VA 155

Navy Attack Squadron 155 

 

 





 


The history of Navy Attack Squadron 155 (VA-155)

Major Overseas Deployments


          Date of Departure    Date of Return    Air Wing    Carrier   Type of Aircraft    Area of Operation

07 Dec 1964      01 Nov 1965      CVW-15     CVA 43     A-4E     WestPac/Vietnam
12 May 1966     03 Dec 1966      CVW-15     CVA 64     A-4E     WestPac/Vietnam
26 Jul 1967        06 Apr 1968      CVW-15     CVA 43     A-4E     WestPac/Vietnam
26 Oct 1968      17 May 1969     CVW-2       CVA 61     A-4F     WestPac/Vietnam
14 May 1970     10 Dec 1970     CVW-19     CVA 34     A-7B     WestPac/Vietnam
14 May 1971     18 Dec 1971     CVW-19     CVA 34     A-7B     WestPac/Vietnam
05 Jun 1972       30 Mar 1973     CVW-19     CVA 34     A-7B     WestPac/Vietnam


Air Wing Assignments


        Air Wing          Tail Code     Assignment Date

CVW-2              NE      12 Sep 1968
CVW-12                       24 Jun 1969
CVW-19        NM        22 Nov 1969

 

Commanders

CDR J. H. Harris 17 Jul 1964
CDR J. B. Morin 1965
CDR Charles H. Peters 1966
CDR E. W. Ingley 11 Jul 1966
CDR William H. Searfus Jun 1967
CDR David J. Sperling Dec 1967
CDR Robert F. Reynolds, Jr. 07 Dec 1968
CDR Edwin C. Adamson, Jr. 24 Oct 1969
CDR James H. Mauldin 28 Aug 1970
CDR Markley R. Seibert 1971
CDR Dean E. Cramer 02 Jun 1972
CDR Robert L. Leuschner, Jr. 07 Jun 1973



Significant Events

 


7 and 11 Feb 1965:
The squadron participated in Flaming Dart I and II, reprisal strikes against targets in North Vietnam following a Viet Cong attack on the American advisors compound at Pleiku and the American billet in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.

Mar 1965:
 The squadron began participation in Rolling Thunder operations, the bombing of military targets in North Vietnam.

May 1966:
 VA-155 was the first A-4 squadron deploying to Vietnam using a new camouflage paint
scheme nicknamed the “Flying Mulberrybushes.” The new paint scheme and colors were expected to reduce
battle damage by making the aircraft more difficult to detect visually.

1 Jul 1966:
The squadron’s commanding officer,Commander C. H. Peters, was killed in action while
leading an attack on petroleum facilities at Duong Nham, North Vietnam.

20 Oct 1967:
Squadron aircraft sighted six North Vietnamese PT boats near Thanh Hoa and engaged
the boats. Four of the PT boats were sunk, one was damaged and the sixth escaped, seeking refuge in the
mouth of the river near Thanh Hoa.

25 Nov 1967:
 Commander W. H. Searfus, the squadron’s commanding officer, was lost at sea follow-ing a flight deck accident in which his aircraft was lost
over the side of the carrier.

Mar 1968:
Coral Sea (CVA 43), with VA-155 embarked, operated on station off the coast of Korea
following the capture of Pueblo (AGER 2) in January by North Korea.

Apr 1969:
Following the shoot down of a Navy EC-121 aircraft by the North Koreans on 15 April, Ranger
(CVA 61), with VA-155 embarked, left Yankee Station and proceeded to the Sea of Japan for operations off
the coast of Korea.

21 Nov 1970:
The squadron flew missions in support of an attempt to rescue American prisoners-ofwar
at the Son Tay prisoner compound, 20 miles west of Hanoi.

Feb 1973:
Following the cease fire with North Vietnam, the squadron flew combat missions in Laos
until a cease fire was signed with that country on 22 February 1973.


Information from: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume I

Information for time in Westpac/Vietnam


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