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wwii Patch, USN, VF-35 Grim Reapers #2

wwii Patch, USN, VF-35 Grim Reapers  #2

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch #2
Navy Fighter Squadron 35
Grim Reapers
Walt Disney Design link
4 7/8 inches

VF-35 Established as VF-35 15 Jul 1943
            Disestablished 19 Nov 1945

Escort Carrier USS Chenango (CVE-28) notes: Steaming down the western seaboard, the USS ChenangoCVE-28 arrived in San Diego on 14 October 1943 where she took aboard Air Group 35, consisting of Fighting Squadron 35 (VF-35) and Torpedo Squadron 35 (VT-35). And when the squadron and ship sailed out of San Diego’s Harbor of the Sun they entered on a 13-month rampage which was destined to distress the Japanese greatly. Together, they were to steam 110,000 miles, destroy 93 enemy planes, 91 ships, fly 4,544 sorties in combat zones, and to strike, along with other U.S. forces, at the insular stepping stones to Japan, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Palau, Eniwetok, Aitape-Hollandia, Saipan, Guam, Morotai and the Philippines. On 9 July 1945, Air Group 25 started back to the States and was replaced by Night Flying Air Group 33.

On 2 June 1944, the carrier division joined the troop transports and support gunfire ships and set sail for Guam. The Japanese reacted violently, staging frequent and determined raids down from the Bonins to the north. On 22 June 1944, CHENANGO mounted a one-ship offensive of her own on Pagan Island which the Japanese were using to launch bitter attacks on the American ships.

Launching 32 planes in the attack on Pagan Island, CHENANGO absolutely crippled airfield installations there, and shot up gun positions and personnel. In addition, the strike sank four heavily loaded supply ships, damaged several others, and hammered the harbor facilities into a mass of rubble. Despite heavy and concentrated anti-aircraft fire, all CHENANGO planes returned intact. A Jap Betty which had followed two of the last planes home was shot down with the utmost dispatch.

During the last 15 days of July 1944 CHENANGO pilots flew 364 sorties against the enemy on Guam. Strafing, bombing and photographing kept every pilot, aircrewman, and crew member aboard the CHENANGO busy, and consequently earned them 32 medals and commendations. They dropped 74 tons of bombs, destroying many gun emplacements, troop concentrations, bridges, truck convoys and one desperately needed enemy ammunition dump which exploded with spectacular violence. Also, four ship’s photographers were commended for their excellent and speedy work in delivering to the flagship photographs which showed the beachheads to be too difficult for successful attack.

Just before the end of the Marianas campaign a singular honor came to the CHENANGO. At four in the afternoon of 30 July 1944, a CHENANGO pilot, LTJG. Terrar, was ordered to try landing at Orote Airfield on Guam. He completed his mission successfully and reported that the field was operational for all but heavily loaded planes. By this act he became the first American airman over to land and takeoff from the island of Guam, first United States soil in the Pacific to be recaptured.

After a month of rest, recreation and training at Seaadler Harbor (Manus), in the Admiralties, CHENANGO sortied with her division on 10 September 1944 and covered the capture of Morotai Island during the period from 15 to 24 September 1944. Air action in this operation consisted principally of fighter sweeps to neutralize enemy airfields in the surrounding Halmaheras. Many parked aircraft, barracks and airfield facilities were completely destroyed.

It was during this engagement that CHENANGO planes participated in one of the thrilling rescues of World War II. A fighter pilot from a neighboring carrier had been shot down over Wasile Bay. He parachuted safely but was drifting dangerously close to the enemy-held coast. Although enemy anti-aircraft batteries held them under continuous fire, and had already downed two fighters from another ship, CHENANGO planes repeatedly strafed Jap boats attempting to capture the downed pilot. Because of this determined covering action, a PT boat was able to speed in and rescue the flier from under the Japanese shore batteries.

Scarf with VF-35 Grim Reaper logo - Link #1 - Link #2

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Product Code: PatchUSN.035.VF35.GrimReapers.v2
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