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Battle of the Coral Sea

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  1. White Flight

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    Where might I find a listing of the U.S. vessels and pilots involved in the Battle of the Coral Sea?
     
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  3. R Leonard

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    Battle of the Coral Sea:

    USS Lexington CV-2
    Commander Lexington Air Group
    CDR William B Ault

    VB-2 (Bombing 2)
    LCDR Weldon Lee Hamilton - CO
    LT Ralph Wynne Cousins
    LT Walter Franklin Henry
    LT James Harold Newell
    LTJG Harry Brinkley Bass
    LTJG Robert B Buchan
    LTJG Paul J Knapp
    LTJG John Grace Sheridan
    LTJG Mark Twain Whittier
    LTJG George Orr Wood
    ENS T J Ball
    ENS A J Behl
    ENS John M Clarke
    ENS Clem B Connally
    ENS William C Edwards Jr
    ENS Russell Paul Lecklider
    ENS Frank Ronald McDonald
    ENS J A Riley
    ENS W H Schoen
    ENS R E Scudder
    ENS H B Shonk Jr
    ENS Alva A Simmons
    ENS J Donald Wakeham
    ENS Robert Pershing Williams

    VF-2 (Fighting 2)
    LCDR Paul Hubert Ramsey - CO
    LT Richard S Bull Jr
    LT Noel Arthur Meredyth Gayler
    LT Albert O Vorse Jr
    LTJG Paul Gerald Baker
    LTJG Fred Borries Jr
    LTJG H F Clark
    LTJG Marion William Dufilho
    LTJG Willard Ernest Eder Jr
    LTJG Robert James Morgan
    LTJG C F Rinehart
    ENS John Burton Edward Bain
    ENS Leon Wilder Haynes
    ENS George A Hopper Jr
    ENS John H Lackey
    ENS George F Markham Jr
    ENS Newton H Mason
    ENS D W Peterson
    ENS R S Rowell
    ENS Edward R Sellstrom Jr
    ENS Milton Tootle IV
    ENS William Wolfe Wileman
    AP1c Robert F Kanze

    VS-2 (Scouting 2)
    LCDR Robert Ellington Dixon - CO
    LT Edward Henry Allen
    LT Thomas E Edwards Jr
    LT Hoyt C Mann
    LTJG Evan Peter Aurand
    LTJG Roy Orestus Hale Jr
    LTJG L C Koch
    LTJG Joseph G Smith
    LTJG Chandler Waterman Swanson
    LTJG Anthony J Quigley
    LTJG Max E E Woyke
    ENS Marvin M Haschke
    ENS John Arthur Leppla
    ENS Frank Ronald McDonald
    ENS Richard F Neely
    ENS Arthur Joseph Schultz Jr
    ENS Robert E Smith
    ENS Jesse J Walker Jr
    ENS E D Willems
    ENS John Davis Wingfield
    ENS Hugh Wood Jr

    VT-2 (Torpedo 2)
    LCDR James Henry Brett Jr - CO
    LT Robert F Farrington
    LT Edwin William Hurst
    LTJG Lawrence F Steffenhagen
    LTJG Lawrence Wilson Thornhill
    ENS Harold R Mazza
    ENS Tom Brice Bash
    ENS Curtis Hamilton
    ENS Norman Anderson Sterrie
    GUN Harley Eugene Talkington
    RDOEL Johnnie E Mattis
    CAP Bruce Cleveland Shearon
    CAP Dwayne H Campbell
    CAP Melvin H Georgius


    USS Yorktown CV-5
    Commander Yorktown Air Group
    LCDR Oscar Pedersen

    VB-5 (Bombing 5)
    LT Wallace Clark Short Jr - CO
    LT Keith E Taylor
    LT Samuel Adams
    LT John J Powers
    LT William Selman Guest
    LT Harlan R Dickson
    LT John Ludwig Nielsen
    LTJG Floyd E Moran
    LTJG William Francis Christie
    LTJG Nels Luther A Berger
    LTJG Charles Neal Conatser
    LTJG Henry Martin McDowell
    ENS Lavell Meldrum Bigelow
    ENS David Render Berry
    ENS Benjamin Gifford Preston
    ENS James Taylor Crawford
    ENS John Windsor Rowley
    ENS Leif Walther Larsen
    ENS Thomas E Brown
    ENS John N Ammen Jr
    ENS Robert F Edmondson
    ENS Richard K Batten
    ENS Harry A Fredrickson
    ENS Davis Elliott Chaffee

    VF-42 (Fighting 42)
    LCDR Charles Rudolph Fenton - CO
    LCDR James Henry Flatley Jr
    LT Vincent F McCormack
    LTJG William Nicholas Leonard
    LTJG Richard Gunther Crommelin
    LTJG Roy M Plott
    LTJG Arthur James Brassfield
    LTJG Edward Duran Mattson
    LTJG Brainard Tucker Macomber
    LTJG Elbert Scott McCuskey
    LTJG William Stone Woollen
    ENS Leslie Lockhart Bruce Knox
    ENS William Wesley Barnes Jr
    ENS Walter Albert Haas
    ENS Edgar R Bassett
    ENS Richard Lee Wright
    ENS John Paul Adams
    ENS John Drayton Baker
    ENS Harry Bonaparte Gibbs

    VS-5 (Scouting 5)
    LCDR William Oscar Burch Jr - CO
    LT Charles Rollins Ware
    LT Elbert M Stever
    LT Turner F Caldwell Jr
    LT Roger B Woodhull
    LT Stockton Birney Strong
    LTJG Stanley Winfield Vejtasa
    LTJG Arthur L Downing
    LTJG Frederick L Faulkner
    LTJG Hugh Wilber Nicholson
    ENS Thomas A Reeves
    ENS William E Hall
    ENS Walton A Austin
    ENS Samuel Jackson Underhill
    ENS Kendall C Campbell
    ENS Walter Wesley Coolbaugh
    ENS Richard E Brown
    ENS Elmer Maul
    ENS Edward Blain Kinzer
    ENS John H Jorgenson
    ENS Laurence Gilworth Traynor
    ENS H N Ervin
    ENS Ralph H Goddard
    ENS Harold Lloyd Buell
    ENS W E Brown Jr

    VT-5 (Torpedo 5)
    LCDR Joseph F. Taylor - CO
    LT Edwin Byron Parker Jr
    LT Albert Brely Furer
    LT Leonard Emil Ewoldt
    LTJG Radcliffe Denniston Jr
    LTJG Thomas Ballard Ellison
    ENS Anthony Joseph Schultheis
    ENS George Everett Bottjer
    ENS Francis R Sanborn
    GUN John C Livezey
    CAP Edward James Williamson
    AP1c Sidney William Quick
     
  4. R Leonard

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    Other rated US naval aviators on the scene, certainly not all in the case of Lexington, but who were there include, for example aboard USS Yorktown:

    CAPT Elliot Buckmaster - Commanding Officer
    CDR Dixie Kiefer - Executive Officer
    CDR Irving D Wiltsie - Navigator
    CDR Murr E Arnold - Air Officer
    LCDR Gordon Alexander McLean - CO VCS-4 TAD as Staff Aviation Officer, TF-17
    LCDR Robert G Armstrong - Asst Air Officer
    LT R F Mahachek - Air Operations Officer
    LT Norwood A Campbell - Landing Signal Officer
    LT S L Mead - Asst Air Operations Officer
    LT Albert H Wilson Jr - Flight Deck Officer
    LT John David Huntley - Asst Fire Control Officer
    LT Lionel Alexander Arthur - V1 Jr Division Officer
    LT John O Curtis - Aviation Ordnance Officer
    LT Alberto C Emerson - V2 Division Officer
    LT John P Preston - V2 Jr Division Officer, Assist Landing Signal Officer

    And a rather incomplete list from USS Lexington
    RADM Aubrey Wray Fitch – ComTG-17.5 / ComAirTaskForPac
    CAPT Frederick Carl Sherman - Commanding Officer
    CDR Morton T Seligman - Executive Officer
    LT Roscoe Lee Newman - Landing Signal Officer
    LT Albert David Pollack Jr - Assist Landing Signal Officer
     
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    Allied warships in addition to the carriers Lexington and Yorktown:

    ComDesRon2 - CAPT Gilbert C Hoover
    USS Morris - CDR Harry B. Jarrett
    USS Anderson - LT CDR John K.B. Ginder
    USS Hammann - CDR Arnold E. True
    USS Russell - LT CDR Glenn R. Hartwig

    Task Group 17.2 (Attack Group) - RADM Thomas C. Kincaid
    USS Minneapolis - CAPT Frank J. Lowry
    USS New Orleans - CAPT Howard H. Good
    USS Astoria - CAPT Francis W. Scanland
    USS Chester - CAPT Thomas M. Shock
    USS Portland - CAPT Benjamin Perleman
    USS Phelps - LT CDR Edward L. Beck
    USS Dewey - LT CDR Charles Chillingworth, Jr.
    USS Aylwin - LT CDR George Phelan
    USS Monaghan - LT CDR William P. Burford

    Task Group 17.3 (Support Group) RADM J.G. Crace, RN
    HMAS Australia - CAPT H.B. Farncomb, RAN
    HMAS Hobart - CAPT H.L. Howden, RAN
    USS Chicago - CDR Howard D. Bode
    USS Perkins - LT CDR Walter C. Ford
    USS Farragut - CDR George P. Hunter
    USS Walke - LT CDR Thomas E. Fraser

    Task Group 17.6 (Fleet Train) Captain John S. Phillips
    USS Neosho - Captain Phillips
    USS Tippecanoe - CDR Atherton Macondray
    USS Sims - LT CDR Willford M. Hyman
    USS Worden - LT CDR William G. Pogue

    Task Group 17.9 (Search Group) CDR George H. DeBaun (in Noumea)
    USS Tangier - CDR DeBaun
    VP-71 with 12 PBY
    Partial list of VP-71 pilots. With 12 PBYs there would be at least 36 naval aviators for operations (not to mention their aircrews). These are the ones I have been able to identify to date.
    LCDR William J Mullins - CO
    LT G G Mead
    LTJG Richard B Hughes
    LTJG John W Erhard
    ENS Paul H Alter
    ENS Robert W DeReamer
    ENS F L Feind Jr
    ENS M V Montgomery Jr
    ENS H C Davis
    AP1c Ulrich L Neidlinger
    AMM1c Cleo Wells
    AP2c John R Bourchier
     
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    Sheesh - if you don't have an answer, just say so :D.
    Good job there.
     
  7. White Flight

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    Excellent. Thank you much for the intel.
     
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    Okay. I'm a little confused. Lieutenant Commander Burch lead a squadron of SBDs from the CV-5 to my understanding. I see VS-5 (Scouting 5)
    LCDR William Oscar Burch Jr - CO. Where am I crossed up?
     
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    VS-5, VB-5, VS-2, & VB-2 all operated SBDs. S=Scouting B=Bombing D=Douglas
     
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    White Flight - R A Leonard's excellent response should give you plenty to work on. However, I would like to make a couple of corrections to Leonard's list. 1/ ENS Thomas A Reeves (my dad) was NOT present at the Battle of the Coral Sea. 2/LTjg Earl Vincent Johnson should be added to the list of VS-5 as a participant.
     
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    Any details on sub support and mine layers?
     
  13. R Leonard

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    No minelayers.

    USN submarine forces supporting operations during the Battle of the Coral Sea:

    Task Group 42.1 - Capt Ralph Waldo Christie
    - USS Griffin (AS-13) - CDR Stanley Dexter Jupp [at Brisbane]
    - - SubDiv 53 - LCDR Elmer Eugene Yeomans
    - - - S-42 - LCDR Oliver Grafton Kirk
    - - - S-43 - LCDR Edward Robert Hannon
    - - - S-44 - LCDR John Raymond Moore
    - - - S-45 - LCDR Ian Crawford Eddy
    - - - S-46 - LCDR Ralph Clinton Lynch Jr
    - - - S-47 - LCDR James White Davis
    - - SubDiv 201 - CDR Ralston Brito Vanzant
    - - - S-37 - LCDR James Richard Reynolds
    - - - S-38 - LT Henry Glass Munson
    - - - S-39 - LT Francis Elwood Brown
    - - - S-40 - LCDR Nicholas Luckner Jr
    - - - S-41 - LCDR George Michael Holley

    These S Boats all patrolled in the vicinity of the Solomon Islands.

    Nancy - Your father appears on the Yorktown NAV-37 for 1 May 42 which is what I use for my standard Coral Sea air groups listing. Not saying you're wrong, and I like to keep the lists correct, so where can you tell me what happened between 1 May & 7 May? I was under the impression that Buckmaster put the ki-bosh on letting his pilots getting transferred leave aboard Neosho (and a good thing, too). Flatley, Vejtasa, and Faulkner all stayed aboard when they were supposed to leave.
     
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    As the Last Historian of the USS Lexington CV2 Minutemen Club and Coral Sea Battle Survivor I am impressed with this information you have provided. By the way, I have photos of all the Lexington's Squadron Commanders and many of the Lexington pilots in the Coral Sea Battle. 12 Lexington CV2 pilots that were killed in action in the Coral Sea Battle had a Navy ship named after them.
     
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    May I add a hearty “Welcome Aboard!”

    Buried in the list of Coral Sea aviators from Yorktown, under VF-42, is my father. In the course of Yorktown’s long sojourn in the sunny south Pacific, in mid-March ’42 after the Lae-Salamaua strikes, he rode over to Lexington in the backseat of a TBD. Once aboard he collected one of the F4F-3’s which VF-3 was selling off (as it was quaintly put in the vernacular of the day) in order to bring VF-42 back up to strength. Lexington was on her way back to Pearl, where VF-3 would disembark from their temporary assignment and Lexington’s regular VF-2 - having turned in their F2As, but, alas, broken up the “Flying Chiefs” in the process, and re-outfitted with F4Fs - would come back aboard. Not a few VF-3 types would end up retained by VF-2 . . . Noel Gayler comes to mind. A time of fast shuffles of people and aircraft; makes it hard to keep track of who was where, and when, with what, and why.

    Fast forward to the end of July 1942, after the dust settles from Midway, and we find VF-2’s last CO, Paul Ramsey, is CAG of the newly established CVG-11 after briefly also commanding the Lexington Air Group in its stand-down after Coral Sea. Also in CVG-11 is Weldon Hamilton, commanding VB-11, last seen as CO of VB-2, and Charlie Fenton, commanding VF-11, the last CO of VF-42. My father also went to VF-11 after the loss of Yorktown and remained until August 1943. Ramsey transferred out in February 1943 to take over as Director of Flight Test at NATC and by the end of the war was commanding USS Attu (CVE-102). Hamilton moved up to CAG-11 when Ramsey left. By all accounts Hamilton was a popular and very well thought of CAG. He was tragically killed in a transport crash in New Caledonia on 8 June 43 while the air group was operating out of Guadalcanal. Killed in the same crash was VT-11’s John Livesay, a VT-5 Coral Sea veteran. Other Coral Sea veterans in CVG-11 were Max Woyke of VS-2 assigned to VS-11 (redesignated on 1 March ’43 to VB-21) and Sidney Quick of VT-5, in VT-11. Not sure what happened to Woyke; Sid Quick was KIA during the Guadalcanal tour.

    Regards,

    Rich
     
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    I apologize for coming into this thread at such a late date. This is my first post. There were other aviators that were participants in the Battle Of Coral Sea. My father, Philip A. Horne (Ens) was an SOC pilot attached to VCS-6 on the USS New Orleans. Each participating cruiser had at least four aircraft and five pilots assigned to the V Division.
    The list below is incomplete but I don't want to forget their contribution.

    While no SOC pilots flew during the battle their contribution was important. My father was assisting the rescue of Lexington's oil soaked seamen climb up cargo nets to safety. He gave up clothes and shared his stateroom with Lexington's crewmen.


    Cdr Nathan S. Haines CO VCS-6 USS Minneapolis
    Ens Philip A. Horne VCS-6 USS New Orleans
    Ens Royal Dickason VCS-6 USS New Orleans
    Ens William H. Kilgore VCS-6 USS New Orleans
    Ltjg Russell P. Morse VCS-6 USS New Orleans
    Ens Everett C. Strickland VCS-6 USS Astoria
    Ens Manuel F. Blanco VCS-5 USS Chester
    Ltjg Luke Horrell Miller VCS-5 USS Portland
    Ens John W. Baker VCS-5 USS Chicago

    Jonathan Horne
     
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    Jonathan –

    Outstanding post! Mostly due to a paucity of information the efforts of the VCS and VO squadrons are largely overlooked, yet, there they were, in every action handling scouting, anti-sub, and rescue missions. They were a vital gear in the engine of victory.

    NB – thanks for the names I can add to my great list of naval aviators. I had Nathan Haines in his later assignments as CO of VP-41 and, later, CO of VB-136; Luke Miller as CO of VJ-7; and John Baker as a Lieutenant in VB-144; but none of them in their 1942 VCS service and no info on any of the others at all.

    If you could pass along your father’s various assignments over the course of the war, I’d be happy to include them along with his VCS-6 info. What I usually record is rank and assignment changes with associated dates as well as awards and their dates. You can PM the info if you prefer.

    Regards,

    Rich
     
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    Another one of the 36 VP-11 PBY pilots during Coral Sea actions not on your list is
    Ens Joseph P. O'Connor Aviator #7486

    Jonathan Horne
     
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    Monsado, You are clicking the incorrect button.

    Select "+ Reply to Thread" instead of "Report Post."

    Here is here question for y'all:

     

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