VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

SQUADRON LOG BOOK





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I saw where lane Perry had written. Lane I tried to reach you since I am a friend of your Dad's. We were together on Emirau for amost a year. My email failed to get to you. If you read this please contact the webmaster and get my email address and write. Thank you. George Bartlett

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My father retired as a Lt. Col in 1967 out of Camp Pendelton,
CA. He passed away in January 1981. I am a middle school
US history teacher and was always curious about dad's WWII
Service. His print squadron book was misplaced before I was
Aware of it. My mother Phyllis who married dad at Cherry
Point in 1943(?) is 90 and recently in assisted living in Dana
Point, CA. I was going through a photo album and found a
squadron 443 reunion photo and had my clue to dad's history.
google search took me to the squadron web site. I have id'd
Dad in a couple of photos. Thank you for keeping this legacy
Alive for the children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren
Of this "greatest generation" of American heroes.
Ralph and Peter Soderberg June 9, 2010


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I am still amazed by the response this site has received. Glad to report that my father David W. Harry is still with us and going strong!!! If anyone would like to correspond with him, please feel free to contact me. I know he would just love to hear from others. Thanks and SEMPER FI!!!!

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My Dad T-Sgt.Joe R. Hawkins USMCR flew with VMB-443 ,nav-bomb, from June 1945 - Nov 1945 then transferred to VMR-953 until June 1946....There is a book out call "Leatherneck Bombers" by Alan C. Carey published by Schiffer Military history Book, shows pictures of VMB-443 flight crews on Emirau 1945....
My dad passed away 6 June 2002, 76 yrs old...He never saw the book but some of the stories he used to tell are in the book....
I hope some of my dad's friend s are still around to read the book and see the pictures...
We will remember them....

Admin reply: I was a Nav-Bomb in 443 at the same time that you mentioned. I do not seem to recall him, but I followed the same path from Emirau to Tsingtao, China, flying regular Tsingtao - Tientsin - Peking circuits as an R4D Navigator. If you are not already familiar with it, a website Marine Photographer is a collection of Frank Kern's of Mag 61 photos.
Morris Cave


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I'm Joseph W Vieira'a youngest son I am literally in tears as I write this My Father was a Happy-go- Lucky soul and never spoke much about his time as a Radio Gunner in this bomber group I would like to thank you for createing this site from the bottom of my heart I will Cherish this and return often!

Added: April 20, 2010
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Thank you for creating this site. I am the grandson of Edward "Bud" McCluskey. Even though he never talked about what ya'll did over there being a Disabled Veteran from the Army now I know a little of it. Was good to see the on picture of my Granddaddy at his Cobbler's bench. If you would allow an Army grunt this honor gentlemen...
Semper Fi and Thank You All.


Added: March 21, 2010
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A SARGENT CALVIN C. EDWARDS USMC, AVIATION IS LISTED IN THE PERSONNEL SECTION. DID THIS MAN LATER RECEIVE A COMMISSION AND QUALIFY AS A PBJ-1 PILOT? WAS HE FROM MAPPSVILLE OR CULPEPPER, VIRGINIA? MY FATHER, LCDR HAROLD E. WALTHER USNR HAD A BROTHER IN LAW NAMED CALVIN EDWARDS WHO WAS A MARINE CORPS PILOT, EITHER A 1STLT OR CAPT( I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT MY PHOTOS AGAIN, WHICH ARE DATED 1945 HAWAII) WHO FLEW PBJ-1'S. IF THIS IS THE SAME MAN, CAN SOMEBODY E-MAIL ME SOME CONTACT INFO, IF CALVIN IS STILL WITH US, I HAVE FOUND PHOTOS OF HIS BROTHER 1ST LT CHARLES W. "CHUCK" EDWARDS USAAC, A B-17 PILOT WITH THE 561BS 388BG, WHO WAS SHOT DOWN OVER BRUX,CZECHOSLOVAKIA AUG 24, 1944 FLYING B-17 G 42-107202 BELLE OF THE BRAWL. i NOW HAVE PHOTOS OF HIS BROTHER, THE CREW, AND 3 PHOTOS OF THE PLANE, I WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO CALVIN, IF THIS IS THE CORRECT CALVIN EDWARDS. I LAST WROTE HIM IN 1983, AND HE LIVED IN CALIFORNIA. ANY ASSISTANCE FROM VMB 443 MEMBERS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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Please contact me with any info or pictures from Shanghai China, Bombing Banshees. My father served with you and passed away in 1981. It is great to have the technology to contact anyone who knew my dad as a young adult since I was only 17 when he died. Thank you!

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Just wanted to know where my grandpa served in the marine corps, and this is the only site that had it. thanks

Added: January 29, 2010
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AS AN AMATEUR HISTORIAN, I ALWAYS WONDERED WHERE
MY UNCLE SERVED IN THE MARINES IN WW2 (ALL MY UNCLES AND MY FATHER). NOW MY CURIOSITY HAS BEEN SATISFIED. THANX


Added: January 4, 2010
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