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VMB-611 Squadron Insignia

Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Eleven

 

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BELLY LANDING: This VMB-611 PBJ, Bureau Number 35202, belly landed in a marsh at Prichard's Island, South Carolina on June 29, 1944.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities.

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

FILIPINO VILLAGE: This idyllic scene shows a typical native Filipino fishing village on Zamboanga.

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

MIKE-BAKER 9: A VMB-611 PBJ-1J sits in a revetment at Moret Field awaiting its next mission.

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

BURIAL SITE: This cemetery contains the graves of Lieutenant Colonel Sarles, his crew, and other American soldiers who were buried by the Japanese.  The cemetery was discovered by men of the Army's 41st Division following the capture of the area.

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

BURIAL ON EMIRAU: The remains of First Lieutenant Charles H. Lawrence and four members of his crew were interred with full military honors at the temporary American cemetery on Emirau.  They were killed on January 17, 1945 when their aircraft crashed while landing in bad weather on Emirau.

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

WATER TRUCK: Private First Class Thomas J. Brady prepares to fill a Lister Bag from the squadron's water truck.  Such mundane tasks were vital to maintain the operational efficiency of the squadron since local sources of water could have been contaminated.

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

FIGHTING BOREDOM: Members of VMB-611 fight off boredom aboard the S.S. Zoella Lykes with a friendly game of checkers.

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

FLIGHT LINE: At least six VMB-611 PBJs can be seen on this flight line, believed to be at Naval Air Station Boca Chica.  On the left a Lockheed PV-1 can be seen taxiing down the line.

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

PBJ TAIL: The modified tail of this C or D-model PBJ clearly shows its single .50 caliber machine gun.  Another modification that is evident is large radio-gunner's Plexiglas window with its single .50 caliber machine gun.  This window became standard in the later H and J model PBJs.  Also note the word "NAVY" on the vertical stabilizer.  Despite the fact that this aircraft was operated by the Marine Corps, most PBJs remained marked in this manner.

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

MAKESHIFT TRANSPORTATION: Staff Sergeant Thomas A. Nixon sits behind the wheel of a Japanese truck that was salvaged and restored to running condition.

Photograph: Courtesy of Thomas A. Nixon

BOCA CHICA: VMB-611's PBJs sit in an orderly line at Naval Air Station Boca Chica where the squadron underwent torpedo training.

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

SQUADRON SIGN: This squadron sign was displayed at Zamboanga and listed the squadron's casualties, commanding officers, unit awards, and locations in which the squadron was based.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of David Lamon)

AIRCRAFT MECHANICS: A group of mechanics pause for a quick photograph while working on the port engine of one of the squadron's aircraft.  Staff Sergeant Thomas A. Nixon is kneeling directly in front of the engine.

Photograph: Courtesy of Thomas A. Nixon

ENROUTE TO THE PACIFIC: Aboard the USS Manila Bay on their way to the Pacific are members of the squadron's air echelon and their PBJs.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of David Lamon)

HAWAII BOUND: Fourteen of VMB-611's PBJs crowd the flight deck of the USS Manila Bay, enroute to Pearl Harbor.  In addition to VMB-611's aircraft, three Martin JM-1s are also aboard and can be seen on the fantail.

Photograph: U.S. Navy (Courtesy of Patrick Long, grandson of Robert Palmer of the USS Manila Bay)

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