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Topic review - Lexington Air Group.....Apr 1942
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The Lexington page is mostly finished now; just need to add the history for the battle of Coral Sea and add some other little tidbits: ... /CV-2.html
Post Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:48 pm
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Thanks Jerry. I did the rough chart based on a Navy (more or less) weekly report. There are obvious problems in that they list Lexington's air group at full strength at Pearl Harbor up until June of 1942... I don't know if notification of her loss was just delayed, if they didn't have any mechanism for removing a ship from the reports, etc.

So there's obviously bad data that I left out or haven't had a chance to go back and correct yet... First Team was one source I was going to hit soon for the early info, as the reports don't start until February.
Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:05 pm
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To add a little to Tracy's chart:

Lexington's cruise of 05 Dec 1941 (TF-12), she left to ferry VMSB 231, 18 SB2U-3's to Midway Is.. On 05 Dec 1941, 1 F2A-3 was damaged upon landing, and was tossed over the side as unsalvagable. So VF-2 left PH w/ 18 F2A-3's, and returned w/ 17. VF-2 by the end of this cruise, 13 Dec 1941, had literally grounded it's Buffalos due to defective landing struts! BTW, VMSB-231 was never flown off to Midway, instead returned to Ewa when TF-12 returned to PH.

Lexington's next war cruise was from 14 Dec 1941 to 27 Dec 1941 (TF-11). VF 2's strength was 21 F2A-3's (18 operational), however on 26 Dec 1941, a F2A-3 was lost when the engine cut-out, and the pilot deadsticked into the sea (pilot recovered).

Cruise of 29 Dec 1941 to 03 Jan 1942 (TF-11), VF-2 had on strength 17 F2A-3's, however on 29 Dec 1941, 1 Buffalo was lost when it struck the ramp on landing (pilot recovered). Two more F2A-3's were damaged in landing accidents, so VF-2 returned to PH with a mere 14 Buffalos operational.

Just some random info which shows just how difficult it is to determine exact aircraft numbers for any given time, as operational losses, mechanical issues, etc, always affected actual aircraft strength.

BTW, source was "The First Team", Lundstrom

Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:19 pm
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Not trying to steal thunder, but this was something I was working on last week: ... /CV-2.html
Not finished yet.
Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:27 am
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I like this airwing idea! I'll start, just for fun!

Lexington Air Group, as of 15 April 1942

VF-2 21 F4F-3, -3A's
VB-2 18 SBD-2, -3's
VS-2 18 SBD-3's
VT-2 12 TBD-1's

Also from 14 April-18 April 1942, VMF-211, 14 F2A-3's, were embarked. The Marines were flown off to Palmyra Island as Lexington passed, enroute to the South Pacific.

Jerry Phillips
Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:19 pm

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