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From: jem3@pyuxf.bellcore.com (John E McKillop)
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Subject: US Naval Aviation 1 Sep 39
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From: jem3@pyuxf.bellcore.com (John E McKillop)

This is the third of five posts describing U.S., Canadian and
British combat units on 1 Sep 39. This post lists the organization and 
fleet aircraft assignments of U.S. Naval aviation units on 1 September 
1939. Shore based units, other than patrol squadrons, are not included. 
The data are organized into three tables, i.e.:

Table 1 lists the aircraft assigned to the aviation units.
Table 2 lists the squadron abbreviations
Table 3 lists the organization of the aviation units.

TABLE 1 - AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED
-----------------
  BOMBER (B)
    BT-1, Northrop

  FIGHTER (F)
    F4B-3 & -4 Boeing
    F2F-1, Grumman
    F3F-1,-2 & -3 Grumman

  GENERAL UTILITY (J)
    JF-1, Grumman Duck
    J2F-1,-2 & -3 Grumman Duck

  OBSERVATION (O)
    O3U-1 & -3 Vought Corsair
  
  PATROL (P)
    PH-1, Hall
    XP2Y-2, Consolidated
    P2Y-2 & -3 Consolidated

  PATROL BOMBER (PB)
    PBY-1,-2,-3 & -4 Consolidated Catalina
 
  SCOUT (S)
    SU-1,-2 & -3 Vought Corsair
  
  SCOUT BOMBER (SB)
    SBC-3 & -4 Curtiss Helldiver
    SBU-1, Vought
    SB2U-1 & -2 Vought Vindicator

  SCOUT OBSERVATION (SO)
    SOC-1,-2 & -3 Curtiss Seagull
    SON-1, Naval Aircraft Factory Seagull

  TORPEDO (T)
    TG-2, Great Lakes

  TORPEDO BOMBER (TB)
    TBD-1, Douglas Devastator

  TRAINER (N)
    N2C-2, Curtiss Fledgling
    NJ-1, North American
    N3N-1, Naval Aircraft Factory
    N2Y-1, Consolidated Fleet I

  TRANSPORT (R)
    RD-3, Douglas Dolphin

  UTILITY TRANSPORT
    JRS-1, Sikorsky

TABLE 2 - SQUADRON DESIGNATIONS
---------------------
VB.....Bombing Squadron
VCS....Cruiser Scouting Squadron
VF.....Fighting Squadron
VJ.....Utility Squadron
VO.....Observation Squadron
VP.....Patrol Squadron
VS.....Scouting Squadron
VT.....Torpedo Squadron


TABLE 3 - FLEET AIRCRAFT ORGANIZATION
-------------------------------------
US FLEET: CINCUS in USS Pennsylvania: 1 SOC-3
 
  BATTLE FORCE, US FLEET: ComBatFor in USS California: 1 SOC-3
 
    BATTLESHIPS, BATTLE FORCE
      BATTLESHIP DIVISION ONE: VO-1 in USS Arizona, Nevada & 
        Pennsylvania: 9 SOC-3
      BATTLESHIP DIVISION TWO: VO-2 in USS California, Oklahoma & 
        Tennessee: 9 SOC-3
      BATTLESHIP DIVISION THREE: VO-3 in USS Idaho, Mississippi & New 
        Mexico: 6 SOC-3, 1 SON-1
      BATTLESHIP DIVISION FOUR: VO-4 in USS Colorado, Maryland & West 
        Virginia: 7 SOC-3, 2 SON-1
 
    CRUISERS, BATTLE FORCE
      CRUISER DIVISION TWO: VCS-2 in USS Memphis & Trenton: 1 SOC-1, 
        2 SOC-2
      CRUISER DIVISION EIGHT: VCS-8 in USS Brooklyn, Nashville, 
        Philadelphia & Savannah: 7 SOC-1, 9 SOC-3
      CRUISER DIVISION NINE: VCS-9 in USS Boise, Honolulu, Phoenix & 
        St Louis: 9 SOC-1, 6 SOC-2, 1 SOC-3, 4 SON-1

    DESTROYERS, BATTLE FORCE: ComDesBatFor in USS Raleigh: 2 SOC-1
      DESTORYER FLOTILLA TWO: ComDesFlot 2 in USS Detroit: 2 SOC-1

    AIRCRAFT, BATTLE FORCE
      CARRIER DIVISION ONE
        LEXINGTON AIR GROUP
          CAG: SB2U-1
          VB-2: 17 SB2U-1, 2 SB2U-2
          VF-3: 18 F3F-1, 1 SB2U-1, 2 SU-3
          VS-3: 18 SBC-3
          VT-2: 18 TBD-1
          Utility Unit: 2 J2F-1, 2 O3U-3, 1 N2Y-1
        RANGER AIR GROUP
          VB-3: 2 SB2U-1
          VF-4: 20 F3F-1, 1 SBU-1, 2 SU-3
          VS-41: 18 SBU-1
          VS-42: 18 SBU-1
          Utility Unit: 2 J2F-1, 3 O3U-3
        SARATOGA AIR GROUP 
          ComAirBatFor: 1 SOC-1, 2 SOC-3, 1 SBU-1
          CAG: 1 SB2U-2
          VB-4: 18 SB2U-2, 1 N2Y-1
          VF-2: 17 F2F-1, 1 SB2U-2, 2 SU-2, 1 SU-1, 1 O3U-3
          VS-2: 1 SBU-1, 1 SBC-4
          VT-3: 16 TBD-1, 1 SB2U-2
          Utility Unit: 2 J2F-1, 2 O3U-3
      CARRIER DIVISION TWO
        ENTERPRISE AIR GROUP
          VB-6: 18 BT-1
          VF-6: 16 F3F-2, 2 SBC-3, 2 SU-2
          VS-6: 17 SBC-3
          VT-6: 17 TBD-1
          Utility Unit: 1 J2F-1, 1 J2F-3, 3 O3U-3
        WASP AIR GROUP, NRAB Squantum
          Utility Unit: 1 O3U-3, 3 SON-1
        YORKTOWN AIR GROUP
          ComCarDiv 2: 1 SBC-3, 1 SOC-1, 1 NJ-1, 1 N3N-1
          CAG: 1 SBC-3
          VB-5: 18 BT-1
          VF-5: 18 F3F-3, 1 F2F-1, 1 SU-3
          VS-5: 18 SBC-3
          VT-5: 18 TBD-1
          Utility Unit: 2 J2F-2, 3 O3U-3

  SCOUTING FORCE, US FLEET: ComScoFor in USS Indianapolis: 1 SOC-3

    CRUISERS, SCOUTING FORCE: ComCruScoFor in USS Chicago: 1 SOC-1
      CRUISER DIVISION FOUR: VCS-4 in USS Houston, Northampton, 
        Pensacola & Salt Lake City: 12 SOC-1, 4 SOC-2
      CRUISER DIVISION FIVE: VCS-5 in USS Chester, Chicago, Louisville &
        Portland: 11 SOC-1, 1 SOC-2
      CRUISER DIVISION SIX: VCS-6 in USS Astoria, Indianapolis, 
        Minneapolis & New Orleans: 11 SOC-1, 2 SOC-2
      CRUISER DIVISION SEVEN: VCS-7 in USS Quincy, San Francisco, 
        Tuscaloosa & Vincennes: 13 SOC-1, 3 SOC-2
      USS WICHITA: 4 SOC-1

    AIRCRAFT, SCOUTING FORCE: ComAirScoFor in USS Memphis: 2 SOC-3
      PATROL WING ONE, San Diego, Calif.
        ComPatWingOne: 1 SOC-2
        USS Langley: 1 SOC-1, 1 SOC-2, 1 SON-1
        USS Wright: 1 SOC-1, 1 J2F-1
        VP-11: 13 PBY-3, 1 PBY-4
        VP-12: 14 PBY-3
        VP-14: 6 P2Y-3, 2 O3U-3
      PATROL WING TWO, Pearl Harbor, TH
        VP-21: 15 PBY-4 (based at San Diego, Calif)
        VP-22: 15 PBY-3
        VP-23: 12 PBY-1
        VP-24: 13 PBY-1
        VP-25: 13 PBY-2
        VP-26: 16 PBY-4, 1 PBY-2, 2 O3U-3
        Utility Unit: 1 F4B-3, 1 JRS-1, 3 J2F-1, 2 O3U-1, 1 SOC-2, 
                      1 RD-3
      PATROL WING THREE, Coco Solo, CZ
        VP-31: 11 PBY-2
        VP-32: 13 PBY-1
        VP-33: 14 PBY-3
        Utility Unit: 1 RD-3, 2 F2F-1, 1 F4B-4, 2 O3U-1, Glider
      PATROL WING FOUR, Sitka, TA
        VP-41: 7 PBY-3
        VP-42: 7 PBY-2
        VP-43: 5 P2Y-3
        VP-44: 6 P2Y-3
        Utility Unit: 1 SOC-1
      PATROL WING FIVE, NAS Norfolk, Va
        ComPatWingFive: 1 SON-1
        VP-51: 13 PYB-1, 1 O3U-3
        VP-52: 8 P2Y-2, 1 XP2Y-2, 1 O3U-3
        VP-53: 9 P2Y-2
        VP-54: 12 PBY-2

  SUBMARINE FORCE, US FLEET: ComSubFor in USS Richmond: 2 SOC-2

  BASE FORCE, US FLEET: ComBasFor, San Pedro, Calif: 1 SOC-1
    UTILITY WING, BASE FORCE
      VJ-1: 8 J2F-2, 3 J2F-3, 8 JRS-1
      VJ-2: 3 J2F-1, 2 J2F-2, 4 J2F-3, 1 JRS-1, 1 RD-3, 7 PH-1
      Utility Detachment Dog: 1 N2C-2, 1 TG-2

ASIATIC FLEET
  USS AUGUSTA: 4 SOC-1
  USS MARBLEHEAD: 2 SOC-1
  USS HERON: 2 JF-1, 2 J2F-2