Marine Corps Emblem VMB-614 Historical Summary


VMB-614 Squadron InsigniaVMB-614 was commissioned on 1 October 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The squadron initially operated there and at Boca Chica, Florida, where they received torpedo and tactical training. In early August 1944 the squadron moved to Newport, Arkansas for final training in preparation for deployment to the Pacific Ocean Area.  This training included a a course in radar-bombing for the aircrews conducted at Beaumont, Texas. In early May 1945 VMB-614 performed a brief period of detached duty at Naval Air Station Houma, Louisiana, returning to Newport on 11 June 1945. From Newport, the flight echelon flew to Naval Air Station Alameda, California, then departed on 25 July 1945, arriving on 1 August 1945 at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa on Oahu, Hawaiian Territory. The ground echelon departed San Diego, California in early August 1945 and by 31 August 1945 both echelons were operating, just as the war ended, at Midway Island. VMB-614 was decommissioned at Miramar, California on 28 December 1945 following the squadron's return to the United States.

Commanding Officer Chronology

Captain Roger M. Bowman

01 Oct 1943 - 16 Nov 1943

Major John G. Walsh Jr.

17 Nov 1943 - 09 Nov 1944

Major Harold L. Lantz

10 Nov 1944 - 28 Nov 1944

Lieutenant Colonel George F. Mackey

29 Nov 1944 - 28 Dec 1945

Squadron Awards

American Campaign Streamer

American Campaign RibbonAsiatic-Pacific Campaign RibbonWorld War II Victory Ribbon

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer

World War II Victory Streamer

Squadron Aircraft Summary

Operated Overseas: PBJ-1J

Operational Losses: 2

Combat Losses: 0

Personnel Losses

First Lieutenant James P. Bartholomew

23 Feb 1944

First Lieutenant Patrick J. McGinley

23 Feb 1944

Second Lieutenant William D. Bonner

23 Feb 1944

Second Lieutenant Robert J. Carney

23 Feb 1944

Sergeant Richard O. Spears

23 Feb 1944

Corporal Jack M. Laraway

23 Feb 1944

Corporal Francis J. Marshall

23 Feb 1944

Private First Class Edward J. Shay

23 Feb 1944

Private First Class Sterling L. Taylor

23 Feb 1944

Private First Class Bruno J. Wachala

23 Feb 1944

Corporal William B. Aster

May 1944

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