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#1 siege1863

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:27 PM

Picked up a RARE "short snorter" from Marine Bombing Squadron 443 (VMB-443). It belonged to one of the navigator-bombardiers and was signed by more than 80 members. The squadron flew the PBJ-1C and PBJ-1D (and later the PBJ-1J) versions of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. Fortunately for my research, everything one could want to know about the unit, including history, rosters, and photos, has been posted to a website (http://www.vmb443.com)! The owner, Dwight D. Dunbar, is identified by the "X" in the crew photo.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:30 PM

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:33 PM

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 07:03 PM

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Very cool.... :thumbsup:

I was able to add a few "short snorters" myself to my personal collection last year!

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:13 AM

Here is T/Sgt Dunbar's position as bombardier. He also operated the flexible nose gun.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:14 AM

T/Sgt Dunbar's position as navigator (looking aft).

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:16 AM

T/Sgt Dunbar's position as navigator (looking forward).

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:46 PM

You have a great eye for these Mike!

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:18 AM

Great find, as that Sqdn has a well documted history to work with.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

Hello,

 

I'm very happy to have find this post, because it's very interesting, there are nice photos !!

And I have two canteens of Dwight D. Dunbar.

 

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/826/img2772l.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/img2776ts.jpg/

 

Regards.




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