VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

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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?


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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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You may be able to find one on Ebay. My son saw one a while back.

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My father in law served in the 443 as a flight surgeon. Michael A. Santer, MD. By chance is the squadron insignia patch available for purchase?

Added: December 31, 2016
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My previous comment didn't mention that 1stLt Charles W. Sieben was killed in action 1945

Added: December 22, 2016
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I am looking for info pertaining to 1st Lt. Charles W Sieben. I have some correspondence from him and a picture and some personal items

Added: December 22, 2016
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my dad,JOHN D. LOHR served in the 443 as a radio/gunner in 1945. HE talked very little until I gave him books on the PBJ

Added: December 7, 2016
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There was a cruise book published for the MBS 443. Are there copies available anywhere? I have my father's Slipstream book, but no others.

Also, were all of the pilots awarded Marine Distinguished Flying Crosses?

As I have said before, great web page. Thank you for your efforts.
Eric
Son of 1st Lt W.O. Larson


Added: September 15, 2016
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