VMB-413 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR-THIRTEEN

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I am the grandson of Robert Henry Biehl, a Mech. Turret Gunner from 18 Jan 1944 to 28 Jan 1945. I am interested in finding some of those whom he served with and knowing more about where he served and what he did in the service. I was not able to find this information myself as he past away in 2005.

I do have a photo of him in his flight jacket with the clover 13 patch on it, and also one of him in his dress uniform with another man, who I am trying to identify. If there is a way I can send these pictures to someone to have posted here I would be happy to do so. Please contact me via email.

I also want to thank everyone who served during this time. Without your service we may not be speaking English at this moment.


Added: September 11, 2009
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Sir, please excuse the fact that my note is not directly relevant to the content of this site (my father was a Polish POW), but I have had a growing interest in WW II history, increasingly that of US involvment in all theaters, and so I wanted to first complement you on the amazing photos that you have uploaded: great info and detail.
I found this because I was trying to find out more about a 'George S. Barlow', the inventor of a type of art print called the 'Aurograph', which involved the etching of gold leaf.
The print I have in my possession is signed by the artist 'Barlow', but the date is 1932, which would likely make him far older than the Barlow depicted in your photos.
Hope to return to your site to learn more about the squadron.


Added: August 23, 2009
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My father, Dale Spridik, was a member of the Helling/Helmke flight crew. Much to my surprise, I saw a picture of him and his flight crew that he has in his photo album on the 413 web site. My dad will turn 85 in October and I am trying to convince him to attend the 413 reunion, which I understand is in Dayton, OH (about 4 hours away from us). The other members of his flight crew were: Deutscher, Willard, Smeed and Alsobrook. I hope that all these men are still with us and if any of you would contact me with any additional information, I would like to get my father to the 413 reunion. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
Greg Spridik


Added: August 9, 2009
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I was in one of the VMB squadrons that went to Newport in late '44 or early '45, but it was not 614 or 613. We trained there, then returned to CP where the squadron was disbanded. Most, if not all the em became grunts overnite and shipped to Stone Bay at Lejeune for training and then shipped overseas j ust as the war ended. If anyone has any info about this group, would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks

Added: June 24, 2009
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I Was so thrilled to find this site...My Father was a "Private" in the 413th. He never talked about his time in the "service", so I never knew anything about it. Now he is gone and it's too late to ask ! His name is Paul C. McGuire, if anyone knew him or what he may have done overseas could you please contact me. Thank you so much

Added: June 18, 2009
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My uncle, Gilbert Enck served with 413. He was killed returning from a mission on April 21, 1944. Anyone remember Gil please contact me at crater111@comcast.net. I served with the 1stBn 1stMar in Nam 68-69, Semper Fi Jeff Shoff

Added: June 18, 2009
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JUST HEARD ABOUT THIS WEB SITE AND AM ENJOYING
IT . I JOINED413 IN JULY 1943 FRESH FROM FLIGHT SCHOOL.BOB MILLINGTON AND JIM MERRIMAN WERE GOOD FRIENDS AND WE STILL ARE IN TOUCH WITH JIM AND BILLIE. OVER THE YEARS WE ATTENDED MOST OF THE REUNIONS AND HOSTED TWO. IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE.
WE WON'T GET TO DAYTON THIS YEAR BUT MAYBE FOR NUMBER 67. HAVE A GREAT TIME IN DAYTON.
SEMPER FI,
HARVEY


Added: May 28, 2009
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I am the eldest son of John Avelis, a pilot in VMB-413 (on Photo Album and Cruise book). Dad flew over forty missions, returned and had eight children, and now eleven grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. John Avelis died in 1979, and is also survived at this writing (4/19/2009) by his wife, Helen Mary Avelis. Lt. Avelis was posthumously awarded the Air Medal with six clusters and a Distinguished Flying Cross. May we all remember the service and sacrifice of the brave Marines of VMB-413.

Added: April 19, 2009
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I was a pilot with the 413. Would love to share memories. Please get in touch with me via phone or mail.

Robert G. Cunningham


Added: January 27, 2009
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12/13/08 Just found out about this Web site from Janet. It is really great. I am a former pilot in VMB 413-a replacement pilot-November 1944 to August 1945. I am curious to see if I can supply you with any information. There sure are not many of us left

Added: December 13, 2008
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