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woofiedog
12-26-2004, 12:57 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Seem that on 4/7/43 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 131/ VMSB-131 ran into some bad weather.
I wish I had more of the story of this flight... but I came across this info looking up some other information.
By the stat's on this page... Squadron 131 lost 4 Aircraft with a total of 12 Pilot's or Air Crew.

http://www.daveswarbirds.com/cactus/vmsb-131_photo1b.jpg
Spring 1943 €" posing with a TBF Avenger on Espiritu Santo
Front Row
Doug Bangert, Bill Ritchey,"Snuffy" Dalton, Al Clark, T. Levandowski
Second Row
George "Bud" Main, Tom Reese, Jim Maguire, Frank Barker, Joe Warren
Third Row
George Nasif, Barney McShane, George Woodbury, Martin Roush
Fourth Row
Frank Smyth, George Dooley, Russ Riley
The mascot dog in the very front is "Pickles." He was brought over from San Diego.

Survivors of the Cactus campaign, USMC aviators of VMSB-131
According to Robert Woolfe, veteran flight crewman with VMSB-131 during this combat tour (he was a radioman), the photo appears to have been taken during Spring 1943 €" probably May or the beginning of June. The group appears to be all the pilots (17) in the squadron around that time. Pilots in the squadron lost (KIA or missing) are not in the photo, so this would be at or near the end of the squadron€s Guadalcanal tour. Location believed to be Espiritu Santo €" the main base for VMSB-131. For a larger version of this photo, and pilot names, see the VMSB-131 page.

woofiedog
12-26-2004, 12:57 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Seem that on 4/7/43 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 131/ VMSB-131 ran into some bad weather.
I wish I had more of the story of this flight... but I came across this info looking up some other information.
By the stat's on this page... Squadron 131 lost 4 Aircraft with a total of 12 Pilot's or Air Crew.

http://www.daveswarbirds.com/cactus/vmsb-131_photo1b.jpg
Spring 1943 €" posing with a TBF Avenger on Espiritu Santo
Front Row
Doug Bangert, Bill Ritchey,"Snuffy" Dalton, Al Clark, T. Levandowski
Second Row
George "Bud" Main, Tom Reese, Jim Maguire, Frank Barker, Joe Warren
Third Row
George Nasif, Barney McShane, George Woodbury, Martin Roush
Fourth Row
Frank Smyth, George Dooley, Russ Riley
The mascot dog in the very front is "Pickles." He was brought over from San Diego.

Survivors of the Cactus campaign, USMC aviators of VMSB-131
According to Robert Woolfe, veteran flight crewman with VMSB-131 during this combat tour (he was a radioman), the photo appears to have been taken during Spring 1943 €" probably May or the beginning of June. The group appears to be all the pilots (17) in the squadron around that time. Pilots in the squadron lost (KIA or missing) are not in the photo, so this would be at or near the end of the squadron€s Guadalcanal tour. Location believed to be Espiritu Santo €" the main base for VMSB-131. For a larger version of this photo, and pilot names, see the VMSB-131 page.