UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1910-1995
21 January Theodore Roosevelt battle group arrived
on station in the Persian Gulf.
23 January Navy A-6s disabled an al-Qaddisiya-class
Iraqi tanker that had been collecting and reporting in-
telligence data. The A-6s also attacked and sank a
Winchester-class hovercraft (being refueled by the
tanker) and a Zhuk patrol boat.
24 January Navy A-6s attacked and destroyed an
Iraqi Spasilac minelayer. An A-6 sank an Iraqi Zhuk-
class patrol boat and another Iraqi minesweeper hit an
Iraqi mine while attempting to evade the A-6 fire. A-6s
and F/A-18s attacked the Umm Qasr Naval Base.
24 January The first Kuwaiti territory, the island of
Jazirat Qurah, was reclaimed.
28 January Navy A-6s
Bubiyan Channel, at Umm
attacked Iraqi ships at
Qasr Naval Base, and in
28 January Captain Michael Berryman of VMA-311
was captured by Iraqi forces after his AV-8B Harrier
was shot down.
30 January Navy A-6s attacked three Iraqi landing
craft in the vicinity of Shatt aI-Arab Channel.
30 January All 18 F/ A-18s aboard Saratoga delivered
100,000 pounds of MK-83 1,000-pound bombs on Iraqi
positions in Kuwait. This was the largest amount of
bomb tonnage carried in a single mission.
1 February VAW-123 coordinated aircraft on the first
of 11 Scud missile patrols flown from 1-7 February. On
3 February, America confirmed the destruction of two
2 February A Navy A-6 with crew members
Lieutenant Commander Barry Cooke and Lieutenant
Patrick Kelly Connor, from Theodore Roosevelt's VA-36,
were shot down by antiaircraft fire. The crewmen were
reported missing. This was Theodore Roosevelt's first
combat loss of the war.
5 February A Navy F/A-18A crashed while returning
from a combat mission. The pilot, Lieutenant Robert
Dwyer of VFA-87 from Theodore Roosevelt, was killed.
6 February An F-14A from VF-1, off Ranger, piloted
by Lieutenant Stuart Broce, with Commander Ron
McElraft as Radar Intercept Officer, downed a MI-8 Hip
helicopter with an AIM-9M Sidewinder missile.
7 February A-6s attacked and heavily damaged two
Iraqi patrol boats in the northern Persian Gulf near al-
8 February A-6s attacked and neutralized an Iraqi
training frigate co-located with a TMC-45 class patrol
boat (Exocet capable craft) at Cor al-Zubayr.
9 February Captain Russell Sanborn, USMC, was
captured by Iraqi forces after his VMA-231 AV-8B was
14 February America battle group transited the
Strait of Hormuz en route to operations in the Persian
15 February America became the first and only car-
rier to conduct strikes from both sides of the Arabian
18 February An Iraqi mine blasted a 20-by-30 foot
hole in the forward section of the 18,000-ton helicopter
carrier Tripoli during mine clearance operations in the
northern Persian Gulf. After continuing her duty for
five days, Tripoli, the flagship of the minesweeping op-
eration, returned to a shipyard drydock in Bahrain for
a month of repairs.
20 February America's VS-32 became the first S-3
squadron to engage, bomb, and destroy a hostile ves-
sel, an Iraqi gunboat.
20-24 February Using the AV-8B Harrier, the VMA-
331 Bumblebees flew 243 sorties along the Iraqi border
and throughout Kuwait.
23 February America, Midway, Theodore Roosevelt,
and Ranger were in the Persian Gulf. John F Kennedy
and Saratoga were operating from the Red Sea.
23 February Aircraft from America destroyed a
Silkworm (antiship) missile battery after Iraq unsuc-
cessfully fired a missile at Missouri (BB 63).
23 February A VMA-542 AV-8B Harrier was shot
down by Iraqi forces. Captain James Wilbourn, USMC
was killed in action.
23 February The SAR team from NAS Lemoore,
Calif., saved a 19-year-old male who had been missing
for five days. He was found on a 6,000-foot elevation
in very rocky terrain at the southern edge of Sequoia
National Park. The SAR team was called in to assist the
Tulare County Sheriffs Department.