Fighting Squadron 61

 "Blackburn Irregulars / Skull and Crossbones / Jolly Rogers"

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History 

1. October 1943 VF-17 Established at NAS Norfolk VA
15. November 1946 VF-17 was redesignated VF-5B
1. September 1948 VF-5B was redesignated VF-61
15. April 1959 VF-61 Disestablished at NAS Oceana VA
Planes:
1943 - 1944
F4U-1
VF-17-01.png (69340 Byte) VF-17-02.png (72641 Byte)
1944 - 1945
F6F-5
1945 - 1946
F4U-4
VF-61-02.png (69194 Byte)
1946 - 1947
F8F-1
VF-61-01.png (75470 Byte)
1947 - 1950
F8F-2
VF-61-02.png (71123 Byte)
1950 - 1952
F9F-2
VF-61-01.png (63205 Byte)
1952 - 1953 F9F-5
1953 - 1955
F9F-6
USN F9F-6 61 01.png (71811 Byte)
1955
FJ-3
VF-61-1.png (98427 Byte)
1955 - 1956
F9F-8
USN F9F-8 61 01.png (74878 Byte) USN F9F-8 61 02.png (74045 Byte)
1956 - 1959
F3H-2
VF-061-02.png (76936 Byte) VF-061-04.png (79613 Byte)
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VF-17, VF-5B, VF-61 Deployments 
VF-17
15. Juy 1943 - 10. August 1943 CV-17 USS Bunker Hill CVG-17 F4U-1 17-F-0
10. September 1943 - 2. October 1943 CV-17 USS Bunker Hill CVG-17 F4U-1 17-F-0
12. October 1943 - 25. October 1943 CVE-31 USS Prince William -- F4U-1 00
7. March 1944 - March 1944 CVE-31 USS Prince William -- F4U-1 00
2. February 1945 - 8. July 1945 CV-12 USS Hornet CVG-17 F6F-5, F6F-3P 00
VF-5B
24. January 1947 - 18. March 1947 CV-45 USS Valley Forge CVBG-5 F4U-4 / F6F-5P C 100
19. January 1948 - 5. April 1948 CVB-43 USS Coral Sea CVBG-5 F4U-4 / F6F-5P C 100
VF-61
27. October 1949 - 23. November 1949 CVB-42 USS F. D. Roosevelt CVG-6 F8F-2 C 100
10. Janaury 1951 - 17. May 1951 CVB-42 USS F. D. Roosevelt CVG-6 F9F-2 C 200
9. Janaury 1952 - 5. May 1952 CVB-41 USS Midway CVG-6 F9F-2 C 200
26. August 1952 - 8. October 1952 CVB-41 USS Midway CVG-6 F9F-2 C 100
28. September 1954 - 22. April 1955 CVA-39 USS Lake Champlain CVG-8 F9F-6 E 100
12. March 1956 - 5. September 1956  CVA-11 USS Intrepid CVG-8 F9F-8 E 200
3. September 1957 - 22. October 1957 CVA-60 USS Saratoga CVG-7 F3H-2M AG 200
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VF-17, VF-5B, VF-61 Commanding Officers 
LCdr. Thomas J. Blackburn 1. Oct 1943 18. Apr 1944
LCdr. Marshall U. Beebe 18. Apr 1944 ?
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last update 22. February 2013

written 24. April 2005

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