US Naval Participants and their Planes
THE MEN OF VB-18
The President of the United States takes
pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to
John F. Forsyth, Lieutenant, Junior Grade,
U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary
heroism in operations against the enemy
while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based
Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron
EIGHTEEN (VB-18), embarked from the
U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), during the
Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 25
October 1944. The action, in which he was
an integral part, successfully accomplished
in the face of intense and accurate
anti-aircraft barrages, removed a serious
threat to our ground forces in the Philippine
Islands. His outstanding courage and
determined skill were at all times inspiring
and in keeping with the highest traditions of
the United States Naval Service.
JOHN F. FORSYTH
GUNNER DICK SHIPMAN
GUNNER A.V. DASCHKE
VB-18 PILOTS
FRONT ROW: DUCKETT CHAUVEL, EHRKE
MIDDLE ROW: EMGE, KEANE,CHANEY, ANDERSON
BACK ROW:  MCINTOSH, SHERRELL
The SB2C Helldivers
TWO PLANES ON THE GROUND AFTER LEAVING BALANACAN
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF SB2C'S FROM THE USS INTREPID.  PLANES FROM
THE INTREPID BORE THE "+" SIGN ON THE TAILS AS WELL AS THE PLANE
NUMBER.
The Men of VT-18
The TBM1-C Avengers
The Men of VF-18
The F6F-5 Hellcats
Commander Frank C Hearrell Jr.
VPB-20
PMB 3D