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VA 152 History

VA 152 History

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Published by Larry Feldhaus
History of Navy Squadron VA-152
History of Navy Squadron VA-152

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VA-152 FIGHTING ACES / MAVERICKS
VF-152 Vultures - 1951Bob StanekVF-152 Fighting Aces - 1952Bob StanekVA-152 Fighting Aces - 1968John W. HayesVA-152 Mavericks 1970Ernie Shuldhiess
Patch
VA-152/VF-152's first insignia, the "Hooded Falcon" was in use before 1951. Anyone out there have this patch?
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The crest had a white and black background and was outlined in gold. The falcon was brown withwhite and light brown shadings; yellow feet and beak; the hood was crimson red with a gold edgeand a white plume. The gauntlet was silver edged in blue with gray shadings.A second patch, the "Vulture Carrying a Bomb" appeared before 1952. The "Vulture Carrying aBomb" patch is illustrated above.VA-152's third crest is the "Flying Ace of Spades."This patch appeared sometime before 1951 and was used until January 29, 1971, when VA-152was disestablished.This patch was based upon Korean War Squadron experience. The Squadron's mission was closeair support - by the end of the Korean deployment every squadron aircraft had be hit by enemyfire. Three VF-152 pilots lost their lives in the Korean combat. The lives of these three pilots isvenerated in the patch design in the form of three drops of blood emanating from the spade thathas been pierced by the arrow.Two Versions of "Flying Ace of Spades" patch is illustrated above.An unofficial fourth patch, the "Maverick Cow" appeared in 1970. The "Maverick Cow" patch isillustrated above.
Handle
Falons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - World War IIVultures - - - - - - - - - - - - - - post World War IIFighting Aces - - - - - - - - - - - - 1952 to 1971The Friendly Squadron (Friendlies) - 1957 to 1968The 152 Light Bombardment Brigade - - 1968 to 1971Twilight Pursuit Squadron - - - - - - 1968 to 1971Mavericks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1970
Heritage
Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was established in 1943.Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was disestablished October 1945.Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was re-established in 1946.Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was disestablished October 1949.Reserve Fighter Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VF-713) was established sometime inthe late 1940s.February 1, 1951, Reserve Fighter Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTEEN was called to activeduty.February 4, 1953, was redesignated as VF-152 - Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO.August 1, 1958, was redesignated as VA-152 - Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO.February 9, 1968, VSF-3 Chessmen were disestablished and assets transferred to the VA-152Mavericks.January 29, 1971, VA-152 - Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was disestablished.
Home Ports
Prior to 1951: - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Denver April 11, 1951 - - - - - - - Naval Air Station AlamedaJune 5, 1952 - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Moffett FieldNovember 1963- - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
Air Wings
April 11, 1951 - - - - - - H- - - - - - CVG-15October 14, 1957 - - - - - ND - - - - - ATG-4February 1959- - - - - - - NL - - - - - CVG-15 / CVW-15*October 1, 1964- - - - - - AH - - - - - CVW-16
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February 1968- - - - - - - AA - - - - - CVW-17April 1969- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - COMFAIRALAMEDADecember 1969- - - - - - - AJ - - - - - CVW-8*CVG-I5 was redesignated CVW-16 when Carrier Air Groups (CVG were redesignated Carrie Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
Deployments
1943 - 1945- - - - - - CVG-15 - Essex CV 9 - - - - - F6F- - - Pacific1946 - 1949- - - - - - CVG-15 - Boxer CV 21- - - - - F8F- - - Pacific1946 - 1949- - - - - - CVG-15 - Valley Forge CV 45 - F8F- - - Pacific09-08-51 to 05-02-52 - CVG-15 - Antietam CV 36 - - - F4U-4- - Korea01-24-53 to 09-21-53 - CVG-15 - Princeton CVA 37 - - F4U-4- - Korea/WestPac07-01-54 to 02-28-55 - CVG-15 - Yorktown CVA 10- - - F2H-3- - WestPac04-23-56 to 10-15-56 - CVG-15 - Wasp CVA 18- - - - - F2H-3- - WestPac01-06-58 to 06-30-58 - ATG-04 - Hornet CVA 12- - - - F2H-3- - WestPac08-21-58 to 01-12-59 - ATG-04 - Bennington CVA 20- - F2H-3 - -WestPac08-01-59 to 01-18-60 - CVG-15 - Hancock CVA 19 - - - AD-6 - - WestPac09-19-60 to 05-27-61 - CVG-15 - Coral Sea CVA 43 - - AD-6 - - WestPac12-12-61 to 07-17-62 - CVG-15 - Coral Sea CVA 43 - - AD-6 - - WestPac04-03-63 to 11-25-63 - CVG-15 - Coral Sea CVA 43 - - A-1H/J - WestPac04-22-64 to 08-01-64 - * - - - - * - - - - - - - - - A-1H/J - South Vietnam04-05-65 to 12-16-65 - CVW-16 - Oriskany CVA 34- - - A-1H/J - WestPac/Vietnam05-26-66 to 11-16-66 - CVW-16 - Oriskany CVA 34- - - A-1H - - WestPac/Vietnam06-16-67 to 01-31-68 - CVW-16 - Oriskany CVA 34- - - A-1H/J - WestPac/Vietnam07-22-68 to 04-29-69 - CVW-17 - Forrestal CVA 59 - - A-4B - - Mediterranean03-05-70 to 12-17-70 - CVW-08 - Shangri-La CVS 38- - A-4E - - WestPac/Vietnam*The squadron, along with 20 of its A-1s, was sent to Bien Hoa Air Force Base, South Vietnam, totrain South Vietnamese pilots to fly the A-1. A detachment, VA-152 Det Zulu, was left at Naval Air Station Alameda. While operating in South Vietnam the squadron came under the control of Chief, Air Force Advisory Group, Saigon. On August 1, 1964 the squadron (VA-152) based at Bien Hoawas redesignated VA-152 Det Zulu and the detachment at Naval Air Station Alameda wasdesignated VA-152. VA-152 Det Zulu continued to train South Vietnamese pilots until December 1, 1964
Aircraft
1943 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F6F Hellcat1945 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F8F BearcatApril 16, 1951 - - - - - - - - - Vought F4U-4 Corsair IJune 12, 1952- - - - - - - - - - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair IOctober 1953 - - - - - - - - - - McDonnell F2H-3 BansheeFebruary 5, 1959 - - - - - - - - Douglas AD-6 (A-1H) Skyraider *December 1962- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A-1J Skyraider February 1968- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *February 1968- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk *20 February 1969 - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *23 June 1969 - - - - - - - - - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk* November 30, 1962
The AD-6 designation was changed to A-1HThe A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4BThe A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4CThe A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E
A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit
Commanding Officers
 
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