Fighting Squadron 2 or VF-2 was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. Originally established as VF-2 on 1 January 1927, it was redesignated VF-2B on 1 July 1927, redesignated as VF-2S on 1 July 1932, redesignated as VF-2B in April 1933, redesignated as VF-2 on 1 July 1937, it was disestablished on 1 July 1942. It was the second US Navy squadron to be designated as VF-2.
|Fighting Squadron 2|
|Active||1 January 1927 - 1 July 1942|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Engagements||World War II|
World War IIEdit
The squadron’s first combat occurred during the Battle of the Coral Sea, the world’s first engagement between aircraft carriers. On 7 May 1942, VF-2 escorted strike aircraft against the Japanese aircraft carrier Shōhō. VF-2 claimed 6 confirmed aerial kills and 3 probable kills. The next day, Japanese carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku exchanged air strikes with the US force, and VF-2 lost 5 aircraft while claiming 11 kills. USS Lexington succumbed to torpedo damage and was sunk, without an aircraft carrier, VF-2 was disestablished on 1 July 1942.
- "Fighter Squadron Lineage". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
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