Fighter Squadron 24 (FITRON 24)

VF-24 ‘Corsairs’

 

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STATUS:

established as VB-74 on May 1, 1945

VB-74 redesignated VA-1B on November 15, 1946

VA-1B redesignated VA-24 on September 1, 1948

VA-24 redesignated VF-24 on December 1, 1949

VF-24 redesignated VF-211 on March 9, 1959

AIRCRAFT:

Vought F4U Corsair (1950-51)

Grumman F9F Panther (1952)

Grumman F9F Cougar (1953-55)

North American FJ-3 Fury (1956-57)

McDonnell F3H Demon (1958-59)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

August 1950 - November 1950 with CVG-2 aboard USS Boxer (CV 21)

December 1950 - March 1951 with CVG-2 aboard USS Valley Forge (CV 45)

March 1951 - June 1951 with CVG-2 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

February 1952 - September 1952 with CVG-2 aboard USS Boxer (CV 21)

August 1953 - March 1954 with CVG-2 aboard USS Yorktown (CVA 10)

November 1954 - June 1955 with CVG-2 aboard USS Essex (CVA 9)

November 1956 - May 1957 with CVG-2 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

July 1958 - December 1958 with CVG-21 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

 

images

 

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F3H-2M Demon (VF-24) - 1958 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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FJ-3 Fury (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1957

 

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F9F-6 Cougar (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Essex (CVA 9) - 1955 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F9F-6 Cougars (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Yorktown (CVA 10) - 1954 (NNAM)

 

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F9F-6 Cougars (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Yorktown (CVA 10) over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - 1953

 

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F9F-6 Cougars (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Yorktown (CVA 10) - 1953

 

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F9F-2 Panther (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Boxer (CV 21) - 1952

 

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F9F-2 Panthers (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Boxer (CV 21) - 1952

 

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F4U Corsair (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Philippine Sea (CV 47) - 1951

 

 

history

On the first day of May 1945, Bombing Squadron 74 (VB-74) Bomb-a-Toms was born, destined to become the present day Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211) Checkmates. The Bomb-a-Toms began life at NAAF Otis Field, Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, with 36 Naval Aviators flying SBW-4E Helldivers. The squadron soon transferred to East Field, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and made their arrested landings on 31 October 1945 aboard the newly commissioned USS Midway (CV 41).

During 1946, VB-74 became Attack Squadron 1B (VA-1B) and transitioned to AD-1 Skyraiders. Less than two years later, the Navy again reorganized, and VA-1B became Attack Squadron 24 (VA-24), flying AD-2 Skyraiders. Skyraider aircraft were soon grounded because of engine problems, requiring a hasty transition to the F4U-4 Corsair a mere six weeks before departing on deployment aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV 43). After this deployment VA-24 moved to NAS Oceana, Virginia, and on 1 December 1949 was redesignated Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24).

Following a move to NAS Alameda, CA, VF-24 made two back-to-back deployments to Korea inflicting heavy damage on enemy emplacements, rail yards, bridges, warehouses, and airfields. Following the second deployment, VF-24 relocated to NALF Santa Rosa, CA, and transitioned to the F9F-2 Panther, the squadron’s first jet aircraft. In February 1952, VF-24 deployed aboard the USS Boxer (CV 21) and headed to Korea for their third combat tour.

On 9 March 1959, VF-24 traded air wings, insignia, and designations with Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211), the Checkmates.

 

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