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VB-16 | USS Lexington (CV-16)

 

VB-16 operated from Lexington during the period September 1943-June 1944, and was for a time one of only two Dauntless squadrons assigned to Pacific fleet carriers. The squadron participated in the famous attack against the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944.

 

 

 

Silkscreened on linen.

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Embroidered.

 

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A U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-16 flies an antisubmarine patrol low over the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) en route to the invasion of the Gilbert Islands, 12 November 1943. The ship in the background is USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft's home carrier. Note the depth charge below the SBD.

 

 

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USS Lexington (CV-16)

 

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A U.S. Navy launch officer on board USS Lexington (CV-16) waves the checkered flag signaling the launch of an Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of Bombing Squadron VB-16 on a strike in the Central Pacific. VB-16 operated from Lexington during the period September 1943-June 1944, and was for a time one of only two Dauntless squadrons assigned to Pacific fleet carriers. The squadron participated in the famous attack against the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944.

 

 

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VB-16 SBD-5 Dauntlesses onboard the Lexington. Apr 1944

 

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A VB-16 plane in flight. (Note squadron insignia at left.)

 

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Long-time collector of WWII Aviation: AAF, USN and USMC.

ASMIC | OMSA | TAILHOOK

 

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Really great thread, great patcher, photos and research… thanks for shareing!
Do you have names and dates for the two aircrew photos with the linen patches?

Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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Super good find Mark. I guess the Cruise Book is from his second tour? Two previous photos of the pilots are from 1944 from what I know.

 

Any interesting cool pics in the book?

 

Cheers,

Jerry

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Jerry,

 

Yes... There is a paperback 'follow-up' booklet with the VB-16 actions in 1945. Some good pics, but are very small in size within the text of the cruise book. Lots of personal photos also. Aboard ship, Saipan, Leyte, and chartboard target maps.

 

QM

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Apparently the Forum software upgrade messed up the links in my post, so I will repeat it below:

 

VB-16 | USS Lexington (CV-16)

 

VB-16 operated from Lexington during the period September 1943-June 1944, and was for a time one of only two Dauntless squadrons assigned to Pacific fleet carriers. The squadron participated in the famous attack against the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944.

 

Silkscreened on linen.

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Embroidered.

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A U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-16 flies an antisubmarine patrol low over the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) en route to the invasion of the Gilbert Islands, 12 November 1943. The ship in the background is USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft's home carrier. Note the depth charge below the SBD.

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USS Lexington (CV-16)

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A U.S. Navy launch officer on board USS Lexington (CV-16) waves the checkered flag signaling the launch of an Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of Bombing Squadron VB-16 on a strike in the Central Pacific. VB-16 operated from Lexington during the period September 1943-June 1944, and was for a time one of only two Dauntless squadrons assigned to Pacific fleet carriers. The squadron participated in the famous attack against the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944.

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VB-16 SBD-5 Dauntlesses onboard the Lexington. Apr 1944

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A VB-16 plane in flight. (Note squadron insignia at left.)

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Long-time collector of WWII Aviation: AAF, USN and USMC.

ASMIC | OMSA | TAILHOOK

 

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