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Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191) was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. It was established in 1943 and disestablished in 1978. The squadron was nicknamed Satan's Kittens. A second VF-191, bearing the same designation and nickname was established for a short time again between 1986 and 1988.

Fighter Squadron 191
Fighter Squadron 191 (US Navy) patch.png
VF-191 insignia
Active 15 August 1943 - 1 March 1978
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type fighter squadron
Nickname(s) "Satan's Kittens"
Engagements World War II
Korean War
Vietnam

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HistoryEdit

 
F6F-5s on the USS Lexington in 1944
 
F9F-2s during the Korean War
 
F-8Js from the USS Oriskany
 
F-4J on the USS Coral Sea in 1977
 
F-14 Tomcat of VF-191 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 1988
 
VF-191 F-14 tail markings

VF-191 was established as fighter squadron VF-19 on 15 August 1943. On 15 November 1946 it was re-designated VF-19A. On 24 August 1948 it was finally re-designated VF-191 and adopted the new nickname Satan's Kittens. It was disestablished on 1 March 1978.

The squadron took part in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the latter conflict the squadron took part in several combat cruises, flying variants of the F-8 Crusader. After Vietnam VF-191 continued operations with the F-8 until 1976, when they transitioned to the F-4 Phantom II. A single cruise in the F-4 followed, as VF-191 was disestablished in 1978.

DeploymentsEdit

from to aircraft carrier air wing tail code area
July 1944 November 1944 F6F-5 CV-16 CVG-19 no code Pacific War
April 20, 1946 August 9, 1946 F6F-5 CV-36 CVG-19 A-1xx WestPac
June 1947 June 1947 F8F-1 CV-21 CVAG-19 B-1xx not deployed
January 11, 1950 June 13, 1950 F8F-2 CV-21 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
November 9, 1950 May 29, 1951 F9F-2 CV-37 CVG-19 B-1xx Korean War
March 21, 1952 November 3, 1952 F9F-2 CV-37 CVG-19 B-1xx Korean War
September 14, 1953 April 22, 1954 F9F-6 CVA-34 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
March 2, 1955 September 21, 1955 F9F-6 CVA-34 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
March 9, 1957 August 25, 1957 FJ-3 CVA-10 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
November 1, 1958 June 19, 1959 F11F-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
November 21, 1959 May 14, 1960 F11F-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
April 26, 1961 December 13, 1961 F8U-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
July 12, 1962 February 11, 1963 F8U-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
January 28, 1964 November 21, 1964 F-8E CVA-31 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
April 21, 1965 January 13, 1966 F-8E CVA-31 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
October 19, 1966 May 29, 1967 F-8E CVA-14 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
December 28, 1967 August 17, 1968 F-8E CVA-14 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
April 16, 1969 November 17, 1969 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
May 14, 1970 December 10, 1970 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
May 14, 1971 December 18, 1971 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
June 5, 1972 March 30, 1973 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
October 18, 1973 June 5, 1974 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam
September 16, 1975 March 3, 1976 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx WestPac
February 15, 1977 October 5, 1977 F-4J CV-43 CVW-15 NL-1xx WestPac

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