VMB-443 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR FORTY-THREE

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My father Eugene C. McNew was an armorer gunner in the squadron. He seldom spoke of his war experiences and never revealed to Mom that his plane had crashed in the Pacific. I found it later in his flight log book.
Does anyone one have more information about it? He said they lost the tail gunner and copilot.
I am grateful for this site and will pass it on to his grandchildren.
Shirley McNew


Added: December 10, 2009
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Awesome website. My grandfather is Charles Harold Perry a Sergeant and tail-gunner. My dad sent me the link to this site. Really well done. Thanks for putting something up that allows me to explore the history of my family and as a tribute to those who served so we could be a free people.

Thanks.


Added: November 18, 2009
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Thank you for this great site. My Grandfather is Ernest Robbins of Dixfield Maine. He is 85 years young but acts like he is still in his teens. I can't wait to share this with him. Also would like to say thank you to all the Vets out there.

Added: November 11, 2009
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I am the MC at a dedication ceremony for Historic Flight's(in Everett Washington - Paine Field - PAE) public introduction to "Grumpy" a fully restored and flying B25D Mitchell in RCAF Colors. Our keynote speaker is General George L. Bartlett (ret.) was SSGT Bartlett Navigator/Bombadier in
VMB 443 during the War. I was trying to learn a little more about him. I certainly enjoyed touring through this website.

Semper Fi!
S.D. Bucy
HMH-466

Admin reply: FYI: George has an email address: retmarineo52698@comcast.net I have communicated with him several times.

Morris Cave


Added: November 4, 2009
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My father was T-Sgt Louis G. Smith Jr. amd served as navigator with the Fighting Wildcats, but only seldom spoke of the war with us. He passed on in 2000. Any comments?

Added: August 4, 2009
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I am a son of Roger A Stewart who was a second leutenant with this squadron. He went on to serve in Korea flying medivac and obvservation helicopters. After Korea, he stayed in the Marines and retired as a Colonel in 1966. He passed away in 1990. My son, Roger A Stewart III, found this website and I am so happy he did. It is amazing to see some of these photos. Some I have seen and have copies of. I have two brothers and a sister and I know they will also be excited to hear how you have documented this piece of history. I only wish my Dad could be here to see it. Thank you so much.

Added: July 23, 2009
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Very nice website! My father (Norman Frank Walters, MM1 USN, served aboard the USS Witter, DE-636, the ship that was fortunate and proud to have rescued several of the aircrew of the PBJ that was lost on 19 September.

Added: June 20, 2009
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My Father was a radio machine - gunner in Squadron 443. He has passed away back in 1974. I still have a copy of the Squadron's history. Glad to see the website for 443.

Regards, Myron, Jr.


Added: June 12, 2009
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Thank you so much for putting this website together. I especially want to thank my cousin, Jason Coad, for finding this. As Jason mentioned in the post right before mine, our grandfather served in the Marine Bombing Squadron Four Forty-Three. We are very proud of his service. Jason has followed in his footsteps and I am extremely proud of him. I know my grandfather would be, too.

Added: June 9, 2009
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My Grandfather was part of the Squadron as a Ground Defense Machine Gunner. I have photos of him and places Emirau. Please contact me if anyone knows him or just wants to share experiences.

Added: June 6, 2009
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