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U.S. NAVY AIR UNITS

1 September 1939

This post lists (1) all air units from wings to squadrons, (2) stations, and (3) aircraft operated.

I. UNITS SORTED BY NAME AND NUMBER

A. Wings

1. Patrol Wing One (PatWing 1), NAS San Diego

2. Patrol Wing Two (PatWing 2), NAS Pearl Harbor

3. Patrol Wing Three (PatWing 3), NAS Coco Solo

4. Patrol Wing Four (PatWing 4), NAS Seattle

5. Patrol Wing Five (PatWing 5), NAS Norfolk

B. Groups

1. Enterprise Air Group, USS Enterprise

2. Lexington Air Group, USS Lexington

3. Ranger Air Group, USS Ranger

4. Saratoga Air Group, USS Saratoga

5. Yorktown Air Group, USS Yorktown

C. Squadrons

1. Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2), USS Lexington/SB2U-1/2

2.Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3), USS Saratoga/SB2U-1

3.Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4), USS Ranger/SB2U-2 and N2Y-1

Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5), USS Yorktown/BT-1

Bombing Squadron Six (VB-6), USS Enterprise/BT-1

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Two (VCS-2), Cruiser Division Two/SOC-1/2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3), Cruiser Division Three/SOC-1/2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four (VCS-4), Cruiser Division Four/SOC-1/2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5), Cruiser Division Five/SOC-1/2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6), Cruiser Division Six/SOC-1/2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7), Cruiser Division Seven/SOC-1/2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8), Cruiser Division Eight/SOC-1/3

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9), Cruiser Division Nine/SOC-1/2/3 and SON-1

Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Lexington/F3F-1, SB2U-1 and SU-3

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), USS Saratoga/F2F-1, O3U-3, SB2U2 and SU-1/2

Fighting Squadron Four (VF-4), USS Ranger/F3F-1, SBU-1 and SU-3

Fighting Squadron Five (VF-5), USS Yorktown/F2F-1, F3F-3 and SU-3

Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), USS Enterprise/F3F-2, SBC-3 and SU-2

Observation Squadron One (VO-1), Battleship Division One/SOC-3

Observation Squadron Two (VO-2), Battleship Division Two/SOC-3

Observation Squadron Three (VO-3), Battleship Division Three/SOC3 and SON-1

Observation Squadron Four (VO-4), Battleship Division Four/SOC-3 and SON-1

Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11), NAS San Diego/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Twelve (VP-12), NAS San Diego/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Thirteen (VP-13), NAS San Diego/PBY-4 and O3U-2 Pat Wg1

Patrol Squadron Twenty One (VP-21), NB Cavite/PBY-4

Patrol Squadron Twenty Two (VP-22), NAS Pearl Harbor/PBY-2/3

Patrol Squadron Twenty Three (VP-23), NAS Pearl Harbor/PBY-1

Patrol Squadron Twenty Four (VP-24), NAS Pearl Harbor/PBY-1

Patrol Squadron Twenty Five (VP-25), NAS Pearl Harbor/PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Thirty One (VP-31), NAS Coco Solo/PBY-2 PatWg-3

Patrol Squadron Thirty Two (VP-32), NAS Coco Solo/PBY-1 PatWg-3

Patrol Squadron Thirty Three (VP-33), NAS Coco Solo/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Forty One (VP-41), NAS Seattle/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Forty Two (VP-42), NAS Seattle/PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Forty Three (VP-43), NAS Seattle/P2Y-3

Patrol Squadron Forty Four (VP-44), NAS Seattle/P2Y-3

Patrol Squadron Forty Five (VP-45), NAS Pearl Harbor/PBY-4

Patrol Squadron Fifty One (VP-51), NAS Norfolk/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Fifty Two (VP-52), NAS Norfolk/P2Y-2 and O3U-3

Patrol Squadron Fifty Three (VP-53), NAS Norfolk/P2Y-3

Patrol Squadron Fifty Four (VP-54), NAS Norfolk/PBY-2

Scouting Squadron Two (VS-2), USS Lexington/SBC-3

Scouting Squadron Three (VS-3), USS Saratoga/SBC-4 and SBU-1

Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5), USS Yorktown/SBC-3

Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6), USS Enterprise/SBC-3

Scouting Squadron Forty One (VS-41), USS Ranger/SBU-1

Scouting Squadron Forty Two (VS-42), USS Ranger/SBU-1

Torpedo Squadron Two (VT-2), USS Lexington/TBD-1

Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3), USS Saratoga/SB2U-2 and TBD-1

Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5), USS Yorktown/TBD-1

Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6), USS Enterprise/TBD-1

Utility Squadron One (VJ-1), NAS San Diego/J2F-2/3 and JRS-1

Utility Squadron Two (VJ-2), NAS San Diego/J2F-1/2/3, JRS-1, PH-1 and RD-3

II. UNITS SORTED BY STATION

A. SHIP-BASED

1. USS Arizona (BB-39): Observation Squadron One (VO-1)/SOC-3

2. USS Astoria (CA-34): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6)/SOC-1

3. USS Boise (CL-47): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9)/SOC-1/2/3

4. USS Brooklyn (CL-40): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8)/SOC-3

5. USS California (BB-44): Observation Squadron Two (VO-2)/SOC-3

6. USS Chester (CA-27): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5)/SOC-1/2

7. USS Chicago (CA-29): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5)/SOC-1

8. USS Cincinnati (CL-6): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3)/SOC-2

9. USS Colorado (BB-45): Observation Squadron Four (VO-4)/SOC-3 and SON-1

10. USS Concord (CL-10): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3)/SOC-2

11. USS Enterprise (CV-6)

a. Enterprise Air Group

b. Bombing Squadron Six (VB-6)/BT-1

c. Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6)/F3F-2, SBC-3 and SU-2

d. Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6)/SBC-3

e. Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6)/TBD-1

12. USS Honolulu (CL-48): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9)/SOC-1/2

13. USS Houston (CA-30): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four (VCS-4)/SOC-1/2

14. USS Idaho (BB-42): Observation Squadron Three (VO-3)/SOC-3

15. USS Indianapolis (CA-35): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6)/SOC-1/2

16. USS Lexington (CV-2)

a. Lexington Air Group

b. Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2 /SB2U-1/2

c. Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2) /F3F-1, SB2U-1 and SU-3

d. Scouting Squadron Two (VS-2)/SBC-3

e. Torpedo Squadron Two (VT-2)TBD-1

17. USS Louisville (CA-28): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5)/SOC-1

18. USS Maryland (BB-46): Observation Squadron Four (VO-4)/SOC-3

19. USS Memphis (CL-13): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Two (VCS-2)/SOC-1/3

20. USS Milwaukee (CL-5): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3)/SOC-1

21. USS Minneapolis (CA-36): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6)/SOC-1/2

22. USS Mississippi (BB-41): Observation Squadron Three (VO-3)/SON-1

23. USS Nashville (CL-43): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8)/SOC-1/3

24. USS Nevada (BB-36): Observation Squadron One (VO-1)/SOC-3

25. USS New Mexico (BB-40): Observation Squadron Three (VO-3)/SOC-3

26. USS New Orleans (CA-32): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6)/SOC-1

27. USS Northampton (CA-26): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four (VCS-4)/SOC-1

28. USS Oklahoma (BB-37): Observation Squadron Two (VO-2)/SOC-3

29. USS Omaha (CL-4): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3)/SOC-1

30. USS Pennsylvania (BB-38): Observation Squadron One (VO-1)/SOC-3

31. USS Pensacola (CA-24): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four (VCS-4)/SOC-1/2

32. USS Philadelphia (CL-41): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8)/SOC-1

33. USS Phoenix (CL-46): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9)/SON-1

34. USS Portland (CA-33): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5)/SOC-1

35. USS Quincy (CA-39): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7)/SOC-1

36. USS Ranger (CV-4)

a, Ranger Air Group

b. Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4)/SB2U-2 and N2Y-1

c. Fighting Squadron Four (VF-4)/F3F-1, SBU-1 and SU-3

d. Scouting Squadron Forty One (VS-41)SBU-1

e. Scouting Squadron Forty Two (VS-42)SBU-1

37. USS Richmond (CL-9): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Two (VCS-2)/SOC-1/3

38. USS St. Louis (CL-49)/SON-1

39. USS Salt Lake City (CA-25): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four

(VCS-4)/SOC-1/2

40. USS San Francisco (CA-38): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven

(VCS-7)/SOC-1/2

41. USS Saratoga (CV-3)

a. Saratoga Air Group

b. Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3)/SB2U-1

c. Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3)/F2F-1, O3U-3, SB2U2 and SU-1/2

d. Scouting Squadron Three (VS-3) /SBC-4 and SBU-1

e. Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3)/SB2U-2 and TBD-1

42. USS Savannah (CL-42): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8)/SOC-3

43. USS Tennessee (BB-43): Observation Squadron Two (VO-2)/SOC-3

44. USS Trenton (CL-11) Cruiser Scouting Squadron Two (VCS-2)/SOC-1/2

45. USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7)/SOC-1/2

46. USS Vincennes (CA-44): Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7)/SOC-1/2

47. USS West Virginia (BB-48): Observation Squadron Four (VO-4)/SOC-3

48. USS Wichita (CA-45)/SOC-1

49. USS Yorktown (CV-5)

a. Yorktown Air Group

b. Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5)/BT-1

c. Fighting Squadron Five (VF-5)/F2F-1, F3F-3 and SU-3

d. Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5)/SBC-3

e. Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5)/TBD-1

B. SHORE-BASED

1. Continental United States

a. California: Naval Air Station San Diego

Patrol Wing One (PatWing 1)

Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Twelve (VP-12)/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Thirteen (VP-13)/PBY-4 and O3U-2

Utility Squadron One (VJ-1)/J2F-2/3 and JRS-1

Utility Squadron Two (VJ-2)/J2F-1/2/3, JRS-1, PH-1 and RD-3

b. Virginia: Naval Air Station Norfolk

Patrol Wing Five (PatWing 5)

Patrol Squadron Fifty One (VP-51)/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Fifty Two (VP-52)/P2Y-2 and O3U-3

Patrol Squadron Fifty Three (VP-53)/P2Y-3

Patrol Squadron Fifty Four (VP-54)/PBY-2

c. Washington: Naval Air Station Seattle

Patrol Wing Four (PatWing 4)

Patrol Squadron Forty One (VP-41)/PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Forty Two (VP-42),/PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Forty Three (VP-43)/P2Y-3

Patrol Squadron Forty Four (VP-44)/P2Y-3

2. Overseas

a. Canal Zone: Naval Air Station Coco Solo

Patrol Wing Three (PatWing 3)

Patrol Squadron Thirty One (VP-31)/PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Thirty Two (VP-32)/PBY-1

Patrol Squadron Thirty Three (VP-33)/PBY-3

b. COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES:Naval Base Cavite, Luzon

Patrol Squadron Twenty One (VP-21)/PBY-4

c. Territory of Hawaii: Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Patrol Wing Two (PatWing 2)

Patrol Squadron Twenty Two (VP-22)/PBY-2/3

Patrol Squadron Twenty Three (VP-23)/PBY-1

Patrol Squadron Twenty Four (VP-24)/PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Twenty Five (VP-25)/PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Forty Five (VP-45)/PBY-4

III. SORTED BY AIRCRAFT OPERATED

B - Bomber: BT-1, Northrop

Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5), USS Yorktown

Bombing Squadron Six (VB-6), USS Enterprise

F - Fighter

F2F-1, Grumman

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), USS Saratoga

Fighting Squadron Five (VF-5), USS Yorktown

F3F, Grumman

F3F-1

Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Lexington

Fighting Squadron Four (VF-4), USS Ranger

F3F-2: Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), USS Enterprise

F3F-3: Fighting Squadron Five (VF-5), USS Yorktown

N - Trainer: N2Y-1, Consolidated

Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4), USS Ranger

O - Observation

O3U, Chance Vought Corsair

O3U-2: Patrol Squadron Thirteen (VP-13), NAS San Diego

O3U-3

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), USS Saratoga

Patrol Squadron Fifty Two (VP-52), NAS Norfolk

P - Patrol

P2Y, Consolidated

P2Y-2: Patrol Squadron Fifty Two (VP-52), NAS Norfolk

P2Y-3

Patrol Squadron Forty Three (VP-43), NAS Seattle

Patrol Squadron Forty Four (VP-44), NAS Seattle

Patrol Squadron Fifty Three (VP-53), NAS Norfolk

PB - Patrol Bomber

PBY, Consolidated Catalina

PBY-1

Patrol Squadron Twenty Three (VP-23), NAS Pearl Harbor

Patrol Squadron Twenty Four (VP-24), NAS Pearl Harbor

Patrol Squadron Thirty Two (VP-32), NAS Coco Solo

PBY-2

Patrol Squadron Twenty Two (VP-22), NAS Pearl Harbor

Patrol Squadron Twenty Five (VP-25), NAS Pearl Harbor

Patrol Squadron Thirty One (VP-31), NAS Coco Solo

Patrol Squadron Forty Two (VP-42), NAS Seattle

Patrol Squadron Fifty Four (VP-54), NAS Norfolk

PBY-3

Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11), NAS San Diego

Patrol Squadron Twelve (VP-12), NAS San Diego

Patrol Squadron Twenty Two (VP-22), NAS Pearl Harbor

Patrol Squadron Thirty Three (VP-33), NAS Coco Solo

Patrol Squadron Forty One (VP-41), NAS Seattle

Patrol Squadron Fifty One (VP-51), NAS Norfolk

PBY-4

Patrol Squadron Thirteen (VP-13), NAS San Diego

Patrol Squadron Twenty One (VP-21), NB Cavite, Luzon, Philippine Is.

Patrol Squadron Forty Five (VP-45), NAS Pearl Harbor

S - Scouting

SU, Chance Vought Corsair

SU-1

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), USS Saratoga

Fighting Squadron Four (VF-4), USS Ranger

SU-2

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), USS Saratoga

Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), USS Enterprise

SU-3

Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Lexington

Fighting Squadron Four (VF-4), USS Ranger

Fighting Squadron Five (VF-5), USS Yorktown

SB - Scout Bomber

SBC, Curtiss Helldiver

SBC-3

Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), USS Enterprise

Scouting Squadron Two (VS-2), USS Lexington

Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5), USS Yorktown

Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6), USS Enterprise

SBC-4: Scouting Squadron Three (VS-3), USS Saratoga

SBU, Chance Vought

SBU-1

Scouting Squadron Three (VS-3), USS Saratoga

Scouting Squadron Forty One (VS-41), USS Ranger

Scouting Squadron Forty Two (VS-42), USS Ranger

SB2U, Chance Vought Vindicator

SB2U-1

Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2), USS Lexington

Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3), USS Saratoga

Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Lexington

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), USS Saratoga

SB2U-2

Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2), USS Lexington

Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4), USS Ranger

Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Saratoga

Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3), USS Saratoga

SO - Scout Observation

SOC, Curtiss Seagull

SOC-1

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Two (VCS-2), Cruiser Division Two

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3), Cruiser Division Three

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four (VCS-4), Cruiser Division Four

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5), Cruiser Division Five

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6), Cruiser Division Six

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7), Cruiser Division Seven

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8), Cruiser Division Eight

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9), Cruiser Division Nine

SOC-2

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Two (VCS-2), Cruiser Division Two

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Three (VCS-3), Cruiser Division Three

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Four (VCS-4), Cruiser Division Four

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five (VCS-5), Cruiser Division Five

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Six (VCS-6), Cruiser Division Six

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7), Cruiser Division Seven

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9), Cruiser Division Nine

SOC-3

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Eight (VCS-8), Cruiser Division Eight

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9), Cruiser Division Nine

Observation Squadron One (VO-1), Battleship Division One

Observation Squadron Two (VO-2), Battleship Division Two

Observation Squadron Three (VO-3), Battleship Division Three

Observation Squadron Four (VO-4), Battleship Division Four

SON-1, Naval Aircraft Factory Seagull

Cruiser Scouting Squadron Nine (VCS-9), Cruiser Division Nine

Observation Squadron Three (VO-3), Battleship Division Three

Observation Squadron Four (VO-4), Battleship Division Four

TB - Torpedo Bomber: TBD-1, Douglas Devastator

Torpedo Squadron Two (VT-2), USS Lexington

Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3), USS Saratoga

Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5), USS Yorktown

Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6), USS Enterprise

Jack McKillop

1 September 1939

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