THE UNITED STATES FLEET
OCTOBER 1, 1939

SCOUTING FORCE
SCOUTING FORCE, U.S. FLEET
Vice Admiral Adolphus Andrews

INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35) - Flagship
Flag Air Unit - 1 VSO
CRUISERS, SCOUTING FORCE
Rear Admiral Gilbert J. Rowcliff

CHICAGO (CA-29) (F)
CRUISER DIVISION FOUR
Rear Admiral John H. Newton

NORTHAMPTON (CA-26) (F)
Capt. S. S. Payne
HOUSTON (CA-30)
Capt. Jesse Oldendorf
PENSACOLA (CA-24)
Capt. A. D. Denny
SALT LAKE CITY (CA-25)
Capt. A. M. R. Allen

Air Units - VCS-4
Lt. Cmdr. R. L. Bowman
4 VSO per ship
CRUISER DIVSION FIVE
Rear Admiral Gilbert J. Rowcliff

CHICAGO (CA-29) (F)
Capt. Abel T. Bidwell
CHESTER (CA-27)
Capt. Walter K. Kilpatrick
LOUISVILLE (CA-28)
Capt. Frank T. Leighton
PORTLAND (CA-33)
Capt. H. H. Crosby

Air Units - VCS-5
Lt. Cmdr. W. N. Updergraff
4 VSO per ship
CRUISER DIVSION SIX
Rear Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll

MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36) (F)
Capt. D. I. Hedrick
ASTORIA (CA-34)
Capt. Richmond K. Turner
NEW ORLEANS (CA-32)
Capt. William R. Purnell
INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35)
Capt. John F. Shafroth

Air Units - VCS-6
Lt. Cmdr. T. T. Tucker
4 VSO per ship
AIRCRAFT, SCOUTING FORCE
Rear Admiral Arthur B. Cook

MEMPHIS (CL-13) (F)
Capt. Stewart A. Manahan

Air Units:
Ship - 1 VSO, 1 VJ
Flag - 2 VSO
PATROL WING ONE
Captain Charles P. Mason

Tenders:
WRIGHT (AV-1) (F)
Cmdr. William K. Harrill
PELICAN (AVP-6)
Lt. Howell J. Dyson?????
AVOCET (AVP-4)
Lt. Joseph M. Carson

Squadrons:

VP-11 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Frank T. Ward, Jr.
VP-12 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Alfred C. Olney, Jr.
VP-13 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Stuart H. Ingersoll
PATROL WING TWO
Rear Admiral Arthur L. Bristol

Tenders:
LANGLEY (AV-3) (F)**
Cmdr. Arthur C. Davis**
CHILDS (AVP-14)
Lt. Cmdr. Harold F. Fick
SWAN (AVP-7)
Lt. John F. Greenslade

Squadrons:

VP-21 - 12 VPB **
Cmdr. Sam L. LaHache
VP-22 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Wilson P. Cogswell
VP-23 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. George Van Deurs
VP-24 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Dolph C. Allen
VP-25 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Anthony R. Brady
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USS CHICAGO (CA-29), flagship of Cruiser Division Five, at sea during the 1930's.
This undated US Navy photo comes from the NAVSOURCE photo archive. As far as I know it is in the public
domain.
Notes for Aircraft, Scouting Force:

LANGLEY and VP-21 on temporary duty with Asiatic Fleet.
Commander Davis also served as Commander, Aircraft, Asiatic Fleet.
PATOKA assignment effective when commissioned following scheduled conversion from oiler to seaplane tender.
Personnel assigned to the air group of WASP (CV-7), under construction, also assigned to Patrol Wing Five for training pending commissioning of their ship.
PATROL WING THREE
Commander John D. Price

Tenders:
LAPWING (AVP-1) (F)
Lt. John G. Foster, Jr.
SANDPIPER (AVP-9)
Lt. Paul L. Dudley

Squadrons:

VP-31 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Joseph B. Dunn
VP-32 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. William H. Hamilton
VP-33 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Harold B. Miller
PATROL WING FOUR
Commander George R. Fairlamb

Tenders:
WILLIAMSON (AVP-15) (F)
Cmdr. John Perry
TEAL (AVP-5)
Lt. Robert B. Pirie

Squadrons:

VP-41 - 6 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Delbert L. Conley
VP-42 - 6 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Edwin R. Peck
VP-43 - 6 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Harry F. Carlson
VP-44 - 6 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. William D. Johnson
VP-45 - 6 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Frederick M. Trapnell
PATROL WING FIVE **
Commander Virgil C. Griffin, Jr

Tenders:
GANNET (AVP-8) (F)
Commander unknown
THRUSH (AVP-3)
Lt. Howell J. Dyson?????
OWL (AM-2)
Lt. Marshall B. Gurney
PATOKA (AV-6)**
Cmdr. Clifton A. F. Sprague

Squadrons:

VP-51 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Stephen B. Cooke
VP-52 - 9 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Steven W. Callaway
VP-53 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Aaron P. Storrs, 3rd
VP-54 - 12 VPB
Lt. Cmdr. Arthur J. Isbell
USS LANGLEY in 1937. America's first Aircraft Carrier, the experimental Langley, originally a
collier, had by this time been converted once again, to a seaplane tender, so as to free
carrier tonnage for new construction. She would be lost in this role in early 1942.
US Navy Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command On-Line Library.
As far as I know, it is in the public domain.