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VB-87 | Bombing Squadron Eighty-Seven

1 July 1944 | Commissioned at NAS Wildwood
31 October 1945 | Decommissioned at NAS Seattle

November 1944 - 31 December 1944 | CV-15 USS Randolph | CVG-87 | SB2C-4
17 May 1945 - 3 July 1945 | CV-14 USS Ticonderoga | CVG-87 | SB2C-4
19 July 1945 - 5 October 1945 | CV-14 USS Ticonderoga | CVG-87 | SB2C-4
9 October 1945 - 28 October 1945 | CV-14 USS Ticonderoga | CVG-87 | SB2C-4



Hand-painted on aircraft fabric


VB-87 was commissioned at NAS Wildwood on 1 July 1944 with an authorized compliment of 36 SB2Cs. This was reduced the following month to 24, at which time the squadron was flying the SB2C-3 model. In September, base was shifted to NAAS Oceana where joint training with the other squadrons of the air group got underway and continued until 20 November, on which date CVG-87 boarded the new Randolph for her shakedown cruise. By now the squadron was flying the SB2C-4.

As was customary, the carrier proceeded to the Gulf of Paria to conduct training operations but at the conclusion of these, instead of returning to Norfolk, she continued west, passed through the Panama Canal and, on 31 December, docked at San Francisco. VB-87 became temporarily shore-based at NAAS Livermore and underwent a further reduction in complement, to 15 aircraft. Towards the end of January the squadron took passage aboard Bunker Hill to Pearl Harbor, and transferred thence to NAS Kahului. While at Kahului, the Air Group made short carrier qualification cruises and participated in joint Army/Navy exercises.

Finally, in early May the training period came to an end and on the 12th CVG-87 sailed from Pearl aboard Ticonderoga (CV-14). A warm-up series of strikes was flown against Maloelap on the 17th, the carrier then continuing to Ulithi where she joined Task Force 58 in time to participate in the final support missions of the Okinawa campaign. After the last of these, on 10 June, the Task Force retired to Leyte Gulf. With the other carriers of Task Force 38 Ticonderoga sailed again on July 1st, headed for Japan, but engine trouble forced a diversion to Guam and it was not until the 21st that she was able to join her sisters off the enemy homeland.

VB-87 participated in the strikes against the surviving Imperial Fleet units at Kure on July 24 and 28, and bombed factories south-west of Tokyo at month's end. In early August the Task Force moved north and the squadron hit targets at Aomori and Ominato. Back south again towards mid-month, VB-87's final strike was against the Yokohama docks on the 13th.

Following the surrender, Ticonderoga spent a month in Japanese waters before sailing back to Pearl, where CVG-87 was put ashore for a fortnight at Barber's Point. Re-embarking on 16 October, carrier and air group reached Bremerton on the 22nd. VB-87 was decommissioned at NAS Seattle on 31 October.



VB-87 in flight





VB-87 Squadron




(Note squadron insignia, front and center.)

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