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  1. Sorry Mac, but I've got a "near miss" for you, the plane that must have been next in line to be registered that day (hmm, at NAS North Island?): BuAer 02450. My father, then 2nd Lt W. O. "Pappy" Reid, flew it that one time on 30 June 1943 for one hour on a "Tactics hop" at Midway. He was with VMF-222. .
  2. Thanks for sharing your family album. I appreciate all but the pictures of civilian Hawaii are my preference. Aloha.
  3. Yes, the flight logs are fascinating; I've spent hours studying my father's seven as well as his diaries and letters. VMF-215 and my father's VMF-222 became "Sister Squadrons" when they trained the together to fly the F4U-1 "Birdcages" in late 1942 at MCAS Santa Barbara. Afterwards, they were in the same air groups at Ewa, Midway, Munda, Vella Lavela, and Bougainville. Dad must have known J. J. Knight as well as another Knight in 215 who fortunately had only one "J" to go by (222 had two pilots named Moore but their parents had the foresight not to have given them the same initials). 2
  4. Thank YOU for that 'factoid' of 12/31/46 being the end of hostilities with Japan Al. Here, after all these years, I thought I was born too late (Dec. 7, 1945) to have had my own war-time 'experiences' like my father and uncles! Dave ; ^ )
  5. Thanks for sharing your great find. It's interesting to see the censor's stamp on the envelope, yet the war was over. How much longer was censorship enforced, till Sept. 3rd?
  6. It's possible that my uncle, a combat medic with the 84th Division, "Railsplitters" ('Lincoln's Own' because one of its units had been commanded by Abe Lincoln), at the Battle of the Bulge, attended to your father-in-law. The fighting was savage; the Germans used the white circle with the red cross on the American medics' helmets as bulls-eyes. Consequently, the medics stopped wearing their distinctive helmets and armbands and started packing .45s for self defense.
  7. The caption is from my father's handwriting on the back of this photo. I assume he was an aviator even though he's not wearing his wings (they didn't always wear their wings as they were usually among other aviators; but they did have to wear their insignia of rank).
  8. At least on Midway, in the early part of the war, the Marine Corps allowed its fighter pilots to "sprout" beards. The only stipulation was that the facial hairs could not interfere with the tight fit for an aviator's oxygen mask. My father, top left, somehow managed to grow an "Iron Jaw" and never tried again. VMF-222 went on to the Solomon Islands three months later (Munda through Green Island) and the nine men in the photo would down 17.5 of the squadron's 50 aerial combat "sures" (mostly against IJN "Zekes" on missions to Rabaul).
  9. The wedding in this series was at Notre Dame des Victoires Church on Bush St., San Francisco.
  10. This is another interesting page documenting one of Dad's last weeks in combat (third tour) when VMF-222 was "vagabonding" around the northern Solomon air fields because they had to quickly evacuate from Piva Yoke air field on Bougainville when the Japanese tried to retake Bougainville. The entry on the 17th was when Dad had jumped a Zeke (or Zero) and it pulled up on him a was making a head-on attack. The two planes played "chicken" (at 500 MPH closing speed) until they simultaneously (and thankfully) pulled to the left to avoid a collision. However, the Zero got on Dad's tail and shot him up
  11. Then 1st. Lt. and later Capt. W.O. "Pappy" Reid flew F4U-1 Corsairs with VMF-222, "The Flying Deuces" from Oct., 1942 at MCAB, Santa Barbara (Goleta), Hawaii, Midway, and for the first three tours in the Solomon Islands (Munda, Vella Lavella, Bougainville, and briefly on Green Island). The best account of the squadron's history during this period (VMF-222 also went on with other flight echelon cohorts to the Philippines and Okinawa) can be found in Capt. John Foster's book "Hell in the Heavens" who was in the first cohort with my father and some of the pilots I knew as a kid. The book was publ
  12. Ahoy, Militaria members. I just became a member and was intrigued to see the collection of naval aviator flight logs and would like to present mine. I have my father's complete set of seven logs that start from October 9, 1940 when he was a college student participating in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) through to his retirement in December, 1962 as a Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. Dad, W. O. "Pappy" Reid, noted in his last book that he had flown a total of 6,111.7 hours piloting every aircraft type the Corps had: fighters (prop and jet), helicopters, transports (2 and 4 'convent
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