VMB-413 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR-THIRTEEN

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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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I am proud to be a member of this website. My Great-Uncle 1LT. Ralph M. (Smokey) Jones, USMC was a member of VMB-413 and lost his life when his B-25 PBJ Mitchell Medium Range Bomber went down on a bombing mission on Rabaul, New Britain. He was the Co-Pilot. Thanks Robert, for the site and I will have photos when I get to New Britain. I am also a former SGT, USMC 1977 to 1982, last duty station, Wpns Co., 3rd Bn 6th Mar, 2nd MarDiv, Camp Lejeuene, NC., Presently a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.

Added: July 30, 2008
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Initial Logbook Entry - VMB-413 logbook opened this date.

Added: July 15, 2008
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