AEU36: VF-11/111 ‘Sundowners’ 1942–95

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Barrett Tillman

Tom Tullis

About this book
Fighting Squadron 11 was established at San Diego in August 1943, beginning a half-century record that spanned aerial combat in three wars from the piston to the jet age. The squadron produced seven aces while fighting in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. From World War 2 until after the Cold War, the ‘Sundowners’ established an unexcelled record ‘at the tip of the spear’ in naval aviation history. The author, Barrett Tillman, is the world’s most prolific US naval aviation author and he has published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone.


  • Chapter:1 Guadalcanal, The squadron’s establishment, initial actions in the Solomon Islands during 1943 and successful completion of its first combat tour in Wildcats.
  • Chapter 2 With the Fast Carriers Transition to Hellcats and deployment aboard USS Hornet with Task Force 38 in operations against the Philippines, Formosa, and Indochina among other Japanese bases in the Western Pacific.
  • Chapter 3 The Jet Age The advent of jet aircraft: transition to the F9F Panther-Cougar series and combat over Korea. Interim types such as the FJ-3 and F11F-1 before commitment to the Vietnam War with F-8 Crusaders and F-4 Phantoms. Absorbing F-14s in 1978, flying tomcats until ‘Sundowners’ Sunset’ in 1995
  • Appendices Commanding officers. Sundowner aircraft Squadron deployments. Aces Plates Commentaries

Paperback; March 2010; 128 pages; ISBN: 9781846034848

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