And A Few Marines-Marines in the Liberation of the by USMCR (Ret.), Captain John C. Chapin

By USMCR (Ret.), Captain John C. Chapin

It used to be it seems that a trifling occasion whilst a couple of Marine planes flew right into a muddy airfield at Tacloban at the island of Leyte within the Philippines on three December 1944. throughout them have been the weather of the big U.S. military invasion which had all started on 20 October. Seven infantry divisions and 6 military Air strength (AAF) air teams ruled the island scene. It was once the beginning of a huge crusade during which Marine aviation might play a tremendous function. that's the crusade to free up the Philippines.

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A previously sketchy doc- with a few planes six weeks after eran squadron flyers were going the original landing in the home, and new commanding offi- Philippines. However, the Marine cers were taking over units that aerial effort grew and grew until remained on active duty. there were 18 squadrons in con- Philippine campaign. Thus, it -32 would live on to see duty in came to constitute a major element ing six weeks). The total operaanese would be killed in the ensu- the X Corps, with 4,800 tons of bombs dropped, accompanied by nearly 1,300 5-inch rockets.

There were 18 squadrons in con- Philippine campaign. Thus, it -32 would live on to see duty in came to constitute a major element ing six weeks). The total operaanese would be killed in the ensu- the X Corps, with 4,800 tons of bombs dropped, accompanied by nearly 1,300 5-inch rockets. Beyond the quantitative aspects, there lay more significant qualitative results for Marine avia- trine of close air support had been The final recognition of the ferent ways. First, in strategic fleshed out, refined, and honed in remarkable Marine performance throughout all the Philippine Islands came from the top.

The Japanese were holed up in a grated. town that controlled a road. When As the end of the Mindanao Many missions were flown at the Marine fighter planes would campaign loomed in May, there great risk because of unfavorable come over, the Japanese would were many changes for the Marine weather conditions. . dive into a deep gorge that ran aviators. VMSB-244 said farewell Amidst this pattern of intensive alongside the town. When the to the venerable SBD and was re- close air support, a sad, and exfighters left, the Japanese would equipped with the new SB2C ceedingly rare, tragedy occurred resume their defensive positions.

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