VMB-413 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR-THIRTEEN

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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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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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