Stony Posted May 25, 2015 Share #276 Posted May 25, 2015 I recently acquired this very nice example of an M-422A US Navy Flight Jacket to a pilot from Bombing Fighting Squadron One who flew off the USS Bennington in 1945. The Squadron patch represents the logo of the "Royal Flushers" which was the nickname of VBF-1. It is an canvas screened patch. The pilot also removed the 'ENS" rank from his nametag as he had moved up in rank. Bombing Fighting Squadron One, designated as VBF-1 was formed at the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nevada in December 1944 and commissioned on 2 January 1945, to become the fourth squadron in the Veteran Air Group One. Following Japan's surrender and the end of World War II in the Pacific, VBF-1 was disbanded on 1 November 1945. Flying F4U Corsairs, the VBF-1 squadron was assigned to the USS Bennington (CV-20) in the Pacific on 17 June 1945, where it was based for the remainder of WWII. The squadron's pilots participated in strikes against the Imperial Japanese homeland and against her fleet at sea from 10 July 1945 until Japan's surrender on 15 August 1945, including attacks against the Nagato on 18 July 1945, and the battle of Kure from 24 July 1945 through 28 July 1945. The jacket was made by Gordon and Ferguson which is a popular manufacturer because of the quality of the leather. This jacket looks like he wore it during the war and then put it away for good. Its in remarkable condition. Nice jacket! I am wondering, though, why there's a CBI patch on the arm. According to your text, they didn't fly anywhere except close to the home islands. Did the pilot serve with another carrier and/or squadron that was close to the mainland? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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