Naval History and Heritage Command

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Fighting Squadron Nine (VF-9)

Fighting Squadron Nine (VF-9) on board Essex (CV-9), circa late February 1944. Lt. Kenan C. Childers, VF-9's Executive Officer (left); Lt. Cmdr. Herbert N. Houck, Commanding Officer, VF-9 (center); and Lt. Cmdr. Philip Torrey, Jr., Commander, Air Group Nine, hold the squadron scoreboard which includes victories scored against Vichy French planes in North Africa (Operation Torch) and against the Japanese in the Pacific. One of the squadron's Grumman F6F "Hellcat" fighters is in the background. (80-G-217606)


Published: Fri Sep 13 10:58:16 EDT 2019