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Crewman 2: the place? Crewman 1: Up there, over the Japs—those are Marine Corsairs! Crewman 2: Corsairs! Our personal planes—four of them—look at them come down on these Japs! Crewman 1: The Japs see ’em; glance, they’re turning! Crewman three: And they’re jettisoning their bombs, attempting to break out! Crewman 1: Come on, you Corsairs! Crewman 2: Come on, you Marines! Crewman three: Now they’ve acquired the Japs correct the place they wish ’em . . . they’re firing. . . . Crewman 1: . . . of the Japs in flames, happening! Crewman 2: That different one isn’t going to break out either—here comes one other Corsair. . . . Crewman three: And that Jap’s long past! No ask yourself the Japs name our Corsairs “Whistling demise! ” 3 up, 3 down! VMF-214 didn't obtain credits via identify, however the exciting radio broadcast of ways invoice Pace’s department of Corsairs disrupted Chincoteague’s attackers was once heard by means of many hundreds of thousands of listeners around the usa. at the night of July 18, Maj. invoice speed arrived on station together with his department including Jack Petit, Dick Sigel, and Mac McCall. Sighting a trio of Mitsubishi G3M twin-engine bombers purpose on completing off the disabled Chincoteague, they intercepted the enemy plane and brought on them to jettison their bombs early. R. L. Rasmussen (watercolor, 2012) The navy’s building battalions boasted the superior chefs within the Solomons. On Banika, enterprising Seabees outfitted a diner that really good in hamburgers. Their resource of meat: the herds of livestock that grazed at the island. As a testomony to the chefs’ recognition, many a pilot feigned engine difficulty within the region of the Russells. George Britt on the finish of July 1943, VMF-214 followed a brand new identify and crest designed by means of “Harry the pony” Hollmeyer. Pictured above is Carl Dunbar’s patch, one in all simply approximately thirty made by way of a forte store in Sydney in 1943. Neither the identify nor the layout have been ever formally famous via the Marine Corps. Carl Dunbar through Peter Dunbar the excellent news was once that the second one travel had all started at an opportune time. Admiral “Bull” Halsey, commander of the South Pacific quarter, started his crusade to invade New Georgia in past due June. The amphibious landings elicited a pointy reaction from the japanese, leading to extreme aerial combats over the touchdown websites. The air conflict waned quick, even though, and by the point VMF-214 started its travel, the motion round New Georgia was once winding down. against this, the enemy’s presence on Bougainville, farther north, remained as robust as ever. From their bastion at Rabaul, the japanese may well bring males and planes to the ahead airfields inside a question of hours. A conflict of attrition constructed as American bombers hit the airstrips on Bougainville time and again, escorted via warring parties from the military, military, and Marine Corps, in addition to the Royal New Zealand Air strength. certainly, the squadron’s moment strive against travel started with a project to Kahili, the main seriously defended jap airfield on Bougainville. 8 pilots, led by way of the 2 such a lot skilled department leaders, participated within the first attempt.