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VC-57 Patch- Bougainville

Discussion in 'Air War in the Pacific' started by tmixjr68, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. tmixjr68

    tmixjr68 Member

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    View attachment 12837 This was my dad's patch.VS-57.Does anyone have any pictures of different VS units?I now have begun a collection of all VS unit patches, or any links to related Bougainville , VS units, or the CASU units involved, anyone recognize this particular patch design? There is a reference to CASU 40. My dear father passed away in '91, so any help I receive , would be so dearly appreciated. -thank you
     

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  2. R Leonard

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    Are you sure you don’t mean VS-57? That was a Fleet Air Wing Two (FAW2) inshore patrol squadron operating from Noumea in the New Caledonia. On 19 August 1943 OS2U aircraft from VS-57 sank the IJN submarine I-17 about 50 miles SE of Noumea. Squadron pilots LT Robert Louis Gittings, LTJG Robert Joseph Clinton, and LTJG Knute W D Lee were each awarded the DFC in this action. The squadron was re-equipped in mid-October 1943 with SBD’s which they operated until disestablished on 25 April 1945.

    I’ve been known to be wrong, but I have no record of there being established a composite squadron VC-57; a VC-58, yes, but no VC-57. VC squadrons rarely operated from shore bases unless forming, training, or re-forming at various east and west coast air stations. When in combat zones they operated from escort carriers. A quick brush through the location reports did not turn up a VC squadron operating from ashore out of Bougainville or its environs, though I certainly did not look at each week’s or even each month’s returns. Can you pin down a date?

    Regards,

    Rich
     
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    Yes , I looked it's VS-57. I will look a little longer before I post next time. Thank you, I will correct my future posts.
     

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