as VBF-11 on April 9, 1945
redesignated VF-12A on November 15, 1946
redesignated VF-112 on July 15, 1948
redesignated VA-112 on February 15, 1959
VA-112 disestablished on October 10,
1960 - March 1961 with CVG-11 aboard USS Hancock
1962 - April 1963 with CVG-11 aboard USS
Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)
1963 - July 1964 with CVG-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)
1965 - April 1966 with CVW-8 aboard USS
Forrestal (CVA 59)
1966 - June 1967 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)
1967 - June 1968 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)
1969 - September 1969 with CVW-16 aboard USS
Ticonderoga (CVA 14)
25 Mar 1948: USS Valley Forge (CV-45) operated in the Persian Gulf with Saudi
Arabian Prince Ibn Saud embarked to view air operations. However, the air
display was cancelled because of a sand storm and hazy conditions.
29 Apr 1948: Valley Forge moored port side to Dokkeskjaerkaien Dock, Bergen,
Norway. The mooring was conducted without the aid of tugs, using the engine
power of the squadron’s eight F8Fs spotted on the forward deck and eight
other aircraft on the aft deck. The mooring operation was called Operation
5 Aug 1950: The squadron participated in its first combat operations, flying
sorties against targets in the Mokpo-Kwangju area of South Korea.
12-19 Sep 1950: The squadron participated in the pre-assault strikes against
targets in and around Inchon, Korea, in preparation for the Inchon landing on
15 September. These strikes included road, rail, and airfield sweeps and
Combat Air Patrol. During and after the invasion the squadron continued to
fly daily air sweeps, striking at targets of opportunity and the enemy’s
lines of communications.
10 Nov 1950: The squadron’s first encounter with MiG-15s occurred during a
sortie over Sinuiju, Korea. One MiG-15 was damaged during the engagement.
23-24 June 1952: The squadron participated in coordinated strikes against
North Korean hydroelectric power plants, the first heavy attack conducted
against these installations. Nine different hydroelectric power plants were
struck by forces from Carrier Air Groups 2, 7, 11, 19, and the 5th Air Force.
6-13 Feb 1955: The squadron was on station and available for air support
during the evacuation of over 26,000 personnel from the Tachen Islands which
had come under bombardment by the People’s Republic of China in January 1955.
24 Apr 1967: Squadron aircraft participated in a multi-carrier coordinated
strike against North Vietnam’s MiG base, Kép Air Base, northeast of Hanoi.
This was the first time a strike had been conducted against a North Vietnam
10 May 1967: Commander M. L. Minnis, Sr., was awarded the Silver Star for
action during a strike into North Vietnam against the thermal power plant at
Apr 1969: Following the shoot down of a Navy EC-121 aircraft by the North
Koreans, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), with VA-112 aboard, along with two other
attack carriers, was ordered to the Sea of Japan.
NAS Miramar, California: 1959-61
NAS Lemoore, California: 1961-69