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VA-195 Dambusters

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Lion Cub - 1944
Drawn by Bud Southworth

Tiger & Parrot before 1953
Courtesy Edward Christie

Tiger & Parrot after 1956
Courtesy Tailhook Association

Helmet and Shield - 195?
Drawn by Bud Southworth

War Eagle - 1985
Courtesy VFA-195

Patch
  • VT-19's Lion Cub patch was first used during World War II, the patch making its appearance shortly before March 1944. The VA-20A Tigers also appear to have used the Lion Cub crest. The VT-19 patch illustrates a lion cub flying a torpedo and launching a rocket. First patch displayed above.
    According to Tom Howley (fomer squadron member) the basis of the original lion cub and "rocket launcher' on a torpedo was that Bob Burns, a movie person famous for the "bazooka" - a comical musical instrument and "the so called rocket launcher", gave a lion cub to the squadron (final destination L.A. Zoo). Disney drew up the patch about 1944.
    The tiger/rocket (tiny tim 11.75") and "feel the breeze" parrot was born at a squadron party at Barbers Point O club, Aug. 1947 (Boxer CV-21 )deployment.
  • VA-20A & VA-195 used a Tiger and Parrot crest after 1949. (Aug. 1947 per Tom Howley) There are two versions of the Tiger and Parrot patch.
    The first Tiger and Parrot patch was un-officially initiated sometime before 1953; but this patch was never officially recognized.
    The second Tiger and Parrot patch was a modification of the un-official patch and was in use September of 1955 for at least a year. The origin of the patch, as explained to Herrick M. Drake (O-6, Ret'd) when he checked aboard in 1955, was that the torpedo represented the historical event (from which the unit got its nickname) of the squadron's destruction of the Whanchon Dam during the Korean War. The tiger on his back referred to the previous nickname, The Fighting Tigers, and the parrot on his back referred to a joke that for some reason always came up at squadron parties
  • The Helmet and Shield patch was adopted by VA-195 in the 4th qtr. of 1957. When Cdr. Mead assumed the helm, the squadron had a contest for a new patch. The contest was won by an enlisted man and, after a few modifications by Cdr Mead, was submitted for BuAir approval. It became official the last of that year (1957). The new patch's background depicted the unit's day or night over land or sea capability, the torpedo upheld the "Dambusters" history, and the superimposed atom represented the squadron's nuclear weapons capability. The Trojan helmet at the peak was CVG-19's patch.
  • On August 30, 1985, VFA-195 adopted a War Eagle patch. Patch displayed above.

Handle
  • Tigers, 1949 to the early 1950s.
  • Dambusters, early 1950s to the present.

Heritage
  • August 15, 1943, Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) was established.
  • November 15, 1946, VT-19 was redesignated Attack Squadron TWENTY A (VA-20A).
  • August 24, 1948, VA-20A was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VA-195).
  • April 1, 1985, VA-195 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VFA-195).

Home Ports
  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • August 15, 1943 - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Los Alamitos
  • February 29, 1944 - - - Naval Air Station Kahului *
  • December 14, 1944 - - - Naval Air Station San Diego
  • January 20, 1945- - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • February 5, 1945- - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Santa Rosa
  • August 9, 1945- - - - - Naval Air Station Kahului *
  • November 3, 1945- - - - Naval Air Station Barbers Point
  • August 19, 1946 - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • November 3, 1952- - - - Naval Air Station Moffett Field
  • December 13, 1961 - - - Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • July 1, 1986- - - - - - Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi & Misawa) †
  • * Temporary shore assignment while the squadron conducted training in preparation for combat deployment.
  • † VFA-195 was assigned to CVW-5 on July 1, 1986 as part of a program that has a permanently assigned carrier and air wing at an overseas homeport. The homeport for CVW-5 and United States Ship Midway CV 41, was Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. The squadron did not arrive in Japan until November 1986.

Air Wings
  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • August 15, 1943 - - - A/B/NM† - - CVG-19/CVAG-19/ CVG-19/CVW-19*
  • December 1, 1969- - - - - - - - - COMFAIRLEMOORE
  • 1970 - - - - - - - - - NH - - - - CVW-11
  • January 18, 1982 - - - NL - - - - CVW-15
  • October 1, 1982 - - - - - - - - - COMLATWINGPAC
  • November 12, 1982- - - NG - - - - CVW-9
  • September 15, 1984- - - - - - - - COMLATWINGPAC
  • July 1, 1986 - - - - - NF - - - - CVW-5
  • * CVG-19 was redesignated CVAG-19 on November 15, 1946. On September 1, 1948 CVAG-19 was redesignated CVG-19. CVG-19 was redesignated CVW-19 when Carrier Air Groups (CVG) were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
  • † The tail code A was assigned to CVAG-19 on December 12, 1946 and changed to B on August 4, 1948. The tail code B was changed to NM in 1957. The effective date for this change was most likely the beginning of FY 58 (July 1, 1957).

Deployments
    Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 06-23-44 to 11-23-44 - CVG-19 - CV 16*- - TBM-1C - - Pacific
  • 03-18-46 to 08-19-46 - CVG-19 - CV 36†- - TBM-3E - - WestPac
  • 01-11-50 to 06-13-50 - CVG-19 - CV 21 - - AD-3 - - - WestPac
  • 11-09-50 to 06-09-51 - CVG-19 - CV 37‡- - AD-4 - - - WestPac/Korea
  • 03-21-52 to 11-03-52 - CVG-19 - CV 37 - - AD-4/4L- - WestPac/Korea
  • 09-14-53 to 04-22-54 - CVG-19 - CVA 34- - AD-4B/NA - WestPac
  • 03-02-55 to 09-21-55 - CVG-19 - CVA 34- - AD-6 - - - WestPac
  • 03-09-57 to 08-25-57 - CVG-19 - CVA 10- - AD-6 - - - WestPac
  • 11-01-58 to 06-18-59 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - AD-6 - - - WestPac
  • 11-21-59 to 05-14-60 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - A4D-2- - - WestPac
  • 04-26-61 to 12-13-61 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - A4D-2N - - WestPac
  • 07-12-62 to 02-11-63 - CVG-19 - CVA 31- - A-4C - - WestPac
  • 01-28-64 to 11-21-64 - CVW-19 - CVA 31- - A-4C - - WestPac/IO/Vietnam
  • 04-21-65 to 01-13-66 - CVW-19 - CVA 31- - A-4C - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10-15-66 to 05-29-67 - CVW-19 - CVA 14- - A-4C - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 12-28-67 to 08-17-68 - CVW-19 - CVA 14- - A-4C - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 04-14-69 to 11-17-69 - CVW-19 - CVA 34- - A-4E - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 11-06-70 to 07-17-71 - CVW-11 - CVA 63- - A-7E - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 02-17-72 to 11-28-72 - CVW-11 - CVA 63- - A-7E - - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 11-23-73 to 07-09-74 - CVW-11 - CV 63 - - A-7E - - WestPac/IO
  • 05-21-75 to 12-15-75 - CVW-11 - CV 63 - - A-7E - - WestPac
  • 10-25-77 to 05-15-78 - CVW-11 - CV 63 - - A-7E - - WestPac
  • 03-13-79 to 09-22-79 - CVW-11 - CV 66 - - A-7E - - Mediterranean
  • 04-14-81 to 11-12-81 - CVW-11 - CV 66 - - A-7E - - Mediterranean/IO
  • 07-15-83 to 02-29-84 - CVW-9- - CV 61 - - A-7E - - Central America/ WestPac/IO
  • 01-09-87 to 03-20-87 - CVW-5 - CV 41§- - F/A-18A - WestPac§
  • 04-23-87 to 07-13-87 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac 1
  • 10-05-87 to 04-12-88 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 10-18-88 to 11-09-88 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 01-21-89 to 02-24-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 02-27-89 to 04-09-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 05-31-89 to 07-25-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 08-15-89 to 12-11-89 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 02-20-90 to 04-06-90 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac
  • 10-02-90 to 04-17-91 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - F/A-18A - WestPac/IO/ Persian Gulf
  • * The squadron departed Hawaii enroute to Eniwetok Atoll embarked on United States Ship Intrepid CV 11, and arrived there on June 30, 1944. On July 9, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Lexington CV 16, in preparation for its combat deployment. The squadron's combat deployment ended on November 23, 1944 when they were transferred to United States Ship Enterprise CV 6, while at Ulithi Atoll. They arrived at Hawaii on November 27, and were transferred to Long Island (CVE 1) for the final leg of the return trip to the States, arriving at Naval Air Station San Diego on December 14, 1944.
  • † The squadron departed Hawaii enroute to Saipan embarked on United States Ship Hancock CV 19, and arrived there on April 3, 1946. On April 20, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Antietam CV 36, for deployment to WestPac. During the squadron's deployment to WestPac it was temporarily shore based at Saipan on several occasions.
  • ‡ The squadron and CVG-19 were relieved aboard United States Ship Princeton CV 37, by Carrier Air Group 19X. Squadron aircraft were transferred to VA-55. The officers were flown back to the States and the enlisted personnel were transferred to USAT General Nelson M. Walker for transportation back to Naval Air Station Alameda.
  • § The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan. Consequently, all future deployments for the squadron will cover only those operations outside the home waters of Japan.


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • August 15,1943 - - - - - LT Leonard R. Prater (acting)
  • August 18, 1943- - - - - LCDR Karl E. Jung
  • September 22, 1943 - - - LCDR Albert P. Coffin
  • December 31, 1943- - - - LCDR David E. Dressendorfer
  • September 26, 1944 - - - LCDR Frank C. Perry
  • November 24, 1945- - - - LCDR James F. McRoberts
  • August 11, 1947- - - - - LCDR Melvin H. Warner
  • August 7, 1948 - - - - - LCDR Harry C. White
  • June 26, 1950- - - - - - LCDR Harold G. Carlson
  • September 28, 1951 - - - CDR Neil A. MacKinnon
  • December 1, 1952 - - - - CDR August W. Elliott, Jr.
  • July 16, 1954- - - - - - CDR Lewis R. Hardy, Jr.
  • September 30, 1955 - - - CDR William A. Rawls
  • September 6, 1957- - - - CDR R. J. Mead
  • July 18, 1958- - - - - - CDR Fletcher H. Burnham
  • July 1959- - - - - - - - CDR Harry N. O'Connor
  • June 1, 1960 - - - - - - CDR George W. Blease
  • March 17, 1961 - - - - - CDR Walter E. Scholz
  • April 27, 1962 - - - - -

    CDR Anson D. Geiger, CO. and CDR J. V. Smith, XO.
  • March 29, 1963 - - - - - CDR Robert F. Doss
  • April 28, 1964 - - - - - CDR J. V. Smith
  • April 12, 1965 - - - - - CDR Bertrand O. Larsen
  • April 1, 1966- - - - - - CDR Charles E. Hathaway
  • April 28, 1967 - - - - - CDR Samuel R. Chessman, XO, 1966-67 Cruise.
  • July 24, 1968- - - - - - CDR W. H. Greiwe
  • June 1969- - - - - - - - CDR C. W. Jorgensen
  • March 6, 1970- - - - - - CDR D. D. Hicks, Jr.
  • February 9, 1971 - - - - CDR Paul F. McCarthy, Jr.
  • December 30, 1971- - - - CDR Donald L. Hall
  • March 7, 1972- - - - - - CDR Mace C. Gilfry
  • March 16, 1973 - - - - - CDR Norman D. Campbell
  • June 1, 1974 - - - - - - CDR Brian D. Woods
  • June 2, 1975 - - - - - - LCDR James R. Lee
  • August 27, 1976- - - - - CDR William E. Newman
  • October 7, 1977- - - - - CDR Robert C. Kaup
  • October 6, 1978- - - - - CDR William C. Bowes
  • December 13, 1979- - - - CDR James M. Hays
  • March 24, 1981 - - - - - CDR Alexander M. Phillips
  • June 9, 1982 - - - - - - CDR David I. Pierce
  • December 1, 1983 - - - - CDR Kirwin S. Webster
  • May 8, 1985- - - - - - - CDR W. O. King, Jr.
  • October 10, 1986 - - - - CDR Patrick D. Moneymaker
  • April 15, 1988 - - - - - CDR Thomas G. Otterbein
  • August 9, 1989 - - - - - CDR Gregory C. Wooldridge
  • October 17, 1990 - - - - CDR Randolph R. Robb

Events
  • August 15, 1943:
    Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) was established at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Los Alamitos, California. VT-19 Tigers were assigned the Grumman TBF-1 Avenger.

  • February 29, 1944:
    The squadron was based at NAS Kahului, Hawaii.

  • June 23, 1944 through November 23, 1944:
    VT-19 Tigers, flying the Grumman TBF-1C Avenger, embarked on the United States Ship Lexington CV 16, for their 1st cruise. VT-19 departed Hawaii enroute to Eniwetok Atoll embarked on United States Ship Intrepid CV 11, and arrived there on June 30, 1944. On July 9, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Lexington CV 16, in preparation for its combat deployment. The squadron's combat deployment ended on November 23, 1944 when they were transferred to United States Ship Enterprise CV 6, while at Ulithi Atoll. They arrived at Hawaii on November 27, and were transferred to United States Ship Long Island CVE 1, for the final leg of the return trip to the States, arriving at NAS San Diego on December 14, 1944. This World War II combat cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater.

  • July 18, 1944:
    VT-19 flew its first combat mission when it conducted pre-invasion strikes against Guam.

  • July to October 1944:
    VT-19 Tigers flew combat strikes against Guam, Palau, the Bonin and Volcano Islands, Mindanao, Visayans, Luzon, Okinawa and Formosa.

  • October 24, 1944:
    VT-19 aircraft participated in strikes against the Central Japanese Task Force in the Sibuyan Sea, which included the super battleship Musashi. Three of the squadron's personnel, Lieutenants Joseph C. Black and Max E. Gregg and LTJG Edward H. Schulke, were awarded the Silver Star for their actions during this strike.

  • October 25, 1944:
    VT-19 Tiger aircraft participated in the Battle of Cape Engano, strikes against the Japanese Northern Force composed primarily of carriers. The following squadron personnel were awarded the Navy Cross for their actions during this battle: Lieutenant Commander Frank C. Perry; Lieutenants Leonard R. Prater, Joseph C. Black, Max E. Gregg, Frederick Doll, Jr., James C. West, Leonard P. Mathias, Donald W. McMillan, Richard D. Greer, Jr., and Gordon B. Whelpley; LTJGs Frank A. Fox, Morris R. Goebel, James H. Langrall, Ray J. Stacy, Robert F. Durian, William R. Garrett, John S. McDonald, Edward H. Schulke, Edward C. Myers, Jr., Irvin Kramer, Jr. and James E. Sipprell; and Ensigns Mercer L. Jackson, Jr., Wallace F. Leeker, Frederick Schuler and Warner W. Tyler.

  • November 5, 1944:
    Tiger aircraft participated in an attack on the Nachi, a Japanese heavy cruiser, which was making a sortie out of Manila Bay. The cruiser was sunk and Lieutenant (jg)s Robert F. Durian, James E. Sipprell and Ray J. Stacy were awarded a Gold Star in lieu of their second Navy Cross for their actions in this engagement. Lieutenant Joseph C. Hebert was awarded a Navy Cross for actions in this strike.

  • December 14, 1944:
    VT-19 was based at Naval Air Station San Diego, California.

  • January 20, 1945:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • February 5, 1945:
    VT-19 was based at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Santa Rosa, California.

  • August 9, 1945:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Kahului, Hawaii.

  • November 3, 1945:
    VT-19 was based at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.

  • March 18, 1946 through August 19, 1946:
    VT-19 Tigers, flying the Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, embarked on the United States Ship Antietam CV 36, for their 2nd cruise. The squadron departed Hawaii enroute to Saipan embarked on United States Ship Hancock CV 19, and arrived there on April 3, 1946. On April 20, the squadron flew aboard United States Ship Antietam CV 36, for deployment to WestPac. During the squadron's deployment to WestPac it was temporarily shore based at Saipan on several occasions. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater.

  • August 19, 1946:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • November 15, 1946:
    VT-19 was redesignated Attack Squadron TWENTY A (VA-20A).

  • May 3,1947:
    Attack Squadron TWENTY A Tigers were assigned the AD-1 Douglas Skyraider.

  • August 24, 1948:
    VA-20A was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VA-195).

  • January 11, 1950 through June 13, 1950:
    VA-195 Tigers, flying the Douglas AD-3 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Boxer CV 21, for their 3rd cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater.

  • November 9, 1950 through June 9, 1951:
    VA-195 Tigers, flying the Douglas AD-3 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Princeton CV 37, for their 4th cruise. This first Korean War combat cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • December 5, 1950:
    The VA-195 Tigers flew its first combat mission since the end of World War II, flying close air support missions for U.S. Marines near Chosen Reservoir in North Korea.

  • May 1, 1951:
    The VA-195 Tiger's AD-4 Skyraiders made a torpedo strike against the floodgates of the Hwachon Reservoir Dam. The purpose of the mission was to destroy the floodgates and raise the level of the river to form a natural barrier against the enemy's advance. It was from this mission that the squadron derived its nickname, Dambusters.

  • March 21, 1952 through November 3, 1952:
    VA-195 Tigers, flying the Douglas AD-4/4L Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Princeton CV 37, for their 5th cruise. This second Korean War combat cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • June 23, 1952:
    The VA-195 Tigers, along with units from two other carrier air groups and the Fifth Air Force, conducted coordinated air strikes against the Suiho hydroelectric plant on the Yalu River and the Kyosen Number Three hydroelectric plant. Squadron aircraft participated in attacks against other hydroelectric plants the following day.

  • July 11, 1952:
    VA-195 Dam Buster aircraft participated in one of the major joint Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps air strikes of the war, hitting industrial targets in North Korea's capital city of Pyongyang.

  • November 3, 1952:
    VA-195 was based at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California.

  • September 14, 1953 through April 22, 1954:
    VA-195 Dam Buster, flying the Douglas AD-4B/NA Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Oriskany CV 34, for their 6th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • March 2, 1955 through September 25, 1955:
    VA-195 Dam Buster, flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Oriskany CV 34, for their 7th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • March 9, 1957 through August 25, 1957:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Yorktown CVA 10, for their 8th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • November 1, 1959 through June 18, 1959:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 9th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • July 1, 1959:
    VA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.

  • November 21, 1959 through May 14, 1960:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 10th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • December 22, 1959:
    Lt(jg). B. Cooper was killed when VA-195 A4D BuNo 144909 crashed into the sea astern of the USS Bon Homme Richard (en-route from Pearl Harbor to Guam) at 2122 hours and sank in 3,000 fathoms of water. USS Lofberg DD-759, USS Buck DD-761 and the USS Bon Homme Richard commenced a search for the pilot.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log.

  • March 4, 1960:
    Lt(jg). Jerome V. Bachman VA-195 in A4D BuNo 145036 did not return to the USS Bon Homme Richard (en-route from Kobe, Japan to Sasebo, Japan) at 0925 hours. A pilot reported seeing a possible flash and finding an oil slick. The USS Bon Homme Richard accompanied by the USS Morton, USS Chevalier, USS Wiltsie, USS Hamner and USS Tang commenced a search and completed the search at 1222 hours.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log.

  • April 26, 1961 through December 13, 1961:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 11th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • July 19, 1961:
    LtCmdr. Allen Price perished when his A4D-2N BuNo 147679 hit the round down and exploded while attempting a carrier landing
    Midland, TX Reporter-Telegram article

  • November 27, 1961:
    An unnamed pilot perished when he crashed into a field 2.5 miles from NAS Atsugi, Japan while on final for landing
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • December 13, 1961:
    The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

  • July 12, 1962 through February 11, 1963:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 12th cruise. This cruise was to the Western Pacific Theater (WestPac).

  • August 21, 1962:
    AA L.E. Cotton was killed when VA-195 A4D BuNo 147692 went over the port side with him at 2024 hours and sank in 2,300 fathoms of water in the South China Sea. USS Small, DD-838, and USS Buckley, DD-808, commenced search for man overboard and secured the search at 2102 hours.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log.

  • September 22, 1962:
    A4D-2N BuNo 148542 & A4D-2N BuNo 145142 were involved in a 3 plane mid-air collision during a night in-flight refueling off Japan. Lt.Cmdr. John T. Parks perished. The other A4D-2N pilot and the tanker A/C pilot were recovered uninjured
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • January 28, 1964 through November 21, 1964:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 13th cruise. This was the squadron's first Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • August to October 1964:
    VA-195 Dam Busters participated in special operations, flying escort and reconnaissance sorties in support of U.S. operations in Vietnam and Laos.

  • April 21, 1965 through January 13, 1966:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, for their 14th cruise. This was the squadron's second Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • October 15, 1966 through May 29, 1967:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14, for their 15th cruise. This was the squadron's third Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • October 19, 1965:
    A-4 C BuNo 148584, NM-512 disappeared on armed reconnaissance mission - Lt(jg) John Bowers Worchester - KIA.

  • October 29, 1966
    LCdr Chester L. Nightengale, Jr. perished in A-4C BuNo 145123 while on a training flight off United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14 enroute to Southeast Asia.

  • December 13, 1966:
    LTJG Donald O. Taylor flying 147776 (VA-195) was downed by ground fire. He was recovered and returned to the ship.

  • February 27, 1967:
    NM 512 A-4C 148607 - Engine flame out on strike mission - Pilot (Unknown) survived.

  • April 7, 1967
    Cdr. Charles E. Hathaway ejected safely and was recovered after his A-4C BuNo 149639 was hit by ground fire, caught fire and the flames began burning through the right side of the airplane and spread to the wing.
    Fergus Falls, MN Fergus Falls Daily Journalarticle

  • April 20, 1967:
    Commander S. R. Chessman, the VA-195 Dam Buster's executive officer, was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in planning and executing a successful strike against a Haiphong thermal power plant, accomplishing the mission without the loss of a single aircraft.

  • December 28, 1967 through August 17, 1968:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14, for their 16th cruise. This was the squadron's fourth Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • September 18, 1968
    An unidentified pilot was killed when A-4C BuNo 147689 crashed and exploded in a pasture near Dinuba, CA, 25 miles southeast of Fresno, CA.
    Long Beach, CA Independent Press-Telegram article

  • October 1968:
    VA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the TA-4F Douglas Skyhawk.

  • April 14, 1969 through November 17, 1969:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk, embarked on the United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34, for their 17th cruise. This was the squadron's fifth Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • February 1970:
    VA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the Vought A-7E Corsair II.

  • November 6, 1970 through August 17, 1971:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, for their 18th cruise. This was the squadron's sixth Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • February 17, 1972 through November 28, 1972:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, for their 19th cruise. This was the squadron's seventh Vietnam War combat cruise.

  • March 6, 1972:
    During night operations off Kitty Hawk CVA 63, in Philippine waters, the squadron's commanding officer, Commander D. L. Hall, was lost when his aircraft crashed into the sea astern the boat.

  • April 1972:
    Following the invasion by North Vietnam into South Vietnam the VA-195 Dam Busters participated in tactical air sorties against military and logistic targets in North Vietnam.

  • May 9, 1972:
    VA-195 Dam Buster aircraft participated in the mining of North Vietnamese harbors.

  • May 10, 1972:
    VA-195 participated in the beginning of Linebacker I operations, concentrated air strikes against targets in North Vietnam above the 20th parallel.

  • November 23, 1973 through August 9, 1974:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CV 63, for their 20th cruise. VA-195 deployment with CVW-11 on Kitty Hawk as part of the first CV concept air wing deployment on the west coast. This concept consolidated all aspects of carrier aviation warfare into one air wing deployed on a single deck.

  • May 21, 1975 through December 15, 1975:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CV 63, for their 21st cruise. This cruise was to the WestPac Theater.

  • October 25, 1977 through May 15, 1978:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Kitty Hawk CV 63, for their 22nd cruise. This cruise was to the WestPac Theater.

  • March 13, 1979 through September 22, 1979:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship America CV 66, for their 23rd cruise. This cruise was to the Mediterranean Theater.

  • April 14, 1981 through November 12, 1981:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship America CV 66, for their 24th cruise. This cruise was to the Mediterranean Theater.

  • July 15, 1983 through February 29, 1984:
    VA-195 Dam Busters, flying the Vought A-7E Corsair, embarked on the United States Ship Ranger CV 61, for their 25th cruise. This cruise was to Central America.

  • April 1, 1985:
    VA-195 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE (VFA-195).

  • September 30, 1985:
    VFA-195 Dam Busters were assigned the F/A-18A Boeing Hornet.

  • July 1, 1986:
    VFA-195 was stationed at Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan (Naval Air Facility Atsugi & Misawa).

  • January 9, 1987 through March 20, 1987:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 26th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • April 23, 1987 through August 13, 1987:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 27th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from Midway.

  • October 15, 1987 through April 12, 1988:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 28th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • January 21, 1988 through November 9, 1988:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 29th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • January 21, 1989 through February 24, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 30th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • February 27, 1989 through April 9, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 31st cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • May 31, 1989 through August 25, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 32nd cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • August 15, 1989 through December 11, 1989:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 33rd cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • February 20, 1990 through April 6, 1990:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 34th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway.

  • October 2, 1990 through April 17, 1991:
    VFA-195, flying the Boeing F/A-18A Hornet, embarked on the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, for their 35th cruise. The squadron was permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan while flying from the Midway. This cruise was to the Western Pacific with a side trip to the Persian Gulf.

  • November 1990 - January 1991:
    VFA-195 flew missions in support of Operation Desert Shield, the build up of American and Allied forces to counter a threatened invasion of Saudi Arabia by Iraq and as part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force its withdrawal from Kuwait.

  • Today:
    The VFA-195 Dam Busters are defending this country as they have for over fifty years. When you go to bed tonight please say a prayer for your sailors and naval aviators who are at peril in the sky and at sea so that you may sleep in peace this night.

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