TRAINING - NAS NORFOLK, VIRGINA
SHAKEDOWN - TRINIDAD
Regular flights were carried out to familiarize the pilots with shipboard routine. This squadron flew numerous anti-sub patrols and participated in numerous group attacks.
While in Trinidad the ship operated in the Gulf of Paria. To insure a maximum of flight time, half of the airgroup was stationed ashore for a week at a time. This facilitated speedier operations aboard ship, and gave pilots and aircrewmen experience that would prove invaluable if ever based ashore in the Pacific area. Again the plan was to have group operations for half a day and individual squadron operations the other half.
COMBAT - SOUTH PACIFIC
Lt. Cmdr. Al 'scoop' Vorse was new Air Group Commander. We arrived at Pearl Harbor on September 27, and on the next day transferred to USNAS Kaneohe. Here we underwent intensive group work which consisted of coordinated group attacks, amphibious support, numerous night group flights and routine squadron work.
On the 18th of October, the group reported aboard the USS TICONDEROGA prepared for combat duty. We departed that day for Ulithi to join task group 38.3.
On November 2, after intensive briefing, we departed from Ulithi and sortied with Task Force 38. On November 5, we struck out first blows at the enemy.
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