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Challengers (VF 43) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Challengers (VF 43). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 15 crew members registered for the Challengers (VF 43).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Smith, BobbyAD21950 – 1952
Hutchins, HutchAE11976 – Dec 15, 1977Transferred into 43's AE shop after sea duty with VA 46 on the JFK. Made 1st class and went to Quality Assurance till discharge. Went to college , retired as Police Captain (Atlantic City)
Mayle, Wayne/ SuperskateAMS3Mar 1976 – Oct 8, 1979worked flight line as plane caption and trouble shooter, corrosion control, and airframe shop
Clyburn, FrankABH-3Nov 6, 1976 –I was assigned to the line as a plane captain. I had a great time with a terrific bunch buddies.
Yarbrough, David (Yarbee)AE11977 – 1980Served in AE shop then became supervisor when made AE1. Served under Commanders C.L. & E.T. Smith.
Henson, Mikeabh3Jan 8, 1977 – Sep 10, 1978I served as Line Trouble shooter when I left the squadron. I was affectionately known as "Ensign Henson", even though I was not an officer.
McGrew, DavidAMECJan 1, 1978 – Oct 9, 1979
Stone, RobinAZAN1979 – 1981Worked in Maintenance control and Maintenance admin while stationed at Oceana in the 'Fighting 43.
Claus, RussAZ3Apr 5, 1979 – May 21, 1981I worked @Maint Control, Tech Lib and Safety Office.
Janus, Jo JoAME1Sep 5, 1979 – Sep 11, 1981AME shop for two years
MacGinnis, KirkPR1Apr 30, 1986 – Sep 30, 1989Paraloft supervisor and a drag chute man for the KFIRs.
Simone, RobertADC(AW)Apr 19, 1987 – Nov 24, 1990Spent majority of time as Powerplants LPO before moving over to QA.
Gaudio, Gabriel profile iconAms 2Jun 6, 1988 – Mar 4, 1991Looking for all people served with
Hart, CharlieAO2(AW)Aug 20, 1991 – Aug 24, 1993Was the best kept secret for shore duty.
Boody, RobATANJun 1992 – Jun 1994

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