By USMCR (Ret.), Captain John C. Chapin
It was once it seems that a trifling occasion whilst a number 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 large U.S. military invasion which had began on 20 October. Seven infantry divisions and 6 military Air strength (AAF) air teams ruled the island scene. It used to be the beginning of an immense crusade within which Marine aviation could play a tremendous position. that's the crusade to disencumber the Philippines.
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Acknowledgement of this came The official Marine Corps histo- ry of World War II made this in a final evaluation by Eichel- observation: berger. He commented that the "superb" accomplishments of A radical departure Marine air stemmed in part from the Marine liaison officers [who] were "always in front lines" with the infantry commanders. They were as familiar with the forward positions as was the infantry. " from orthodox methods was the adoption of direct communications between pilots and ground-based air liaison parties.
Then it had been mand level. Whether Corsairs or landing (at Sarangani Bay) of their shoe-horned in by happenstance SBDs, the Marine doctrine of close friends, the 24th Division, on 12 Col Warren E. , left, commanded MAG-24 in June 1945. His executive July. On 1 August, MAG-24 was officer, LtCol John H. , is on the right. dismembered with the decommisCol Warren E. , CollectionC sioning of VMSBs-133, -236, and - 241. There was one final extraordinary episode which took place in a strike by VMB-611 on 9 August.
S. S. S. Department of Defense observance of the 50th anniversary of victory in that war. Editorial costs of preparing this pamphlet have been defrayed in part by a grant from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation. WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF MARINE CORPS HISTORY AND MUSEUMS MCHC proved invaluable, both for pho- Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMC (Ret) tographs and doumentation. The latter includes two summary studies by the GENERAL EDITOR, WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATiVE SERIES Intelligence Section, Division of Aviation, Headquarters, USMC.