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WWII Patch, USN, VB-13 #1

WWII Patch, USN, VB-13  #1

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VB-13 Bomb SQ
Navy Bombing Squadron 13

USS Saratoga, USS Franklin (CV-13)
Battle of Leyte Gulf
Coral Sea - Scouting Squadron 6 (VB-13)  1942 - 1943
6 x 5.5 inches

Bombing Squadron 6 was re-designated VB-13 before they left the USS Saratoga.
On 1 march 1943 there was a major redesignation of US Navy squadrons.  A revision of the squadron designation system changed Inshore Patrol Squadrons to Scouting Squadrons (VS), Escort Fighting Squadrons (VGF) to Fighting Squadrons (VF), Escort Scouting Squadrons (VGS) to Composite Squadrons (VC) and Patrol Squadrons (VP) operating land type aircraft to Bombing Squadrons (VB). This revision also re-designated carrier Scouting Squadrons (VS) as VB and VC and as a result the types of squadrons on Essex Class carriers was reduced to three. In spite of this change, the aircraft complement of their Air Groups remained at its previous level of 21 VF, 36 VSB and 18 VTB.
Fleet Carrier Scouting squadron VS-6 ---> VB-13 (Air Group 3)

Citations For Award of The Navy Cross
*BARNETT, MARSHALL DAVID, JR. (KIA)
Citation:  The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Marshall David Barnett, Jr. (0-264306), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Barnett fought his plane boldly and with relentless determination despite accurate and intense antiaircraft fire during a brilliantly executed attack on a Japanese light cruiser. With his plane badly damaged by a burst of hostile fire in the execution of his dive, he continued his same daring tactics and released his bomb load at perilously low altitude to score a direct hit on the enemy ship. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Barnett contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 340 (July 1945)
Born: April 15, 1922 at Dallas, Texas
Home Town: Dallas, Texas

RILEY, ROBERT G.
Synopsis:  The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert G. Riley, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Ensign Riley contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: January 10, 1921 at Buckcreek, Indiana
Home Town: Lafayette, Indiana

BOGAN, JAMES DURRWOOD
Citation:  The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to James Durrwood Bogan (0-251400), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. In the face of continuous and intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy air opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bogan pressed home a determined dive bombing attack on a hostile aircraft carrier and, accurately releasing his bomb load at perilously low altitude, scored a direct hit which contributed to its sinking. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bogan contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0768 (January 4, 1945)
Born: July 29, 1918 at Coushatta, Louisiana
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia

BOMBERGER, GEORGE KREIDER
Citation:  The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Kreider Bomberger (0-116793), Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Section Leader in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), embarked from the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Leading his section in the face of continuous and intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy air opposition, Lieutenant Bomberger scored a direct hit on an enemy aircraft carrier which contributed to its sinking. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant Bomberger contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0768 (January 4, 1945)
Born: April 8, 1917 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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