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WWII Patch, USN, VS-41 USS Ranger (CV-4) #1

WWII Patch, USN, VS-41  USS Ranger (CV-4) #1

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VS-41
Navy Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout Squadron 41

Scouting Squadron Forty One (VS-41), USS Ranger (CV-4) / SBU-1
Walt Disney Design
5 inches


VS = Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout Squadron
USS Ranger (CV-4)
   Ranger Air Group
       Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4) / SB2U-2 and N2Y-1
       Fighting Squadron Four (VF-4) / F3F-1, SBU-1 and SU-3
       Scouting Squadron Forty One (VS-41) SBU-1

VB-4 Redesignated VS-41           15 Mar 1941
VS-41 Redesignated VB-41          1 Mar 1943

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.

Citations For Award of The Navy Cross
CARVER, LAMAR P.
Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lamar P. Carver, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 9 November 1942. In the early morning of 8 November, Lieutenant Commander Carver, leading a division of planes on an offensive mission over Casablanca harbor, sighted a nest of hostile submarines. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire, he skillfully maneuvered his division into position and executed an accurate dive-bombing attack, personally making one of the two direct hits which resulted in the sinking of two undersea craft. Again the same day, he led another dive-bombing attack on a group of hostile surface vessels which were being engaged by our ships and, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, several near-misses were scored by his command. His outstanding leadership and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 321 (December 1943)
Born: March 18, 1906 at St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town: Moline, Illinois

EATON, MAXWELL A.
Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Maxwell A. Eaton, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), in action during the occupation of French Morocco, 8 to 11 November 1942. Launching a vigorous dive-bombing raid on hostile surface units in the vicinity of Casablanca on 8 November, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eaton, under a bursting hail of anti-aircraft shells, scored a direct 500-pound bomb hit on a light cruiser. On another flight, he volunteered for and brilliantly executed an individual dive-bombing attack on an antiaircraft battery, which he succeeded in silencing. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Eaton's performance of duty was highly instrumental in reducing the resistance of the hostile forces and thereby greatly assisted the final occupation of the Casablanca area. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Born: March 15, 1915 at Wakefield, Massachusetts
Home Town: Wakefield, Massachusetts

EMBREE, RALPH ARNOLD (MIA)
Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph Arnold Embree, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot and Acting Squadron Commander of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41), embarked from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the occupation of French Morocco during the period 8 to 11 November 1942. Leading five flights of planes in vigorous dive-bombing raids against hostile warships and coastal defense batteries, Lieutenant Embree, courageously pressing home his attacks in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition, aided greatly in the infliction of severe damage upon the enemy. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Born: September 25, 1914 at Kemmerer, Wyoming
Home Town: Kemmerer, Wyoming

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