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VMB-443 | Marine Bombing Squadron 443

 

Date Commissioned: 9.15.43, Cherry Point

Overseas Date: 9.44 | Emirau
Date Deactivated: 11.30.45, Miramar
Aircraft: PBJ-ID, PBJ- 1J

 

Insignia

Artist: Donald Graser
Date of Insignia: 1944
Authorization: HQMC

Manufacturing Details: First issue -American embroidered on twill. Second issue - Australian embroidered on wool.

 

 

Type 1 | American embroidered on twill

 

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PBJ-1D | The only surviving PBJ-1D still flying.

 

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Interior photos of the plane and other images can be seen in a 2012 post, here.

 

 

 

Millstein, Jeff. U. S. Marine Corps Aviation Unit Insignia 1941-1946. p 88.

Rottman, Gordon L. (2002). U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle - Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War, 1939-1945. p 444.

 

Long-time collector of WWII Aviation: AAF, USN and USMC.

ASMIC | OMSA | TAILHOOK

 

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Do you post these as you find them?

 

No, the patches in my posts are in my collection and I post them as I have time.

 

Glad you enjoy them.

 

Rick

 

Long-time collector of WWII Aviation: AAF, USN and USMC.

ASMIC | OMSA | TAILHOOK

 

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My grandpa was in the squadron in WWII and I met a bunch of surviving members of the Squadron in 2005 at a reunion. One of the former Assistants Commandants of the USMC was the MAG61 and VMB443 commander who I got to meet before he died. Pretty awesome squadron.

If I am not mistaken that PBJ is a representative of VMB 433 which was part of MAG61

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My grandpa was in the squadron in WWII and I met a bunch of surviving members of the Squadron in 2005 at a reunion. One of the former Assistants Commandants of the USMC was the MAG61 and VMB443 commander who I got to meet before he died. Pretty awesome squadron.

If I am not mistaken that PBJ is a representative of VMB 433 which was part of MAG61

 

Yes, the plane is a restored PBJ from VMB-433.

Long-time collector of WWII Aviation: AAF, USN and USMC.

ASMIC | OMSA | TAILHOOK

 

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