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Marine Night Fighter Squadron 533 (VMF(N)-533)

Marine Night Fighter Squadron 533 (VMF(N)-533) established on 1 Oct 1943. Redesignated Marine Fighter Squadron 533 (VMF-533) in May 1953; Marine Attack Squadron( VMA-533) in 1959; Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 533 (VMA(AW)-533) in Dec 1965; Marine All Weather Strike Fighter Squadron 533 (VMFA(AW)-533) in Sep 1992-.

WW-II. Embarked on board the USS Long Island (CVE-1) for the South Pacific. In May 1944, the squadron completed final training on the F6F aboard MCAS Ewa, HI and then headed for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. On 12 Jun relieved VMF(N)-532 and assumed night defense responsibilities for the area. On 30 Nov they moved to Engebi, Marshall Islands and continued operations.
The squadron moved to Yontan Airfield, Okinawa in May 1945 and finally settled on Ie Shima on June 15, 1945. Between 14 May-29 Jun, The squadron claimed shooting down 30 Japanese planes - by radar, at night - without one operational loss.

Grumman F6F-3N/5N Hellcat, 1943-1945
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat, Dec 1945-1953

10 May 1945-Oct 1945: MAG-31, F6F-3N, Yontan Airfield, Okinawa
Oct 1945 to Jan 1947: MAG-24, F7F-3N, Peiping, China

File information
Album name:AFushi / USMC 500-599
Base:MCAS Cherry Point, NC, 1 Oct 1943; Engebi in the Marshall Islands, 1944; Yontan Airfield, Japan, May 1945; Peiping, China, Oct 1945
Filesize:40 KiB
Date added:Mar 12, 2020
Dimensions:249 x 245 pixels
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