Marine Fighting Squadron 213 "Hell Hawks" VMF-213
United States Marine Corps (USMC)
During February 1943 VMF-213 transitioned to the F4U Corsair at Turtle Bay Airfield on Espiritu Santo.
Marine Fighting Squadron 213 "Hell Hawks" VMF-213 pilots pose with F4U Corsair at Turtle Bay Airfield (Fighter 1) on Espirtu Santo
(Standing left to right) L. McCleary, F. Buechmann (ground officer), J. Moran, W. Anderson, H. Huidekoper, W. Stewart, V. Glascock, E. Shaw, R. Foxworth, L. Handschy, R. Roberts, R. Daily, Arthur R. Boag, M. Vedder, Geroge Bennett, W. Livingood and S. Harrison
(Kneeling left to right) B. Ffoulkes, J. Walley, T. Brown, J. Cupp, G. Groom, W. Cloake, J. Anderson, J. Brubacker, C. Toomey, G. DeFabio, F. Avery, W. Thomas and M. Bowers.
During April 1943 moved to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.
On April 13, 1943 F4U Corsair 02316 pilot Major Wade H. Britt Commanding Officer (C. O.) was killed in a take off accident. Afterwards, Major Gregory J. Weissenberger became Commanding Officer (C. O.).
In June 1943, moved to the Russell Islands to relieve Marine Fighting Squadron 124 (VMF-124).
On June 30, 1943 the squadron flew "Rendova Patrol" missions over Rendova Island off New Georgia.
On July 17, 1943 lost is
F4U-1 Corsair 02421 pilot Captain Foy Ray Garrison Missing In Action (MIA) on an escort mission for bombers on a strike against shipping off Kahili (Buin) on southern Bougainville and engaged by enemy fighters and last seen over the target area.
On July 18, 1943 lost is
F4U Corsair pilot Winnia on an escort mission for bombers against Kahilli Airfield on southern Bougainville. Intercepted by Zeros, this aircraft as not seen after initial contact was made. Pilot 1st Lt Charles C. Winnia was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW) and died in captivity and is Missing In Action (MIA). Winnia was the only pilot from VMF-213 known to be a prisoner of the Japanese.
On September 9, 1943 lost is F4U-1 Corsair 02552 pilot 1st Lt George C. Bennett on an escort mission for bombers against Kahilli Airfield on southern Bougainville. Returning while attacked from the rear by a Zero and was seen emitted smoke and went is Missing In Action (MIA).
On September 12, 1943 lost is F4U-1 Corsair 02338 pilot Captain Theron H. Brown, III on an escort mission for bombers against Kahilli Airfield on southern Bougainville was hit and returning went Missing In Action (MIA).
On September 15, 1943 lost is F4U-1A Corsair 17489 pilot 1st Lt. Arthur R. Boag on a test up and due to an engine failure ditched off Guadalcanal. Afterwards, pilot rescued and returned to duty.
On September 23, 1943 lost is F4U-1A Corsair 17920 pilot 1st Lt. Robert T. Roberts and went Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was F4U-1A Corsair 17917 pilot 1st Lt. W. J. Thomas who was rescued.
In December 1943, VMF-213 was relieved for rest and recuperation.
During 1944, re-formed at Mojave and conducted trained at Ewa Field on Oahu. During January 1945 supported the liberation of the Philippines and afterwards attacked targets in Okinawa and Japan.
In total, pilots from VMF-213 claimed 117 enemy aircraft shot down.
VMF-213 Commanding Officers (C. O.)
Major Wade H. Britt (October 1942–April 13, 1943) Killed In Action
Major Gregory J. Weissenberger (April 1943–August 1943)
Major James R. Anderson (August 1943–October 1943)
Captain Leonard W. McCleary, Oct. - Nov. 1943)
Major Stanley R. Bailey (November 1943)
Captain James R. Wallace (November 1943–December 1943)
James N. Cupp, 13
Sheldon O. Hall, 6
John L. Morgan Jr., 8.5
Edward O. Shaw, 13
Wilbur J. Thomas, 18.5
Milton N. Vedder, 6
Gregory J. Weissenberger, 5
History of Marine Corps in World War II pages 461 (VMF-213 squadron summary)
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