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VA-93 Blue Blazers

VA-93 Blue Blazers

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John Cook

Skull, NUC Explosion & Aircraft patch - 1957
Jim Ritchie

Kinder and Genteler patch - 1965
Created by Joe "Fang" Schaedel

We Pass Gas - 1965
Gary "Buck" Rodgers

"Boom" Powell
Det Q Plaque
Patch
  • 14 APR 1954 - the Flying Tiger Shark patch.
    The squadron's first insignia was the Flying Tiger Shark with a back-ground of light blue with a buzz saw outline in red; the upper part of the shark was dark blue, the lower part white and the shark was outlined in black; gold wings with a white eye and red pupil; the carrier was gray outlined in black with white streaks running from the carrier to the tail of the shark.

  • 08 MAY 1957 - Skull, NUC Explosion and Aircraft patch.
    Following VF-93's redesignation to VA-93 a new Skull, NUC Explosion and Aircraft patch was created and adopted.

  • 19 NOV 1965 - Kinder and Gentler patch.
    A modified kinder and gentler Skull, NUC and Aircraft patch was created by Joe "Fang" Schaedel and adopted. VA-93 was forced to change its patch during the Vietnam War when the Navy Bureau felt atomic explosions a too harsh and eliminated the NUC explosion from the suceeding patch.
    Patch from the Tailhook Association.

Handle
  • 1954 to 1976: Blue Blazers
  • 1976 to 1986: Ravens (Fighting Ravens)

Heritage
  • 26 MAR 1952: Fighter Squadron NINETY THREE (VF-93) established.
  • 15 SEP 1956: VF-93 was redesignated Attack Squadron NINETY THREE (VA-93).
  • 31 AUG 1986: Attack Squadron NINETY THREE (VA-93) was disestablished.

Home Ports
  • 26 MAR 1952: Naval Air Station Alameda
  • 08 MAR 1962: Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • 05 OCT 1973*: Naval Station Yokosuka (Naval Air Facility Atsugi & Misawa)*
  • 16 APR 1986: Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • * VA-93, along with CVW-5 and United States Ship Midway CVA 41, were parts of a program to permanently assign a carrier and air wing to an overseas home port. Midway's new homeport was Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan, and the squadron would normally operate out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi or Misawa when the carrier was at Naval Station Yokosuka. The assignment was effective 30 JUN 1973, with the squadron arriving 05 OCT 1973.

Air Wings
  • MAR 1952: N/NG*- CVG-9/CVW-9†
  • 19 FEB 1964: NT - CVSG-59
  • 01 AUG 1966: NF - CVW-5
  • 01 NOV 1968: COMFAIRALAMEDA
  • 19 MAY 1969: NE - CVW-2
  • 01 JUN 1970: COMFAIRLEMOORE
  • 01 SEP 1970: AH - CVW-16
  • 16 FEB 1971: NF - CVW-5
  • * The tail code was changed from N to NG in 1957. The effective date probably was July 1, 1957.
  • CVG-9 was redesignated CVW-9 when Carrier Air Group (CVG) designations were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.

Deployments
  • 15 DEC 52 to 14 AUG 53: CVG-9 - CVA 47 - F9F-2 - Korea
  • 11 MAY 54 to 12 DEC 54: CVG-9 - CVA 12 - F9F-5 - World Cruise
  • 11 FEB 56 to 13 JUN 56: CVG-9 - CVA 34 - F9F-8 - WestPac
  • 16 SEP 57 to 24 APR 58: CVG-9 - CVA 14 - A4D-1 - WestPac
  • 06 FEB 60 to 30 AUG 60: CVG-9 - CVA 61 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 11 AUG 61 to 08 MAR 62: CVG-9 - CVA 61 - A4D-2N - WestPac
  • 09 NOV 62 to 14 JUN 63: CVG-9 - CVA 61 - A-4C - WestPac
  • 19 FEB 64 to 11 SEP 64: CVSG-59 - CVS-20 - A-4B - Westpac Det Q
  • 05 AUG 64 to 06 MAY 65: CVW-9 - CVA 61 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 16 OCT 65 to 21 JUN 66: CVW-9 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 05 JAN 67 to 22 JUL 67: CVW-5 - CVA 19 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 27 JAN 68 to 10 OCT 68: CVW-5 - CVA 31 - A-4F - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 14 OCT 69 to 01 JUN 70: CVW-2 - CVA 61 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 16 APR 71 to 06 NOV 71: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10 APR 72 to 03 MAR 73: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 11 SEP 73 to 15 OCT 73: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac*
  • 26 NOV 73 to 22 DEC 73: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 29 JAN 74 to 06 APR 74: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 18 OCT 74 to 20 DEC 74: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 13 JAN 75 to 18 FEB 75: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 31 MAR 75 to 29 MAY 75: CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 04 OCT 75 to 19 DEC 75: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac/IO
  • 13 MAR 76 to 26 APR 76: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 19 MAY 76 to 22 JUN 76: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 09 JUL 76 to 04 AUG 76: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 01 NOV 76 to 17 DEC 76: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 11 JAN 77 to 01 MAR 77: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 19 APR 77 to 25 APR 77: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac†
  • 18 AUG 77 to 02 SEP 77: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 27 SEP 77 to 21 DEC 77: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 11 APR 78 to 23 MAY 78: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 09 NOV 78 to 23 DEC 78: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 11 JAN 79 to 20 FEB 79: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 07 APR 79 to 18 JUN 79: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO
  • 20 APR 79 to 14 SEP 79: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 39 SEP 79 to 20 FEB 80: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO
  • 14 JUL 80 to 26 NOV 80: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 23 FEB 81 to 05 JUN 81: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 26 JUN 81 to 16 JUL 81: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 03 SEP 81 to 06 OCT 81: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 26 APR 82 to 18 JUN 82: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 14 sEP 82 to 11 DEC 82: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - NorPac/WestPac
  • 02 JUN 83 to 14 AUG 83: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 25 OCT 83 to 11 DEC 83: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 28 DEC 83 to 23 MAY 84: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO
  • 15 OCT 84 to 12 DEC 84: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 01 FEB 85 to 28 MAR 85: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 10 JUN 85 to 14 OCT 85: CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO/WestPac
  • 11-15-85 to 12-12-85 - - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - A-7E - - WestPac
  • 01-17-86 to 03-30-86 - - CVW-5 - CV 41 - - A-7E - - WestPac
  • * United States Ship Midway CVA 41, with CVW-5 and its assigned squadrons, including VA-93, were forward deployed and home ported overseas at Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. Only operations outside the home waters of Japan are listed as deployments.
  • During the period April 25 to August 17, 1977, VA-93 was shore based at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines, and transitioning from the A-7A to the A-7E.

Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • 1952: LCDR E. W. Smith (acting)
  • 1952: LCDR W. E. Carver
  • 1953: LCDR J. T. Barker
  • 1955: CDR G. E. Hartley
  • 1956: CDR Paul E. Padget
  • 1958: CDR Robert F. Kanze
  • 1959: CDR E. W. Gendron
  • 1960: CDR William H. Hile, Jr.
  • 1961: CDR J. W. Porter, Jr.
  • 1962: CDR Robert F. Schoultz
  • 1963: CDR William M. Gortney
  • 1964: CDR E. W. O'Callaghan
  • 1965: CDR A. J. Monger
  • 1966: CDR W. G. Sizemore
  • 1967: CDR R. S. Salin
  • 1968: CDR Robert R. Wilson
  • 1968: CDR Thomas W. Schaaf
  • 1970: CDR David L. Glunt, Jr.
  • 1970: CDR Edwin R. Kohn, Jr.
  • 1971: CDR Carl E. Erie
  • 1972: CDR Jerry L. Terrell
  • 1973: CDR Douglas L. Clarke
  • 1974: CDR Walter V. Roeser
  • 1975: CDR William A. Dougherty, Jr.
  • 1976: CDR Rodger W. Wright
  • 1977: CDR John W. Patterson
  • 1978: CDR Clarence S. Vaught
  • 1979: CDR Eugene F. Mitchell
  • 1980: CDR Marion R. Rackowitz
  • 1981: CDR James H. Finney
  • 1982: CDR Dennis W. Irelan
  • 1984: CDR Harry W. Hartsell
  • 1986: CDR David V. Park

Events
  • 26 MAR 1952:
    Fighter Squadron NINETY THREE (VF-93) established and assigned the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair I. and Grumman F9F-2 Panther aircraft.

  • 15 DEC 1952 through 14 AUG 1953:
    Fighter Squadron NINETY-THREE flying the F9F-2 Panther from the United States Ship Philippine Sea CV-47 deployed to the seas near Korea for combat.

  • SEP 1953:
    VF-93 started to receive the straight wing Grumman F9F-5 Panther.

  • JAN 1955:
    VF-93 started to receive the swept wing Grumman F9F-8 Cougar.

  • 12 SEP 1955:
    First A-4 WestPac deployment: First A-4D's Head For Sea - VA-93 Skyhawks to Board Carrier
    Attack Squadron 93, commanded by Cdr. P.E. Padgett, will become the first VA squadron to go aboard a Pacific Fleet carrier with A4D Skyhawks when they board USS Ticonderoga this fall. The first A4D carrier landing was made on the Ticonderoga Sept.12, 1955.
    In July (1957) VA-93 pilots compiled 144 carrier landings with the Skyhawks in a single day aboard the USS Kearsarge.
    Naval Aviation News, October 1957.
    Provided by John Gabbard.

  • 15 SEP 1956:
    VF-93 was redesignated Attack Squadron NINETY THREE (VA-93).
  • 26 NOV 1956:
    Attack Squadron NINETY-THREE was the first West Coast squadron to receive the Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk.

  • 9 JUL 1957:
    Cmdr. P.C. Durup punched out of A4D-1 BuNo 139949 at 20k over Glendale, CA while on an acceptance flight.
    Glendale, CA The Independent, Wednesday, July 10, 1957.
    Glendale, CA The Independent, Thursday, July 10, 1957.

  • 2 OCT 1957
    LTJG F.L. Naylor flying was killed due to a "cold Cat Shot" off USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).
    Hayward, CA The Daily Review article

  • 30 OCT 1957
    Lt. Harry P. Daly ejected safely when A4D-1 BuNo 142233 crashed into the sea off starboard beam at latitude 35-17N, longitude 142-14E, at 1630 and sank in 3700 fathoms of water. Pilot Daly was recovered by helicopter at 1635. The USS Ticonderoga was steaming in TG 77.6 in the Yokosuka operating area. USS Ticonderoga Deck Log, Wednesday, 30 October 1957.

  • 25 MAY 1958:
    VA-93 started to receive the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.

  • 9 July 1959:
    Lt(jg). Ronald P. Raeymaeckers perished on a night bombing practice in A4D-2 BuNo 142933 practice at NAS Fallon, NV
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • December 2, 1959:
    Lt(jg). James H. Thacker perished in A4D-2 BuNo 142091 after a bad cat shot from the USS Ranger
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • 06 FEB through 30 AUG 1960:
    VA-93 Blue Blazers flying the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk deployed aboard United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, with CVG-9 to Westpac.
  • August 5, 1960
    LtCdr Allan L. Emerson in A4D-2 BuNo 142823 and Lt(jg) Charles Lynn Berger in an AD-7 perished when they collided off Yokosuka, Japan
    Traverse city, MI Record-Eagle article
    Oakland, CA Tribune article

  • 01 SEP 1960:
    VA-93 started to receive the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk. The squadron's outstanding safety record contributed to the award of the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award to Air Group NINE.

  • 11 AUG 1961 through 08 MAR 1962:
    VA-93 Blue Blazers flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk deployed aboard United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, with CVG-9 to Westpac.

  • 09 NOV 1962 through 14 JUN 1963:
    VA-93 Blue Blazers flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk deployed aboard United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, with CVG-9 to Westpac. VA-93 received the Navy 1962 Battle Efficiency Excellence Award as the outstanding West Coast Jet Light Attack Squadron.

  • MAY 1963:
    Following the military losses of the Lao neutralist to the Pathet Lao in the Plaine de Jarres, Laos, United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, with Attack Squadron NINETY THREE embarked transited to the South China Sea to support possible operations in Laos.

  • 15 OCT 1963:
    VA-93 started to receive the - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk. VA-93 established a Detachment Q "Fighting Ravens" for deployment aboard the anti-submarine carrier United States Ship Bennington CVS 20, to provide daylight fighter protection for the ASW aircraft.

  • From Bob Krall:
    These are the A-4's flown by VA-93 Det Q from November 1963 thru August 1964: 142090, 142100, 142126, 142131, 142132, 142697, 144876, 144917, 147714 and 147720.I have no idea who the aircraft custodian was of these birds. But, my logbook shows that I flew these Skyhawks while attached to the Det during the period mentioned. I believe, based on my logbook, that VA-93 Det Q deployed with the following BUNOS: 142100, 142697, 144876, 144917.
    The Det did CARQUALS onboard Ticonderoga CVA-14 from 19 Nov 1963 thru 21 Nov 1963. My personal stats were in 142100 and I had nine traps and ten cat shots during that time.
    Officers/Pilots were: LCDR Tom Randall OinC, LCDR Bob Dapogny Asst OinC, LT Dick Luthi, Maint.; LT Dave Boaz, Line, etc.; LTJG Harry Cameron, SLJO.; LTJG Bob Krall, Admin, Pers, SLJO.

  • 19 FEB through 11 SEP 1964:
    VA-93 Detachment Q Fighting Ravens flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed aboard United States Ship Bennington CVS 20, with CVSG-59 to Westpac.

  • 05 AUG 1964 through 06 MAY 1965:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE Blue Blazers flying the A-4C Skyhawk from the United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the first of eight combat cruises. There were no Blue Blazer combat or operational losses this cruise. The squadron flew the first night armed reconnaissance flights in North Vietnam and won the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award in 1965.

  • 07 FEB 1965:
    Following a Viet Cong attack against the American advisor compound at Pleiku, South Vietnam, a reprisal strike, named Flaming Dart I, was ordered by the President. VA-93 participated in this strike, but upon reaching the target, the military barracks at Vit Thu Lu, the mission was aborted due to the weather.

  • 11 FEB 1965:
    VA-93 participated in Flaming Dart II, retaliatory strikes against the military barracks at Chanh Hoa, North Vietnam.

  • 15 MAR 1965:
    The Blue Blazers participated in Rolling Thunder strikes against ammunition storage area in Phu Qui, North Vietnam.

  • 26 OCT 1965 through 21 JUN 1966:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-4C Skyhawk from the United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the second of eight combat cruises. There were no Blue Blazer combat losses this cruise.

  • 02 DEC 1965:
    Attack Squadron NINETY-THREE flew the first combat mission ever launched from a nuclear-powered warship.

  • 23 MAR 1966:
    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147738 was lost in an operational accident. The pilot was killed.

  • JUN 1966:
    VA-93 pilots had flown 2,247 combat sorties and delivered nearly three million pounds of ordnance on enemy targets.

  • SEP 1966:
    VA-93 started to receive the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk.
  • 05 JAN 1967 through 22 AUG 1967:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-4E Skyhawk from the United States Ship Hancock CVA 19, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the third of eight combat cruises. There were no Blue Blazer operational accident losses this cruise. VA-93 pilots attacked military targets in the Hanoi and Haiphong area. They flew 1,867 combat sorties and delivered five and a quarter million pounds of ordnance on enemy targets. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for their outstanding combat performance.
  • 06 MAY 1967:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151082, side number NF 310 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Junior Grade R. E. Wideman, United States Navy successfully ejected, was captured and made Prisoner-Of-War.
  • 24 MAY 1967:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151076, side number NF 311 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Junior Grade M. Alsop, United States Navy successfully ejected, successfully evaded and was rescued.
  • 26 MAY 1967:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152022, side number NF 300 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Junior Grade Read Mecleary, United States Navy successfully ejected, was captured and made Prisoner-Of-War.
  • 30 MAY 1967:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151049, side number NF 301 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over North Vietnam. Commander James P. Mehl, United States Navy successfully ejected, was captured and made Prisoner-Of-War.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151106, side number NF 302 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander J. G. Pirie, United States Navy successfully ejected, was captured and made Prisoner-Of-War.
  • SEP 1967:
    VA-93 started to receive the Douglas A-4F Skyhawk.
  • 27 JAN 1968 through 10 OCT 1968:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-4F Skyhawk from the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the fourth of eight combat cruises. VA-93 pilots delivered more than eight million pounds of ordnance and completed 3,542 combat sorties against North Vietnamese targets. The Secretary of the Navy awarded Air Wing FIVE and United States Ship Bon Homme Richard the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious service while participating in combat operations in Southeast Asia in support of United States national policy.
  • 11 APR 1968:
    A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154995 was lost in an operational accident. The pilot was killed.
  • 14 MAY 1968:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154198, side number NF 304 was lost over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Junior Grade Barry E. Karger, United States Navy was Killed-In-Action while flying this strike mission over Quang Binh province, North Vietnam. On January 6, 1994 the remains of Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Barry E. Karger, United States Navy Reserve of Prather, California were identified in North Vietnam. LTJG Karger's remains were turned over to American authorities in June 1994 and were returned to Travis Air Force Base in California later in 1994.
  • 21 MAY 1968:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154988, side number NF 313 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lt(jg). J.A. Douglas ejected safely and was rescued by USS Halsey (DDG-97) HC-7 Sea Devils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King, near the North Vietnam coast, 19 miles, 30⁰ from Vinh, 11 mi off shore, 10 miles NW Hon Matt Island.
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article
  • 10 JUL 1968:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Commanding Officer, Commander Robert R. Wilson, United States Navy was killed in a helicopter crash near Clark Air Force Base, Luzon, Philippines.
  • 27 JUL 1968:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154182, side number NF 303 was lost when his own bomb explosion knocked the Skyhawk down during a night road reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Frank E. Fullerton, United States Navy was Missing-In-Action after the sortie.
    This WebSite is dedicated to Commander Fullerton.
  • 30 AUG 1968:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154981, side number NF 316 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander H. A. Eikel, United States Navy successfully ejected, successfully evaded and was rescued by USS Sterett (DDG-104) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King 29 miles, 285⁰ from Vinh, 31 miles inland.
  • 06 SEP 1968:
    1310 - A-4F BuNo 154187 VA-93 pilot Lt. R. B. Curtis crashed into the sea off the port bow 320deg (R), 6 miles at 18-27.5 N, 107-05 E and sank in 190 ft of water. 1324 - Pilot recovered by helo and delivered on board this ship.
    USS Bon Homme Richard deck log - 6 September 1968
  • 20 APR 1969:
    VA-93 started to receive the Vought A-7B Corsair II.
  • 14 OCT 1969 through 01 JUN 1970:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7B Corsair II from the United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the fifth of eight combat cruises. There were no combat losses this cruise.
  • 05 FEB 1970:
    A-7B Corsair II BuNo. 154391 was lost in an operational accident. The pilot was killed.
  • 09 MAY 1970:
    A-7B Corsair II BuNo. 154555 was lost in an operational accident. The pilot was recovered.
  • 19 NOV 1970:
    Change of Command.
  • 16 APR 1971 through 06 NOV 1971:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7B Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the sixth of eight combat cruises. There were no combat losses or operational accidents this cruise
  • 10 APR 1972 through 03 MAR 1973:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7B Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the seventh of eight combat cruises.
  • MAY through OCT 1972:
    VA-93 participated in Operation Linebacker I, heavy air strikes against targets in North Vietnam to reduce that country's ability to continue the war effort in South Vietnam.
  • 30 MAY 1972:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-7B Corsair II BuNo. 154405, side number NF 302 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over North Vietnam. Commander C. E. Barnett, United States Navy was Killed-In-Action.
  • 07 SEP 1972:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-7B Corsair II BuNo. 154393, side number NF 307 was lost over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander D. A. Gerstel, United States Navy was Missing-In-Action in this action.
  • 10 NOV 1972:
    VA-93 Blue Blazer A-7B Corsair II BuNo. 154506, side number NF 314 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over North Vietnam. Lieutenant M. J. Cobb, United States Navy successfully ejected, successfully evaded and was rescued.
  • MAR 1973:
    VA-93 started to receive the Vought A-7A Corsair II.
  • 11 SEP 1973 through 05 OCT 1973:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7A Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the eighth of eight combat cruises.
  • 29 JAN 1974 through 06 MAR 1974:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7A Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the nine of nine combat cruises.
  • 18 OCT 1974 through 20 DEC 1974:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7A Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the ten of ten combat cruises.
  • 13 JAN 1975 through February 18, 1975:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7A Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41, deployed to WestPac/Vietnam for the eleven of eleven combat cruises.
  • 31 MAR 31 1975 through 29 MAY 1975:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE flying the A-7A Corsair II from the United States Ship Midway CVA 41,
  • APR 1975:
    The Blue Blazers participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American personnel from Saigon, South Vietnam as the country fell to the communists.
  • AUG through SEP 1976:
    Operated near the Korea Peninsula following the murder of U.S. military personnel in the Korean DMZ by North Koreans.
  • APR 1977:
    VA-93 started to receive Vought A-7E Corsair II.
  • NOV through DEC 1979:
    In response to the seizure of the American Embassy and its staff, by an Iranian mob, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, United States Ship Midway CV 41, with Attack Squadron NINETY THREE embarked operated in the Arabian Sea.
  • MAY through JUN 1980:
    Following the massacre of several hundred people in the city of Kwangju, South Korea, United States Ship Midway CVA 41, with Attack Squadron NINETY THREE embarked operated off the coast of South Korea until the crisis had subsided.
  • DEC 1981:
    Following unrest in Korea, United States Ship Midway CVA 41, with Attack Squadron NINETY THREE embarked operated off the coast of South Korea for several days.
  • Welcome to Japan:
    Squadron Welcome booklet.
  • 31 AUG 1986:
    Attack Squadron NINETY THREE (VA-93) was disestablished.

Awards
  • KPUC
    • 25 Jan 1953 - 27 Jul 1953
  • NUC
    • 31 Jan 1953 - 27 Jul 1953
    • 29 Apr 1975 - 30 Apr 1975
    • 01 Jan 1978 - 30 Jun 1979
  • MUC
    • 27 Oct 1969 - 12 May 1970
    • 07 May 1971 - 28 Oct 1971
    • 13 Nov 1979 - 08 Feb 1980
    • 27 Jul 1982 - 01 May 1984
  • NAVE
    • 01 Jul 1962 - 30 Jun 1963
    • 01 Jan 1970 - 30 Jun 1971
    • 01 Jan 1982 - 30 Jun 1983
  • AFEM
    • 24 Jun 1960 - 25 Jun 1960
    • 01 May 1963 - 05 May 1963
    • 19 Sep 1964 - 20 Sep 1964
    • 01 Oct 1964 - 09 Oct 1964
    • 28 Nov 1964 - 30 Dec 1964
    • 17 Jan 1965 - 17 Mar 1965
    • 04 Apr 1965 - 13 Apr 1965
    • 04 May 1968 - 07 May 1968
    • 10 Jan 1970 - 13 Jan 1970
    • 12 Apr 1970 - 13 Apr 1970
    • 29 Apr 1975 - 30 Apr 1975
  • HSM
    • 29 Apr 1975 - 30 Apr 1975
  • NEM
    • 15 Apr 1979 - 06 Jun 1979
    • 21 Nov 1979 - 07 Feb 1980
    • 19 Aug 1980 - 13 Nov 1980
    • 12 Mar 1981 - 19 May 1981
  • PUC
    • 30 Apr 1972 - 09 Feb 1973
  • RVNGC
    • 30 Mar 1972 - 15 Jul 1972
  • VNSM
    • 02 Dec 1965 - 14 Jan 1966
    • 04 Feb 1966 - 23 Feb 1966
    • 16 Mar 1966 - 12 Apr 1966
    • 22 Apr 1966 - 14 May 1966
    • 23 May 1966 - 06 Jun 1966
    • 05 Feb 1967 - 25 Feb 1967
    • 15 Mar 1967 - 12 Apr 1967
    • 28 Apr 1967 - 04 Jun 1967
    • 12 Jun 1967 - 27 Jun 1967
    • 20 Feb 1968 - 24 Mar 1968
    • 13 Jun 1968 - 07 Jul 1968
    • 21 Jul 1968 - 18 Aug 1968
    • 27 Aug 1968 - 14 Sep 1968
    • 16 Nov 1969 - 07 Dec 1969
    • 17 Dec 1969 - 06 Jan 1970
    • 29 Jan 1970 - 18 Feb 1970
    • 27 Feb 1970 - 30 Mar 1970
    • 16 Apr 1970 - 13 May 1970
    • 17 May 1971 - 09 Jun 1971
    • 29 Jun 1971 - 20 Jul 1971
    • 31 Jul 1971 - 17 Aug 1971
    • 26 Sep 1971 - 11 Oct 1971
    • 01 May 1972 - 01 Jun 1972
    • 11 Jun 1972 - 07 Jul 1972
    • 16 Jul 1972 - 13 Aug 1972
    • 23 Aug 1972 - 10 Sep 1972
    • 19 Sep 1972 - 12 Oct 1972
    • 23 Oct 1972 - 23 Nov 1972
    • 03 Dec 1972 - 22 Dec 1972
    • 31 Dec 1972
    • 04 Jan 1973 - 24 Jan 1973
    • 03 Feb 1973 - 09 Feb 1973

    Photographs


    1957: Blue Blazers squadron officers pose in front of Skyhawk NG-301 assigned to CO CDR P.E. Padgett.
    U.S. Navy photo via Sickel family - "Carolyn and Brandy".

    1957 VA-93 A4D-1 BuNo 139942, NG-302.
    The photo is Official U.S. Navy and the caption is: "USN 1016962; 5-9-57; A4D piloted by LCDR J.A. Sickel of VA-93 (CVG-9) based at Alameda".
    From Gary Vever Collection.

    29 Oct 1957 - first appearance of Skyhawk is made in the far east as these three Blue Blazers Skyhawk delta wing jets arrive to conduct operations at Atsugi, Japan. L-r: BuNo 139948, NG-305, BuNo 139950, NG-306 & BuNo 139949, NG-313.
    Based with VA-93 aboard USS Ticonderoga, the light attack bombers are primarly designed as special weapons aircraft. They have a secondary mission of close air support. The Skyhawk is capable of speeds in excess of 650 mph. VA-93 is commanded by Cdr. P.E. Padget.
    Naval Aviation News photo via John Gabbard

    1958 Air Group Nine Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 139958, NG-309, being hoisted aboard the USS Ticonderoga.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    VA-93 WESTPAC RANGER CRUISE February 1960 through August 1960
    Blue Blazer Officers and A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo. 142775 - July 21, 1960
    VA-93 Blue Blazer officers stand by Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142775 side number NG 301 on the United States Ship Ranger (CVA 61) flight deck while in port.
    Official United States Navy photograph from R. 0. (Dick) Daniels.

    Blue Blazer Centurions and A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142775 - July 21, 1960
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Centurions stand by Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo. 142775 side number NG 301 on the flight deck of United States Ship Ranger (CVA 61).
    Official United States Navy photograph from R. 0. (Dick) Daniels.

    Circa 1962: VA-93 pilots pose in front of BuNo 147718 at the new NAS at Lemmore CA.
    Pat Cornelius, Larry Murphy, Ed Pogue, Jud Springer, Dick Dellwo, Paul McNergney.
    Photo from Larry Murphy

    1962: LT Pat Cornielius in Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 147750, NG-310, flies by Mt. Fuji.
    Richard E. Dwello

    1962-63 Blue Blazer Skyhawk formation: Top-bottom BuNo 147732, NG-30x, BuNo 147721, NG-30x, BuNo 147768, NG-3xx, BuNo 147718, NG-304, BuNo 147723, NG-307 and BuNo 147750, NG-310.
    US Navy photo courtesy of Tom Bispo.

    VA-93 Blue Blazer Det China Lake - December 1963
    A Blue Blazer Detachment went to China Lake


    Feb 1964 to Sept 1964 United States Ship Bennington CVS-20 VA-93 DET Q

    VA-93 Det Q Fighting Raven Pilots - summer 1964.
    United States Navy photograph from Bob Krall.

    Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142132 - summer 1964.
    VA-93 Det Q Lieutenant Commander Tom Randall is flying A-4B BuNo. 142132 side number NG 1 with Japan's Mount Fujiyama in the background.
    Photograph taken by Bob Krall.

    Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142100 - summer 1964.
    VA-93 Det Q A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142100 with Mount Fujiyama in the background mid-year 1964.
    Photograph taken by Bob Krall.

    1964: Blue Blazers Det Q Skyhawk BuNo 142100, NG-II, in formation with a VAW-12 EA-1E Skyraider BuNo 135142, RR-75, as they fly by the USS Bennington.
    Bob Krall

    Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144917 - 1964.
    Two VA-93 Det Q A-4B Skyhawks intercept a Soviet Madge. Lieutenant Commander Randall, O-in-C, is flying BuNo. 144917 side number NG 02. Detachment Q painted the nose and the area beneath the horizontal stabilizer to give the appearance they had radar.
    Photograph taken by Bob Krall.

    Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142697 - 1964.
    Two VA-93 Det Q A-4B Skyhawks intercept a Soviet Badger bomber. Bob Krall is flying BuNo. 142697.
    Photograph taken by Dave Boaz.

    Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142132 - 1964.
    Two Det Q A-4B Skyhawks intercept another Soviet Badger. BuNo. 142132 is on the right wing of the Badger and a VQ-1 World Watcher A-3D Skywarrior is trailing.
    Photograph taken by Bob Krall.

    1964: left side in-flight view as BlueBlasters Det Q Skyhawk BuNo 142697, NG-4, armed with Sidewinder missiles intercepts a Soviet TU-16 Badger bomber. Bob Krall is flying BuNo 142697.
    Bob Krall

    1964: left side in-flight view as BlueBlasters Det Q Skyhawk BuNo 142697, NG-4, armed with Sidewinder missiles intercepts a Soviet TU-16 Badger bomber. Bob Krall is flying BuNo 142697.
    Bob Krall

    1964: Blue Blasters Det Q Skyhawk BuNo 144917, NG 02, flown by O-in-C LCDR Randall intercepts a Soviet Madge. Detachment Q painted the nose and the area beneath the horizontal stabilizer to give the appearance they had radar.
    Our Flag wanted some close photos. Tom Randall is flying on the Madge's left wing.
    Bob Krall

    1964: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 147721, NG-306, and BuNo 147743, NG-309, in formation with Skywarrior BuNo 147657, NG-7, over Fallon, NV.
    Richard E. Dwello

    Blue Blazer A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147750 NG 310 - May 6, 1964
    During cruise work-ups Douglas Skyhawk tanker BuNo. 147750 side number NG 310 is ready to refuel Chance Vought RF-8a Crusader BuNo. 145620 side number PP 929 over Yuma, Arizona. Blue Blazer BuNo. 148441 NG-304 stands by as little Pauli drags the drogue for for the Crusader.
    USN photograph taken by a VFP-63 Crusader is from Paul Cassiman.

    Aug 1964 - May 1965 VA-93 COMBAT CRUISE United States Ship Ranger CVA 61
    1964 Mighty Shrike Skyhawk BuNo 147740, NG 401, is parked by the island as VA-93 Blue Blazers Skyhawk NG-305 prepares to launch.
    Naval Aviation News.

    Raven Officers and A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo. 147732
    VA-93 Raven officers of CVW-9 stand by Douglas A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147732 on the United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 flight deck.
    Official United States Navy photograph from Pete Dodge.

    Catwalk Rendezvous.
    The 1964 transit to WESTPAC was mostly AOMs/APMs. However, in the evenings before the ready room movie, there were the rendezvous in the starboard catwalk to catch a breath of fresh air.
    On the USS Ranger, 1964 (l to r) John Jegers, Steve Woodburn and Bill Robby" Robinson, (Air Intelligence Officer).
    Photo from Paul Cassiman.

    NG-307 launching off the waist of USS Ranger in December 1964. We spent all of the month of December and part of November, I believe, in the South China Sea. Our reprieve came on New Year's Day when we entered port in Hong Kong. That is a 400-gallon tank on the centerline.
    Photo from Paul Cassiman.

    Jim "Snake" Dalton at the end of the USS Ranger 1964 cruise.
    Tom Wondergem

    LT Walt Brand on USS Ranger coming into Pearl Harbor in 1964.
    Tom Wondergem

    Lt. Walt "Baluke" Brand by his plane onboard USS Ranger 1964.
    Tom Wondergem

    1964-65: l-r: Mighty Shrike Skyhawk BuNo 147719, NG 402, Blue Blazers BuNo 147738, NG-302, Mighty Shrike BuNo 149531, NG-412 & BuNo 147746 parked on the Ranger. Blue Blazers Skyhawk 149502, NG-303 on the cat.
    Dick Wells via "Boom" Powell

    1964-65: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 149523, NG-312, and VFP-63 RF-8A Crusader BuNo 146861, PP-903, parked on the Ranger.
    "Boom" Powell

    VA-93 WESTPAC ENTERPRISE CRUISE October 1965 through June 1966
    1965: l-r: Mighty Shrike Skyhawk BuNo 147719, NG 402, Blue Blazers BuNo 147738, NG-302, Mighty Shrike BuNo 149531, NG-412 & BuNo 147746 parked on the Ranger. Blue Blazers BuNo 149502, NG-303 on the cat.
    Dick Wells via "Boom" Powell

    BuNo 149525 as NG-307 aboard the Enterprise.

    BuNo 149508, modex 303. Catapult crewmen position an A-4C "Skyhawk" attack plane for launch, 24 March 1965. VA-93 was then operating in Southeast Asian waters. Photographed by PH1 Jean Cote and PHC Robert Moeser.
    From Gary Verver.

    Mark 117, 500-pound and 750-pound bombs lined up on the Ranger's Flight Deck, awaiting loading on aircraft for strikes on North Vietnam. Photographed in the South China Sea by JOC Robert S. Moeser and PH1 Jean C. Cote during February and March 1965.
    Official U.S. Navy Photograph - Photo #: USN 1110198.
    The partial Skyhawk at the top of the photo belongs to VA-93 or VA-94. Hard to tell, but looks like 93.
    From Gary Verver

    1965: BuNo 147735, VA-94 NC-404, aboard CVA-61 with 149537, VA-93 NC-313, in 1965.
    Morgan

    DEC 1965: LT Mac "Smokey" Alsop poses in front of Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 149537 aboard the USS Enterprise.
    Photographer unknown

    Blue Blazer A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147732 - 1965
    Captain Holloway, commanding officer of United States Ship Enterprise (CVAN 65), observes a fire drill on the flight deck with a VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4C BuNo. 137732 side number NG 308 in the background.
    United States Navy Photograph from James Hensley.

    Two Blue Blazer A-4C Skyhawks BuNo. 147721 and BuNo. 147834 - 1965.
    Two VA-93 Blue Blazer A-4C Skyhawks, BuNo. 147721 side number NG 306 and BuNo. 147834 side number NG 311, are spotted by two VA-94 Shrike A-4C Skyhawks, BuNo. 149531 side number NG 412 and BuNo. 149541 side number NG 413, on the Enterprise flight deck. Another Shrike A-4C BuNo. 149502 is partially visible at the top.
    United States Navy Photograph from James Hensley.

    Four Blue Blazer A-4C Skyhawks - 1965.
    A flight of four is about to go feet dry in South Vietnam. NG 311 BuNo. 147834 is leading the division in right echelon formation. NG 310 BuNo. 147710 is flying on his wing. The section leader is flying NG 301 BuNo. 149551 and NG 316 BuNo. 149505 is flying on his wing.
    Official Navy photograph is from Paul Cassiman.

    1965: Blue Blazer Skyhawk NG 313 Startup and hookup.
    The pilot of NG 313 gives the two-finger signal to the plane captain initiating the airflow from the starter's turbine to the Skyhawk's engine turbine. When the engine reaches starting r.p.m., the pilot will move the throttle into the "Idle" position (around the horn), which will start fuel flowing into the airstream which the ignitors will start the fire.
    The plane director gives NG 313's pilot of the signal to apply brakes after the nose wheel has passed over the shuttle. The holdback fitting is being attached to the Skyhawk, which will keep the aircraft from moving as the pilot applies full power before the catapult is fired.
    United States Navy Photograph from James Hensley.

    Pete "Pedro" Dodge, December 1965. That was the month VA-93 arrived in the South China Sea, took a cut through the combat zone to qualify for combat pay, and then make a port call in Subic Bay. Logic suggest that this was taken during the transit from Norfolk.
    Second photo: Pete "Pedro" Dodge is growing his Charlie Chan mustache. On board USS Enterprise Dec. 1965.
    Photos from Paul Cassiman.

    Mac "Smokey" Alsop. The date is December 1965 on board the USS Enterprise.

    The Enterprise Fighting Raven Ready Room - Christmas Eve 1965
    With less that one bombing day till Christmas the boyz celebrate His birthday.
    Photograph from Pete Dodge.

    21 JUN 1966: CVW-9 aboard CVAN-65 on 22JUN66 as it passes under the Golden Gate Bridge returning from a WestPac Cruise.

    The VA-93 planes do not show in this photo but the "Blue Blazers" found some deck space to display their unofficial nickname of "Blue Boozers".

    The plane with the "NH" tail code (147695) belonged to VA-36 at the time of the photo. Someone probably pulled a practical joke by painting "NH-301", instead NG-xx. The nose number has been botched up as you can see. And there are some changes and paintings on the national insignia star. The "NH" tail code is for CVW-11 (WestPac CVA-63 CVW-11 VA-113 A-4C from 19OCT65 to 13JUN66) and BuNo 147696 between 06NOV65 and 26MAR66 may have been/or intended to be, a spare, for VA-113 and Cubi thus painted her tail with the "NH" tail code.Or it simply may have been a joke.
    Photos from William T. Larkins

    Webmaster Note: 147696 history card offers that it was left at Cubi, 06NOV65, when VA-22 returned to the states in 1965, and from Cubi went to VA-36 on 26MAR66.
    147696 A-4C 12460 06/17/65 VA-22 USS Midway (CVW-21 NE) 147696 A-4C 12460 11/06/65 VA-22 NAS Lemoore, CA 147696 A-4C 12460 11/06/65 NAS NAS Cubi Point, RP
    147696 A-4C 12460 03/26/66 VA-36 USS Enterprise (CVW-9 NG)
    147696 A-4C 12460 03/26/66 VA-36 USS America
    147696 A-4C 12460 05/26/67 VA-66 USS Intrepid

    Note:
    "I was in VA-93 in 1965 and we called ourselves the Boozers then."
    My friend who was in 93 in 1963 said they were using Boozers then.
    Steve Laughlin

    "I rode "Enterprise" back from her first WestPac/ V'Nam tour ... sent all the 'turn-around' pilots home ahead by 'magic carpet' ... thus I was aboard as we passed beneath the Golden Gate. Had just three months to turn over VA-94 to Jack Wynn, my classmate & XO, then move the family to San Diego, get the pre-department head training done, and be back aboard 'Tico' as Air Boss in the fall for two more tours ."
    Otto Krueger, Skyhawk Association.

    21 JUN 1966.
    From l to r, bottom to top; 147721 VA-93 NG-306, 147722 VA-93 NG-314, 149523 VA-93 NG-312, 147779 VA-93 NG-302, 149505 VA-93 NG-316, 149558 VA-93 NG-315, 147720 VA-93 NG-305, 147710 VA-93 NG-310, 149508 VA-93 NG-303, 148308 VA-94 NG-404, 148310 VA-94 NG-406, 149531 VA-94 NG-412, 147736 VA-94 NG-40x, 145095 VA-94 NG-4xx.
    Willam Larkins

    VA-93 A-4C, 1966:
    NAN September 1966 Cover photo: Plane Captain Bruce R. Lynch, AN, assists LTJG John J. Jegers, VA-93, just before a launch from USS Ranger (CVA-61) on a strike into Vietnam.
    NAN photo. From Gary Verver.

    1967:
    BuNo 149651, NF-302, of VA-93 aboard CVA-19 in 1967.
    Richard Mylar.

    Circa 1968:
    VA-93 A-4F NF-3xx circa 1968 on the Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31. NAN photo. Last page of the June 68 NAN, no caption provided. From Gary Verver.

    1968:
    VA-93 NF-302, BuNo 154178, loaded with MK-117 750lb dumb bombs aboard CVA-31 in 1968.
    VA-93 NF-3xx loaded with MK-117 750lb dumb bombs aboard CVA-31 in 1968.
    BuNo 154198, VA-93, NF-304 on the left. Lost to ground fire over North Vietnam - On 14 MAY, 1968, LTJG Barry Edwin Karger was KIA. On the right is VA-94 BuNo 150001.
    BuNo 154215, VA-93 NF-313, parked on the ramp at NAS Cubi Point. VA-93 A-4F NF-311 trapping aboard CVA-31.
    Richard Mylar.

    1968:
    BuNo 154198, VA-93, NF-304 on the left. Lost to ground fire over North Vietnam - On 14 MAY, 1968, LTJG Barry Edwin Karger was KIA. On the right is VA-94 BuNo 150001.
    BuNo 155001 of VA-94, NF-401, parked on the deck of CVA-31, the Bon Homme Richard. "Willy Fudd" (E1 Early Warning aircraft) parked behind her.
    BuNo 140035 of VA-94 parked on CVA-31. An A-4F (VA-93?) is trapping, back from a tanker sortie. 1of3. BuNo 140035 of VA-94 parked on CVA-31. An A-4F (VA-93?) is trapping, back from a tanker sortie. 2of3. BuNo 140035 of VA-94 parked on CVA-31. An A-4F (VA-93?) is trapping, back from a tanker sortie. 3of3. Richard Mylar.

    Blue Blazer Skyhawk 149505 Catapult - 1966.
    A-4C BuNo. 149505 side number NG 316 on the Enterprise catapult. The name below the canopy is "LTJG S. E. WOODBURN" --- that has to place the picture toward the end of the cruise, because Woody wasn't promoted from Ensign until then.
    The photograph is interesting because there isn't a drop tank on BuNo. 149505. It appears to be loaded with ten Mk 81s. If so, that will make it a very short cycle. They could be launching Woody on an ordnance offload mission to catch the end of the recovery cycle.
    BuNo. 149505 has the "shoehorn" modification installed. The aircraft is hooked up to the holdback fitting, and it looks like the "Ordies" are going through the final arming process. The bridle has yet to be hooked up.
    In the background BuNo. 149551 side number NG 301, is moving onto Cat the starboard catapult.
    United States Navy Photograph from Paul Cassiman and James Hensley.

    Raven Officers and A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147720
    VA-93 Raven officers of CVW-9 stand by Douglas A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147720 on the United States Ship Enterprise CVAN-65 flight deck.
    Official United States Navy photograph from Pete Dodge.

    The VA-93 Blue Blazers Tom, Mac and Pete:
    • Tom "Rug" Wondergem performing a corrosion-control inspection.
    • "Mac" Alsop with the squadron duty officer watch. "Mac would always answer the phone with either a 'Yeah' or a plain 'hello.' Which drove Jude up the wall."
    • Pete "Pedro" Dodge performing a corrosion-control inspection.
    Photographs by and from James Hensley.

    VA-93 Blue Blazer Change of Command - January 3, 1966
    Commander W. G. Sizemore assumes command of VA-93 from Commander J. Monger leading to this traditional cake-cutting. The change of command was a dual ceremony with CVW-9 in which Commander Shipman assumed command of the wing from Commander Brown.
    United States Navy Photograph from James Hensley.


    10 SEP 1966: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 147710, NG-310, parked on the ramp.
    D. Kasulka

    1966: Skyhawk NG-303 prepares to launch.
    Naval Aviation News

    1966-67: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 151070, NF-303, parked on the ramp.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    Jan 1967 to July 1967 USS Hancock VA-93 WESTPAC CRUISE
    A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151038, NF-306 - VA-93 Officers - 1967
    VA-93 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151038, NF-306 provides a backdrop for the Blue Blazer Commanding Officer before they deployed on United States Ship Hancock CVA-19.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    JAN 1967: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 152022, NF 302 along with NF 312 & NF 314 are packed tight on the hangar deck for the transit from CONUS to Yankee Station. NF 302 was destroyed by a SAM on 26 May and its pilot captured.
    Navy photo from Mike Trout.

    7-13-67: 5 unidentified A-4's on-board the Hancock
    Tonkin Gulf: Skyhawk attack bombers are readied for flight from the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Hancock, operating in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam. Information is that the squadrons on-board the Hancock (CVW-5) in July 67 were VA-93 (modex NF 3xx) and VA-94 (modex NF 4xx).
    U.S. Navy Photo via UPI photo from the Gary Verver Collection.

    VA-93 Chief Petty Officers - January 1967
    Blue Blazer Chief Petty Officers pose on the deck of United States Ship Hancock CVA-19 (01-05-67 to 07-22-67).
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Ordnance Department - January 1967
    Blue Blazer Ordnance Men pose on the deck of United States Ship Hancock CVA-19 (01-05-67 to 07-22-67).
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Group One - January 1967
    Blue Blazer Group One Men pose on the deck of United States Ship Hancock CVA-19 (01-05-67 to 07-22-67).
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Group Two - January 1967
    Blue Blazer Group Two Men pose on the deck of United States Ship Hancock CVA-19 (01-05-67 to 07-22-67).
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Officers - January 1967
    VA-93 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151038, NF-306 provides a backdrop for the Blue Blazer Officers as they began their deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA-19 (01-05-67 to 07-22-67).
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    30 MAY 1967: NF 302, BuNo 152022, is spotted aft on the portside of the flight deck. The pilot's name CDR J. P. Mehl, the Executive Officer, is visible forward of the Skyhawk's starboard intake.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    31 May 1967 Blue Bolts Skyhawk BuNo 151105, NF-313, is positioned for launch aboard the Hanna. Shrike missiles on the outboard stations and two ZUNI launchers on the centerline station.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    31 May 1967 Blue Bolts Skyhawk BuNo 151106, NF-302, takes a waveoff from the Hanna's LSO. Shrike missiles on the outboard stations and appears to be ZUNI launchers on the centerline.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    BuNo.151105 as VA-93 Air-to-Air Tanker - 1967
    NF 313, with the tanker package slung on the centerline station, is being directed into the catapult gear by yellowshirts (men from V2 Division who are responsible for catapults and arresting gear).
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Loading A Big Bomb - 1967
    Gary "Flash" Larson; Harry F. Geiss, AO2; Robert W. Daffron, AO2; Darrel L. Woodside, AO3 load a 1,000 pounder on a Skyhawk.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Launching - 1967
    The yellowshirt is signaling the catapult officer, after making his final inspection and running to get clear of the catapult track, that the Blue Blazer Skyhawk is ready for launch.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    1967: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 151106, NF-302, parked on the ramp.
    U.S. Navy

    1967: Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 147710, NF-310, parked on the ramp.
    Jim Brady

    31 MAY 1967: right front view of Blue Blazers Skyhawk BuNo 151105, NF-313, and squadron mate NF-314 on the Hanna's port and starboard cats loaded with Snakeyes.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    1967: left side view of Mighty Shrikes Skyhawk BuNo 149623, NF-415, parked on the ramp.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    1967: Blue Blazers pilot LCDR John J. Lahr climbs from his Skyhawk sfter returning from his 200th mission over North Vietnam.
    Naval Aviation News

    1967: Skyhawk NG-313 parked next to the island aboard the USS Hancock.
    "Boom" Powell

    VA-93 Officers at End of Cruise - 1967
    VA-93 A-4E Skyhawk NF-307 provides a backdrop for the Blue Blazer Officer as they wind up their United States Ship Hancock CVA-19 deployment.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    Jan 1968 to Oct 1968 CVA-31 VA-93 WESTPAC CRUISE
    Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154195 - side number NF-304 --- Fall 1967.
    "Buck" Rodger's newly delivered Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154195 - side number NF-304 poses on the Lemoore ramp before the January through October 1968 Bonnie Dick deployment. Both A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154195 and "Buck" Rodgers survived the deployment.
    In the background are two VA-112 Douglas A-4C Skyhawks --- BuNo. 145077 is one of the first A-4C Skyhawks produced.
    Photographs by Gary "Buck" Rodgers.

    Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154211 - side number NF-305 --- 1967.
    Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154211 - side number NF-305 cruises the friendly skies looking for the Bon Homme Richard.
    Photograph by Buck Rodgers.

    Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154215 - side number NF-313 --- 1967.
    Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154215 - side number NF-313 from the Bonnie Dick trucks a load of joy and happiness to "dem Cong."
    Photograph by Buck Rodgers.

    Battle Damage Assessment - May 1968.
    A Navy photographer caught a Blue Blaster flight making a battle damage assessment shortly after going "feet wet" subsequent to a strike. The bomb racks have no hung ordnance (starboard side anyway). The tailhooks are intact. No holes are visible and no liquid was streaming out. It looks as though no one in the division got to spend the evening at the Red Dog Saloon.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    Tripple Centurian - May 21, 1968.
    Bonnie Dick Skipper Captain Dankworth presents Mike Trout with a Tripple Centurian Patch. Earlier that day Commander Trout made his 300th trap on the Bonnie Dick after a combat flight over North Vietnam. He went on to make a total of 392 traps on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard.
    At the time of this trap, Mike Trout was also a Centurian (135 traps) on United States Ship Hancock. Mike also picked up another 21 traps on Midway and Enterprise. All total he had a career 548 A-4C, A-4E, or A-4F, Skyhawk traps --- of which 98 were on night flights and 243 on combat flights.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    1968: Skyhawk NF-303 is moved into position for launch from the Bonnie Dick.
    Naval Aviation News photo by PH1 D. Grantham

    A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154996, NF-305 - 1968
    BLUE BLAZER NF 315 from the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard, approaching the Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan runway October 2, 1968.
    Black & white photograph by and from Takafumi Hiroe of Yokohama, Japan.

    Lou Drendel's painting of A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154976, NF-311 - 1968
    Artist Lou Drendel illustrates an A-4F Skyhawk circling over United States Ship Bon Homme Richard CVA-31. This scene took place during the 1968 combat deployment, the last deployment made by VA-93 with the Skyhawk.
    The original painting is now owned by Commander Pat Cosgrove and this image is displayed with his permission.

    JAN 1968: VA-93 Officers at Lemoore
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Officers pose before A-4F Skyhawk (BuNo. 154211), NF 305 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California before the January 27, 1968 to October 10, 1968 Bon Homme Richard WestPac combat deployment.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Commanding Officer Wilson's Flight Division - January 1968
    VA-93 Commanding Officer and Division Leader Bob Wilson, with his flight, pose by a VA-93 A-4F Skyhawk (BuNo. 154211), NF 305 on the Bonnie Dick at the beginning of the 1968 cruise.
    Note:
    Blue Blazer Flight Division pictures were taken at different times. Commander Wilson's division picture was taken when he was commanding officer and Commander Schaaf's division picture was taken when he became commanding officer.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Moss Flight Division - JAN 1968
    Lieutenant Commander Dave Moss' Flight Division is shown on a Skyhawk boarding ladder.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Shanahan Flight Division - January 1968
    Lieutenant Commander Tom Shanahan's Flight Division is shown on a Skyhawk boarding ladder.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Commanding Officer Schaaf's Flight Division - May 1968
    VA-93 Commanding Officer and Division Leader Tom Schaaf, with his flight, pose by a VA-93 A-4F Skyhawk on the Bonnie Dick flight deck late in the 1968 cruise.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    The VA-93 Furrow Flight Division - May/June 1968.
    When VA-93 began the cruise Division Leader Don Furrow led Section Leader Jack Welch and Wingmen Barry Karger and Gary Rodgers. After Barry was killed and Frank Fullerton reported aboard the Division was reorganized with Division Leader Don Furrow leading Section Leader Frank Fullerton and Wingmen Dave Maxwell and Gary Rodgers.
    When it was time to photograph the Division the guys decided to include the members of both Divisions thus a five man picture of a four man division. The picture was taken on the Bonnie Dick flight deck about June 1, 1968.
    Photograph from John Goodman of VA-94.

    VA-93 Officers on Bon Homme Richard - May - June 1968.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Officers pose before A-4F Skyhawk NF 311 on the United States Ship Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) flight deck.
    Official Navy photograph from Mike Trout.

    VA-93 Blue Jackets on Bon Homme Richard - May - June 1968.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Men pose in their Bonnie Dick spaces.
    Official Navy photograph from Jim Lacy.

    VA-93 Blue Jackets on Bon Homme Richard - May - June 1968.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Men pose in the Bonnie Dick hangar bay.
    Official Navy photograph from Jim Lacy.

    VA-93 Blue Jackets on Bon Homme Richard - May - June 1968.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Men pose by a Blue Blazer A-4F Skyhawk in the Bonnie Dick hangar bay.
    Official Navy photograph from Jim Lacy.

    VA-93 Blue Jackets on Bon Homme Richard - May - June 1968.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Men pose in their Bonnie Dick spaces.
    Official Navy photograph from Jim Lacy.

    VA-93 Blue Jackets on Bon Homme Richard - May - June 1968.
    VA-93 Blue Blazer Men pose in their Bonnie Dick spaces.
    Official Navy photograph from Jim Lacy.

    VA-93 Parachute Riggers 1968.
    PR3 Lacy, PR2 Wentling, and PR2 Emory maintain the pilot's "last chance."
    Official Navy photograph from Jim Lacy.

    VA-93 Ordnance Division - October 1968.
    The VA-93 Blue Blazers dropped 8,007,494 pounds of bombs during the cruise. These are the men that hung the bombs on the Skyhawks.
    Photograph from Gary Rodgers.

    The "Bomb Farm" during the 68 cruise aboard cV-31.
    Taken by Mylar, of VA-93.

    1969:
    VA-93 aircraft on the flight deck of CVA-34 in 1969.
    Richard Mylar.

    VA-93 A4D-2N Skyhawks BuNo 147721 NG-306 and BuNo 147743 NG-309 in-flight with VAH-6 A-3B Skywarrior BuNo 147657, NG-7, from or near NAS Fallon over Soda Lake.
    Photo courtesy of Bob Lawson.

    Off-Duty Info


    VA-93 Basket Ball Team of 1962


    Sources
    • Paul Cassiman
    • Pete Dodge
    • Tom Elser
    • Harry S. Gann
    • Takafumi Hiroe
    • Robert Krall
    • Jim Lacy
    • James Ritchie
    • Gary Rodgers
    • Joe Schaedel
    • The Tailhook Association
    • Mike Trout


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