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VMB-613 Squadron Insignia

Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen

 

OCTOBER 1945

A daily summary of squadron activities for the month is provided below.  Additional details for significant events may be found at the linked text.

October 1, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 2, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 3, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 4, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 5, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  Three planes flown to Roi and transferred to CASU-F-20 to be stricken and disposed.

October 6, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  One plane flew to Majuro and returned.

October 7, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 8, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  Three planes flown to Roi and transferred to CASU-F-20 to be stricken and disposed.

October 9, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  Two planes flew to Majuro and returned.

October 10, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  One plane flew to Majuro and returned.

October 11, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 12, 1945: Two planes flew assigned shipping lane patrols.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  One plane flew to Majuro and returned.

October 13, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 14, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  Two planes conduct a search for a reported life raft, negative.

October 15, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  One plane flew from Kwajalein to Tarawa.  One plane conducted a flight for a radar tracking problem.

October 16, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 17, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.  One plane flew from Tarawa to Kwajalein.  One plane conducted a flight for a radar tracking problem.

October 18, 1945: One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 19, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  Three planes conduct a search for a Japanese ship.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 20, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  Two planes flew to Majuro and returned.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 21, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 22, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane provided an escort for a flight of F4Us from Roi to Eniwetok.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 23, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 24, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  One plane flew a dawn security patrol.  One plane flew a dusk security patrol.

October 25, 1945: One plane flew an assigned shipping lane patrol.  Four planes striped and broken up on Kwajalein pursuant to COMMARGIL 240758.

October 26, 1945: One plane flew to Roi and returned.  Lieutenant Colonel George W. Nevils, USMC, Commanding Officer of Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen, relinquishes command upon being transferred to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing.

October 27, 1945: Major David M. Danser, USMCR, assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen.  One plane flew to Majuro and returned.

October 28, 1945: No flight operations conducted.

October 29, 1945: No flight operations conducted.

October 30, 1945: No flight operations conducted.

October 31, 1945: Remaining five planes flown to Roi and transferred to CASU-F-20 to be stricken and disposed.

Stripped Aircraft

STRIPPED AIRCRAFT: During October 1945, squadron members began removing equipment form their PBJs on Roi prior to turning them over to CASU-F-20 for disposal.  Here a PBJ-1H has had its 75mm cannon, and its engine and associated components removed.  An empty mount for the 75mm cannon can be seen in the open panel directly below the pilot's compartment.

Photograph: Farley R. Lund (Courtesy of Bill Remick)

The End of MB-8

THE END OF MB-8: MB-8 sits on its tail after being stripped of all its useful components.  Shortly thereafter, it was dumped in the lagoon by CASU-F-20.

Photograph: Farley R. Lund (Courtesy of Bill Remick)

Next is MB-3

NEXT IS MB-3: MB-3 is next to be stripped.  Sitting on it's tail, it will soon suffer the same fate as MB-8 in the depths of the lagoon.

Photograph: Farley R. Lund (Courtesy of Bill Remick)

Broken UP PBJ

Broken UP PBJ

BROKEN UP: Following the end of the war, four of the squadron's aircraft were stripped and partially broken-up on Kwajalein, then pushed into ocean.  In the photograph on the left, Sergeant Alexander P. Knoll and Sergeant Donald F. Gebhart are seen here with one of these aircraft.  In the background, a second PBJ lies broken with its port wing in the air.  A third PBJ, in the photograph on the right, lies in the surf with Sergeant Charles R. Cosbey sitting just behind its tail turret.

Photograph:  Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen (Courtesy of James D. Garls)

The Dump

KWAJALEIN DUMP: This photograph was taken in January 1946less than three months following VMB-613's departure, and shows the dump area on the southwestern end of Kwajalein Island.  This is the area is where four of the squadron's PBJs were disposed, and remarkably, a fairly large and tailless aircraft can be seen just above the arrow.  Although the actual type of aircraft cannot be determined, this may be one of the squadron's PBJs.

Photograph: Courtesy of Bill Remick

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