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VMB-611 Squadron Insignia

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BOCA CHICA FLIGHT LINE: Three VMB-611 PBJs on the flight line at NAS Boca Chica, Florida.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

FORT JEFFERSON POSTCARD: This postcard was sent by Corporal Raymond S. B. Perry to his mother with the following narrative"Key West is 8 miles from Boca Chica which is an ill-arranged base of wooden barracks etc.; a hot coral island typical of the Keys, we have the old town of Dry Tortugas (Key West) located to a mass of bars and corresponding spots constitutes about half of main street, but is nice as you explore about.—Ray."  Note, Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas is actually located about 70 miles west of Key West and is only accessible by aircraft or boat.

Image: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

AIR BOAT: While at Boca Chica, these three Marines enjoyed a ride in and air boat.  The men are (Front) Private First Class James A. McEachern, (Back Row L-R) Corporal John D. Rood, and Sergeant Henry R. Hartman.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

ATLANTA LIBERTY: On October 28, 1944 these members of VMB-611 enjoyed some liberty at New Wisteria Gardens, Atlanta, Georgia.  The are (L-R, Clockwise) Pratt, Corporal Alex H. Schutzenhofer, Fitzgerald, Lieutenant Huber, unidentified woman, Lieutenant Hibbard, and Sergeant James D. Orton.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

PBJ on a Training Hop

TRAINING HOP: An unidentified PBJ-1D of VMB-611 flies low over the waters and marshes of coastal North Carolina on a training hop from Cherry Point.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Carl Samuels)

VMB-611 AIRCREWS: The crew of First Lieutenant Ivin N. Samuels and a second, unidentified crew.  The photograph was probably taken at Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Carl Samuels)

MB-3

STATESIDE TRAINING: MB-3, a PBJ-1D flies over an unidentified location on one of many training hops that were conducted while VMB-611 was stateside.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Dave Fish)

TIJUANA, MEXICO: Technical Sergeant Pasquale F. Constanzo and another VMB-611 enjoy some tourist attractions while visiting Tijuana on liberty.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

USS MANILA BAY: On August 24, 1944 the starboard wing of the flight echelon and the squadron's PBJ sailed for Hawaii aboard the USS Manila Bay (CVE-61).

Photograph: U.S. Navy Historical Archives

ABOARD THE USS MANILA BAY: Aboard the USS Manila Bay, the engines of MB-1 are run up.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

HAIR CUT: Aboard the S.S. Zoella Lykes, Private First Class Eugene Nemeth Sr., cut the hair of an unidentified squadron-mate.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon

SACRED ORDER OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON: As the SS Zoella Lykes crossed the International Date Line, squadron members were initiated into the "Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon."  This initiation tradition of the naval service was performed for all those aboard who were crossing the International Date Line for the first time by those who had previously been inducted into the "Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon."  Although initiation protocols vary from ship to ship, they are typically good-natured but somewhat messy affairs for the inductees.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Debbie Miller)

Airstrip on Falalop Island

ULITHI AIRSTRIP: The airstrip on Falalop Island, Ulithi Atoll.  Lieutenant Colonel Sarles flew into this airstrip to retrieve his men from the S.S. Zoella Lykes.

Photograph: National Archives

Ulithi Ancorage

ULITHI LAGOON: The anchorage in Ulithi Lagoon was crowed with a vast armada of U.S. warships.

Photograph: National Archives

MB-5

TAXIING DOWN THE AIRSTRIP: Following a landing at Emirau, MB-5 taxies down the airstrip to the squadron's aircraft dispersal area.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Carl Samuels)

MB-4 Landing at Emirau

PERFECT LANDING: MB-4 makes a beautiful landing at Emirau.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Dave Fish)

PBJ Over Rabaul

OVER RABAUL: Having just released it bombs on the Japanese harbor area at Rabaul, a VMB-611 PBJ speeds out of the area for home.  Note the rising smoke from the bomb impacts, and the crater of the volcano at the upper right.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Carl Samuels)

WASH DAY: First Lieutenant Stewart R. Lauer inspects his laundry on Emirau.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

BOB HOPE: In December 1944, an unshaven Bob Hope drops in on the Marines of VMB-611 at Emirau.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

SLOPPY JOE'S:  Located at the corner of Zulueta and Animas Streets, a visit to Sloppy Joe's was an essential stop for many who visited Havana.  The bar featured the largest mahogany liquor cabinet in the world and was quite popular before the war with the rich and famous who vacationed in Havana.  The men are (L-R) Corporal Anthony M. Tedesco, Sergeant Neil K Sturtz, Staff Sergeant Julian J. Kabara, Sergeant William N Hughins Jr., Technical Sergeant Charles W. Everwine, and Staff Sergeant Adolph T. Schuh.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry Collection (Courtesy of Robin Hill and the National Museum of Naval Aviation)

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