VMB-413 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR-THIRTEEN

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My father was John M. Leggio Jr. USMC, 2nd Lieutenant with VMB 413. In fact, he is in photo #14 just to the right of Major Nickerson (Maj. Nickerson's left).

I have a wealth of photos - some from missions, the base at Emirau, plus a fair bit of 8mm film from there that has been transferred to video - that I would like to share with this group. Someone please email me at jblues@briefcaseblues.com - and thank you!


Added: November 20, 2008
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I joined VMB 413 as part of a replacement crew. We flew our replacement crew and PBJ from Fairfield-Suison Army Air field in California via EWA (Hawaii), Canton, Funafuti, Espirito Santo, Munda, Bougainville to Emirau. We joined 413 on 1 August 1944. My log book shows 59 missions, the last target was Tobera on 28 July 1945. I was on my way back to San Francisco on the Dutch freightor Kota Inten when the war ended. After the war I flew out of Cherry Point carrying freight on an R5C-1. I was sent to Florida to train to fly back seat in a Black Widow night fighter sqadron but the training program was shut down before I finished. At the end of my hitch in March 1947 I signed up for two years in the reserves.

Irwin Deutscher, Sgt., USMC
Navigator-bombardier


Added: November 17, 2008
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My Dad, Samuel Black (Bud) Wotherspoon was a PFC with the Engineers and a Tail Gunner from 17 Aug 43 thru 20 Apr 45. He passed back in the 1980's but not before he shared a few stories, photo's and a great post-war album printed by the personnel of VMB-413. I wish he could have attended a reunion with the VMB-413. I guess he is now. Thanks for this website and remembering all these great heros.

Added: October 23, 2008
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My Uncle was TSGT Edward Naparkowsky top turret gunner..Unfortunately he passed away before he could see your website..He would have loved it..I still remember looking at your VMB-413 squadron book as a kid and he was the reason i went into Marine Aviation as a member of HMH-461..God Bless You Guys for what you did...SEMPER FI

Added: October 18, 2008
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My Uncle James as co-Pilot, and crew were shot down July 29, 1944 after seven strafing runs on Choiseul. They ditched 20 or so miles short of Munda, and all of the crew were rescued. The crew of that PBJ piloted by Capt. Bob Millington were all rescued. That crew as well as most of VMB 413 who flew 30/35 missions were given the DFC last year. The squadron disbanded before air medals and earned DFC medal could be given.
As an aside, I had the honor of having James' Wings of Gold pinned on me in August 1968 as a new Naval Aviator.


Added: October 7, 2008
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Adding to the beautiful tribute my brother, Anthony Matlosz, wrote about our dad, Tony Matlosz, I, too, remember the deep connection our father had to the Marine Corps. I can remember all of us kids (the four of us and assorted cousins and neighbor children) piling into the car for a ride to the park, with Dad singing his Marine songs all the way. I think "Bless Them All" was his favorite. Many a baby in our family was lulled to sleep on Dad's shoulder while he was singing these tunes. He loved telling stories about the various sorties and escapes. We were very blessed to have such a good father, and the country was blessed to have such a great Marine.

Added: September 15, 2008
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My father was SSgt Tony Matlosz, a turret gunner from Elizabeth, NJ. After his discharge, he joined the Elizabeth Fire Dept., from which he retired in 1973 as a captain, with three awards for valor. He passed away in 1995, and always spoke fondly of his days with VMB-413. He was able to attend one or two reunions in his later years - I believe they were originally open to officers only, then later to enlisted men as the ranks began to thin out.
He had a couple of friends from the squadron with whom he kept in touch over the years - Cpl. Mike Michalak of Buffalo, Sgt. Julian Middleton of Baltimore, and Cpl. Pete Bober, who was also an Elizabeth firefighter.
Thanks and compliments to Robert Yanacek for his work and dedication in creating and maintaining these websites and preserving the history and memories of our Greatest Generation.


Added: September 14, 2008
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I was thrilled to find this site. Based on a document I found, My father, Norman Nickerson, was the Executive Officer for VMB-413 (exact time frame unknown to me at this time). I recall one story regarding a hung bomb and after futile attempts to free it, they had to fly in "hot" and land on a short runway that ended in a cliff. I wish I could remember which island this took place on, however, I do recall one of his men looking him up years later to thank him. I am most interested in learning more about this squadron, the pilots, their stories and their "Last Strike". I check this website from time to time. If a family member or a squadron member reads this and recognizes my father's name, I would be most interested in hearing from you.

Added: September 5, 2008
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I am the niece of 1st Lt. Ralph Milton (Smokey} Jones. He was a member of the 413-VMB Bomber Squadron. The picture of his plane going down was devastating yet it gave me such closure at the same time. I remember so well the night we received news of Uncle Smokey's death. Thank you for all the research that has been done.
I would also like to add that Killeen is the hometown of one of Doolittle Raiders, Robert Gray. I am also the widow of a retired M/SGT. USA
A.C. Ford Sr.
Thank you again


Added: September 1, 2008
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Something I have thought about for over 10 years. Thanks for starting the website. My dad (Willie B. Tucker) was a tail gunner in George Barlow's crew. I have attended several reunions and will forever be grateful to the vetrans that took time to provide me with information about the squadron and my dad. Thank You !
Each of you are very special to me.
Bill


Added: August 7, 2008
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