By USMCR (Ret.), Captain John C. Chapin
It used to be it seems that a mere occasion while a couple of Marine planes flew right into a muddy airfield at Tacloban at the island of Leyte within the Philippines on three December 1944. throughout them have been the weather of the big U.S. military invasion which had started on 20 October. Seven infantry divisions and 6 military Air strength (AAF) air teams ruled the island scene. It used to be the beginning of a tremendous crusade during which Marine aviation may play a massive function. that's the crusade to disencumber the Philippines.
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Tion scattered throughout the official Army history of the Luzon and Mindanao campaigns: Robert Ross Smith, Trumph in the Philippines—United States Army in World War II— The War in the Pacific, vol X, (Washington: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, 1963). A large collection of LtGen Keith A. McCutheon's personal papers can be found in the Personal Papers Collection of the MCHC (Box 5A 33) and his report on close air support in the Philippines can be found as enclosure A to "Air Support Reports," Headquarters, USMC.
Of bombs and 2 Aux- nition) iliary tanks 2—30 cal. (2000 rounds) 1—i 600 lb. bomb 2—500 lb. bombs 8—5" Rockets F6F-3N3 Fighter Grumman Douglas R4D-5 Transport 313 knots 2250 1,100 Nautical miles 6—50 cal. (2400 with 1—150 gal. Auxiliary tank 200 knots 2—1 050 rounds of ammunition) 1,555 Nautical miles None (will carry 27 troops with combat gear) Skytrain Pilot Co-Pilot Radioman Explanation of squadron designations: Preceded by letters V (Heavier-than-Air) and M (Marine); the letters alone or in combination indicate type squadrons using the planes: F—Fighter.
Dismembered with the decommisCol Warren E. , CollectionC sioning of VMSBs-133, -236, and - 241. There was one final extraordinary episode which took place in a strike by VMB-611 on 9 August. A Japanese lieutenant, who had sur- rendered, went in one of its PBJs and guided them to their exact target. The surrender of Japan on 15 August was preceded (on 4 August) by an order from the AAF for the 1st MAW to move up from Bougainville to Zamboanga. It was ironic that Mitchell and Jerome, the two men who had been so crucial in the Philippine assignment were now gone—back • -• '_•- -t in the United States for a well27 Marine Aircraft in the Philippines Manufacturer Designation F4U1D', Combat Horse Maximum 'Power at Speed Chance-Vought, 865 knots Goodyear FG—1 Fighter 2250 North American 238 knots 2—1700 Mediumbomber 850 Nautical miles 6—50 cal.