VMB-413 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON FOUR-THIRTEEN

SQUADRON LOG BOOK





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I joined VMB 413 about April 30, 1945, arriving in an "H" model with 75mm cannon.We were a replacement crew,and my assignment was with the 413. I was assigned to a tent, and my tent mate was a Donald Fallon(not listed in unit roster), a classmate from grade 7 and 8. We went to different high schools and had lost touch.I recall walking up the dirt path to the ends of the tents, turning right to the messhall. Also going into a wooded area where trees had been felled to watch movies. I had 27 missions but my log book was destroyed in a fire in 1960. Did not know this page existed, what a great find, even at age 86.

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Art Newcomb was my father, and was a pilot in VMB-413. He talked very little about his combat experiences, but remembered his time with the squadron fondly. He especially liked to recall one particular "Purple Alert" that ended with him losing half of his handlebar mustache to a female acrobat from a visiting USO troupe.

Sadly, Dad passed away in 2005 after a career in education.

Thanks to all those who developed and keep this site as a tribute to the dedicated Marines of VMB-413.


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My father was Russel Douglas and was an armorer in the 413. Thanks for putting this together and would love to continue to get new info.
Thanks, Phil


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My Brother Roderick Corvello enlisted in USMC April, 1943. Following training, he became gunner on PBYs at Jacksonville, Fla, was then transferred to SBDs for short period. Finally shipped to South Pacific in 1944 and served with VMB-413 as radioman/armourer throughout remainder of WW 2 which ended when squadron was then based on Mindanao. Mustered out of the Marine Corps in 1945, completed college, rentered Marine Corps as pilot following completion of NavCad at Pensacola. Served in Korea 1952 flying F 9s. Left the Marine Corps following Korea service and employed as pilot with Pan Am retiring as Captain in 1975. Roderick passed away in 2009, age 85.

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Dean Salmon was my dad's cousin. He was an inspiration then as he is now. He was always friendly and fun. In no small part, his service headed me towards the military where I ended up spending 30 years in the navy, served on five nuclear submarines. But, nothing like what those great Americans did when they were called. Good to see MBS 413 so well remembered. God Bless America.

Added: November 15, 2011
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I am very thankful I found your website. My father, Charles Morris,was a navigator/bombardier. While my parents were visiting us in Orlando we found out that a B-25 would be at a local air show. He had been in very poor health but he wanted to see his beloved B-25.
The transformation that came over him as we walked around the plane was unbelievable. When he described his experiences he forgot that he needed a cane to walk and the neck brace he wore just got in his way.For two hours he was back in the South Pacific with his buddies.
My father passed in 1996. I was so fortunate to tape this experience and have my mother also in it. They met when they were in the Marines. Needless to say this tape is priceless to us.
Our thanks to the men of the VMB-413 who made so many sacrifices for us.
Semper Fi,
Tom Morris
p.s. My father had enough flights to be awarded an air medal but his service record book was lost and he never recieved it. If anyone has information on how to pursue this please let me know.


Added: October 27, 2011
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My father Daniel J. Mahoney Jr. was a radio-gunner in the 413. He past away in 2004 and I never really got to hear very many stories of his time in the war. He served in WWII and for a short stint in Korea. Any information anyone has would be greatly appreciated. My son and I are very interested in finding out as much information as possible. He is missed every day. Thank you all for your service to our country. God Bless.

John Mahoney
Carver, Ma.


Added: October 14, 2011
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I've been trying to track down information about a dear friend's father, S/Sgt John B. Mauro USMC who served as a tail-gunner on a PBJ.

The only clues I had at my disposal came from his Flight Log.

After some serious searching Google led me to your web site, and we were all over joyed to learn S/Sgt Mauro was attached to VMB-413.

We also identified one of the OPS Officers, Catp. Daniels, who had signed S/Sgt Mauro's flight log.

Thank you for keeping the memories of these brave men alive.

Bravo Zulu

Semper Fi

Clifton James Hipsher
ICC USN (Ret.)


Added: October 8, 2011
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My Uncle George H. Fish served with the squadron as a light truck driver. He was deployed with them in the South Pacific from May 45 to the end of the war.
Any idea where I can find more information about him or what his duties would have been?


Added: September 11, 2011
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My uncle, James Helmke, was a pilot with Squadron 413. Yesterday would have been his 90th birthday. Our family recently came across this website and found a picture of our beloved uncle. This was truly a wonderful gift to each of us and especially my dad, his brother. So heart-warming to see pictures of these young men as they served our country...true American heroes.

Added: September 2, 2011
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