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(VC-5) FLEET COMPOSITE SQUADRON 5 (FLECOMPRON 5) CHECKERTAILS - SKYHAWKS FOREVER!  

 

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FLECOMPRON 5 CHECKERTAILS (VC-5) - NAS NAHA, OKINAWA & NAS ATSUGI, JAPAN

 

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FLECOMPRON 5 CHECKERTAILS (VC-5) - NAS CUBI POINT, PHILIPPINES

 

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(VC-5) CHECKERTAILS ADVERSARY

 

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VA-203 Blue Dolphins (ATKRON 203) US Naval Reserve strike fighter squadron tail code AF, flying Corsairs and Skyhawks

 

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Attack Squadron 203 (VA-203), nicknamed the Blue Dolphins, was established at NAS Jacksonville, Florida on 1 July 1970, as a reserve force squadron (RESFORON) under a new concept in the reorganization of the Naval Air Reserve Force. The reorganization was intended to make the reserves more compatible with active duty units and to increase their combat readiness.  It was redesignated VFA-203 in 1989.

 

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VA-145 SWORDSMEN (ATKRON-145) 1976 Bicentennial Cruise, Ace Novelty, Tokyo

WESTPAC January 1976 - September 1976 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

 

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Made by Ace Novelty, Tokyo, Japan (tag fell off, note the residue)

 

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Original paint on leather VF-11 Sun Downers patch from 1943

 

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This is what it looks like on a side panel of an F4F-4

 

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Here's Himself holding the side panels from his F4F flown out of Guadalcanal in the spring/summer of 1943.  When the squadron flew back to Espiritu Santo at the end of their tour, they turned their planes in for whatever future.  He removed the panels from his and replaced them with a couple from the grave yard.  Photo is circa 1998.

 

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And just for fun, a decal, circa 1949 from VF-171 . . . I'd show you a patch, but it's on his flight  jacket which is in my daughter's possession.

 

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I believe we skipped this one....

 

VS-35 Boomerangers 'Operation Pocket Money', the mining of Haiphong Harbor in 1972.  USS TICONDEROGA with CSVG-53 on board.

 

Removed from an enlisted squadron members' blue work jacket

 

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VF-11 Sun Downers, unfinished patch, gold imprint on leather.  Used during their 2nd combat tour, USS Hornet, CV-12, from October 1944 to February 1945.sundownergolds.jpg.7bbab0a7b1293fe7df03de4b5fd9b795.jpg

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Very Nice, Only seen one in a period photo (attached).   Identifiable are Lieutenant James Sprankle Brown (116795) (who had served as a VB-21 SBD driver during CVG-11's Guadalcanal tour in mid-1943) and Lieutenant William Rice Sisley (098474) (with patch)

 

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Gerald ("Gerry") Alexander Coeur (291303), credited with one Ki-44 "Tojo" on 5 Nov 1944.  DOR Ensign, 1 Jul 1943; Lieutenant (jg), 11 Nov 1944; Lieutenant, 1 Jun 1946.  

 

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Hello, James Sprankle Brown (Bud) was my uncle. In your image, Bud has the patch on his M-421 jacket.  Here are a couple of other images with that patch.  In the first image, that is George Morris with the patch on his flight suit. Then Bud Brown with Oscar West on the steps at the von Tempsky ranch.  George Morris with Bud Brown on the same steps. Then the same image (cropped) that you posted.  Then another pic of Gerry, but no patch.  Gerry did not like the gold embossed patch.

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R Leonard

Sorry about that, somehow got my names reversed in translation.  Duly corrected in my files.  Get a little lost sometimes on second tour personages; most of my info revolves around first tour folks.

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