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ALL Whale Squadrons


ALL Whale Squadrons

This place is for all of our shipmates who were in A3 Whale squadrons.

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Started by Rodney D Chapman. Last reply by Robert L. John Allison Aug 11, 2016.

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Started by Larry B Wing. Last reply by Larry B Wing Nov 8, 2010.

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Comment by Steven R. Ewing on May 27, 2020 at 9:12am

Here's a PDF from the A-3 Skywarrior Association Web Page:

A3 Aircrews lost in the line of duty

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on June 19, 2019 at 10:07am

There's an A-3 Skywarrior Assoiation reunion in October in Oakland CA.


Comment by J Kirk Richards on November 10, 2016 at 9:08am

My dad, ADJ-1 (retired AOC) John L. Richards flew in to NAS Sanford as third crewman aboard VAH-3's (later RVAH) first Whale.  When I uncomplicated the photo matters I will upload a newspaper clipping with all three men taken by The Orlando Sentinel, plus copies of the Heavy-3 squadron Bear-meat Barbecue and later fastpitch softball game.  Dad began in June of 41 and joined CV-8 USS Hornet from Panama Canal through Midway (as flying AMMM) and Guadalcanal ops until its sinking in October, 1942 and then hooked up with CVE-11 USS Card at its commissioning (I seem to recall) and made several England/Murmansk Convoy escorts as well as the Southern France Invasion from the Med before going back to PaxRiver and the test bed/hurricane hunters (B-25) before FASRON-51 duty at NAS Argentia where he was lead of a crash crew section (the surviving photos of that section party in our basement on base are epic, before he got sent to Sanford...Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Standard(?) and other schools involved what he termed as vast relief from his three monsters left with his base commander (Mom, Sally), and then there were the back-roads rides from Sanford to Jax as he prepared to bring the first Whale aboard in our new hometown.  I joined the Green side of the Naval Team in 1967 and was out after Vietnam and USNH-Jax by 1972.  I will try to gather the photos from Facebook or my photo CD collections to post here and/or at VAH-3's group.

Comment by James M Parks on December 7, 2015 at 9:36am

I was in VAH-1 first, then we got the Vigi's.  Some days I wondered which was best.  Then I came back to VAH-11 for a very short while before we transitioned to the Vigi.  Then came the Forrestal...  At least we in H-11 didn't lose anybody.  Not like the other squadrons.  Sad.  But still have good friends from all the squadrons.

Comment by Bernie Klunke on August 1, 2014 at 8:30am

Wow, just noticed too many spelling errors. Once one clicks "add Comment"

there's no return! Bernie Klunke

Comment by Bernie Klunke on August 1, 2014 at 8:27am

Hey! I was in VAH-1 all whale's! Joined in Jax then moved to Sanford, Fl. I saw a parachute deployed while still in the air! Twas in Sanford when our skipper doing touch & go's allowed to release it a go around. Caused a little scarel, some thought someone just bailed??? However, speaking of bailing out, we had one Whale go down where the crew bailed out and the pilot stayed in until he could manage to miss a school. He opened his chute inside the cockpit and throu the pilot chute in the air. It blossomed once and he hit the ground. The last thing he said before he jumped was that he looked at the altimeter and it was just over 800 feet. should be able to check that story out somewhere in some files. 

Bernie Klunke

Comment by Norman E. Royce on July 23, 2014 at 4:24pm


Came across this film clip of the of the A5C . Some of you may have seen it but it a nice clip ...enjoy


Comment by Richard Huss on May 26, 2014 at 8:42pm

It appears to be a B-47 belonging to the Strategic Air Command (SAC)  I remember seeing B-47's at Cecil in the early '70's with NAVY markings.  Don't remember who they belonged to though.

Comment by STICK on May 26, 2014 at 2:58pm

As far as the AC with the chute out...all I could find was ..".B47 on final approach"nothing else....

Comment by Norman E. Royce on May 26, 2014 at 1:50pm

I would like to wish all as happy memorial day and thank you so much for your service..



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