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 144889, aboard the Intrepid.
Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

1966-67: VSF-3 Skyhawk BuNo 144929, AK-104, topside on the Intrepid with a byte out of the vertical fin.
Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk AK-105 with Sidewinder missiles is towed forward as it goes on alert.
Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

Circa 1967: VSF-3 Skyhawks line the starboard bow side of the Intrepid.
Photograph from Boom" Powell.

Circa 1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk moments from an OK 3 aboard the Intrepid.
Photograph from "Boom" Powell.

Circa 1967: VSF-3 Skyhawk over the rounddown.
NAN DEC 1967

  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
    • 142112 c/n 11366
      • 18 Dec 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 15 Feb 1967 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 142113 c/n 11367
      • 07 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 06 Feb 1967 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 142114 c/n 11368
      • 06 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jun 1967 - VC-5 - NAS Cubi Point, RP

      • 18 Jul 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 03 Oct 1967 - Stricken - 1S
    • 142116 c/n 11370
      • 15 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142118 c/n 11372
      • 16 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 06 Feb 1967 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 142126 c/n 11380
      • 07 Jul 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 15 Jan 1968 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 142131 c/n 11385
      • 05 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 30 Aug 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 142140 c/n 11394
      • 06 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 14 Jan 1968 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 142687 c/n 11749
      • 05 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-144 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142733 c/n 11795
      • 21 Oct 1967 - VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 05 Jan 1968 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 142742 c/n 11804
      • 11 Jan 1967 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jun 1967 - VC-5 Det A - NAS Cubi Point, RP

      • 11 Jul 1967 - VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 26 Nov 1967 - Stricken - 1S
  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk (Continued)
    • 142772 c/n 11834
      • 17 Dec 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jun 1967 - VC-5 Det A - NAS Cubi Point, RP

      • 15 Aug 1967 - VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142800 c/n 11862
      • 17 Jul 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142849 c/n 11911
      • 1967 - VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 20 Jul 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 144889 C/N 12135
      • 14 Mar 1967 – VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 16 Jan 1968 – NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
    • 144929 C/N 12175
      • 12 Jul 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 09 Nov 1967 - NAS R&T - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 144956 C/N 12202
      • 21 Mar 1967 - VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 144967 C/N 12213
      • 01 Jul 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 03 Mar 1967 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 144989 C/N 12235
      • 01 Jul 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 17 Mar 1966 - VA-95 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • 21 Oct 1967 - VSF-3 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 08 Jan 1968 - NARTU - NAS New York, NY
    • 145002 C/N 12248
      • 01 Jul 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 02 Jul 1967 - Stricken - 1S
    • 145029 C/N 12275
      • 03 Feb 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-146 - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 145043 C/N 12289
      • 11 Nov 1966 - VSF-3 - USS Intrepid
      • 17 Jan 1968 - NAS - NAS Twin Cities, MN

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