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Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 234 (VMSB-234)

Established as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB- 241) on 1 May 1942. Redesignated Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 234 (VMTB-234) on 14 Oct 1944; Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 234 VMTB(CVS)-234 in ?. Deactivated on 20 Mar 1946.

Douglas SBD-1/3P/4/4P/5 Dauntless
Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger

WW-II. The squadron departed for Espiritu Santo in Dec 1942 and began their first combat tour as part of the Cactus Air Force on Guadalcanal on 28 Jan 1943. Their second tour began on 15 Apr 1943 where they patrolled the Fiji Islands and also provided close air support in New Georgia. They moved to Munda and began operating from there on Oct 1943 concentrating their attacks in the vicinity of Bougainville. In Nov 1943 they to Efate and from there they returned to the United States.
Their name change to VMTB(CVS)-234 since they would now deploy as part of Marine Carrier Group 3 on board the USS Vella Gulf (CVE-111). They were paired with VMF-513 during their deployment but never saw combat as the war ended. The squadron returned to California in November 1945 and was deactivated at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro on March 20, 1946.

Wing Fist insignia, (2d Design), 1944, USA Shiffli embroidery

File information
Album name:AFushi / USMC 200-299
Base:MCAS EWA, HI, 1 May 1942; MCAS Miramar, CA, Nov 1943
Filesize:55 KiB
Date added:Mar 19, 2020
Dimensions:250 x 249 pixels
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