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Entry: 84116
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
GRUMMAN F9F PANTHERS

WARREN THOMPSON wrote on September 8, 2012


City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I just had another book published entitled NAVAL
AVIATION IN THE KOREAN WAR. Currently, I am writing a
book on Grumman F9F Panther operations in the Korean
War. I would like to hear from anyone that served in
VF-53 during the war.

Sincerely,

Warren Thompson


Keywords: Navy F9F Squadrons in the Korean War


Entry: 66605
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
VF 53 AND VF 51 AND CAG5

DAVID WOLF wrote on July 22, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Dad flew with VF 53 in F9F-2s. He was a CAG5 LSO as well. I have
his cruise books but they are not handy at the moment. Does any of this
sound familiar?


Keywords: Paddles for CAG 5 - VF 53 and VF 51.


Entry: 64453
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
VF 53 FIGHTER SQUADRON

JAMES E. SMITH wrote on February 24, 2008


City and State: YUMA AZ

Unit: VF 53

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: STILL LOOKING FOR FELLOW SHIPMATES. FOUND DUDLEY KELLER
HERE IN YUMA LAST YEAR!

HAVE FOUR ON MY LIST

JIM


Keywords: FIGHTER SQUADRON VF 53 1956-57


Entry: 62266
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
THANKS TO KOREAN WAR PROJECT

VERNON DIXON wrote on September 13, 2007


City and State: PINELLAS PARK FL

Unit: VF-53 1956-57

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I want to thank the Korean War Project for this web-site. Through it, I
was brought in contact with two of my old ship mates that I have not
heard from for about 51 years. Even more than that, I found that we all
now live in the same state, Florida, and we are going to get together
sometime in the near future. We were Aircraft Electricians in VF-53 and
made a cruise on the USS Shangri-La CVA-38 in 1957.


Keywords: VF 53


Entry: 60979
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
VF 53

RICHARD K. TRESHER wrote on May 14, 2007


City and State: WEST MELBOURNE FL

Unit: VF 53 1955-1956

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: After being told that there was no VF 53 prior to 1966 findly found this Web Site, was in the Squadron 1955-1956 . Got out of the Navy after the Cruise to the Far East and have my Cruise Book still today to prove it. They were a very Proffesional Group and was honored to be associated with them.Does anybody know when the Presidential Unit Citation was presented to them? We had F9F-8s when I was in the Squadron. Noticed that they went to FJ-3s 1956-58. can anyone conferm this? Best of luck to All. R.Tresher

Keywords: Blue Knights VF53


Entry: 58829
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
VF-53 1956-57 FJ-3 FURIES

JAMES E. SMITH wrote on September 10, 2006


City and State: GRAND CANYON AZ

Unit: VF_53 PLANE CAPTIAN

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I am still looking for anyone who served with me when I was with VF-53 at Moffett Field -USS Kearsarge CVA 33
in 56-57.
I still have that cuise book (put away) and slides (put Away) of that group.

Love to contace you. Have known three of them so far.

Email me... Jim

Nose No. 102... not me... the airplane!


Keywords: VF_53 Moffet Field Plane Captian FJ-3s


Entry: 53226
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
LOOKING FOR PILOT

ROBERT TAFOLLA wrote on September 20, 2005


City and State: GARY IN

Unit: 1/17TH AIR CAV 82ND ABN DIV

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My Son and I are looking for the Navy Pilot of the F4U Corsair marked 302 (Tail Letter "S")from VF-53. Any information would be appreciated.

Keywords:


Entry: 41517
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
SHOT DOWNS

DARREL BEATTY wrote on March 5, 2004


City and State:

Unit: VF52

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I remeber that Lt. Leonard Plog shot down a Russian Yag bomber that got to close just after we entered the yellow sea in 1950

Keywords: lt. Plog


Entry: 36245
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
LOOKING FOR BILL PITTMAN

ROBERT WILCOX wrote on August 13, 2003


City and State: LOS ANGELES

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Dear Mr. Pittman:

I am author writing a book about Butch Voris who started the Blue Angels. Butch mentioned you in connection with his return to the Blues in 1951 and I'd like to talk to you about it. Would appreciate an email or telephone call.

Sincerely,

Robert K. Wilcox
818 7845254
robkwilcox@aol.com
www.robertkwilcox.com


Keywords:


Entry: 35928
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
LOOKING FOR RONNIE BARRETT

THEODORE (TED) HELM wrote on July 29, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I am looking for a sailor who served with me on the Shangri La (CVA 38) attached to squadron VF 53 in CIRCA 1956. Any information regarding Ronnie Barrett would be appreciated.

Keywords:


Entry: 30483
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
VF-53 NOVEMBER 1950

JOE BRENNAN wrote on December 18, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am trying to gather information about the air combat operations of USN squadrons in Korea. In case of VF-53 I am especially interested in encounters with MiG’s during the November 1950 strikes on the Yalu bridges. Official archival information briefly mentions VF-52’s victory over a MiG 18 November; sightings or encounters by VF-53’s F4U’s also seem possible but VF-53’s Historical Report is silent. Any information on this or other MiG encounters by any sdn in Valley Forge/CVG-5 at that time, first hand or not, would be helpful.


Keywords: units, aircraft


Entry: 29148
VF-53 FIGHTER SQDN
LT.EUGENE FRANZ MIA 8/23/51

DENISE FRANZ KING wrote on October 29, 2002


City and State:

Unit: DAUGHTER OF NAVY MIA

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Lt.Eugene Franz was a Kitty Hawk and Valley Forge Cosair pilot lost just north of DMZ along the east coast of Korea August 23, 1951, six weeks before I was born.

Keywords:



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