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WWII Patch, USN, VB-99 experimental squadron

WWII Patch, USN, VB-99  experimental squadron

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
Bombing Squadron 99
Walt Disney Design - Donald Duck
5 inches

VB = Bomb Squadron
VB-99 was established as an experimental squadron for the new SB2C aircraft until its redesignation as VB-20 and assignment to CVG-20.


Established as Bombing Squadron NINETY NINE (VB-99) on 1 July 1943.
Redesignated Bombing Squadron TWENTY (VB-20) on 15 October 1943.
Established VB-99 -  1 Jul 1943; ---> VB-20; ---> VA-9A; ---> VA-94 (1948 - 1949) (SB2C-5, AD-2); ---> VA-94 Tough Kitties 

Chronology of Significant Events
Jul–Oct 1943: VB-99 was established as an experimental squadron for the new SB2C aircraft until its redesignation as VB-20 and assignment to CVG-20.
31 Aug 1944: The squadron’s first combat action involved an attack on the Bonin Islands.
Sep 1944: The squadron participated in pre-invasion strikes on Palau Islands and provided air support for landings on Peleliu Island.
Oct 1944: Squadron aircraft participated in air strikes against Okinawa, Formosa and Luzon.
24 Oct 1944: The squadron participated in the Battle for Leyte Gulf. VB-20’s SB2Cs flew sorties against a powerful Japanese surface force in the Sibuyan Sea. These attacks contributed to the sinking of the Musashi, one of the two largest battleships in the world. The following squadron personnel were awarded the Navy Cross for this action: Ensigns M. E. Adams, R. J. Barnes, H. A. Koster, R. D. Olson, M. T. Ross, and D. D. J. Spanagel; Lieutenant (jg)s P. P.  Cook, J. M. Glynn, R. D. Reed, J. P. Trytten, and J. E. Tsarnas; Lieutenants W. N. Christensen, J. S. Cooper, H. C. Hogan, R. E. Moore, R. D. Warner and R. S. Wilcox; and Commander R. E. Riera.
25 Oct 1944: Squadron aircraft were part of the Fast Carrier Task Force that attacked the Japanese carrier force in the Battle of Cape Engano. Four Japanese carriers were sunk during this engagement. The following squadron personnel were awarded the Navy Cross for their actions during the Battle of Cape Engano: Ensigns H. C. Bearden, D. F. Hughes, C. Z. Stevens III, and W. P. Wright; Lieutenant (jg) W. C. Phtilla; Lieutenants W. W. Anderson, C. Burkhart and L. C. Flynt; and Commander R. E. Riera.
Nov 1944: Squadron aircraft flew strikes against a Japanese troop convoy in Ormoc Bay, Leyte and enemy positions on Luzon.
Dec 1944: The squadron participated in strikes flown against Luzon.
Jan 1945: Squadron aircraft flew strikes against Luzon, Formosa, Hong Kong, and Japanese convoys in South China Sea and Okinawa.
12 Jan 1945: The following squadron personnel were awarded the Silver Star medal for action against a Japanese cruiser protecting a convoy of cargo ships: Lieutenants W. N. Christensen and W. W. Anderson and Lieutenant (jg) H. Rubner.

Home Port Assignment
Location Assignment Date

NAS San Diego 01 Jul 1943
NAS Kaneohe 21 Apr 1944*
NAS Barbers Point 30 Apr 1944*
NAS Puunene 17 Jun 1944*
NAS San Diego 23 Feb 1945
NAS Wildwood 16 Apr 1945
NAS Edenton 22 Jun 1945
NAAS Elizabeth City 01 Nov 1945

Aircraft Assignment
Type of Aircraft Date Type First Received

SBD-5 Jul 1943
SB2C-1C 15 Nov 1943
SB2C-3 Jul 1944
SB2C-4E 18 Apr 1945
SBW-5 04 Aug 1945
SB2C-5 Mar 1946

Major Overseas Deployments
Date of Date of Air Type of Area of Departure Return Wing Carrier Aircraft Operation

16 Aug 1944 23 Nov 1944 CVG-20 CV 6* SB2C-3 Pacific
23 Nov 1944 02 Feb 1945 CVG-20 CV 16** SB2C-3 Pacific
09 Feb 1948 26 Jun 1948 CVAG-9 CV 47 SB2C-5 Carib/Med
* The squadron transferred from Enterprise (CV-6) to Lexington (CV-16) and remained deployed in the Pacific.
** The squadron completed its combat tour in the Pacific and transferred from Lexington (CV-16) to Kwajalein (CVE-98) for transporation back to the United States.

Air Wing Assignments
Air Wing Tail Code Assignment Date

CVG-20/CVAG-9/CVG-9* PS/D** 15 Oct 1943
* Established as CVG-20 on 15 October 1943.
Redesignated CVAG-9 on 15 November 1946.
CVAG-9 redesignated CVG-9 on 1 September 1948.
CVG-9 was disestablished on 1 December 1949.
** The tail code PS was assigned to Philippine Sea (CV-47) and CVG-9 in 1946.

Unit Awards Received
Campaign Medal (Asiatic-Pacific)

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From wikipedia:

Donald Fauntleroy Duck  is an American cartoon character from The Walt Disney Company. Donald is a white anthropomorphic  duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red bow tie, but no trousers (except when he goes swimming). Donald's most famous personality trait is his easily provoked and explosive temper. Donald Duck has been officially honored as the third most popular cartoon character of all time with Bugs Bunny of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies  at number two and fellow Disney creation Mickey Mouse who is number one.

According to the Disney canon, particularly in the 1942 short Donald Gets Drafted Donald's birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day his debut film, The Wise Little Hen, was released. However, in The Three Caballeros (1944), his birthday is given as simply "Friday the 13th", which is in reference to the bad luck he experiences in almost all his cartoon appearances. Donald's Happy Birthday (short) gives his birthday as March 13. The 1942 short "Donald Gets Drafted", as well as the Quack Pack episode "All Hands on Duck", also reveals his full name to be Donald Fauntleroy Duck.[3] Donald Duck is a well-known and very popular character especially in Scandinavian countries.

Wartime Donald

Several of Donald's shorts during the war were propaganda films, most notably Der Fuehrer's Face, released on January 1, 1943. In it, Donald plays a worker in an artillery factory in "Nutzi Land" (Nazi Germany). He struggles with long working hours, very small food rations, and having to salute  every time he sees a picture of the Führer (Adolf Hitler). These pictures appear in many places, such as on the assembly line in which he is screwing in the detonators of various sizes of shells. In the end he becomes little more than a small part in a faceless machine with no choice but to obey until he falls, suffering a nervous breakdown. Then Donald wakes up to find that his experience was in fact a nightmare. At the end of the short Donald looks to the Statue of Liberty  and the American flag with renewed appreciation. Der Fuehrer's Face won the 1942 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Der Fuehrer's Face also the first of two animated short film which setting during the War to won the Oscar, the other was Tom & Jerry's short film, The Yankee Doodle Mouse. Other notable shorts from this period include the Army shorts, seven films that follow Donald's life in the US Army from his drafting to his life in basic training under sergeant Pete  to his first actual mission as a commando having to sabotage a Japanese  air base. Titles in the series include:

Donald Gets Drafted also featured Donald having a physical examination before joining the army. According to it Donald has flat feet and is unable to distinguish between the colors green and blue, which is a type of color blindness. Also in this cartoon sergeant Pete comments on Donald's lack of discipline.

It is also noteworthy that thanks to these films, Donald graced the nose artwork of virtually every type of WWII Allied combat aircraft, from the L-4 Grasshopper to the B-29 Superfortress.

Donald also appears as a mascot—such as in the Army Air Corps 309th Fighter Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, which showed Donald as a fierce-looking pirate ready to defend the American coast from invaders. Donald also appeared as a mascot emblem for: 415th Fighter Squadron; 438th Fighter Squadron; 479th Bombardment Squadron; 531st Bombardment Squadron.

During World War II, Disney cartoons were not allowed to be imported into Occupied Europe. Since this cost Disney a lot of money, he decided to create a new audience for his films in South America. He decided to make a trip through various Latin American countries with his assistants, and use their experiences and impressions to create two feature length animation films. The first was Saludos Amigos, which consisted of four short segments, two of them with Donald Duck. In the first, he meets his parrot pal Jose Carioca. The second film was The Three Caballeros, in which he meets his rooster friend Panchito.

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