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WWII Patch, USN, VF-50 Devil Cats USS Bataan (CVL-29) USS Cowpens (CVL-25)

WWII Patch, USN, VF-50 Devil Cats  USS Bataan (CVL-29) USS Cowpens (CVL-25)

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VF-50
Navy Fighter Squadron 50
USS Bataan (CVL-29)
USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
Walt Disney Design?
5.5 inches

VF-50 Established 10 Aug 1943
VF-50 Disestablished 29 Oct 1945

Squadron # "Nickname" Start End A/C Carrier Top Ace (kills w/ sqn) CO (kills w/ sqn) Kills #
Aces
VF-50 "Devil Cats" Apr 1944 Jul 1944 F6F USS Bataan CVL-29 Daniel Rehm (6) J.C. Strange 61   4

1 of the Top Navy Hellcat Aces (11+ Kills)     Kills     Medals     Squadron     Plane
                  Dan R. Rehm                                         13.0       AM           VF-8/VF-50     F6F
Daniel R. Rehm, Jr.
On June 19, 1944 he was leading a division of four fighters from VF-50 on CAP at 20,000 feet when he received an urgent call from the USS Bataan to vector west at Buster speed to intercept a large bogie heading for the fleet. After a short distance, he spotted the large group of enemy aircraft, which he identified as about 95, but later found out to be 120. He burned the first on a high side run and later accounted for two more. His wingman shot down two and the squadron accounted for twelve. After landing he held up 3 fingers when he passed the bridge and everyone went wild. He downed another Zero in the Marianas on June 23 and achieved Ace status on July 3 when he shot down a pair of Zeros off Iwo Jima. He claimed a total of nine victories while serving with VF-50. On July 12, 1944 the Bataan’s forward elevator failed and the Bataan was sent back to the United States. Lt. (j.g.) Rehm, his wingman and two other fighter pilots were sent over to the USS Bunker Hill to join VF-8. Cdr. Rehm was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star and the Air Medal with Gold Star for his service during World War II.


Recipient Of The Navy Cross
Forrest Franklin Francis, Jr.
    * Date of birth: 5-May-21
    * Place of Birth: Reed, Oklahoma
    * Home of record: Dallas, Texas
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign] Forrest Franklin Francis, Jr., United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTY (VF-50), attached to the U.S.S. BATAAN (CVL-29), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Kazan islands, on 24 June 1944. Participating in a mission to intercept a numerically superior force of enemy bombers with covering fighter aircraft closing our Task Force, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Francis exploded an enemy fighter plane at close range and, with his vision almost completely obscured by oil on his windshield from the exploded plane, opened his cockpit cover and continued the fight at high altitude to shoot down one more enemy plane before being forced to return to base with a failing engine. By his skilled airmanship and determination, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Francis contributed materially to the success of the mission and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander Fast Carrier Task Force: Serial 0437 (August 20, 1944)
Action Date: 24-Jun-44
Service: Naval Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighting Squadron 50 (VF-50)
Division: U.S.S. Bataan (CVL-29)


VF-50 was one of more than 20 squadrons that had special training at NAAS Manteo in Dare County, NC. VF-50, a squadron of F6F Hellcats was among the top squadrons of WWII. Bruce Barackman, an Ace with 6 victories flew with VF-50.

Recipient Of The Navy Cross
Charles O. Dodson, Jr.
    * Home of record: Warrenton, Virginia
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Charles O. Dodson, Jr., United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Section Leader in Fighting Squadron FIFTY (VF-50), attached to the U.S.S. COWPENS (CVL-25), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Inland Sea of Japan, on 25 July 1945. After all other planes of the Task Force returned to base because of extremely adverse weather conditions, Lieutenant Dodson, accompanied by only one other pilot, flew through to the target area. Then, executing a bombing and strafing attack on a battleship-carrier in the face of accurate anti-aircraft fire, he inflicted serious damage on the hostile vessel. His gallant fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
      Action Date: 25-Jul-45
      Service: Naval Reserve
      Rank: Lieutenant
      Company: Fighting Squadron 50 (VF-50)
      Division: U.S.S. Cowpens (CVL-25)


Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Brown Field (East Field; Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Otay Mesa, San Diego California)
In conjunction with the World War I development of San Diego's North Island, the Army established an airfield at Otay Mesa, 16 miles southeast. In 1918, the field was named in honor of Major Killian East, who had been killed in an automobile accident near Mitchell Field, N.Y. The Army invested $17,580 in East Field using it for formation and acrobatic training. During the 1920s and 1930s, military and civilian aviation used the airfield. Located five miles from the coast, Otay Mesa has an elevation of 500 ft. and is less subject to ocean fog that reduced flying hours at other airfields in San Diego. After the beginning of World War II, the Navy improved the airfield. During the first of 1943, construction began on buildings. Just three months later, the station commissioned on March 17, as NAAS Otay Mesa. In January 1945, CASU 66 commissioned out of the CASU 5 Detachment. During 1945, the station added several improvements including a new BOQ, brig, nose hangars, and a training building. VC-70, VC-49, CAG 38, VT-41, VC-66, VF-50, CVEG 36, VC-68, VC-65, VC-5, VC-4, VC-75, VC-78, VC 76, VC-79, and CAG 152 passed through Brown during 1945.

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