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MAG-42 & H&MS-42

MAG-42
and
H and MS-42 Flying Gators


Point of Contact - Squadron Duty Officer (SDO)

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Patch
  • No data to date

Handle
  • Flying Gators

Heritage
  • 19xx established.
  • 19xx disestablished.

Home Ports
    Date: Location:
  • 19?? (at least 1984-87 per Greg Johnson)-- N.A.S. Cecil Field

Air Wings
    Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • No data to date

Deployments
    Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • No Data to date


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
    Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • DEC 1977 to JUN 1978 - - - Col. Henry R. Warfield
  • JUN 1978 to JUN 1980 - - - Col. Richard (Dick) Blanc
  • (Thank you Aileen Blanc)
  • JUN 1980 to APR 1983 - - - Col. N. L. Derickson
  • APR 1883 to JUN 1983 - - - Col. J. C. Eisenhammer
  • AUG 1990 to APR 1992 - - - Col. Robert Hickerson
  • APR 1992 to JUN 1992 - - - Col. Tim Hill

Events
  • March 17, 1983:
    VMA-133 A-4F 154196 (rank?) Roger Rousseau ejected safely when the engine burner nozzles burned a hole internally and engine caught fire.
    From John Campbell.

  • June 22, 1983
    (rank) Gregg "Silk" Stephenson was killed when his A-4F BuNo 154194, which had taken off from Volk Field near Camp Douglas, WI shortly before, was making a bombing run over a range on the base, crashed on government land 3 miles east of Finley, north of Necedah in Juneau County.
    Wisconsin State Journal, Thursday, June 23, 1983.

  • September 18, 1983
    Wayne Marshall ejected from A-4E BuNo 152098 following an engine failure on a low level training route.
    per Sebastian V. (Vince) Massimini

  • 1984-1987
    MAG-42 Det-A was equipped with the A-4 and the TA-4J
    per Greg Johnson.

  • June 24, 1985
    A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155057, based at Alameda, crashed in a remote area northwest of Yuma, Ariz., but the pilot ejected safely, officials at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station said.
    From Register news services
    Santa Ana, CA, Orange County Register, Tuesday, 25 June 1985

  • June 9, 1987
    A Marine Corps A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154203 made an aborted takeoff from the Alameda Naval Air Station and crashed into the bay, but its pilot escaped from the wreckage without help, a Navy spokesman said. The pilot, whose name was being withheld Tuesday, was conducting a routine training mission at about 3:05 p.m. when his plane lost power on takeoff, said Bill Valente, a spokesman for the air station. The plane crashed into the Oakland Estuary, Valente said. About 4 feet…

  • January 10, 1990
    Maj. Charles R. Mize (Det A Jacksonville) ejected safely from A-4M BuNo 158162 after an in-flight fire during aerial refueling from a C-130 tanker near MCAS Yuma, AZ.
    Twin Falls, ID, Times-News, Thursday, January 11, 1990.

Awards
    Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:
  • No data to date

Photographs


1977-1984: BuNo 155025, HMS-42 ME-02, on the ramp.

APR 1980:
H&MS-42 155082.

Photographer & location unknown.

May 1980 H&MS-42 Skyhawk BuNo 155074, MB-20, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

H & MS-42 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154991 (1982)
A-4F BuNo. 154996 side number MB 14 from H & MS-42 Det C is pictured on the Luke Air Force Base tarmack.
Photograph by Lane Philbeck.

Flying Gator A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 155028 - September 1984
A-4F BuNo. 155028 side number MB 16 from H & MS-42 Det C is pictured on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona flight-line. The Skyhawk was deployed for GP (general purpose) bomb and 20mm machine gun training.
Photograph by Lane Philbeck.

07 JUL 1988:
MAG-42 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153689
, #17, in-flight at MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Werner Munzenmaier.

07 JUL 1988:
VMA-133 Dragons TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153483
, ME-21, in-flight at MCAS Yuma.
copyright Joe Cupido.

1989: MAG-42 MB-10, BuNo 158419, on the ramp.

DEC 1991:
H&MS-42 154337 in the hangar at NAS Alameda.
AIRFOTO - Joe Cupido.


Sources:
  • Lane Philbeck
  • John Gabbard
  • Aileen Blanc
  • Sebastian V. (Vince) Massimini


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