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Marine Night Fighter Squadron 543 (VMF(N)-543)

Established as Marine Night Fighter Squadron 543 (VMF(N)-543) “Night Hawks” on 15 Apr 1944. Deactivated on 11 Apr 1946.

WW-II. The squadron was separated into 3 echelons. The assault echelon departed HI on 22 Feb 1945 on board the USS Achernar (AKA-53) and USS Meriwether (APA-203) towards Eniwetok, Ulithi, Palau, and Leyte, landing on Okinawa early 7 Apr. The flight echelon arrived on Okinawa 9 Apr and the rear echelon caught up with the squadron on 1 May 1945. During the Battle of Okinawa the squadron was attached to Marine Aircraft Group 33 (MAG-33) and flew from Kadena Airfield from 9 Apr-7 Aug.

Credited with shooting down 15 Japanese aircraft and 1 probable.

Grumman F6F Hellcat, 1944-1946

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Filename:VMF28N29-543-1001.jpg
Album name:AFushi / USMC 500-599
Inscription:I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII
Base:MCAS Cherry Point, NC, 15 Apr 1944; MCAS El Centro, CA, 30 Sep 1944; MCAS Ewa, HI, Jan 1945; Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
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Date added:Mar 12, 2020
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