VA-104 Hells Archers Squadron Patch
VA-104 was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established as Fighter Squadron VF-104 on 1 May 1952, and redesignated VA-104 in December 1953. The squadron was disestablished on 31 March 1959. Its nickname was Hell’s Archers.
Nov 1956: During the Suez War the squadron operated from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) off the coast of Egypt. It provided air support for the evacuation of Americans and foreign nationals from that country.
Jul 1958: The squadron operated from USS Forrestal (CVA-59) in the eastern Atlantic, ready to enter the Mediterranean if needed for the U.S. Marines’ landing in Beirut, Lebanon.
Home port assignments
The squadron was assigned to these home ports, effective on the dates shown:
NAS Cecil Field – 1 May 1952
NAS Jacksonville – Apr 1953
NAS Cecil Field – Dec 1953
NAS Jacksonville – Feb 1957
The squadron first received the following aircraft on the dates shown:
FG-1D Corsair – May 1952
F4U-5 Corsair – Dec 1952
AD-6 Skyraider – 6 Jan 1954