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VMB-443 "Short Snorter"

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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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Very cool.... :thumbsup:

 

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


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

 

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You have a great eye for these Mike!

 

Kurt


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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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



The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. (General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, 5 May 1946)

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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.

 

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Regards.

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Very cool. My grandpa served as a Ground Defense Machine Gunner in this squadron. I have a lot from this Squadron including a patched Bomber Jacket as well as a bunch of stuff from my Grandpa.

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