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VA-22 Fighting Redcocks

VA-22 and VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks

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Fighting Redcock - 1959
Provided by Bryan Remer

Fighting Redcock - Date Unknown

Strike Fighting Redcock - 2000
Drawn by Bud Southworth


W.C. Lacy & Sean Keenan

Patch
  • May 9, 1949, the Fighting Redcock patch was created by Fighting Squadron SIXTY THREE (VF-63). The Fighting Redcock patch background is a heraldic bar, sinister shield and cumulus clouds. Overlaying the background is a gamecock ready to strike.
  • VA-63 continued to use the Fighting Redcock patch following its redesignation in 1956.
  • When VA-63 was redesignated VA-22 in July 1959, the new squadron added a scroll with the squadron's name at the bottom of the shield. This patch is displayed above.
  • On September 14, 1990, the redesignated VFA-22 modified the Fighting Redcock patch by changing the designation in the scroll to read VFA-22 and adding a F/A image to the patch.

Handle
  • 1949 - present, Fighting Redcocks.

Heritage
  • July 27, 1948, Fighting Squadron SIXTY THREE (VF-63) established.
  • March 1956, VF-63 redesignated Attack Squadron SIXTY THREE (VA-63).
  • July 1, 1959, VA-63 redesignated Attack Squadron TWENTY TWO (VA-22).
  • VA-22 Detachment Romeo formed March 6, 1963.
  • December 18, 1963, VA-22 Detachment Romeo disestablished.
  • May 4, 1990, VA-22 redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron TWENTY TWO (VFA-22).

Home Ports
  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • July 27, 1948- - - - - Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • March 20, 1949 - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Oceana
  • August 9, 1950 - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • July 12, 1951- - - - - Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Santa Rosa
  • September 25, 1952 - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • September 28, 1961 - - Naval Air Station Lemoore

Air Wings
  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • July 27, 1948 - - - - - - C - - - - - -CVG-6
  • July 31, 1950 - - - - - - M/NE* - - - -CVG-2/CVW-2†
  • October 1, 1968 - - - - - NM - - - - - CVW-19
  • November 1, 1968- - - - - NF - - - - - CVW-5
  • January 8, 1971- - - - - - - - - - - - COMFAIRLEMOORE
  • June 2, 1971- - - - - - - NL - - - - - CVW-15
  • January 15, 1982- - - - - NH - - - - - CVW-11
  • * July 1, 1957 - CVG-2's tail code was changed from M to NE in 1957.
  • † December 20, 1963 - Carrier Air Groups were redesignated Carrier Air Wings and CVG-2 became CVW-2.

Deployments
  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 10-27-49 to 11-22-49 - CVG-6 - CVB 42 - F8F-2 - NorLant
  • 08-24-50 to 11-11-50 - CVG-2 - CV 21- - F4U-4 - Western Pacific/Korea
  • 12-06-50 * - - - - - - CVG-2 - CV 45- - F4U-4 - Western Pacific/Korea *
  • 06-09-51 - - - - - - - CVG-2 - CV 47- - F4U-4 - Western Pacific/Korea
  • 02-07-52 to 09-25-52 - CVG-2 - CV 21- - F4U-4 - Western Pacific/Korea
  • 08-03-53 to 03-03-54 - CVG-2 - CVA 10 - F9F-5 - Western Pacific
  • 11-03-54 to 06-21-55 - CVG-2 - CVA 9- - F9F-6 - Western Pacific
  • 11-13-56 to 05-20-57 - CVG-2 - CVA 38 - F9F-8 - Western Pacific
  • 08-16-58 to 03-12-59 - CVG-2 - CVA 41 - FJ-4B - Western Pacific
  • 08-15-59 to 03-25-60 - CVG-2 - CVA 41 - FJ-4B - Western Pacific
  • 02-16-61 to 09-28-61 - CVG-2 - CVA 41 - A4D-2 - Western Pacific
  • 04-06-62 to 10-20-62 - CVG-2 - CVA 41 - A4D-2N - Western Pacific
  • 11-08-63 to 05-26-64 - CVW-2 - CVA 41 - A-4C - Western Pacific
  • 03-06-65 to 11-23-65 - CVW-2 - CVA 41 - A-4C - Western Pacific/Vietnam
  • 07-29-66 to 02-23-67 - CVW-2 - CVA 43 - A-4C - Western Pacific/Vietnam
  • 11-04-67 to 05-25-68 - CVW-2 - CVA 61 - A-4C - Western Pacific/Vietnam
  • 03-18-69 to 10-29-69 - CVW-5 - CVA 31 - A-4F - Western Pacific/Vietnam
  • 04-02-70 to 11-12-70 - CVW-5 - CVA 31 - A-4F - Western Pacific/Vietnam
  • 11-12-71 to 07-17-72 - CVW-15- CVA 43 - A-7E - Western Pacific/Vietnam
  • 03-09-73 to 11-08-73 - CVW-15- CVA 43 - A-7E - Western Pacific
  • 12-05-74 to 07-02-75 - CVW-15- CVA 43 - A-7E - Western Pacific
  • 02-15-77 to 10-05-77 - CVW-15- CV 43- - A-7E - Western Pacific
  • 05-30-79 to 02-25-80 - CVW-15- CV 63- - A-7E - Western Pacific
  • 04-01-81 to 11-23-81 - CVW-15- CV-63- - A-7E - Western Pacific
  • 09-01-82 to 04-28-83 - CVW-11- CVN 65 - A-7E - NorPac/Western Pacific
  • 05-30-84 to 12-20-84 - CVW-11- CVN 65 - A-7E - Western Pacific/NorPac
  • 01-12-86 to 08-13-86 - CVW-11- CVN 65 - A-7E - Western Pacific/Med/SoLant
  • 10-25-87 to 11-24-87 - CVW-11- CVN 65 - A-7E - NorPac
  • 01-05-88 to 07-03-88 - CVW-11- CVN 65 - A-7E - Western Pacific/NorPac
  • 09-17-89 to 03-16-90 - CVW-11- CVN 65 - A-7E - World Cruise
  • * On March 29, 1951 VF-63 and CVG-2 transferred from Valley Forge
    CV 45 to Philippine Sea CV-47 while inport Yokosuka, Japan.


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • July 27, 1948 - - - - - - - LCDR Malcolm W. Cagle
  • February 13, 1950 - - - - - LCDR Thomas J. Ball
  • August 17, 1951 - - - - - - LT L. W. S. Cummins (acting)
  • August 20, 1951 - - - - - - LCDR Ward S. Miller
  • October 31, 1952- - - - - - LCDR Elmon A. Miller, Jr.
  • April 1953- - - - - - - - - LCDR Robert H. Benson
  • July 1955 - - - - - - - - - CDR Howard B. Eddy
  • June 7, 1957- - - - - - - - LCDR William C. Chapman
  • March 20, 1959- - - - - - - CDR John H. Lobdell
  • March 31, 1960- - - - - - - CDR Jack D. Kendall
  • October 10, 1961- - - - - - CDR W. T. Laws
  • October 29, 1962- - - - - - CDR E. W. Abbott
  • September 12, 1963- - - - - CDR R. S. Smith
  • October 2, 1964 - - - - - - CDR C. E. Dechow
  • October 6, 1964 - - - - - - CDR E. H. Schorz (acting)
  • October 20, 1964- - - - - - CDR D. M. Wyand
  • 1965- - - - - - - - - - - - CDR E. H. Schorz
  • October 20, 1966- - - - - - CDR Henry D. Arnold
  • October 7, 1967 - - - - - - CDR Jack K. Ashmore
  • October 18, 1968- - - - - - CDR Richard T. Gaskill
  • October 16, 1969- - - - - - CDR Henry C. Holt IV
  • October 22, 1970- - - - - - CDR James C. Thompson
  • 1971- - - - - - - - - - - - CDR Robert G. Ehrman
  • August 31, 1972 - - - - - - CDR Leonard E. Giuliani
  • July 28, 1973 - - - - - - - CDR Gary A. Scoffield
  • November 8, 1974- - - - - - CDR John F. Calvert
  • February 27, 1976 - - - - - CDR Alan M. Dundon
  • April 22, 1977- - - - - - - CDR Lee B. Cargill
  • July 6, 1978- - - - - - - - CDR John D. Grice
  • September 25, 1979- - - - - CDR Jerry D. Palmer
  • May 9, 1981 - - - - - - - - CDR John E Vomastic
  • February 1983 - - - - - - - CDR Russell C. York
  • July 26, 1984 - - - - - - - CDR Raymond A. Kellett
  • February 1, 1986- - - - - - CDR Richard J. Burns
  • July 31, 1987 - - - - - - - CDR William H. Roberson III
  • January 20, 1989- - - - - - CDR Dale M. Doorly
  • August 9, 1990- - - - - - - CDR G. Robert Darwin
  • December 12, 1991 - - - - - CDR C.R. Rondestvedt
  • February 26, 1993 - - - - - CDR J.T. Knight
  • May 26, 1994- - - - - - - - CDR W.D. Wood
  • July 21, 1995 - - - - - - - CDR W.C. Tallman
  • August 23, 1996 - - - - - - CDR G.S. Gallop
  • September 05, 1997- - - - - CDR J.M. Spence
  • January 31, 1999- - - - - - CDR W.S. Ryder
  • May 11, 2000 - - - - - - - -CDR Ronald S. Townsend
  • Sept 21, 2001 - - - - - - - CDR Michael T. Steed
  • Nov 04, 2002 - - - - - - - -CDR Jesse B. Kingg

Events
  • July 27, 1948:
    Fighting Squadron SIXTY THREE (VF-63) established at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia; the squadron was assigned the F8F-2 Grumman Bearcat and took the name Fighting Redcocks.

  • October 27, 1949 through November 22, 1949:
    VF-63 Fighting Redcocks flying the F8F Bearcat with CVG-6 deployed on United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB 42 to the North Atlantic.

  • January 1950:
    VF-63 was assigned the F4U-4 Vought Corsair I.

  • August 9, 1950:
    VF-63 moved to Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • August 24, 1950 through November 11, 1950:
    VF-63 flying the Vought F4U-4 Corsair with CVG-6 deployed on United States Ship Boxer CV-21 for combat

  • September 16, 1950:
    VF-63 Fighting Redcocks striking from Boxer participated in its first combat action, providing close air support for the amphibious landings at Inchon, Korea.

  • December 6, 1950:
    VF-63 transferred before this date from United States Ship Boxer CV-21 to United States Ship Valley Forge CV 45 to conduct combat operations in Korea, commencing on December 6.

  • March 29, 1951:
    VF-63 and CVG-2 transferred from United States Ship Valley Forge CV 45 to United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47 while inport at Yokosuka, Japan.

  • June 9, 1951:
    VF-63 Fighting Redcocks with CVG-2 deployed on United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47 to conduct combat operations in Korea.

  • September 14, 1951:
    VF-63 was assigned the F9F-2 Grumman Panther. VF-63 was scheduled to transition to the F9F-2 Panther and had received eight Panthers on September 14th. Within days a critical part production delay forced the squadron to keep flying the F4U-4 Corsair, which had not yet been taken from the squadron. VF-63 continued to fly the F4U-4 until November 1952, when it started to receive F9F-5 Panthers.

  • February 7, 1952 through September 25, 1952:
    VF-63 Fighting Redcocks flying the F4U-4 Vought Corsair with CVG-2 deployed on United States Ship Boxer CV-21 for combat in Korea.

  • June 23, 1952:
    VF-63 Fighting Redcocks flying F4U-4 Corsairs, along with other units from United States Ship Boxer CV 21, United States Ship Princeton CV 37, United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47, United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CV 31, and U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps squadrons, conducted a major offensive against hydroelectric targets in North Korea.

  • August 6, 1952:
    While launching combat sorties a severe fire broke out on the hangar deck of United States Ship Boxer following the explosion of an aircraft gasoline tank. Eight people were killed and one was missing, with several seriously injured. VF-63 did not suffer any casualties, however, three of the squadron's personnel were awarded Bronze Stars for their heroic and courageous action during the fire.

  • November and December 1952:
    With Grumman's production problems corrected VF-63 was again assigned the Panther. The delivery pipeline initially produced F-9F-2 Panthers for VF-63 and by December F9F-5 Panthers were being delivered to the squadron.

  • March 1956:
    VF-63 was redesignated Attack Squadron SIXTY THREE (VA-63) Fighting Redcocks. The Fighting Redcocks were assigned the Grumman F9F-8 Cougar. Three Redcock F9F-8 Cougars are shown here: BuNo. 141333; BuNo. 141204 side number M 304; and BuNo. 141210 side number M 310.
    USN photograph

  • July 30, 1957:
    Attack Squadron SIXTY THREE Fighting Redcocks were assigned the North American FJ-4B Fury.

  • July 1, 1959:
    VA-63 was redesignated Attack Squadron TWENTY TWO (VA-22) Fighting Redcocks.

  • May 24, 1960:
    Attack Squadron TWENTY TWO Fighting Redcocks were assigned the A4D-2/A-4B Douglas Skyhawk.

  • September 28, 1961:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks moved to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

  • March 6, 1963:
    VA-22 formed VA-22 Detachment Romeo consisting of four A-4B Skyhawks, six pilots and forty-eight enlisted personnel. Its mission was to deploy aboard ASW carriers and provide them with a limited amount of air defense. Skyhawks identified as participating in those deployments are: BuNo 142090, 142134, 142826, 142890, 142920, 142921, and 144974. BuNo 144974 would again be used for such deployments by VA-153 Detachment Romeo in 1964.

  • April 19 - December 3, 1963:
    VA-22 Detachment Romeo was deployed to the western Pacific aboard United States Ship Kearsarge CVS 33 and part of CVSG-53. During the deployment it participated in the recovery of space capsule Faith 7 and astronaut Major L. Gordon Cooper, USAF, following his 22 successful orbits around the earth.

  • December 18, 1963:
    VA-22 Detachment Romeo was disestablished.

  • April 13, 1964:
    Lt. Charles R. Mandly was killed when A-4C BuNo 149533 crashed into the sea off the port bow at Lat. 31-37.5N and Long. 132-15.5E and sank almost immediately in 975 fathoms of water. Midway did an immediate right 15˚ right rudder, all engines stop, 5˚ rudder, all engine back full, helo attempting to rescue pilot, USS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Picking (DD-685) vectored in for rescue.
    USS Midway log Monday - 13 April 1964.

  • October 06, 1964:
    CO Cmdr. Claude E. Duchow perished in A-4C BuNo 149496 in a landing accident at NAS Alameda, CA
    San Mateo, CA The Times, Tuesday, October 6, 1964.
    San Mateo, CA The Times, Tuesday, October 6, 1964.

  • October 17, 1964:
    A-4C BuNo 149494 and A-4C BuNo 148576 collided in a fouled deck landing accident on USS Midway off Hawaii. Lt. Paul M. Grafton flying the landing aircraft ejected at impact but perished. Lt. Warner F. Lee in the on-deck aircraft was uninjured. Airman George M. Lipe Jr. perished when the on-deck aircraft overran him.
    Oakland, CA Oakland Tribune, Tuesday, October 20, 1964

  • March 6, 1965 through November 23, 1965:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks flying the A-4C Skyhawk with CVW-2 deployed aboard United States Ship Midway CVA 41 - its first of six Western Pacific/Vietnam combat cruises.
    Fighting Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148578 side number NE 205 taxies to the Midway catapult during the combat cruise.
    Later A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148578 would be remanufactured by Douglas into A-4L Skyhawk BuNo. 158578 and assigned to Reserve Squadron VA-203 Blue Dolphins. Here is VA-203 Douglas A-4L Skyhawk BuNo. 148578 with a tailcode "6F" in July 1970 - before being assigned to CAG Twenty and getting the AF tailcode.
    USN photograph

  • April 20, 1965:
    The VA-22 Fighting Redcocks participated in its first combat operations since the Korean War and on April 20, suffered its first aircraft loss. VA-22 Fighting Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149507 side number NE 204 was shot down by his own Mark 81 bombs exploding. The pilot, Lieutenant Phillip N. Butler successfully ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese and made Prisoner of War.

  • May 11, 1965:
    Ens. D.D. Gregory ejected safely when his A-4C BuNo 148489 went into the water 250˚ relative 4,000 yards ships position Lat. 14-35N and Long. 1116-47.4E. Midway released USS Hoel (DDG-13) to proceed to area of crash. The Midway helicopter recovered te pilot and returned him aboard uninjured at 1747.
    At 1756 an A-4C (Unknown BuNo)landed and caught fire on the flight deck.
    USS Midway deck log - Tuesday, 11 May 1965.

  • June 3, 1965:
    Lieutenant Raymond P. Ilg (later Vice Admiral) in his A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148577 was shot down by triple A fire while on an armed road reconnaissance mission over northern Laos. He successfully ejected and, following three days of evading capture deep inside enemy territory, was rescued by a helicopter.

  • August 13, 1965:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148564 side number NE 207 was shot down by Triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant W. E. Newman, was rescued.

  • August 24, 1965:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149490 side number NE 211 was shot down by Triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade R. M. Brunhaver successfully ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese and was made Prisoner of War.

  • October, 28 1965
    Lt. Thomas E. Murray was KIA when A-4C BuNo 148596 crashed astern of the Midway (course 065° T) in 490 fathoms of water at Lat. 10-18.5 N and Long. 109-48.3E after a combat mission. USS Ingersoll (DD-652) whaleboat recovered the pilot who was pronounced dead by the Ingersoll's medical officer.
    USS Midway log - 28 October 1965 which incorrectly states it was A-4C NM-511 from the USS Bon Homme Richard.

    I was flying rescue air crewman onboard the Midway in 1965 I pulled a dead pilot from the water that ejected on landing.

    I believe this is the crash of the A4C 148596 28 Oct. 1965. The pilot's name was LTJG T.E. Murray.

    He was coming in for a landing, about 200 feet from the water when his plane inverted and he ejected.

    When I got to him he was face down in the water and with his chute was deployed around him. I turned him over on his back and pulled his oxygen mask off and blood was in it. I couldn't get him out of his chute because when I turned him loose he started to sink.

    His raft popped up and I inflated it, got in and held on to Mr. Murray until a boat from the destroyer got to us. We got him back to the Midway and the Dr. told me he had a concussion, crushed chest, and two broken legs. His helmet had a big piece out of it and his visor cover was broken in half.
    Johnny Hale

  • August 29, 1966 through February 23, 1967:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks flying the A-4C Skyhawk with CVW-2 deployed aboard United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 - its second of six Western Pacific/Vietnam combat cruises.


  • September 17, 1966:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148488 side number NE 200 was shot down by Triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade R. A. Hegstrom, was rescued.

  • October 4, 1966:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147737 side number NE 224 was shot down by Triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander J. D. Burns successfully ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese and was made Prisoner of War.

  • November 11, 1966:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147718 was lost in a non-combat accident. The pilot was recovered.

  • November 17, 1966:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148496 side number NE 222 was shot down by Triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade W. T. Arnold was never heard from again - Missing in Action.

  • November 22, 1966:
    Commander Henry D. Arnold, commanding officer of VA-22, received the Silver Star Medal for his actions during a strike against a Haiphong surface-to-air missile support facility.

  • December 27, 1966:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149641 was lost in a non-combat accident. The pilot was recovered.

  • January 4, 1967:
    Redcock A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 150584 side number NE 233 was shot down by Triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade J. M. Hayes was rescued.

  • November 4, 1967 through May 25, 1968:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks flying the A-4C Skyhawk with CVW-2 deployed aboard United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 - its third of six Western Pacific/Vietnam combat cruises. The VA-22 Fighting Redcocks had no combat or non-combat losses this cruise.

  • January 26, 1968:
    United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, with VA-22 aboard, while operating on Yankee Station was ordered to the Sea of Japan following the capture of United States Ship Pueblo (AGER 2) by the North Koreans on 23 January 1968. Ranger and VA-22 operated in the area until relieved on March 5, 1968.

  • March 18, 1969 through October 29, 1969:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks flying the A-4F Skyhawk with CVW-5 deployed aboard United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 - its fourth of six Western Pacific/Vietnam combat cruises The VA-22 Fighting Redcocks had no combat or non-combat losses this cruise.

  • April 2, 1970 through November 12, 1970:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks flying the A-4F Skyhawk with CVW-5 deployed aboard United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 - its fifth of six Western Pacific/Vietnam combat cruises. The VA-22 Fighting Redcocks had no combat or non-combat losses this cruise.

  • February 4, 1971:
    VA-22 was assigned the A-7E Vought Corsair II.

  • November 12, 1971 through August 17, 1972:
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks flying the Vought A-7E Corsair II with CVW-15 deployed aboard United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 - its sixth Western Pacific/Vietnam combat cruise.

  • February 4, 1972:
    Redcock A-7E Corsair BuNo. 156870 was lost in a non-combat accident. The pilot, Lieutenant Daniel D. Cooper, was returning to the USS Coral Sea after a successful night mission in Vietnam. LT. Cooper had guided another aircraft, which had no instruments, to the flight deck. Then as he returned and approached the ship, he was waived off, since the deck wasn't yet cleared. By then he was low on fuel and while attempting to get fuel he crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin.
    Sue Kemp, widow of Dan Cooper.

  • April 6, 1972:
    VA-22 Redcock A-7E Corsair BuNo. 157590 side number NL 300 was shot down by Surface to Air Missile over North Vietnam. The pilot, Carrier Air Group FIFTEEN Commander Cdr. Thomas E. Dunlop was Killed in Action.

  • May 6, 1972:
    Redcock A-7E Corsair BuNo. 156879 side number NL 313 was shot down by Surface to Air Missile over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant M. B. Wiles successfully ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese and was made Prisoner of War.

  • May 9, 1972:
    Operation Pocket Money, the mining of Haiphong harbor, was launched. Aircraft from VA-22, as well as the other attack squadrons deployed aboard United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43, planned and executed the mining.

  • June 25, 1972:
    Redcock A-7E Corsair BuNo. 157437 side number NL 311 was shot down by triple A fire over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant G. R. Shumway was never heard from again - Missing in Action.

  • April - July 1973:
    The squadron flew missions in support of Operation End Sweep, the clearing of mines from North Vietnam's coastal waters.

  • April 29, 1975:
    VA-22's aircraft provided air cover for Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American citizens from Saigon. The last American helicopter to lift off the roof of the United States Embassy was escorted by a Fighting Redcock A-7E.

  • May 15, 1975:
    VA-22 aircraft, along with other elements from CVW-15 aboard United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43, launched air strikes against the Cambodian mainland after the capture of the SS Mayaguez by Cambodian gunboats on 12 May. Squadron aircraft flew ten combat sorties and struck targets at Ream Airfield.

  • November 21, 1979:
    United States Ship Kitty Hawk, along with VA-22 and the rest of CVW-15, departed Subic Bay, Philippines, enroute to the Arabian Sea as a response to the 4 November Iranian seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran and the taking of over 60 American hostages.

  • April 18, 1988:
    VA-22 participated in retaliatory strikes against Iranian oil platforms, gunboats and other naval ships after United States Ship Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) struck an Iranian mine on 14 April in international waters.

  • May 4, 1990:
    VA-22 was redesignated as Strike Fighter Squadron TWENTY TWO (VFA-22).

  • July 6, 1990:
    VFA-22 was assigned the F/A-18C Boeing Hornet.


Awards
    Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:
  • NAVE
    • 11-62 to 02-64
    • 01-01-79 to 06-30-80
    • 07-01-80 to 12-31-81
  • AFEM
    • 09-06-58 to 09-10-58
    • 09-12-58 to 09-29-58
    • 10-12-58 to 10-30-58
    • 11-11-58 to 11-15-58
    • 11-30-58 to 12-12-58
    • 03-24-61 to 03-25-61
    • 03-28-61 to 04-07-61
    • 04-09-65 to 05-11-65
    • 05-20-65 to 06-28-65
    • 01-23-68 to 03-22-68
    • 06-29-69
    • 07-07-69 to 07-13-69
    • 07-24-69
    • 09-03-69
    • 09-13-69 to 09-14-69
    • 04-29-75 to 04-30-75
    • 05-15-75
    • 03-88
    • 01-17-90 to 01-31-90
  • HSM
    • 04-29-75 to 04-30-75
    • 05-17-81
    • 10-02-81
    • 10-23-82
  • MUC
    • 12-03-67 to 05-09-68
    • 02-15-88 to 05-21-88
  • NEM
    • 11-25-79 to 01-28-80
    • 05-25-81 to 09-30-81
    • 04-30-86 to 06-27-86
  • NUC
    • 04-51 to 05-31-51
    • 04-16-65 to 11-04-65
    • 08-12-66 to 02-01-67
    • 04-18-69 to 10-08-69
    • 05-02-70 to 10-30-70
    • 12-15-71 to 07-01-72
    • 04-22-75 to 04-30-75
    • 5-15-75
    • 05-01-79 to 11-23-81
  • RVNGC
    • 10-05-65
    • 10-09-65
    • 03-30-72 to 07-01-72
  • VNSM
    • 07-22-65 to 08-26-65
    • 09-11-65 to 10-09-65
    • 10-18-65 to 11-04-65
    • 09-12-66 to 10-19-66
    • 10-30-66 to 12-04-66
    • 12-26-66 to 02-01-67
    • 12-03-67 to 12-29-67
    • 01-06-68 to 01-28-68
    • 03-18-68 to 04-12-68
    • 04-21-68 to 05-09-68
    • 04-17-69 to 05-19-69
    • 06-04-69 to 06-26-69
    • 07-31-69 to 09-01-69
    • 09-23-69 to 10-09-69
    • 05-02-70 to 05-26-70
    • 06-01-70 to 06-14-70
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    Photographs


    02 NOV 1960: Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 142889, NE-311, in an awkward 3 point stance.
    U.S. Navy

    1961: Fighting Redcocks pilots pose in front of Skyhawk NF-302.
    W.A. Lacy via Sean Keenan

    Fighting Redhawks Skyhawk BuNo 142092, 411, requires taller pilots as demonstarted by VA-22 CO CDR J.E. Kendall & VA-23 CO CDR S.G. Gorsline.
    Naval Aviation News Photo, Gary Verver providing.


    VA-22 USS Midway CVA-41, WESPAC Cruise
    February 16 through September 28, 1961


    A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142901 - 1961
    Fighting Redcock A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142901 is the backdrop for part of the VA-22 Maintenance Department. (Grp 1)

    VA-22 Naval Aviators. VA-22 Admin Depart. Grp 1 VA-22 Admin.Depart. Grp 2.
    VA-22 Maint. Dept. Grp 2 VA-22 Avionics VA-22 Air Frame
    VA-22 Power Plant VA-22 Ordinance. VA-22 Line
    The above photographs are official United States Navy photographs taken from the February 16 through September 28, 1961 Midway Cruise Book provided by Charlie Garcia.

    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk catches a wire as she comes aboard the USS Midway, CVA-41.

    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk 142889, NE-311, moves into position on the starboard catapult as another unidentified Skyhawk launches from the port catapult.

    Sep 1963 Redcocks Skyhawk formation, from top - bottom: BuNo 147700, NE-322, BuNo 148564, NE-302, BuNo 148576, NE-308 and BuNo 148566, NE-310.
    Naval Aviation News.

    Oct 1963 BuNo 149533, NE-303, parked on the NAS Lemoore flight line.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    1964 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk formation pases by Mt. Fujiama. L-r: BuNo 149532, NE-227, BuNo 148576, NE-228, BuNo 148567, NE-229 and BuNo 148566, NE-230.
    Photo taken from VFP-63 Det Alpha RF-8 by LTjg Bill Wilson.
    Photo credit: Naval Aviation News photo.

    Jun 1965 VA-22 Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 147759, NE-223, piloted by LT F.G. Spellman, unleashes Mighty Mouse 2.75" rockets against a practice target in the South China Sea.
    Nval Aviation News.

    Sep 1965 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 149490, NE-231, as it moves across the deck of the USS Midway.
    Naval Aviation News photo by Karl Hedberg.

    AUG 1966: Skyhawk formation of Black Knights BuNo 151143, NE-343, BuNo 149962, NE-338, BuNo 149963, NE-347 and Redcocks BuNo 147844, NE 226.
    "Boom" Powell

    A-4C bombed up and ready to be launched.
    NAN DEC 1966

    Right side view of Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 155067, NF-314, parked on the ramp.
    "Boom" Powell

    Sept 1966 BuNo 148496, NE-222, parked on the ramp.
    Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

    VA-22 A-4C BuNo 147761. VA-23 A-4E BuNo 151168 taxiing forward for a launch aboard the Coral Sea. Probably between Aug 1966 and end of Feb 1967 as that is when VA-22 and VA-23 were on the Coral Sea.
    From Gary Verver.

    JUL 1967: right side view of Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 149555, NE-201, assigned to CDR H.D. Arnold parked on the line.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk prepares to launch from the USS Coral Sea, CVA-43.

    BuNo.147844 shot 1 BuNo.147844 shot 2 BuNo.147844 shot 3

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147768 - 1968.
    North Koreans captured United States Ship Pueblo in the Sea of Japan on January 23, 1968. Soon after United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 deployed from the Tonkin Gulf to the Sea of Japan, meeting five other carriers on station. Naval Air Station Atsugi was the Bingo field for the Fleet's aircraft. VA-22 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo147768, side number NE 207, takes off from Atsugi on its way back to Ranger, March 14, 1968.
    Photograph by Masaaki Hayakawa.


    VA-22 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31, WESPAC Cruise
    March 18 through October 29, 1969

    VA-22 A-4F NF-304, BuNo 155043.
    MP-5 Fire Truck drill on board Bonn Homme Richard, 05 March 1969.
    Official U.S. Navy photo by PH3 L. D. Crouse, Gary Verver Collection.

    May 1969 - Redcocks, Roadrunners & Shrikes Skyhawks being loaded with ordnance aboard the Bonnie Dick. Skyhawk BuNo 151084, NF-403 in the foreground.
    Photo by LCDR Stan Thompson.

    A-4F Diamond over the Bonnie Dick - 1969.
    A VA-22 flight of four A-4F Skyhawks in diamond formation fly along the Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 starboard flank 1969 - 1970.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    The Bonnie Dick - 1969.
    The Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 starboard bow 1969 - 1970.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    The Bonnie Dick - 1969.
    The Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 port bow 1969 - 1970.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    Passing gas - 1969.
    A flock of A-4F Skyhawks and a F-8 Crusader line up for gas
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    A-4Fs and F8 - 1969.
    Three A-4F Skyhawks and a F-8J Crusader gunfighter escort.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    RECON SIDE VIEW - 20 Oct 1969.
    VAQ-130 EKA-3B Skywarrior BuNo 142654,NF-616, VA-22 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk NF-313 (BuNo unknown) and VF-53 F-8J BuNo 150672, NF-201, pilot CDR Dean Kaiser.
    Photo by Lt Joe Klugg piloting VFP-63 RF-8G. CDR Kaiser was later KIA.
    U.S. NAVY photograph copy also provided by Kent Kaiser.
    Official U.S. Navy photo copy also provided from the Don Scott collection.

    RECON TOP VIEW - 20 Oct 1969.
    VAQ-130 EKA-3B Skywarrior BuNo 142654,NF-616, VA-22 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk NF-313 (BuNo unknown) and VF-53 F-8J BuNo 150672, NF-201, pilot CDR Dean Kaiser.
    Photo by Lt Joe Klugg piloting VFP-63 RF-8G. CDR Kaiser was later KIA.
    U.S. NAVY photograph copy also provided by Kent Kaiser.

    Three A-4F - 1969.
    Three A-4F Skyhawks in V formation.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    The Russian Bear - 1969.
    Two A-4F Skyhawks escort a Russian Bear.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    CAG's Bird - 1969.
    CAG Cdr. Al "Shoes" Schauffelberger, Carrier Air Group 5 Commander's A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154980 side view.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    A-4F catshot - 1969.
    A-4F Skyhawk catshot off of the Bonnie Dick's port catapult.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    Feet dry - 1969.
    A Fighting Redcock A-4F, BuNo.154217 crossing the coast of North Vietnam with a load of Mark 82, 500 pound bombs for Uncle Ho in 1969.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    VA-22 Pilots and Officers - 1969.
    Front rank, left to right: Bryan Remer, Will Dellicker, "Bud" Brittenham, John Tomasko, Gene Anderson, Dave Jackson, Bill Bradford, Gene Daniels, Lee ("Lurch") Reavis, Russ Wiley,
    (Fighting Redcock Commanding Officer) Richard T. Gaskill, holding "Romeo," official Redcock mascot,
    (Fighting Redcock Executive Officer) Henry Holt,
    George Crater, Bruce Cargill, Dick Pottratz, George Garner, John Cataldo, Mike O'Connell, Bob Leone, Mike Morrison, Joe Simeone, Clint Farmer, Al Pulk.
    Rear group, left to right: Bud Humphrey, Aaron "Jesse" James, Bob Middlebrook, Jim Littlejohn.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    15 MAR 1969: Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 154217, NF-306, assigned to LCDR Dick Pottratz, parked on the ramp.
    J. Brady

    1969: Skyhawk BuNo 154217, NF-306, assigned to LT Mike O'Connell, parked on the ramp.
    Nick Williams

    A-4F finger four - 1969.
    Four plane Fighting Redcock A-4F formation --- flying from Lemoore to Fallon for a little bombing and strafing. BuNos. 154207 - NF 302; 154217 - NF 303; 154213.
    U.S. NAVY photograph provided by Bryan Remer.

    July 1969 Roadrunners Skyhawk BuNo 151191, Warpaint 515, returning from a strike in Vietnam accompanied by two VA-22 Redcocks Skyhawks.
    Photo by LCDR Stan Thompson.

    28 Sept 1969 Skyhawk BuNo 151112, Warpaint 507, & Redcocks Skyhawks NF-310 & NF-311 pre-launch.
    Photo by LCDR Stan Thompson.

    Redcock A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154217 - 1970.
    VA-22 A-4F Fighting Redcock Scooter BuNo. 154217 side number NF 303 piloted by Lieutenant Skip Graff off United States Ship Bon Homme Richard. The photograph was taken during workups near Hawaii for the 1970 Vietnam combat cruise. Skip Graff was killed in the early 1970's in an A-7 Corsair California desert crash.
    United States Navy photograph from Doug Clark and enhanced by "Buck" Rogers
    A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154217 - present. Old BuNo. 154217 didn't end up as toasters - today she (minus her hump) flies formation with the Blue Angels in the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
    Photograph by Bill Kistler

    A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154190 - 1970.
    There must have been a crowd of photographers under the approach end of the runway waiting for CAG's bird. This picture was taken just a moment before the picture below.
    Photograph by Masaaki Hayakawa.

    A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154190 - 1970.
    Fighting Redcock NF 300 from the USS Bon Homme Richard, passes over the Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan runway threshold for landing on August 10, 1970.
    Color photograph from Takafumi Hiroe of Yokohama, Japan.

    BuNo.148496 Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk on the flight deck of USS Coral Sea, CVA-43.
    Courtesy of PH3 Slaton and Gary Verver.

    JUN 1971: Fighting Redcocks Skyhawk BuNo 154207, NF-302, as she climbs out after take-off.
    Nick Williams



    Sources:
    • Harry Gann
    • Masaaki Hayakawa
    • Takafumi Hiroe
    • Kent Kaiser
    • Bryan Remer
    • Mike Morrison
    • Johnny Hale


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