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An overhead view of the flight decks of the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV-62), top, and USS Midway (CV-41), bottom, moored beside each other, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 August 1991. A great detailed photo, showing the various aircraft of their Air Wings. Midway was en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where she would be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. Independence would travel to Yokosuka to take over as the Navy's only forward-based aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Omar Hasan. (Available from DefenseImagery.mil as photo # DN-ST-9203042.) NS026252. Presented by Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026252.jpg

 

 

 

CVBG, CVG and CVW Squadrons Training & Cruises Underway Periods, Deployments and Forward Deployed Underway Periods/Deployments embarked USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41

CVBG, CVG and CVW Squadrons

(7 November 1945 to 14 September 1991)

CHAPTER CXIV, Part 1 of 6

(7 November 1945 to 8 March 1973)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41)

CinCLant ComAir-Lant

SoLant

Caribean Sea

Lant

CVBG-75

 

7 Nov 1945

13 Dec 1945

South America

Training

1st Cruise

37-days

Shakedown Cruise

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-74

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter
Grumman - Hellcat -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

F6F-5N

VBF-74

Cavaliers - Bombing Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

VB-74

Bomb-a-Toms –

Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron

Curtiss - Helldiver -

Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation

 

SB2C-4E
SB2C-5

VT-74

Beasts - Torpedo Squadron

C.C.& F. - Helldiver -Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation - Curtiss - Helldiver

 

SBW-4E
SB2C-4E

 

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41)

CinCLant ComAir-Lant

SoLant

Caribean Sea

CVBG-75

 

3 Jan 1946

28 Feb 1946

Training

Exercises in the area of the Virginia Capes and the Chesapeake Bay, becoming the flagship of Carrier Division ONE (CarDiv 1), U.S. Atlantic Fleet on 20 February 1946, conducted exercises in the area of the Virginia Capes and the Chesapeake Bay from 3 January to 28 February 1946 with un reported ports of call.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-74

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter
Grumman - Hellcat -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

F6F-5N

VBF-74

Cavaliers - Bombing Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

VB-74

Bomb-a-Toms -

Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron

Curtiss - Helldiver -

Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation

 

SB2C-4E
SB2C-5

VT-74

Beasts - Torpedo Squadron

C.C.& F. - Helldiver -Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation - Curtiss - Helldiver

 

SBW-4E
SB2C-4E

 

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) – CinCLant  Eighth Fleet  ComAirLant

1st  NorLant

North Sea

CVBG-74

 

1 Mar 1946

23 Mar 1946

Arctic Circle Training

2nd Cruise

23-days

Operation "FROSTBITE" (coast of Labrador and Arctic Circle)

A cold weather cruise for testing equipment in the frigid region of the North Atlantic extending over an ocean area some 500 miles in diameter between- Greenland, Labrador and the Hudson Strait.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-74 (*2)

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter
Grumman - Hellcat -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

F6F-5N

VBF-74 (*3)

Cavaliers - Bombing Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

VB-74 (*4)

Bomb-a-Toms - Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron

Curtiss - Helldiver -

Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation

 

SB2C-4E
SB2C-5

VT-74 (*5)

Beasts - Torpedo Squadron

C.C.& F. - Helldiver -Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation - Curtiss - Helldiver

 

SBW-4E
SB2C-4E

NATC

 

Grumman - Bearcat  -

Fighter

Ryan - Fireball - Fighter

Sikorsky - Hoverfly

 

F8F-1
FR-1
HNS-1

(*1) CVBG-74 redesignated CVBG-1 on 15 November 1946

(*2) Redesignated VF-1B on 15 November 1946

(*3) Redesignated VF-2B on 15 November 1946

(*4) Redesignated VA-1B on 15 November 1946

(*5) Redesignated VA-2B on 15 November 1946

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) – CinCLant  Eighth Fleet  ComAirLant

Lant

2nd Caribbean

 

CVBG-74

 

19 Apr 1946

10 Jun 1946

Training

1st FWFD

53-days

EIGHTH Fleet exercises in the Caribbean Sea in areas off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Culebra Island, Puerto Rico.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-74 (*2)

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter
Grumman - Hellcat -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

F6F-5N

VBF-74 (*3)

Cavaliers - Bombing Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

VB-74 (*4)

Bomb-a-Toms - Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron

Curtiss - Helldiver -

Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation

 

SB2C-4E
SB2C-5

VT-74 (*5)

Beasts - Torpedo Squadron

C.C.& F. - Helldiver -Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation - Curtiss - Helldiver

 

SBW-4E
SB2C-4E

NATC

 

Grumman - Bearcat  -

Fighter

Ryan - Fireball - Fighter

Sikorsky - Hoverfly

 

F8F-1
FR-1
HNS-1

(*1) CVBG-74 redesignated CVBG-1 on 15 November 1946

(*2) Redesignated VF-1B on 15 November 1946

(*3) Redesignated VF-2B on 15 November 1946

(*4) Redesignated VA-1B on 15 November 1946

(*5) Redesignated VA-2B on 15 November 1946

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41)

Second Task Fleet

WestLant

3rd Caribbean

 

CVBG-74

 

After

4 Apr 1947

 1947

Training

3rd Cruise

Training off the East coast and in the Caribbean in foreign waters, under operational control of ComAirLant.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-1B

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter
Grumman - Hellcat -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

F6F-5N

VF-2B

Cavaliers - Bombing Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

VA-1B

Bomb-a-Toms - Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron

Curtiss - Helldiver -

Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation

 

SB2C-4E
SB2C-5

VA-2B

Beasts - Torpedo Squadron

C.C.& F. - Helldiver -Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation - Curtiss - Helldiver

 

SBW-4E
SB2C-4E

NATC

 

Grumman - Bearcat  -

Fighter

Ryan - Fireball - Fighter

Sikorsky - Hoverfly

 

F8F-1
FR-1
HNS-1

 

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet

Narrows of Bermuda Island

CVBG-1

 

2 Sep 1947

9 Sep 1947

Training

8-days

At 1554, 6 September 1947, screened by the destroyers USS Larson  (DD-830), USS Hanson (DD-832) and USS Thomas (DD-833), for the launching area and accompanied by a host of scientific and military observers with tons of equipment embarked USS Midway (CVB-42) conducts Operation Sandy and successfully fires a captured German V-2 rocket from thee flight deck; the first time such weapon is fired from a ship at sea or moving  platform.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-1B

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter / Grumman - Hellcat - Fighter

 

F4U-4

F6F-5N

VF-2B

Cavaliers - Bombing Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

 

F4U-4

VA-1B

Bomb-a-Toms - Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron

Curtiss - Helldiver -

Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation

 

SB2C-4E
SB2C-5

VA-2B

Beasts - Torpedo Squadron

C.C.& F. - Helldiver -Scout Bomber - Special electronic installation - Curtiss - Helldiver

 

SBW-4E
SB2C-4E

NATC

 

Grumman - Bearcat  -

Fighter / Ryan - Fireball - Fighter

Sikorsky - Hoverfly

 

F8F-1
FR-1
HNS-1

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet & 6th

Lant

1st Med

Lant

CVBG-1 (*1)

M

29 Oct 1947

11 Mar 1948

Europe

2nd FWFD

135-days

Second Task Fleet maneuvers while enroute to Argentia, Newfoundland and then steamed from that port for her first tour of duty in the Mediterranean with the U. S. Sixth Fleet.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-1B (*2)

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

M100

F4U-4

VF-2B (*3)

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

M200

F4U-4

VA-1B (*4)(*5)

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M300

AD-1

VA-2B (*6)

Torpedo Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M400

AD-1

(*1) CVBG-1 redesignated CVG-2 on 1 September 1948, made up of two fighter squadrons, which flew F4U-B Corsairs and AD-1 Skyraiders.

(*2) Redesignated VF-21 on 1 September 1948

(*3) Redesignated VF-22 on 1 September 1948

(*4) Redesignated VA-24 on 1 September 1948

(*5) Redesignated VF-24 on 1 December 1949

(*6) Redesignated VA-25 on 1 September 1948

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet

Lant

4th Caribbean Sea

CVBG-6

C

8 Oct 1948

23 Nov 1948

South America

Training

4th Cruise

47-days

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-61

Jolly Rogers - Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Grumman - Bearcat REG: N-700A - Interceptor - Night Fighter

C100

F8F-2

2N/2P

VF-62 (*1)

Fighting Plane Squadron or Fighting Squadron

Grumman - Bearcat REG: N-700A - Fighter

C200

F8F-2

VF-63 (*2)

Fighting Redcocks - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Bearcat REG: N-700A - Fighter

C300

F8F-2

VA-64 (*3) (*4) (*5)

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider – Attack

C400

AD-1

VA-65

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-1

 (*1) VF-62 redesignated VA-106 on Jul.1, 1955

(*2) VF-63 edesignated VA-63 on Mar.1956

(*3) VA-64 redesignated VC-24 on Apr.8, 1949

(*4) VC-24 redesignated VS-24 on Apr.20, 1950

(*5) VS-24 disestablished on Jun.1, 1956

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) conducted exercises off the Virginia Capes with un reported ports of call from 24 November 1948 to 3 January 1949.

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet & 6th

Lant

2nd Med

Lant

CVG-17

R

4 Jan 1949

5 Mar 1949

Europe

3rd FWFD

61-days

Two Marine fighter squadrons aboard, P2V-3 Neptunes launched from Midway off the coast of Norfolk, began a non stop flight to the Panama Canal, then over Corpus Christi, Texas and on to San Diego, California.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-171

Phantom Fighters - Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Fighter

R100

FH-1

VF-172

Checkmates -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

R200

F4U-4

VF-173

Jesters - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Bearcat REG: N-700A - Interceptor - Night Fighter

R300

F8F-2

HedRon II Det.

Vagabonds - Marine Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(LL)

4xx

F4U-5P

VA-65

Marine Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

(C)

500

AD-1

VMF-225

Vagabonds -

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

(WI)

xx

F4U4

VMF-461 (*1)

Red Raiders –

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

(LP)

xx

F4U-4

VC-4 Det.

Nightcappers -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Grumman - Hellcat -

Fighter

(NA)

7x

F6F-5N

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Eastern (GM) TBM-3W 'Avenger' - Torpedo Bomber - Special search

(NE)

xx

TBM-3W

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly

(UR)

xx

*HO3S-1

(*1) VMF-461 deactivated on Feb.28, 1950

The FH-1 Phantom was the first carrier-based jet aircraft. The FH-1 was the navy’s first airplane to fly 500 mph. The Phantom was the first U.S. jet fighter in operational service with both the navy and Marine Corps. First Flight was 21 July 1946.

P2V-3 Neptunes

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet

2nd NoLant

North Sea

Davis Straits

CVG-4

F

31 Oct 1949

22 Nov 1949

Artic Circle

Training

5th Cruise

23-days

Cold Weather Maneuvers, plowing through heavy seas, up the Davis Straits, to cross the Arctic Circle, admitting herself into the select “Royal Order of Blue Notes.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-41

Gay Blades -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F100

F4U-4

VF-42

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F200

F4U-4

VF-43

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F300

F4U-4

VA-44

Scarlet Knights -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F400

AD-1

VA-45

Fish Hawks -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F500

AD-1

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(TL)

xxx

F4U-5P

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Eastern (GM) TBM-3W 'Avenger' - Torpedo Bomber - Special search

(NE)

xx

TBM-3W

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly'

(UR)

xx

HO3S-1

 

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet, 2nd & 6th

Lant

3rd Med

Lant

CVG-4 (*1)

F

6 Jan 1950

23 May 1950

Europe

4th FWFD

138-days

Reserve Cruise

Midway serves as a mobile strategic influence – a perpetuator of American prestige and a potent factor in maintaining American policies in this troublesome area, the Mediterranean, the “Sea of Destiny.” Twelve Neptunes were converted to the nuclear-capable P2V-3C configuration for operations on Midway. On 6 January 1950, the Navy declared that composite squadron VC-5 was capable of launching an atomic strike from the Midway-class ships employing the modified Neptunes. (These aircraft were soon joined by the nuclear-capable AJ-1 Savage attack aircraft.).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-41 (*2)

Gay Blades -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F100

F4U-4

VF-42 (*3)

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F200

F4U-4

VF-43 (*4)

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F300

F4U-4

VA-44 (*5)

Scarlet Knights -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F400

AD-1

VA-45 (*6)

Fish Hawks -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F500

AD-1

VC-4 Det. 5

Nightcappers -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NA)

60x

F4U-5N

VC-62 Det. 5

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(TL) xxx

F4U-5P

VC-12 Det. 5

Composite Squadron

Eastern (GM) TBM-3W 'Avenger' - Torpedo Bomber - Special search

(NE)

xx

TBM-3W

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly

(UR)   xx

HO3S-1

(*1) CVG-4 deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*2) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*3) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*4) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*5) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*6) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

Second Task Fleet was redesignated U.S. Second Fleet in February 1950

CVG-4 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-50/index_017.htm

 

Rear Admiral Clark, Commander Carrier Division FOUR, shifted his flag to USS Midway (CVB-41) on 15 June 1950 and Midway became the flagship of Rear Admiral W.L. Rees, USN, Commander Carrier Division TWO (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1950).

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) engaged in two four-day cruises between 19 to 27 June 1950 for demonstration and evaluation of aircraft. Observers aboard included Vice Admiral F.B. Stump, USN, Commander Air, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Honorable John F. Floberg, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air; and Admiral W.M. Fechteler, USN, Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1950).

 

Upon return from her second demonstration cruise 27 June 1950, Rear Admiral Reos shifted his flag to USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) and USS Midway (CVB-41) continued operations off the Virginia Capes, engaged in Carrier Qualification landing (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1950).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) – 2nd & 6th

Lant

4th Med

Lant

CVG-7

L

10 Jul 1950

10 Nov 1950

Europe

5th FWFD

124-days

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-71

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -      Jet Fighter

L100

F9F-2

VF-72 (*1)

Bearcats -                 Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Fighter - Special armament

L200

F8F-1B

VA-75

Sunday Punchers -       Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

L300

AD-4

VMF-211

Wake Island Avengers -           Marine Fighter Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

(AF)

xx

F4U-4

VC-4 Det. 5

Nightcappers -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NA)

60x

F4U-5N

VC-62 Det. 5

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(TL) xxx

F4U-5P

VC-12 Det. 5

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Avenger

(NE)   xx

AD-3W

HU-2 Det. 5

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly

(UR)   xx

HO3S-1

(*1) Redesignated VA-72 on 3 January 1956

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) steamed for Guantanamo Bay where she engaged in day and night Carrier Qualification landings; gunnery exercises, and simulated aerial bombardment gunnery exercises off the coast of North Carolina from 22 May to 10 July 1951.

USS Midway (CVB-41) conducted operations off the east coast of the United States with the U. S. Second Fleet in the Virginia Capes and the coast of South Carolina before going into the yards for a fresh coat of paint. An F9F-2 aircraft assigned to the Naval Air Test Center crashes into Midway ramp while attempting to land aboard while operating in the western Atlantic on 23 July 1951. Fortunately, on impact the cockpit section separated from the plane's fuselage and rolled forward on the flight deck saving the pilot, CDR George C. Duncan, from the fire. He only suffered minor injuries.

On the heals of USS Midway (CVB-41) paint job came “LANTFLEX 52,” a stimulated attack on the east coast of the United States by a fast carrier task force.

USS Midway (CVB-41) participatd in Atlantic Fleet exercises along the eastern seaboard to the area off Viques Island, Puerto Rico from 22 October to 15 November 1951, than resumed operations in the area of the Virginia Capes.

 

 Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) – 2nd & 6th

Lant

5th Med

Lant

CVG-6

C

9 Jan 1952

5 May 1952

Europe

6th FWFD

118-days

Operation Grand Slam, supporting NATO's operation, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea and upon completion of this exercise, will operate in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21

Mach Busters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C100

F9F-2

VF-61

Jolly Rogers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C200

F9F-2

VF-41

Black Aces -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

C300

F4U-4

VA-25

Tigers -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-4

VMF-225 (*1)

Vagabonds - Marine

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

(WI)

xx

F4U-4

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det.

Avengers - Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-4N

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly or Piasecki - Retriever Chopper

(UR)

xx

HO3S-1

HUP-1

(*1) VMF-225 redesignated VMA-225 on Jun.15, 1952

 

From 26 to 29 May 1952, the feasibility of the angled deck concept was demonstrated in tests conducted on a simulated angled deck aboard USS Midway (CVB-41) by Naval Air Test Center pilots and Atlantic Fleet pilots in both jet and prop Aircraft.

During July and to 25 August 1952, USS Midway (CVB-41) operated off the east coast taking two Midshipman cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, conducting local test exercises for the Bureau of Aeronautics and made two cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia, returning to Norfolk from her last cruise, 1 August 1952.

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB/A-41) – 2nd

3rd NorLant

North Sea

CVG-6

C

26 Aug 1952

8 Oct 1952

Artic Circle

Training

7th FWFD

37-days

Operation Main Brace,” an eighth nation NATO maneuver in the northeastern Atlantic, off Norway and Denmark, steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21

Mach Busters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C100

F9F-2

VF-61

Jolly Rogers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C200

F9F-2

VF-41

Black Aces -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

C300

F4U-4

VF-42

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

C400

F4U-4

VA-25

Tigers -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-4

VC-8

Checkertails -    Composite Squadron

North American - Savage

(NC)

x

AJ-1 (A-2A)

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det.

Avengers -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-4N

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki - Retriever Chopper

(UR)      xx

HUP-1

Redesignated CVA-41: 1 October 1952

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 2nd & 6th

Lant

6th Med

Aegean Sea

Lant

CVG-6

C

1 Dec 1952

19 May 1953

Europe

8th FWFD

170-days

“Operation Rendexvous,” a simulated exercise designed to maintain the high standard of readiness and battle efficiency of the NATO Defense Forces.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21 (*1)

Mach Busters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C100

F9F-2

VF-61 (*2)

Jolly Rogers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C200

F9F-2

VF-41

Black Aces -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

C300

F4U-4

VF-42 (*3)

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

C400

F4U-4

VA-25

Tigers -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-4

VC-4 Det. 5

Nightcappers -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter

Douglas F3D-2 -Skyknight - Fighter

600

F2H-2
F3D-2 (F-10B)

VC-5 Det.

Savage Sons -

Composite Squadron

North American -  Savage

(NB)

xx

AJ-2

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det.

Night Hawks -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-4N

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

(PL)

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki - Retriever Chopper

(UR)      xx

HUP-1

Redesignated CVA-41: 1 October 1952

(*1) Redesignated VA-42 on 1 November 1953

(*3) VF-42 redesignated VA-42 on Nov.1, 1953

(*3) VF-42 redesignated VA-42 on Nov.1, 1953

Composite Squadrons

http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-53/index_021.htm

CVG-6 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-53/index_015.htm

 

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Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 2nd & 6th

Lant

7th Med

Gulf of Syracuse

Ionian Sea

Lant

CVG-6

C

4 Jan                      1954

4 Aug 1954

Europe

9th FWFD

213-days

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-31

Tomcatters -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter

K100

F2H-3 (F-2C)

VF-33

Tarsiers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Cougar -         Jet Fighter

K200

F9F-6 (F-9F)

VF-73

Jesters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Cougar -         Jet Fighter

K300

F9F-6 (F-9F)

VF-34 (*1)

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter

K100

F2H-2

VA-25

Tigers -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-6 (A-1H)

VC-12 Det. 35

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det. 35

Night Hawks -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-4N

VC-62 Det. 35

Fighting Photos -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

(PL)

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki - Retriever Chopper

(UR)

xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

(*1) VF-34 redesignated VA-34 on Jul.1, 1955

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) engaged in exercises in the Virginia Capes area and conducted two cruises for air operations off Mayport, Florida from 5 August to 26 December 1954.

 

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Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 2nd & 6th

SoLant

1st Cape of Good Hope

1st IO

1st SCS

1st WestPac

CVG-1

T

27 Dec 1954

14 Jul 1955

West Coast Transfer

10th FWFD

200-days

Norfolk, Va transfer to Puget Sound Naval Ship yard on her 1st World Cruise, joining Task Force 77, patrolling the Formosan Straits on 6 February 1955 to participate in the Tachens evacuation, during which time her aircraft flew cover for the Nationalist evacuation of the Tachen islands off the coast of China during the Quemoy-Matsu crisis, receiving the China Service Medal for services in that operation. This was the first operation of ships of her class in the western Pacific.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-101

Grim Reapers -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -       Jet Fighter

T100

F2H-2

VF-12 (*1)

Flying Ubangis -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -            Jet Fighter

T200

F2H-2

VF-174

Hell Razors -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Cougar -               Jet Fighter

T400

F9F-6 (F-9F)

VA-15

Valions -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -       Attack

T500

AD-6 (A-1H)

VC-4 Det. 35

Nightcappers -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee -       Jet Fighter

T600

F2H-4 (F-2D)

VC-12 Det. 35 (*2)

 Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -       Airborne Early warning

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det. 35 (*3)

Night Hawks -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-5N (A-1G)

VC-62 Det. 35 (*4)

Fighting Photos -

Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee –

Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

(PL)

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki - Retriever -       Chopper

(UR)

xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

(*1) VF-12 redesignated VA-12 on Aug.1, 1955

(*2) VC-12 redesignated VAW-12 on Jul.2, 1956

(*3) VC-33 redesignated VA(AW)-33 on Jul.2, 1956

(*4) VC-62 redesignated VFP-62 on Jul.2, 1956

After off-loading aircraft and debarking personnel and equipment of Air Group ONE, USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 22 July 1955 to off load ammunition at Bangor, Washington, than shifted to Tacoma, Washington on 26 July 1955 and moored at the U.S. Naval Station, Seattle, on 29 July 1955.

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

2nd WestPac

2nd SCS

CVG-2

M

16 Aug 1958

12 Mar 1959

Western Pacific

11th FWFD

209-days

Patrolled off Formosa with units of Task Force SEVENTY-SEVEN, engaged in fleet tactics and maneuvers off the Philippines, Okinawa, and the coast of Honshu.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-211 (*1)

Red Checkertails -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter

M100

F8U-1 (F-8A)

VF-64 (*2)

Free Lancers -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Demon -

Jet Attack Fighter

M200

F3H-2 (F-3B)

VA-63 (*3)

Fighting Redcocks -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury - Jet Fighter -                 Special armament

M300

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VAH-8

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

(ZD)  400

A3D-2 (A-3B)

VA-65 (*4)

Fist of the Fleet -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

500

AD-5 (A-1E)

AD-6 (A-1H)

VAW-11 Det. A

Early Eleven -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Early warning

(RR)

75x

AD-5W (EA-1E)

VA (AW)-35 Det. A (*5)

Night Hecklers - All-Weather Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -Night fighter

(VV)

84x

AD-5N (A-1G)

VFP-61 Det. A (*6)

Eyes of the Fleet -      Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter

(PP)

9xx

F8U-1P (RF-8A)

HU-1 Det. A

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

'Retriever' Chopper

(UP)

xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

(*1) VF-211 redesignated VF-24 on Mar.9, 1959

(*2) VF-64 redesignated VF-21 on Jul.1, 1959

(*3) VA-63 redesignated VA-22 on Jul.1, 1959

(*4) VA-65 redesignated VA-25 on Jul.1, 1959

(*5) VA(AW)-35 redesignated VA-122 on Jun.29, 1959

(*6) VFP-61 redesignated VCP-63 on Jul.1, 1959

CVG-2 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-59/index_015.htm

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

3rd WestPac

3rd SCS

CVG-2

M

15 Aug 1959

25 Mar 1960

Western Pacific

12th FWFD

224-days

The Seventh Fleet forces stage demonstration of U.S. Naval firepower

(15 to 19 November 1959)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-24

Red Checkertails -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Crusader -         Jet Fighter

M100

F8U-1 (F-8A)

VF-21

Free Lancers -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Demon -         Jet Attack Fighter

M200

F3H-2 (F-3B)

VA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury -  Jet Fighter -                   Special armament

M300

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VA-23

Black Knights -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury -     Jet Fighter -                    Special armament

M400

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M500

AD-7 (A-1J)

VAH-8

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

60x

A3D-2 (A-3B)

VAW-11 Det. A

Early Eleven -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Tracer - Airborne Early Warning

78x

WF-2 (E-1B)

VCP-63 Det. A

Eyes of the Fleet - Photographic Composite Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter

9xx

F8U-1P (RF-8A)

HU-1 Det. A

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

'Retriever' Chopper

(UP)

xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

CVG-2 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-60/index_016.htm

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

4th WestPac

4th SCS

CVG-2

M

15 Feb 1961

28 Sep 1961

Western Pacific

13th FWFD

226-days

Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, on her fourth South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, conducting Operation Handclasp missions in Hong Kong, that will involve delivering 2,000 lbs. of clothing, books and medical supplies and will conduct Exercise Checkertail, Exercise Big Shot and Exercise Checkertail.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-24

Red Checkertails -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Crusader -         Jet Fighter

M100

F8U-1 (F-8A)

VF-21

Free Lancers -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Demon -         Jet Attack Fighter

M200

F3H-2 (F-3B)

VA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury -  Jet Fighter -                   Special armament

M300

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VA-23

Black Knights -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury -     Jet Fighter -                    Special armament

M400

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M500

AD-7 (A-1J)

VAH-8

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

60x

A3D-2 (A-3B)

VAW-11 Det. A

Early Eleven -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Tracer - Airborne Early Warning

78x

WF-2 (E-1B)

VMA-311 (*1)

Tomcats - Marine  -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

(WL) 800

A4D-2

(*2) VCP-63 Det. A

Eyes of the Fleet - Photographic Composite Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter

9xx

F8U-1P (RF-8A)

HU-1 Det. A

 

 

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

'Retriever' Chopper

(UP)

xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

CVG-2 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-60/index_016.htm

(*1) VMA-311 deployed aboard CVA-41 from 27 Mar. 1961 from Apr. 1961. Embarked at Subic Bay.

(*2) VCP-63 redesignated VFP-63 on Jul.1, 1961

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

5th WestPac

5th SCS

CVG-2

M

6 April 1962

20 Oct 1962

Western Pacific

14th FWFD

198-days

Operating with the Pacific Fleet, conducting Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, participating in Operation Picture Window II, as directed in CINCPACFLT Secret message 230033Z July 1962 info to CON.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-24

Red Checkertails -           Fighter Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter

M100

F8U-2 (F-8C)

VF-21

Free Lancers -           Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Demon -

Jet Attack Fighter -         All weather operation

M200

F3H-2N (F-3C)

VA-22

Fighting Redcocks -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyhawk -

Jet Attack Bomber -         All weather operation

M300

A4D-2N (A-4C)

VA-23

Black Knights -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyhawk -

Jet Attack Bomber

M400

A4D-2 (A-4B)

VA-25

Fist of the Fleet -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M500

AD-6 (A-1H)

AD-7 (A-1J)

VAH-8

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

6xx

A3D-2 (A-3B)

VAW-11 Det.A

Early Eleven - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Tracer - Airborne Early Warning

7xx

WF-2 (E-1B)

VFP-61 Det. A

Eyes of the Fleet -      Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter -

Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

91x

F8U-1P (RF-8A)

HU-1 Det. A

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

'Retriever' Chopper

(UP)xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

 

 

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Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

6th WestPac

6th SCS

CVG-2

CVW-2

(*1)

M        NE

8 Nov 1963

26 May 1964

Western Pacific

15th FWFD

201-days

Commander Fleet Air Hawaii conducted an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) for USS Midway (CVA-41) and Carrier Air Wing TWO in accordance with COMFAIRHAWAII OPERATION ORDER 313/63 during the period 13 to 21 November 1963 which included a Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and participated in “Blue Sky 4-63”, an air defense exercise against the National Chinese Air Force on Taiwan.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21

Free Lancers -           Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

10x-

11x

F-4B

VA-22

Fighting Redcocks -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyhawk -

Jet Attack Bomber

221-

23x

A-4C

VA-23

Black Knights -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyhawk -

Jet Attack Bomber

335-

34x

A-4E

VF-24

Black Knights -           Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

451-

46x

F-8C

VA-25

Fist of the Fleet -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -   Attack Fighter

571-

58x

A-1H

A-1J

VAH-8

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -   Jet Attack Bomber

69x-

69x

A-3B

VAW-11 Det. A

Eyes of the Fleet -      Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Grumman - Traacer -

“Willy Fudd”

78x-

78x

E-1B

VFP-63 Det. A

Early Eleven -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter Reconnaissance

96x-

96x

RF-8A

HU-1 Det. A

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Kaman - Seasprite - Transport (Utility)

(UP)

xx

UH-2

(*1) CVG-2 (M) redesignated CVW-2 on 20 December 1963. CVG-2 was also redesignated its tail code from M to NE – (M – Sep. 1, 1948 to Dec. 20, 1963)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

7th WestPac

7th SCS

CVW-2

NE

6 Mar 1965

23 Nov 1965

Vietnam War

16th FWFD

263-days

1st Vietnam Combat Cruise

Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, on her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin and “Dixie Station” off the Mekong Delta, both in the South China Sea in the Far East.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21

 

Free Lancers -           Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NE100

F-4B

VA-22

 

Fighting Redcocks -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyhawk -     Jet Attack Bomber

NE   221-234

A-4C

VA-23

 

Black Knights -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyhawk -

Jet Attack Bomber

NE  335-348

A-4E

VF-111

Sundowners -           Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NE  451-462

F-8D

VA-25

 

Fist of the Fleet -                     Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider -   Attack Fighter

NE  571-585

A-1H

VAH-8

 

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -   Jet Attack Bomber

694-697

A-3B

VFP-62 Det. A

Eyes of the Fleet -      Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter Reconnaissance

(PP)  xxx

RF-8A (F8U-1P) RF-8G

VAW-11 Det. A

 

Early Eleven -          Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Traacer

“Willy Fudd”

780

E-1B

VAW-13 Det.

Zappers - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Douglas -

Attack Fighter

Special electronic installation

(VR)  xxx

EA-1F

HU-1 Det. A (*1)

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Kaman - Seasprite - Transport (Utility)

(UP)   xx

UH-2A

HU-1 Det. A (*1)

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Kaman - Seasprite - Transport (Utility)

(UP)   xx

UH-2A

*VAP-61 Det.

Heavy Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -

Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

 

RA-3B / A3D-2P (RA-3B)

*VQ-1 Det.

World Watchers - Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -  Jet Attack -              Special electronic installation

 

A-3 (EA-3B)

*Not embarked for the entire deployment

(1) HU-1 Det redesignated HC-1 Det D on 1 July 1965

Air Units on Board or Tended:

            

CVW-2: 4/1/65 – 9/30/65       

HC-1 Det Alfa: 4/1/65 – 9/30/65        

VAW-13/VAP-61/VQ-1 (Dets): 4/8/65 – 5/11/65; 5/19/65 – 6/27/65; 7/24/65 – 8/13/65; 8/24/65 – 8/27/65 and 9/11/65 – 9/30/65.

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Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 3rd & 7th

8th WestPac

8th SCS

CVW-5

NF

16 Apr 1971

6 Nov 1971

Vietnam War

17th FWFD

205-days

2nd Vietnam Combat Cruise

Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE); Yankee Station” responsibility again on 30 June 1971, on “Yankee Station”, conducting Combat Missions, Special Operations, Single Carrier Operations and Air Operatins on four line period in the South China Sea in the Gulf of Tonkin on “Yankee Station, conducting Exercise “Autumn Flower;” with the Japanese Defense Force and with Okinawa, Exercise “Commando Mirage” en route Yankee Station” in the Far East.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                   Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4B

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                     Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7B

VA-56

Champions -                     Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7B

VA-115

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber

NF500

A-6A / KA-6D Tanker

VFP-63 Det. 3

Eyes of the Fleet -      Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

600

RF-8G

VAW-115

 

Liberty Bells -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye Electronics

010

E-2B

VAQ-130 Det. 2

Zappers -                 Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -

Jet Attack - Special electronic installation

610

EKA-3B

HC-1 Det. 8

Fleet Angels -        Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

003-006

SH-3G

*HC-7 Det. 110

Pacific Fleet Angels -        Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Search and Rescue

 

HH-3A

**C1A Det.

 

 

 

 

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

**During Midway’s conversion, all aviation fuel tanks were converted for jet fuel only and it was planned that only the turbojet powered C2A COD aircraft would be utilized. While en route to the Western Pacific word was received that all CVA’s would be required to carry one C1A aircraft for logistics, mail and cargo flights. Midway accepted her own C1A on 12 May 1971. The original “Cod Squad” crews conducted field quals at NAS Cubi Point on 14 to 15 May 1970. Initial carrier quals on 16 to 17 May 1970. Midway flew the first scheduled logistics flight on 18 May 1970. Midway’s first day on the line, Triple zero (000) met every scheduled commitment throughout the deployment.

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 3rd & 7th

9th WestPac       9th SCS

CVW-5

NF

10 Apr 1972

8 Mar 1973

Vietnam War

18th FWFD

333-days

3rd Vietnam Combat Cruise

Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE); Yankee Station” responsibility again on 30 June 1971, on “Yankee Station”, to conduct combat missions, Special Operations, single carrier operations and Air Operatins on nine line periods sin the South China Sea in the Gulf of Tonkin, conducting Operation Pocket Money, the mining campaign against principal North Vietnamese ports, developed to cut that flow of supplies; Operation Linebacker I, an outgrowth of Operation Freedom Train and President Richard M. Nixon's mining declaration, which also stated that the U.S. would make a maximum effort to interdict the flow of supplies in North Vietnam. On this first day of Linebacker I, the Navy shifted its attacks from targets in southern North Vietnam to the coastal region embracing Haiphong north to the Chinese border. In all, 173 attack sorties were flown in this region this day, although another 62 were directed into South Vietnam in continuing support of allied forces there.

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 3rd & 7th

9th WestPac       9th SCS

CVW-5

NF

10 Apr 1972

8 Mar 1973

Vietnam War

18th FWFD

333-days

3rd Vietnam Combat Cruise

Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE); Yankee Station” responsibility again on 30 June 1971, on “Yankee Station”, to conduct combat missions, Special Operations, single carrier operations and Air Operatins on nine line periods sin the South China Sea in the Gulf of Tonkin, conducting Operation Pocket Money, the mining campaign against principal North Vietnamese ports, developed to cut that flow of supplies; Operation Linebacker I, an outgrowth of Operation Freedom Train and President Richard M. Nixon's mining declaration, which also stated that the U.S. would make a maximum effort to interdict the flow of supplies in North Vietnam. On this first day of Linebacker I, the Navy shifted its attacks from targets in southern North Vietnam to the coastal region embracing Haiphong north to the Chinese border. In all, 173 attack sorties were flown in this region this day, although another 62 were directed into South Vietnam in continuing support of allied forces there.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                   Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4B

VF-151

 

Vigilantes -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas  - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4B

VA-93

 

Blue Blazers -                     Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7B

VA-56

 

Champions -                     Attack Squadron

Vought- Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7B

VA-115

 

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman  - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A

KA-6D

VFP-63 Det. 3

 

Eyes of the Fleet -      Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Vought - Crusader -         Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

600

RF-8G

VAW-115

 

Liberty Bells -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

010

E-2B

VAQ-130 Det. 2

Zappers -                 Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -

Jet Attack - Special electronic installation

610

EKA-3B

HC-1 Det. 2

Fleet Angels -        Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

004-006

SH-3G

*HC-7 Det. 110

Pacific Fleet Angels -Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Search and Rescue

 

HH-3A

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.