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WWII Patch, USN, VT-4

WWII Patch, USN, VT-4

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
Navy Torpedo Squadron 4

4.5 inches

The Strike Fighter Squadron 15 (VFA-15) Valions is a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron based at NAS Oceana. Their call sign is Pride, tail code is AJ, and they fly the F-18 Hornet. Their mottos are Pugna Ama Arma Ferre and None Finer.

The first Valion squadron was established just one month after the attack on Pearl Harbor as Torpedo Squadron FOUR (VT-4) on January 10, 1942 aboard the USS Ranger in Grassy Bay, Bermuda.

The squadron initially flew the TBD Devastator and was assigned to protect the sea lanes between Bermuda and Newfoundland from their homeport of Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In August 1942, VT-4 transitioned from the Devastator to the TBF/TBM Avenger. The Valions were aboard the Ranger when it escorted the RMS Queen Mary, with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aboard, to the Quebec Conference in August 1943. From August to November 1943, VT-4, while deployed aboard Ranger, operated as part of the British Home Fleet. On October 4, 1943, the squadron participated in Operation Leader and struck at shipping targets around Kunna Head, Norway. The squadron’s TBF-1 Avengers, along with its escort of F4F Wildcats, destroyed a German freighter and a small coaster and damaged a troop transport. In October 1943, VT-4, flying from Ranger, operated with the British Second Battle Squadron and patrolled the waters of the Norwegian Sea. In July 1944, VT-4 transferred from Atlantic to Pacific Fleet. On September 21, 1944 during a pre-dawn sortie, three of the squadron’s aircraft collided with each other, resulting in the loss of nine personnel, including the squadron’s commanding officer. From November 4–17, 1944, VT-4 was temporarily embarked on USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) for operations in support of landings at Leyte. The squadron participated in combat strikes at Ormoc Bay, Cavite and Clark Field. In December 1944, the squadron participated in combat operations in support of landings on Mindoro. In January 1945 while operating from USS Essex (CV-9), the squadron struck targets on Formosa, Luzon, Hainan and the Ryukyu Island chain as well as in French Indochina (Vietnam). Operations in Vietnam were around Saigon and Camranh Bay. These operations were in support of the continued assault against the Japanese in the Philippines. On February 16, 1945 the squadron conducted its first strikes against the home islands of Japan, hitting Mawatari airfield on Honshu. From February 19–22, 1945, the squadron provided support for the Battle of Iwo Jima. On March 1, 1945, the airfield, facilities and shipping on Okinawa were hit by squadron aircraft. On March 4, 1945, VT-4 disembarked from Essex at Ulithi completing the squadron’s last combat cruise during World War II. VT-4 returned to NAS Alameda in April 1945.

In Spring 1946, VT-4 participated in USS Tarawa's shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea following the ship’s commissioning in December 1945.

In the closing months of World War II, VT-4 moved to San Diego and was redesignated VA-2A on November 15, 1946. On August 2, 1948, the squadron’s designation was changed to Attack Squadron 15 (VA-15). Then in March 1949, VA-15 moved to NAS Cecil Field, Florida and transitioned to the AD Skyraider.

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