• VT-17 Timeline – World War II

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    Date Location Event
    Spring, Summer 1943 NAS Norfolk, NAS Chincoteague
    Training
    10 Sep 1943 to 2 Oct 1943
    USS Bunker Hill
    Transfer to war zone, travel from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor via Panama Canal and San Diego.
    11Nov1943 Pacific theater
    First combat sorties, striking targets in Rabaul
    Nov 1943 to Feb 1944
    Pacific theater
    missions striking targets in Kavieng, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Truk and Tinian.
    2 Feb 1944 Pacific theater
    Squadron Commanding Officer Whitaker lost in mid-air collision near Eniwetok.
    18 Apr 1944 NAS Alameda transfer
    29 May 1944 NAAS Monterey transfer
    17 July 1944 NAAS Vernalis transfer
    24 July 1944 NAAS Monterey transfer
    14 Aug 1944 NAS Alameda transfer
    16 Aug 1944 USS Takanis Bay transfer
    18 Aug 1944 NAS Alameda transfer
    27 Aug 1944 NAAS Vernalis transfer
    31 Aug 1944 NAS Alameda transfer
    2 Oct 1944 NAAS Arcata transfer
    19 Oct 1944 NAS Alameda transfer
    27 Oct 1944 USS Ranger transfer
    29 Oct 1944 NAS Alameda transfer
    3 Nov 1944 NAS San Diego transfer
    3 Nov 1944 USS Hollandia transfer
    10 Nov 1944 NAS Pearl Harbor transfer
    10 Nov 1944 USS Cumberland Sound transfer
    12 Nov 1944 NAS Hilo, Hawaii transfer
    12-16-1944 NAS Pearl Harbor transfer
    12-16-1944 USS Nassau transfer
    12-28-1944 NAS Agana, Guam transfer to war zone
    1-28 Jan 1945 USS Kasaan Bay transfer
    2 Feb 1945 USS Hornet transfer
    10 Feb 1945 to 4 Mar 1945 USS Hornet at sea
    16 Feb 1945 Hachijo Jima air strike
    16 Feb 1945 Hamamatsu air strike
    17 Feb 1945 Toyahashi air strike
    18 Feb 1945 Chichi Jima air strike
    20 Feb 1945 Iwo Jima support (3) air strike
    21 Feb 1945 Iwo Jima support air strike
    22 Feb 1945 Iwo Jima support air strike
    1 Mar 1945 Miyako Hakuchi (shipping) air strike
    4 Mar 1945 to 14 Mar 1945 in port
    14 Mar 1945 to 30 Apr 1945 at sea
    18 Mar 1945 Kanoya (2)

    [Task Force 58 history for this date: 58.1 – Hornet sinking s/s Nansei Maru #1, damaging Tokuho Maru and Asahi Maru in Yamakawa harbor]

    air strike
    19 Mar 1945 Kure (Inland Sea) Jap Fleet air strike
    23 Mar 1945 Kerama Retto pre-invasion (3) air strike
    24 Mar 1945 Shipping in East China Sea air strike
    25 Mar 1945 Okinawa support (3) air strike
    28 Mar 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    28 Mar 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    28 Mar 1945 Jap Feet in East China Sea

    [Task Force 58 history for this date: strike Okinawa, Kjushu
    58.1 sail N against IJN /false alarm/ – Hornet II sinking corvette #33 18 nm SE of Mijazaki, Kjushu (31-45N, 131-45E)
    58.3 strike Minami Daito Shima, refuel 200 miles E of Okinawa Jima (25-00 N 131-50 E) 58.4 refuel]

    air strike
    31 Mar 1945 Amami Gunto Shipping air strike
    1 Apr 1945 Okinawa support (2) air strike
    2 Apr 1945 Amami Gunto shipping (2) air strike
    2 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    3 Apr 1945 Miyako Shima air strike
    5 Apr 1945 Kikai air strike
    7 Apr 1945 Jap Fleet in East China Sea (Battleship Yamato)

    [Task Force 58 history for this date: attacking Yamato force:
    sinking :
    – Yamato, Yahagi, Isokaze and Hamakaze 150 nm SW of Nagasaki (30-40N, 128-03E)
    – Asashimo 140 nm SW of Nagasaki (31-00N, 128-00E)
    – Kasumi 145 nm SW of Nagasaki (30-57N, 127-57E)]

    air strike
    14 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    15 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    18 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    19 Apr 1945 Okinawa support (2) air strike
    20 Apr 1945 Kikai (3) air strike
    21 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    23 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    25 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    27 Apr 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    4-30-45 to 5-9-45 in port
    5-9-45 to 6-13-45 at sea
    12 May 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    13 May 1945 Kanoya (3) air strike
    13 May 1945 Izumi air strike
    13 May 1945 Saeki Naval Air Base air strike
    14 May 1945 Kumamoto Aircraft Factories air strike
    14 May 1945 Tachiarai air strike
    14 May 1945 Matsuyama West air strike
    14 May 1945 Kanoya air strike
    17 May 1945 Okinawa support (2) air strike
    18 May 1945 Okinawa support (2) air strike
    21 May 1945 Kikai air strike
    21 May 1945 Tokuna air strike
    22 May 1945 Shipping, East China Sea air strike
    22 May 1945 Kikai (2)

    [Task Force 58 history for this date: 58.1 – Bennington and Hornet II sinking PC Ch-37, Ch-58 and LST T-173 SW of Kjsuhu between Sasebo and Oshima (29-45N, 129-10E) 58.3 strike Okinawa]

    air strike
    26 May 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    28 May 1945 Okinawa support air strike
    1 Jun 1945 Okinawa supply paradrops air operations
    6-3 Jun 1945 Okinawa supply paradrops air operations
    6-13 Jun 1945 in port P. I.
    6-19 Jun 1945 at sea Homeward bound
    29 Jun 1945 to 2 Jul 1945 NAS Pearl Harbor transfer
    8 Jul 1945 San Francisco transfer
    • I noticed that the timeline starts in 1944. Torpedo 17 has a rich list of engagements starting in 1943 in Rabaul through Truk. Would you like a list from the Bunker Hill logs?

    • Thank you for your message. Yes I would like to get the USS Bunker Hill logs for the period VT-17 was aboard. Email dave@vt17.com

      Dave Schubert
      Admin vt17.com

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