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WWII Patch, USN, VF-6 Shooting Stars

WWII Patch, USN, VF-6 Shooting Stars

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VF-6
Navy Fighter Squadron 6

Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), USS Enterprise / F3F-2, SBC-3 and SU-2
Shooting Stars
5 inches


Squadron # "Nickname" Start End A/C Carrier/Base Top Ace (kills w/ sqn) CO (kills w/ sqn) Kills #
Aces
VF-6 "Shooting Stars" Dec-41 Oct-42 F4F Enterprise CV-6 Donald E. Runyon (8) James S. Gray 63   1
VF-6 Aug-43 Feb-44 F6F various CV's Alexander Vraciu (9) H.W. Harrison 37.5 0

Mission
Squadron insignia and nickname

The VF-6 squadron was originally known as the Shooting Stars. The original "Felix Cat Squadron" was VF-3. When the two squadrons swapped designations, both squadrons claimed the "Felix" mascot and call sign, which caused controversy for the coming three years. Finally in November 1946, VF-6 was decommissioned and the Chief of Naval Operations approved the adoption of the Felix the Cat name and call sign for VF-3A’s exclusive use.

The emblem is the famous cartoon character Felix the Cat, running with a large spherical bomb with a lighted fuse. The yellow field and outline were omitted from the aircraft and four stars at the end of a pair of sweeps were added. This emblem can be seen on the fuselage of the aircraft above the wing.

Several well-known aviators have flown with Felix on their shoulders, including Charles Lindbergh and Butch O'Hare.
The nickname Tomcatters was adopted in 1948.

History
Two US Navy squadrons have held the designation VF-31. The first to be designated VF-31 was in existence from May 1943 to Oct 1945 and is not related to the subject of this article. The second VF-31 has a direct lineage to the current VFA-31 " Tomcatters".

Early years
VFA-31, originally established as VF-1B on July 1, 1935 flying the Boeing F4B, is the second oldest active US Navy squadron behind VFA-14 (1919).

On 1 July 1937, the squadron combined with VF-8B and was redesignated VF-6, flying the Grumman F3F. Between the years 1937 and 1943 VF-6 flew the F3F-1 and two variants of the Grumman F4F and ended with the F4F-4.

On 15 July 1943, VF-6 swapped designations with VF-3 and began flying the F6F Hellcat.

Through the years the Tomcatters and their predecessors have served on many of the Navy's aircraft carriers, including the first, the USS Langley; the second, USS Lexington; and the sixth, USS Enterprise. They were aboard Enterprise  during the bombing of Pearl Harbor as well as the battles of Wake Island, Marcus Island, Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Eastern Solomon Islands. The squadron also saw aerial combat over the Philippines, Formosa, Okinawa, and China.

On 7 August 1948, VF-3A was redesignated VF-31 Tomcatters. For almost four years, the Tomcatters flew the F9F Panther, the squadron's first jet aircraft.


BATTLE of MIDWAY
Task Force 16 (TF 16)  -  Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, USN
Task Group 16.5 (TG 16.5)
Carrier Group  -  Capt. George D. Murray, USN
USS Enterprise (CV-6)  -  Capt. George D. Murray, USN
USS Enterprise Air Group - Lt. Comdr. Clarence W. McClusky, USN
Fighting Squadron 6 (VF-6) Lt. James S. Gray, USN  -  27 Grumman F4F-4 (Wildcat)
Bombing Squadron 6 (VB-6) Lt. Richard H. Best, USN  -  19 Douglas SBD-2 and SBD-3 (Dauntless)
Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) Lt. Wilmer E. Gallaher, USN  -  19 Douglas SBD-2 and SBD-3 (Dauntless)
Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6) Lt. Comdr. Eugene E. Lindsey, USN  -  14 Douglas TBD-1 (Devastator)



Price: $120.00


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