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Fighter Squadron 3
Active 1935 - 1946
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type Fighter/Attack
Role Close air support
Air interdiction
Aerial reconnaissance
Part of Carrier Air Wing Three
Carrier Air Wing Six
Mascot Felix the Cat

World War II

John Thach
Aircraft flown
Fighter F4F Wildcat
F6F Hellcat
Main article: VFA-31

VF-3 or Fighter Squadron 3 was known as the Felix Cat Squadron, was a United States Navy strike fighter squadron now inactive.


A number of fighter squadrons have been designated VF-3, most before World War II. Officially, the U.S. Navy does not recognize a direct lineage with disestablished squadrons if a new squadron is formed with the same designation.[1] Often the new squadron will assume the nickname, insignia, and traditions of the earlier squadrons.

The first VF-3 was established on 1 July 1922 and was disestablished in May 1924.

The second VF-3 was established when VF-6B was redesignated VF-3 on 1 July 1937. VF-3 served aboard USS Saratoga and the USS Yorktown until the Battle of Midway. After Midway, the squadron served in several other posts, including the USS Enterprise until the end of the war. The commanding officer of the squadron during 1942 was then - Lieutenant Commander John Thach. After the battle of Midway, VF-3 and VF-6 swapped designations on 15 July 1943, resulting in a three year controversy as to which squadron owned the Felix name and emblem until VF-3 was re-designated VF-3A on 15 November 1946 and awarded the official approval to adopt Felix the Cat by the Chief of Naval Operations. VF-3A was then re-designated VF-31 on August 7, 1948.

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