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Fighting Squadron 10
VF-10 Insignia
Active 3 June 1942 – 26 November 1945
Country United States
Branch US Navy
Type Fighter Squadron
Nickname(s) Grim Reapers
Equipment F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair
Engagements World War II

Fighting Squadron 10 (VF-10) was an aviation unit of the United States Navy, established on 3 June 1942 and disestablished on 26 November 1945.[1]

Operational history[edit]

VF-10 Grumman F6F Hellcats returning to the USS Enterprise in 1944

VF-10 was established at NAS San Diego flying the Grumman F4F Wildcat. The first commanding officer was James H. Flatley fresh from the Battle of the Coral Sea. The Grim Reapers deployed with USS Enterprise to the Southern Pacific in 1942 where they participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal. After their return to the U.S. and NAS Sand Point they transitioned to the Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat and once again deployed to the South Pacific aboard Enterprise. During their second combat tour, VF-10 participated in operations in the Marshall Islands, Jaluit, Emirau, Western Caroline Islands, Hollandia, Truk Lagoon and the Battle of the Philippine Sea (Marianas Turkey Shoot). The squadron returned to the States, transitioning to the Vought F4U Corsair in January 1945[2] at NAS Atlantic City. VF-10 returned to the Pacific aboard USS Intrepid[3] and took part in strikes against Ryukyu Islands, Kyūshū, Okinawa and the Wake Island. Finally, VF-10 returned to NAS Alameda where it was deactivated in November 1945.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fighter Squadron Lineage". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ VF-10 War Diary 1/1-31/45, which states that on 31 January the unit had 30 F4U-1D and two F6F-5 aircraft on strength, the F4U-1D aircraft having replaced F4U-1s that were received earlier.
  3. ^ "16 Jun 1945". www.history.navy.mil. Retrieved 2017-07-16. 

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