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TBF Avengers of VGS-29 Over Norfolk Naval Air Station

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Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers of VGS-29 during a flight from Norfolk Naval Air Station. VGS-29 was established on May 20, 1942. It trained at Norfolk until October 1942, when it shipped aboard USS Santee (CVE-19) to provide air cover for the invasion of French Morocco. Between escorting convoys to Casablanca on Santee, VGS-29 was based in Brazil conducting antisubmarine patrols. The squadron was redesignated VC-29 on March 1, 1943. After torpedo training, the unit was sent to the West coast and then Pearl Harbor for more training. Assigned to the USS Cabot (CVL-28) in October 1944. Over the next seven months, they attacked targets in the Philippines, Vietnam, China, and Japan and played a major part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. United States Navy Lieutenant Howard H. Skidmore, a talented pilot, was one of the top scoring pilots of VT-29. After leading the attack on Musashi, he survived two kamikaze strikes in five minutes on November 25, 1944 on Cabot as he was waiting to take off, which destroyed his plane. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (2 stars, meaning he won it three times) and many other awards, including VT-29‘s Presidential Unit Citation. VC-29 was redesignated VT-29 on December 1, 1944. On April 1, 1945, during the invasion of Okinawa, Skidmore made the only known successful takeoff from the catwalk next to the flight deck. VT-29 was disbanded on August 1, 1945.
Image Filename wwii1287.jpg
Image Size 2.50 MB
Image Dimensions 2454 x 1969
Photographer Bristol, Horace
Photographer Title United States Navy Photographic Unit
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed September 01, 1942
Location TBF Avengers of VGS-29
City Over Norfolk Naval Air Station
State or Province Virginia
Country United States
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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