U.S. Navy Carrier Air Group
Organization

U.S. Navy Naval Aeronautic Organization Sheets from 19231952 (LINK to NHHC Website)
Aviation Spare Allowances for FY1939/40:
Carriers/Ship Based: 50% Spare Airplane Allowance
Patrol Planes: 25% Spare Airplane Allowance
Fleet Marine Force: 50% Spare Airplane Allowance
NAS Pensacola: 20% Spare Airplane Allowance
Other Squadrons/Units: No Spare Airplane Allowance.
Standard Carrier Air Group (Lexington Class/Yorktown Class/Wasp)
1 x Fighter Squadron (18 x VF, 1 x VSB, 2 x VM)
1 x Bombing Squadron (18 x VB)
1 x Scouting Squadron (18 x VSB)
1 x Torpedo Squadron (18 x VTB)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB*)
NOTE: * In FY1940, the utility units picked up an extra VSB for the air group commander's personal plane.
Small Carrier Air Group (Ranger)
1 x Fighter Squadron (18 x VF, 1 x VSB, 2 x VM)
1 x Bombing Squadron (18 x VB)
2 x Scouting Squadrons (18 x VSB each, for 36 x VSB)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB*)
NOTE: * In FY1940, the utility units picked up an extra VSB for the air group commander's personal plane.
Aviation Spare Allowances for FY41:
Carriers/Ship Based: 50% Spare Airplane Allowance
Patrol Planes: 25% Spare Airplane Allowance
Fleet Marine Force: 50% Spare Airplane Allowance
NAS Pensacola, Corpus Christi, Miami, and Jacksonville: 20% Spare Airplane Allowance
Other Squadrons/Units: No Spare Airplane Allowance.
Lexington Class Carrier Air Group
1 x Fighter Squadron (18 x VF, 2 x VM)
1 x Bombing Squadron (21 x VSB)
1 x Scouting Squadron (21 x VSB)
1 x Torpedo Squadron (12 x VTB)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB)
Yorktown Class Carrier Air Group
1 x Fighter Squadron (18 x VF, 2 x VM)
1 x Bombing Squadron (18 x VB)
1 x Scouting Squadron (18 x VSB)
1 x Torpedo Squadron (18 x VTB)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB)
Wasp Class Carrier Air Group
2 x Fighter Squadrons (18 x VF, 2 x VM each, for a total of 36 x VF and 4 x VM)
2 x Scouting Squadrons (15 x VSB, 3 x VTB each, for a total of 30 x VSB and 6 x VTB)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB)
Aviation Spare Allowances for FY42:
Carriers/Ship Based: 100% Spare Airplane Allowance
Patrol Planes: 50% Spare Airplane Allowance
Utility Planes: 25% Spare Aircraft Allowance
Fleet Marine Force: 100% Spare Airplane Allowance
NAS Pensacola, Corpus Christi, Miami, and Jacksonville: 20% Spare Airplane Allowance
Inner Patrol Squadrons: 100% Spare Airplane Allowance.
Other Squadrons/Units: No Spare Airplane Allowance.
Fleet Carrier Air Group A (Lexington, Saratoga, Yorktown, Enterprise)
1 x Fighter Squadron (27 x VF, 3 x VM)*
1 x Bombing Squadron (18 x VSB)
1 x Scouting Squadron (18 x VSB)
1 x Torpedo Squadron (18 x VTB)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB)
Note: To be increased from 18 to 27 planes about 1 October 1941.
Fleet Carrier Air Group B (Wasp)
1 x Fighter Squadron (18 x VF, 1 x VSB, 2 x VM)
1 x Bombing Squadron (18 x VSB)
2 x Scouting Squadrons (18 x VSB each, for 36 x VSB total)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB)
Fleet Carrier Air Group C (Hornet)
1 x Fighter Squadron (27 x VF, 1 x VSB, 2 x VM)
1 x Bombing Squadron (18 x VSB)
1 x Scouting Squadron (18 x VSB)
1 x Torpedo Squadron (18 x VSB) (Until 18 x VTB can be found)
1 x Utility Unit (3 x VSO, 2 x VJ, 1 x VSB)
The Fiscal Year 1943 organization is incomplete, being a single page of existing and proposed Navy Aeronautical Squadrons. Such are the throws of the dice for historical archival research.
Large Carrier Air Group (48 x F7F, 36 x SB2C, 37 x TBF)
Medium Carrier Air Group A (CV4 Ranger) (27 x F6F, 30 x
SB2C, 10 x TBF)
Medium Carrier Air Group B (All Others) (36
x F4F, 36 x SB2C, 19 x TBF)
Light Carrier Air Group (24 x F6F, 9 x TBF)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air
Group (24 x FM, 9 x TBF)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser)
Atlantic Fleet Air Group (9 x FM, 12 x TBF)
Escort Carrier
(C3/Kaiser) Pacific Fleet Air Group (18 x FM, 12 x TBF)
Large Carrier Air Group (48 x F4U, 36 x SB2C, 37 x TBF)
Medium Carrier Air Group A (36 x F4U, 36 x SB2C, 19 x TBF)
(For CVG85 on ShangriLa and CVG84)
Medium Carrier
Air Group B (36 x F6F, 36 x SB2C, 19 x TBF) (All Others)
Light Carrier Air Group (24 x F6F, 9 x TBF)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group (24 x FM, 9 x
TBF)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Atlantic Fleet Air Group (9
x FM, 12 x TBF)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Pacific Fleet Air
Group (15 x FM, 9 x TBF)
Large Carrier Air Group (49 x F4U, 36 x SB2C, 36 x TBF)
Medium Carrier Air Group A (37 x F6F, 24 x SB2C, 18 TBF)
(All Others)
Medium Carrier Air Group B (37 x F4U,
24 x SB2C, 18 TBF) (CVG7 Hancock and CVG 85 Shangri La)
Light Carrier Air Group (24 x F6F, 9 x TBF)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group (24 x FM, 9 x
TBF)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Atlantic Fleet Air Group (9
x FM, 12 x TBF)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Pacific Fleet Air
Group (15 x FM, 9 x TBF)
Large Carrier Air Group (49 x F4U, 36 x SB2C, 36 x TBF)
Medium Carrier Air Group (51 x Fighters, 24 x SB2C, 18
TBM)
Night Medium Carrier Air Group (36 x F6F(N), 27 x TBM)
Light Carrier Air Group (24 x F6F, 9 x TBM)
Night
Light Carrier Air Group (16 x F6F(N), 9 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group (18 x F6F, 12 x
TBM)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Atlantic Fleet Air Group (9
x FM, 12 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Pacific Fleet Air
Group (16 x FM, 12 x TBM)
Large Carrier Air Group (97 x F4U, 44 x SB2C)
Medium Carrier Air Group (33 x F6F, 4 x F6F(N), 36 x F4U,
15 x SB2C, 15 x TBM)
Night Medium Carrier Air Group A (16 x
F6F, 17 x F6F(N), 27 x TBM) (Enterprise)
Night Medium
Carrier Air Group B (24 x F6F, 33 x F6F(N), 18 x TBM)
(Saratoga)
Light Carrier (Independence) Air Group (24 x F6F, 9 x
TBM)
Light Carrier (Saipan) Air Group (36 x F6F, 12 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group (18 x F6F, 12 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Atlantic Fleet Air Group (3 x
FM, 16 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Pacific Fleet Air
Group (16 x FM, 12 x TBM)
Large Carrier Air Group A (97 x F4U, 48 x SB2C)
(Standard)
Large Carrier Air Group B (24 x F8F, 73 x F4U,
32 x F7F) (Alternate)
Medium Carrier Air Group (33 x F6F, 4 x F6F(N), 36 x F4U,
15 x SB2C, 15 x TBM)
Night Medium Carrier Air Group (1 x
F6F, 36 x F6F(N), 18 x TBM)
Light Carrier (Independence) Air Group (24 x F6F, 9 x
TBM)
Light Carrier (Saipan) Air Group (36 x F6F, 12 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group (18 x F6F, 12 x
TBM)
Night Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group (12 x
F6F(N), 12 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Atlantic Fleet Air Group (3 x
FM, 16 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Pacific Fleet Air
Group (16 x FM, 12 x TBM)
Large Carrier Air Group (65 x F4U, 4 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 64 x SB2C)
Medium Carrier Air Group A (49 x F6F, 4 x F6F(P), 4 x
F6F(N), 24 x SB2C, 20 x TBM)
Medium Carrier Air Group B (49
x F4U, 4 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 24 x SB2C, 20 x TBM)
Medium
Carrier Air Group C (31 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 36 x F4U,
15 x SB2C, 15 x TBM)
Medium Carrier Air Group D (67 x F6F,
2 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 15 x SB2C, 15 x TBM)
Medium Carrier Air
Group E (67 x F4U, 2 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 15 x SB2C, 15 x
TBM)
Night Medium Carrier Air Group (1 x F6F(P), 36 x
F6F(N), 18 TBM(N) )
Light Carrier (Independence) Air Group A (34 x F6F, 2 x
F6F(P) )
Light Carrier (Independence) Air Group B (34 x
F4U, 2 x F6F(P) )
Light Carrier (Independence) Air Group C
(22 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 9 x TBM)
Light Carrier (Saipan) Air
Group (46 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P) )
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group A (16 x F6F, 2 x
F6F(P), 12 x TBM)
Escort Carrier (Sangamon) Air Group B (16
x F4U, 2 x F6F(P), 12 x TBM)
Night Escort Carrier (Sangamon)
Air Group C (12 x F6F(N), 12 x TBM(N) )
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Air Group A (18 x FM, 2 x FM(P),
8 x TBM, 1 x TBM(P) )
Escort Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Air Group B
(10 x FM, 2 x FM(P), 14 x TBM, 1 x TBM(P) )
Escort Carrier
(C3/Kaiser) Air Group C (14 x FM, 2 x FM(P), 12 x TBM)
Escort
Carrier (C3/Kaiser) Air Group D (3 x FM, 16 x TBM)
Notes: It was the ultimate intention of the US Navy to replace the F6F with either the F4U or F8F. The 30 September 1945 Schedule has the F8F as a 1:1 alternate for the F6F, and there is also the following text:
“Until F4U(P) and F4U(N) are available, F6F(P) and F6F(N) must be substituted.”
Large Carrier Air Group (65 x F4U, 4 x F4U(P), 4 x F4F(N), 64 x SB2C) *
* – “Until F4U(P) and F4U(N) are available, F6F(P) and F6F(N) must be substituted.”
(PostWar) Medium Carrier Air
Group A (49 x F6F, 4 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 24 x SB2C, 20 x
TBM)
(PostWar) Medium Carrier
Air Group B (49 x F4U, 4 x F4U(P), 4 x F4U(N), 24 x SB2C,
20 x TBM)*
* – “Until F4U(P) and F4U(N) are available, F6F(P) and F6F(N) must be substituted.”
(Other) Medium Carrier Air
Group C (31 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 36 x F4U, 15 x
SB2C, 15 x TBM)
(Other) Medium
Carrier Air Group D (67 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 4 x F6F(N), 15
x SB2C, 15 x TBM)
(Other)
Medium Carrier Air Group E (67 x F4U, 2 x F6F(P), 4 x
F6F(N), 15 x SB2C, 15 x TBM)
Night Medium Carrier Group (1 x F6F(P), 36 x F6F(N), 18 x TBM)
Light Carrier Air Group A (34 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P) )
Light
Carrier Air Group B (22 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 9 x TBM)
(PostWar) Escort Carrier Air Group A (16 x F6F, 2 x
F6F(P), 12 x TBM)
(Other) Escort Carrier Air Group B (16 x
F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 12 x TBM)
(Night) Escort Carrier Air Group C
(12 x F6F(N), 12 x TBM)
CVE Kaiser Composite Squadrons A (18 x FM, 2 x FM(P), 8 x
TBM, 1 x TBM (P) )
CVE Kaiser Composite Squadrons B (10 x
FM, 2 x FM(P), 14 x TBM, 1 x TBM (P) )
CVE Kaiser Composite
Squadrons C (14 x FM, 2 x FM(P), 12 x TBM)
CVE Kaiser
Composite Squadrons D (3 x FM, 16 x TBM)
USMC CVE Group A (16 x F4U, 2 x F4U(P), 12 x TBM)
USMC
CVE Group B (16 x F6F, 2 x F6F(P), 12 x TBM)
USMC CVE Group
C (8 x F4U, 2 x F6F(P), 12 x TBM)