Marine Corps Emblem VMB-612 Photograph Album: 1

 

VMB-612 Pilots

VMB-612 PILOTS: A group of VMB-612 pilots.

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Peter Point Field

PETER POINT FIELD: Five of VMB-612's aircraft on the flight line at Peter Point Field, North Carolina in 1944.

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USS Natoma Bay

USS NATOMA BAY: In August of 1944, VMB-612 sailed for Saipan, embarked aboard the escort carrier, USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62).

Photograph: U.S. Navy Historical Archives

Aboard the USS Natoma Bay

ABOARD THE USS NATOMA BAY: VMB-612's aircraft were transported aboard the escort carrier, USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62).  Note that the aircraft at this point had their upper turrets in place and that the overall sea-blue finish has already been applied.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

VMB-612 Aircraft Dispersal Area

SAIPAN: Eight of VMB-612's aircraft on the flight line at Kagman Field on Saipan.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

Engine Maintenance

ENGINE MAINTENANCE: An engine in the process of being replaced on a VMB-612's aircraft.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

Ditched PBJ

DITCHED PBJ: The PBJ (BuNo 35201) piloted by First Lieutenant Samuel Balthrop was ditched on 16 November 1944 after running out of fuel.  Four of the six-man crew escaped and was rescued by a destroyer nine hours later. First Lieutenant James W. Bostick and Master Technical Sergeant Thomas V. Little were lost, probably sinking with their aircraft.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

MB-9 Attacks

MB-9 ATTACKS: Devoid of its upper turret and armed with 5-inch rockets, MB-9 peels off to attack a target on the coast of Japan.

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South Field on Iwo Jima

IWO JIMA AIRSTRIP: This aerial view was taken on May 26, 1945 looking over Iwo Jima's South Airfield (formerly Motoyama #1) with Mount Suribachi in the distance. It was from this airstrip which VMB-612 conducted patrol and anti-shipping missions.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

PBJ with Tiny Tim Rockets

READY FOR ACTION: A VMB-612 PBJ-1J prepares for start-up with two 11.75-inch Tiny Tim rockets hung on the external rack over the bomb-bay.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps


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