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Fighter Squadron 143
Fighter Squadron 143 (United States Navy) insignia c1957.png
VF-143 squadron insignia
Active 20 July 1950 – 1 April 1958
Country United States
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Role Fighter aircraft
Part of Inactive
Nickname(s) Kingpins
Engagements Korean War
Aircraft flown
Fighter F4U-4 Corsair
F9F-6 Cougar
FJ-3M Fury

Fighter Squadron 143 or VF-143 was an aviation unit of the United States Navy originally established as a Naval Reserve squadron VF-821 on 20 July 1950, it was redesignated VF-143 on 4 February 1953 and disestablished on 1 April 1958.[1]

Operational history

VF-143 F9F-6 lands on USS Kearsarge in 1953
VF-143 FJ-3M lands on USS Hancock in 1957

VF-821 equipped with F4U-4 Corsairs was deployed on USS Princeton to the waters off Korea from 30 May-12 September 1951.[2] The squadron lost 4 F4s and 3 pilots killed during this deployment.[3]

In June 1952 VF-821 now re-equipped with F9F-6 Cougars was again deployed to Korea on USS Essex. The deployment ended on 6 February 1953 without the squadron losing any aircraft.[4]

VF-143 was embarked on the USS Philippine Sea in 1955.

VF-143 was embarked on the USS Hancock for a western Pacific deployment from 6 April to 18 September 1957.

Home port assignments

Aircraft Assignment

See also


  1. ^ "Fighter Squadron Lineage". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Ships & Other Units Eligible for the Korean Service Medal". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  3. ^ Campbell, Douglas (2013). U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and MATS Aircraft Lost During the Korean War. p. 155. ISBN 9781304610737.
  4. ^ Thompson, Warren (2014). F9F Panther Units of the Korean War. Osprey Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 9781782003526.

External links

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