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WWII Patch, USN, VF-15 Satan's Playmates USS Essex

WWII Patch, USN, VF-15 Satan's Playmates  USS Essex

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VF-15  Fighting SQ
Navy Fighter Squadron 15

VF = Fighter Squadron
Satan's Playmates
USS Essex CV-9
USS Lexington CV-16
F-4v Corsair

4.5 inches

see also VBF-15 Satan's Angels

Air Group Fifteen
“The Fabled Fifteen” World War II squadrons from the AG-15 “Fabled Fifteen” carrier group flew from the aircraft carrier USS ‘Essex’ (CV 9) in the pacific theater. They were the top ranked Navy squadron of WWII with 26 Aces tallying 310 confirmed air kills, 348 ground kills, and 296,500 tons of shipping destroyed serving from May 1944 to November 1944.  They were were also known as Satan’s Playmates and they were to figure heavily in twenty-three major engagements, including two full-scale naval battles. During these they destroyed battleships, aircraft carriers, troopships, and more airplanes than any other group. They were to neutralize a dozen enemy bases, send scores of cargo ships to the bottom, destroy docks and dumps, gun emplacements and supply depots by the hundreds.  They moved twice as close to Japan as any other carrier group had ever been, set the record for enemy aircraft shot down in a single day with 67, produced the leading Navy ace of the war in Commander David McCampbell tallying 34 total kills with 9 in one sortie, took part in some of the great aerial fights of 1944 including the Marianas Turkey Shoot of June 19, the Formosa strikes of September, and the Leyte Gulf battles of late October winning glory and medals.

Air Group 15 was based off of the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9) and it's equipment consisted of airplanes from three distinct types of squadrons.  1). The fighters, the fast single-seater Grumman Hellcats with heavy fire power from six machine-guns, and which may also carry rockets and small bombs.  2). The Curtiss Helldiver dive bombers. Besides the pilot, these planes carry an enlisted-man rear-seat gunner. Their job is to lay a one-ton bomb load upon the target from a very steep diving angle, and to strafe with their machine guns at the same time. 3). The torpedo bomber, the Grumman Avenger. It has two enlisted crewmen in addition to the pilot. It carries a ton of bombs, or depth charges, or aerial torpedoes, and like the Helldiver is designed for low-level attack.  Normally these three plane types worked together as a closely integrated team.

USS Essex CV9, the "Fightingest Ship in the fleet"; her airmen served during the War in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945.  Hellcat aces, Helldiver pilots, and their gunners, winners of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Medal of Honor. The Essex won 13 Battlestars. The most of any ship in the Essex class.

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