VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

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This is to inform the squadron VMB-443, that former Lt. Brooks D. Kaufman, passed away Saturday 12/16/2017. Brooks attained the rank of Major in the Marine Reserve at NAS Willow Grove as squadron commander. He was awarded the DFC for action in south pacific 1944. He will be missed by friends and family.

Added: December 21, 2017
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Ernest Perez,
Your uncle was on my dad's crew. (W. O. Larson) Their picture is on page 66, picture 1 of the book that was published by Benton Review Publishing Co. Inc., Fowler, IN. This web site has pictures from this book. Also on the crew besides your uncle were C. L. Palmer, M. B. Deptula, J. C. Stanley, H. C. Bruckner.

Thank you for your service and the service of your family.
Eric Larson


Added: November 29, 2017
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I found my Dad's Flight Log Book. I noticed names in his log that do not appear in the Squadron Roster. My guess is that they came after a publication date. This may explain why people cannot find ones that were part of the unit.

Added: November 29, 2017
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My uncle was Amador “Mar” G. Gutierrez, Technical Sergeant, ‘42-’45. He passed away on 15 April 2017. In later years Uncle Mar would share some stories about his service in VMB-443. His three younger brothers also served in the Corps. I remember one time we were talking and he said, “You know we didn’t have it so bad, now those Mud Marines, they had it rough.” His brother Gilbert was with the 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division at Iwo. His brothers Ernest and Raymond served during Korea.

He is survived by his daughter Celia, her husband Gerald and grandson Gerald Jr., his brother Ernest and many nephews and nieces. Uncle Mar had a zest for life and we all miss his easy going, generous and loving way.

Just want to say Happy Birthday to all you Marines out there from an old Army grunt.

Ernest Perez
U.S Army, ’72-‘84


Added: November 10, 2017
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My uncle was Samuel Wanetik. Uncle Sam passed away several years ago and I have little info on his service in the USMC. The records found indicate he was a member of VMB 433. He was a PFC. Served 1943 to 1945/1946. The note in the records list him as BASIC. Uncle Sam was from Braddock. PA. He was a life long bachelor with a USMC tatto on his upper left arm.

I'd greatly appreciate any info concerning my uncle or ideas where I might find info on his military service.

Thank you.


Added: August 24, 2017
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I'm Bill Booth's grandson. My mother sent me the banner from the 1951 reunion she's had in the basement for all this year's. It's still in pretty good shape. I'd love to post picture if there's a way to do that. I'm headed down to Pensacola on Friday. They've apparently got a PBJ down there painted up in VMB 423's colors. I'll let you guys know how it looks. Old Bill Booth would be rolling in his grave if he knew I ended up Army! Senper Fi fellas, and God bless.

Added: August 1, 2017
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Great website, history and wonderful pictures. My father, Albert Thomas Nevins, commonly referred to as Tom, also know to his fellow pilots at the time as "Nicely" was assigned to VMB 443 from the time of its commissioning until sometime in late 1944 or early 1945. He was transferred to VMB 413, The Flying Nightmares where he finished his tour before returning home.

I know that he was at Emirau when 1LT Dominic Bellanca went MIA because I have Bellanca's fighting/survival knife which is engraved.

For some reason, I do not see his name mentioned on the personnel roster on this website. How would I go about getting that corrected?


Added: March 4, 2017
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My father Sgt. Eugene McNew ( Mac) was an armorer top turrent gunner in the 443. I wrote in the log book several years ago requesting information about a plane that ditched after being hit by flak. He wrote in his log book that his plane went down, and that the copilot and tailgunner died in the crash.
I recently came across a book, The Things Our Fathers Saw, and believe that the interview "Rescue" may be the answer to my search. It tells of Marine Bomber lost to flak after bombing Truk. They lost two men and five survivors were later picked up by the Witter. They had been blown 200 miles from the crash area by a storm. The pilot was was injured and in a raft. The others were fighting off sharks.
Does anyone have information on this event?


Added: February 19, 2017
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FYI, The Commemorative Air Force, Southern California Wing has recently
flown a fully restored PBJ from their base in Camarillo, Calif. This project
is a magnificent work and truly honors the "Leatherneck Bombers" legacy.
Check their web site and if possible send a check to keep them "flying".


Added: January 17, 2017
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There is a reproduction on EBay now. You may have to search hard for an original.

There is an original jacket with the original patch on it for $850.


Added: January 10, 2017
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