A fighter/attack squadron that first flew the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver near the end of World War II, VFA – 174 served multiple roles during its operational lifetime. From bomber to reconnaissance to fighter, the pilots of VFA – 174 had to be a seeming jack of all trades. They became good at what they did, because at one time, the group was identified as the best fighter/attack squadron throughout the Atlantic fleet. Other accolades included a diverse range of notables, having excelled in many areas of naval aviation. For example, it was the largest aviation squadron in the US Navy, and at one time, John McCain served as Executive Officer.
Interesting fact… During its introduction as a US Navy attack squadron, the group patch and nickname, the “Hellrazors” was decided upon and designed by Walt Disney studios. This hellish creature was conceived and created as if flying from its birthplace - in the deepest, darkest depths of hell.
The shaving razor reference depicts the abilities of the squadron members to skillfully execute the razor-sharpened talents of a multitude of combative aerial weapons systems. The pair of aerial bombs in the lower right hand corner paid tribute to the squad’s talented capabilities of dropping payloads of boom right where it needed to be.
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