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The CO of Air Group 88 was CMDR Seth "Pete" Searcy. The Leader of VF-88 was LT COMDR Dick Commelin (KIA on 7/13/45) and then LCDR Malcom "Cris" Cagle.
They had 37 Corsair and the remaining planes from Air Group 9, which included Hellcats, Helldivers, and Avengers.
VF-88 fought the
last dogfight of WW2. Four pilots were lost in that fight.
A 52 minute Home Movie of VF88 during those final war days made by LT Maury Proctor. He made it with a small movie camera he took with him in the cockpit of his Hellcat. It started as 8mm color movie film. Then in the 90s, Proctor converted it to VHS tape and gave it to reunion attendees .
Info & images were submitted by, John A. Haag, the son of LT(jg) John Haag of VF-88.
YORKTOWN (CV-10) 14 July 1945
Tragedy struck 'The Fighting Lady' today. Captain Walter F. Boone's carrier was launching aircraft of Commander Seth S. Searcy, Junior's Carrier AirGroup 88 for a strike against the Japanese home islands.
the mission, a midair collision killed the skipper
of VF-88, LCDR Richard Crommelin. One of five
Navy brothers, four of whom were aviators, Dick
Crommelin was the second to die in a midair
collision. His older brother Charlie had been
lost in similar circumstances just three months