VF-874 Fighter Squadron


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Entry: 90579
Subject: VF 874

Paul Watts wrote on February 11, 2015


City and State: SAN JOSE CA

Unit: VF 874

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Father, Cmdr. Donald L. Watts was part of VF 874 during the Korean War. I have most of the records from that time along with some pictures, one of all the Officers. I give a history lecture each year to High School girls where I talk about WW II and Korea. My father was never one to talk about his war time experience. One would think with 4 DFC's their might be something. What was the nick name of the outfit? I know what the letters WDV on the patch mean, do you. Paul Watts

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Entry: 90181
Subject: LOOKING FOR A LITTLE HISTORY.

William J. Ross wrote on December 12, 2014


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: VF-874

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father William (Bud) Ross passed in January 2012. I am putting together a short history of his life to pass to his grand kids and great grand kids. I'm hoping for some info about the Distinguished Flying Cross he was awarded for action on July 28, 1951 as a member of VF-874. Any memories? Thankyou

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Entry: 83863
Subject: KC DARBY - REST IN PEACE

Keith Darby II wrote on August 11, 2012


City and State: RIDGECREST CA

Unit: MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELO SQUADRON 267

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: It is with solemn regret that I write to inform all of
his squadron mates of the passing of KC Darby in the
early morning hours of 11 August 2012. Dad deployed
with the squadron as a nugget pilot under Red Carmody,
and completed 53 combat sorties. His recollections of
his time flying with -874 were an inspiration to me
throughout my life. I was proud to have him pin his
wings on me in 1994, and tried my damnedest to live up
to his legacy throughout my flying career. He was my
hero. I will miss him forever.

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Entry: 83639
Subject: LOOKING FOR HISTORY FROM VF-874 INCLUDING STORIES AND PHOTOS

Grady Lisk JR. wrote on July 14, 2012


City and State: SEBRING FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am a crewmember with a restored F4U-4 CORSAIR that
flew with VF-874 while on the USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CV-31.We are
always looking for history,personal stories,photos
anything dealing with VF-874. feel free to contact me
at my email or phone number . we also have a
facebook page called KOREAN WAR HERO and a website
www.koreanwarhero.com come by and say hi.

BEST REGARDS
GRADY

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Entry: 77773
Subject: VF-874 PHOTOS

Frederick Allen Hoggatt wrote on February 8, 2011


City and State: FLOWER MOUND TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My name is Allen Hoggatt. My uncle LTJG Fred Koch was a pilot with VF-874. His Corsair exploded inflight over North Korea 0n 08/11/1951. Also lost on this mission was LT Jim Venes. His Corsair also exloded inflight. I was wondering if anyone has any old squadron photos of the deployment or predeployment in El Centro or North Island. Thank You, Allen Hoggatt

Keywords: VF-874 , CV-31



Entry: 67626
Subject: LOOKING FOR SQUADRON MEMBERS

Mark L. Gundert wrote on October 26, 2008


City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: VF-874

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone that knew my father. He was a squadron leader for VF-874 in Korea. He flew F4Us in Korea and F6F in WW-II.LT. He also taught at the Navy's flying school in Corpus Christi, Texas from 1942-1945. Len Gundert was shot down on October 3, 1951 while on a bombing mission over North Korea. He parachuted out but was badly burned and hit part of the plane when he bailed out. He was recovered from the ocean DOA by a Destroyer. Please contact me if you will.
Thanks,
Mark

Keywords: USS Bon Homme Richard-CV-31, VF-874, F4U
USS San Jacinto, VF-49 F6F



Entry: 66104
Subject: VF-874 ELECTRONIC GANG

Jettie Hill wrote on June 16, 2008


City and State: ROSEVILLE CA

Unit: VF 874 ELECTRONICS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Hope there are some of the Electronic group still around. If you were in the electronic group, send me an email.

Keywords: VF-874, Bon Homme Richard



Entry: 64864
Subject: VF-874 IN THE KOREAN WAR

Warren Thompson wrote on March 23, 2008


City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I have been a military aviation historian / writer for the past 40+ years. This has led to my having numerous books and articles published.You can get on line and go to either www.amazon.com or www.google.com and when they ask for "search", type in Warren Thompson. It'll show you a lot of what I have done in recent years.Currently, I am writing a book on F4U Corsairs in the Korean War. I would like ot hear from anyone that served in VF-874 during that period.

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Entry: 57698
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE THAT KNEW KC (KEITH) DARBY

Keith Darby II wrote on June 18, 2006


City and State: CARLSBAD CA

Unit: HMLA-267

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father KC Darby flew with VF-874 on the Oriskany during the Korean War. His stories of Red Carmody and others inspired me as a young man to become a pilot as well. I am a Major in the Marine Corps, Flying UH-1N "Hueys" and based at Camp Pendleton CA. I am working on a scrapbook of photos, articles and memorabilia of his time in the Navy, with the goal of giving it to him for his 80th birthday at the end of August. I have made contact with Admiral Carmody, and had a great conversation with him - any information from other squadron mates of my Dad would be greatly appreciated!

Keywords: KC Darby, ATU-206, FASRON-110



Entry: 52182
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES. SERVED IN 1951-52 AS AO STRIKER

Roy Wolf wrote on July 22, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: BENICIA CA

Unit: FIGHTER SQUADRON 874

Service or Relationship: Coast Guard Veteran

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Entry: 47918
Subject: MY SQUADRON

Bobby Earl Pettit wrote on January 4, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: SPARTANBURG SC

Unit: VF-874

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: We were the last Squadron to have the F4U-4s. One of our planes with Lt. Kummer as pilot came in with a live bomb. It exploded as he caught the cable and plunged forward. Two sailors were killed and approximately 20 more were injured. The pictures came from one of the men killed who was responsible for taking pictures of each aircraft landing. I would like to know where Lt. V. Z Lumper is and how I could reach him.

Keywords: Lt. V. Z. Lumper George H. Smith T.J.Iten
Ronald Dorminey



Entry: 45723
Subject: VF-874 MEMBER

Leon Bryant wrote on September 9, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: CAMARILLO CA

Unit: VF-874 AIR GROUP 102

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Member of the Electronics gang from recall at Oakland, thru deployment. Herb Newmark (above) was Ass't Electronics Officer, as I recall, Frank Piltz was Div. Officer. I have pictures of both taken at the O'Club at North Island. Frank got shot in the foot by small arms fire, and we found the slug imbedded in the gyro of the autopilot the next day. Remember the great barbeques at El Centro, Herb?

Keywords: VF-874, USS Bon Homme Richard, May-Dec 1951 deployment.



Entry: 36139
Subject: ANYONE FROM VF874- KORAN WAR

Herbert Newamrk wrote on August 8, 2003


City and State: PORTLAND OR

Unit: VF874 AIR GROUP102

Service or Relationship: United Nations Veteran - Korea

Comments: I flew F4U's during WW 11 and the Koran war- and was a part of VF874 in Korea and VBF-81 in WW 11-and was hoping to find some of my old friends.

Keywords: Bonn Homme Richard 1950-51



Entry: 31235
Subject: VF-874 AIR COMBAT

Joe Brennan wrote on January 14, 2003


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-874 I am interested in any information about the MiG encounter of CVG-102 F4U’s and AD’s from Bob Homme Richard 27 November 1951, or the more well known encounter 18 November 1952 by CVG-102 F9F’s from Oriskany.
Any further info on any of these encounters, by VF-874 or any squadron in CVG-102, first hand or not, would be helpful.

Keywords: units, aircraft



Entry: 26101
Subject: VF-874

Richard (Dick) Sandberg wrote on June 7, 2002


City and State: BOULDER CITY NV

Unit: VF-874

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: 1951 NAS North Island San Diego,
Aboard Bon Homme Richard to Korea May of 1951,
Left ship July 1951, in Sasabo, Japan.
Enlistment was up.
Only names I can remember was our Skipper,
Cmdr Watts, our Yoeman Ami, Fergenson, and
buddied with I. A. Jones.
I was an ADE3.

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Entry: 15829
Subject: LOOKING-FORSHIPMATES-VF874-102

David Swanson wrote on April 7, 2001

Email Update Needed



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Entry: 11402
Subject: VF-874

Dave Arnold wrote on August 31, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served with VF-874 NAS San Diego (North Island)
USS Bon Homme Richard
1950-52
Also El Centro and Miramar

Keywords: USS Bon Homme Richard CV-31







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