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WWII Patch, USN, VS-31 VS-1D1 Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout SQ

WWII Patch, USN, VS-31  VS-1D1  Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout SQ

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VS-31
Navy Scouting Squadron 31,
VS-1D1 (early)
VS =
Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout Squadron
NAS Squantum (Naval Air Station), Squantum, Massachusetts
believed to be a Walt Disney Design
4.75 inches


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 redesignated 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.
Inshore patrol squadrons:
VS-1D1 ---> VS-31
VS = Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout Squadron

The first U. S. squadron to arrive at NAS Brunswick, Maine, was a heavier than air Scouting Squadron (VS-1D1), under the command of Lieutenant John G. Shelley, Wellesley, Maine. When they began operations, there was only a half mile of runway, no hangers or operations tower. The ready room the pilots utilized was also incomplete and the men used packing boxes for seats and a pot-bellied stove to warm the hut. It became better known as the "family room" when the mens' wives began making frequent appearances to see the aviators off on missions.

The squadron originally existed as Scouting Squadron 31, based at Squantum Naval Air Station, Squantum, Massachusetts. The Squadron served meritoriously, flying the Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, followed by the Curtiss SB2C-4E Helldiver in the North Atlantic from 1942 until the conclusion of World War II in 1945 when it was de-commissioned. In April of 1948 at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey, the squadron was re-established as Composite Squadron 31. The following year, VC-31 became the Atlantic Fleet’s first VS Squadron when its mission was changed to carrier-based anti-submarine warfare. The squadron was re-designated Air Anti-Submarine Squadron 31 (VS-31), took the name Topcats, and subsequently moved to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

In the early years, the VS-31 Topcats accomplished its ASW mission utilizing the TBM Avenger, followed by the AF Guardian “Hunter/Killer” aircraft. When using the Guardian in its ASW role, it was necessary to fly with a “sister” aircraft that had attack capabilities.

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