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VBF-83_Hawk
03-04-2005, 09:43 AM
€œProject Danny involved the four fighter squadrons of Marine Aircraft Group 51 (MAG-51) in the fall of 1944 to conduct an attack against the V-1 rocket launching sites in Europe. VMF-511, -512, -513, and -514 were equipped with an assortment of F4U-1, FG-1A, and F3A-1 aircraft. These were all basically F4U-1s but manufactured by different companies.
The V-1 rockets being employed by the Germans lacked any controls to hit a specific target and had been wrecking havoc in England with their indiscriminate attacks. Washington wanted the launching sites destroyed and the task was assigned to the NavAirLant Staff. Working with the Marine Corps staff at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, the plan was developed to arm Marine Corps Corsairs with the 11.75€ Tiny Tim aircraft rocket, load them aboard CVEs [escort aircraft carriers] and transport them to the North Sea where they would be launched against the targets. At this time there were no Marine Corps squadrons aboard carriers, nor were any contemplated to be carrier based. The Tiny Tim was the largest aircraft rocket with a warhead developed from a 500-pound semi-armor-piercing bomb. The four newly formed squadrons commenced the special training for the mission at several of the outlying fields.
Commander Moorer (later Admiral Thomas H. Moorer) was the NacAirLant staff officer for the project who was sent to Washington to brief the top civilian and military authorities including General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff U.S. Army. The briefing commenced without the General who was quickly brought up to date, by one of his staff generals, upon his arrival. General Marshall listened, but on hearing that Marine aviators would make the planned attacks, raised his hand. Rising to his feet he moved towards the door and said something to the effect €œthat€s the end of this briefing. As long as I€m in charge of our Armed Forces, there€ll never be a Marine in Europe.€ It can only be assumed that the Army did not want a repetition of the Marine publicity of World War I.
The project was cancelled and the first three squadrons went on to become the first Marine Corps fighter squadrons to be assigned to carriers during WWII.€

full story here: http://www.adamsplanes.com/Liggett%20512.htm

VBF-83_Hawk
03-04-2005, 09:43 AM
€œProject Danny involved the four fighter squadrons of Marine Aircraft Group 51 (MAG-51) in the fall of 1944 to conduct an attack against the V-1 rocket launching sites in Europe. VMF-511, -512, -513, and -514 were equipped with an assortment of F4U-1, FG-1A, and F3A-1 aircraft. These were all basically F4U-1s but manufactured by different companies.
The V-1 rockets being employed by the Germans lacked any controls to hit a specific target and had been wrecking havoc in England with their indiscriminate attacks. Washington wanted the launching sites destroyed and the task was assigned to the NavAirLant Staff. Working with the Marine Corps staff at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, the plan was developed to arm Marine Corps Corsairs with the 11.75€ Tiny Tim aircraft rocket, load them aboard CVEs [escort aircraft carriers] and transport them to the North Sea where they would be launched against the targets. At this time there were no Marine Corps squadrons aboard carriers, nor were any contemplated to be carrier based. The Tiny Tim was the largest aircraft rocket with a warhead developed from a 500-pound semi-armor-piercing bomb. The four newly formed squadrons commenced the special training for the mission at several of the outlying fields.
Commander Moorer (later Admiral Thomas H. Moorer) was the NacAirLant staff officer for the project who was sent to Washington to brief the top civilian and military authorities including General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff U.S. Army. The briefing commenced without the General who was quickly brought up to date, by one of his staff generals, upon his arrival. General Marshall listened, but on hearing that Marine aviators would make the planned attacks, raised his hand. Rising to his feet he moved towards the door and said something to the effect €œthat€s the end of this briefing. As long as I€m in charge of our Armed Forces, there€ll never be a Marine in Europe.€ It can only be assumed that the Army did not want a repetition of the Marine publicity of World War I.
The project was cancelled and the first three squadrons went on to become the first Marine Corps fighter squadrons to be assigned to carriers during WWII.€

full story here: http://www.adamsplanes.com/Liggett%20512.htm

woofiedog
03-04-2005, 11:35 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gifVBF-83_Hawk... Great story and Link!

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Have to love these Real Color Picture's. Mint!

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Alex Raymond's USMC Art... would like to see more of his work. Very Nice.

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Thank's

VW-IceFire
03-05-2005, 12:56 PM
Sorry, what was against the Marines in Europe from WWI?

That sounded like an operation that should have taken place...