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PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM: PAGE 2

Sarles Makes Contact with Philippino Guerillas

ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES: VMB-611 arrived in the Philippines on April 7, 1945 when Lieutenant Colonel Sarles landed at Malabang Airfield to establish radio communications with Filipino and Moro guerrillas in their defense of the airfield against Japanese ground troops across the river from the airstrip.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

Sarles Makes Contact with Philippino Guerillas

FILIPINO GUERRILLAS: Following their arrival on April 7, 1945, the crews of VMB-611 were greeted by jubilant Filipino and Moro guerrillas.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

BOMB DAMAGE: When VMB-611 arrived at Zamboanga, many of the buildings in the city had been completely destroyed by bombing raids.

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

Moret Filed Under Construction

BUILDING MORET FIELD: Philippine and American engineers building Moret Field, Zamboanga in the Spring of 1945.  In the background a pair of F4Us and an SBD can be seen.

They Have No Tails in Zamboanga

SPECIAL GREETING: The severed tail of a Japanese fighter plane hangs on display at Moret Field, Zamboanga.  The sign indicating "They have no tails in Zamboanga" is a humorous reference to a song that was popular with troops in the South Pacific: "The Monkeys Have No Tails in Zamboanga."

Battle Damage

DEADLY SERIOUS: An anti-aircraft hit over the port side of the radio-gunner's station bears mute testimony as to the reality of combat operations.

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

MB-3

MIKE BAKER 3: A photograph of MB-3 in flight.  Note the addition of the radome for the AN/APS-3 search radar over the bombardier's station.

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

SWIMMING HOLE: Squadron members cool off at a swimming hole that was located about five miles north of Zamboanga.

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

They Have No Tails in Zamboanga

THEY HAVE NO TAILS IN ZAMBOANGA: A pair of unidentified VMB-611 officers check out the "They have no tails in Zamboanga" sign at Moret Field.

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

Unwelcome Visitor

UNWELCOME GUEST: This unwelcomed cobra was a typical example of the some of the unexpected dangers squadron members were faced with on a day-to-day basis at Zamboanga.

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

Moret Filed After the War

MORET FIELD: A general view of Moret Field just after Marine operations ceased.  Zamboanga City by the shore and Basalin Island are in the distance.

ORDNANCE: Technical Sergeant Donald B. Chubb sits atop a 500-pound general purpose bomb prior to loading it aboard one of the aircraft in the background.

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

CAROLE LANDIS AND JACK BENNY: Actress Carole Landis and comedian Jack Benny arrive on Bougainville to visit with VMB-611 as part of their USO tour.

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

ANTIAIRCRAFT DAMAGE: Operating from Moret Field, First Lieutenant John H. Coons' PBJ-1J received an antiaircraft hit to its starboard rudder while flying a reconnaissance mission over DelMonte.

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

JAPANESE BOMBER: This Japanese G4M "Betty" bomber was shot down on May 3, 1945 by the crew of First Lieutenants Wray E Bennett and Phillip J. Robinson.

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

Church

CHURCH: This church was located at Zamboanga and was just outside VMB-611's bivouac area.

Photograph: Raymond S. B. Perry (Courtesy of Dave Fish)

BUZZING THE FIELD: A pair of P-38 Lightnings of the 44th Fighter Squadron buzz Moret Field.  On the ground three USAAF P-61 night fighters can be seen.

Photograph: National Archives

JAPANESE PRISONERS: These lucky and dejected Japanese POWs await transportation to the rear area.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps

CELEBRITY GUEST: Lieutenant Colonel George Sarles, First Lieutenant Ivin N. Samuels and other VMB-611 officers converse with comedian Joe E. Brown.  Brown was visiting VMB-611 while on a USO tour.

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

Comedian Joe E. Brown Prepares for a Flight

PREPARING FOR A MISSION: Lieutenant Colonel George A. Sarles assists comedian Joe E. Brown with his flight gear.  Brown had been touring the Pacific and accompanied VMB-611 on at least one mission.

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

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