VMB-613 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-THIRTEEN

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I really like the professional appearance of your site. Other WW2 squadron sites from all other countries should be as good as this one. It would be nice if you could please provide additional information about the T13E1 75mm Cannon. Is this weapon simply a lighter version of the M4 cannon of the B-25G, or is it a completely different weapon? What kind of ammunition did it use?

Added: June 17, 2006
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In early 1945, I spent 2 weeks on Kawajalein--supposed to be attending a school to learn how to maintain an R4D that MAG-14 was to get. Four other men and I had come from Peleliu for this schooling. Kawajalein never looked as good as your photos, but must admit that from 1800 until 1900 you could get all the beer you could drink, but you had to drink & pay for, but it was inside of a tent that was fenced in. Recall we got rid of our clothes except what we were wearing and filled our sea bags with beer to take back. Of course by the time we got back, a ship had come in and beer was available. I was the Leading Chief of a Flight Section. Semper Fi

Added: June 13, 2006
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On this Memorial Day, in Memory and in Honor of those who served in VMB-613, Semper Fi.

David L Fish
Son of Capt Doit L Fish
VMB-611
MIA May 30, 1945


Added: May 29, 2006
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Wow, this is a great website and very well done. I am interested in WWII airplanes have had the opportunity to dive most of these planes located in Kwajalein lagoon near Roi-Namur Island. The scene is somewhat surreal with the brilliant white sand bottom, the still gleaming aluminum skins of the planes, which are resting on their landing gear at one hundred and ten feet. The nitrogen at this depth may add to that great feeling.

Added: May 25, 2006
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Born in 1938 I was pretty young to understand the war. As the AAF at Newport, Arkansas was being shut down (I presume) my family lived on the base. A couple of Marines took my young friend and I under their wing so to speak and were heroes to us the way they treated us with interest and kindness. My mother fixed sunday dinner for them several times trying to make them feel a bit of "at home". We understood they would be going home to their families soon and they were very anxious to do so. The night before they left they told us they would be gone the next day. The next morning, my friend and I went to see if they had left and of course they had gone home. We were happy for them and missed them at the same time. I would like to contact Kenneth Winger if he can be located. Anyone have information about him? Thank You.

Ron Broadaway - Little Rock, Arkansas


Added: May 20, 2006
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I was stationed at Boca Chica from 1960 to 1962 at the ammo compound during the Cuban crisis. I remember belting 20mm ammo all night long. We had all the magazines full of missiles, bombs, rockets. VF-101 fighters and VS-30 were the primary squadrons.

Added: April 22, 2006
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Ran across this website when searching Google for my Father's name "Frank Lukasek, Jr." Tying to confirm this is the same Frank Lukasek from Kingfisher, OK. - Don

Added: April 6, 2006
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Was researching family history and came across your website. My father had given me pictures of my grandfather and his B-25 and I have read "Leatherneck Bombers". Seeing him and his crew on the website was truly exciting. I would be interested in learning or contacting any of his crew or squadron mates. Thanks.

Added: April 3, 2006
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My sister and I were playing on the internet just looking up our names on google image search. We looked up my name, Kenneth Beahm and came accross this web site. I was named after my grandfather and we saw his picture on this web site. Because he suffered from PTSD/Skizophrenia we don't know allot about what he went through. Now I can finally read a little bit about what he went through.

Added: March 28, 2006
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How often did the crew of a PBJ Mitchell have occasion to fire their guns at a Japanese fighter?

I'm interested in interviewing a PBJ gunner for a history article aimed at young readers that will appear in Marine Corps Times newspaper. The material used in the article may also contribute to a segment of a book in the future. The purpose is to share a little history with a new generation that hasn't previously been exposed to it.

I want to write about what like was like for a PBJ crew member. The purpose is not to glorify anyone, or even to focus on combat, but in order for the article to be consistent with other material I've published, I would like to find someone who actually fired guns in combat.

I'm grateful to be invited to the VMB-433 reunion in Memphis in October. This time, I hope to make it. However, I would like to write this gunner story sometime in the next very few weeks.

Can you suggest someone who would like to help me write about the life of a crew member on a PBJ?

Best wishes,

Bob

Robert F. Dorr
3411 Valewood Drive
Oakton, Virginia 22124
(703) 264-8950
robert.f.dorr@cox.net
(Author of "Marine Air: The History of the Flying Leathernecks in Words and Pictures")

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425207250/002-5958343-4396835?v=glance&n=283155


Added: March 13, 2006
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