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Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty : Marine Observation Squadron 251 in World War II (Paperback) (Steven K.
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Dixon recounts the World War II history of VMFA-251, currently home-based in Beaufort, South Carolina. Formed in December 1941 as part of the rapid expansion of Marine aviation during the war, it was designated as an observation squadron, he says, but the squadron--except for a lone F4F-7 attached to MAG-23--never flew a photo reconnaissance mission during the war. Events dictated that it serve as a fighter squadron and perform a host of other duties throughout the war. He notes that though the squadron performed combat air patrols, strike missions, and close air support missions, it retained its VMO designation until 1945, when it was finally re-designated a fighter squadron. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 241
Genre: History, Transportation
Sub-Genre: Military / World War II, Aviation / General
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Steven K. Dixon
Street Date: April 28, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-0561
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