Marine Corps Emblem VMB-614 Photograph Album: 1

 

Training Hop

TRAINING HOP: A pair of VMB-614 PBJ on a training hop over an unidentified location.  Early in training, VMB-614 utilized PBJ-1Cs and PBJ-1Ds as seen above.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Josiah Hays II)

Training Hop

TRAINING HOP: Another VMB-614 on an early training hop.  This particular aircraft is MB-184, Bureau Number 35184.  This aircraft was identified by the aircraft's number which was temporarily applied with chalk and is barely visible on the nose just below the bombardier's station.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Josiah Hays II)

Liberty Call

LIBERTY: A group of PBJ pilots enjoy liberty at the Club Bali in Miami, Florida in March of 1944.  They are ((L-R), First Lieutenant Walter I. Hays, Second Lieutenant Gaspard W. Deschamps, First Lieutenant Robert W. Hoke Jr., First Lieutenant Vincent J. Garthwaite, First Lieutenant Arthur E. Jorgensen, and First Lieutenant William M. Baskin.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Josiah Hays II)

Takeoff

TAKEOFF: A VMB-614 PBJ running on full power departs an unidentified stateside location.  A close examination of this photo reveals many other PBJs parked along the runway and a hangar in the background marked with "Production Maintenance."

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Steve Myers)

Training Hop

TRAINING HOP: A flight of five VMB-614 PBJs on a training hop over an unidentified location in the United States.  Notice that the second PBJ from the right appears to be pained in an overall midnight-blue finish.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Steve Myers)

Right Echelon

RIGHT ECHELON: The flight in the above photo then forms up into a tight right echelon.  All of these aircraft are the J-model PBJ, recognizable by the Plexiglas nose and the upper turret located just aft of the pilot's station.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Steve Myers)

Formation Flying

FORMATION FLYING: A third photograph of this same group of aircraft illustrates how the formation is 'stepped-up" off the lead aircraft.  Note that all aircraft have a radome on the starboard wingtip in which the AN-APS-3 search radar was housed.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Steve Myers)

USS Shipley Bay

USS SHIPLEY BAY: VMB-614's flight echelon departed San Francisco on 25 July 1945 embarked, along with their aircraft, aboard the USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85).

Photograph: U.S. Navy

VMB-614 Officers

VMB-614 OFFICERS: First Row (L-R) First Lieutenant Walter O. Jones, First Lieutenant Russell H Lawson, First Lieutenant William F. Hopkins Jr., First Lieutenant Arthur H. Jorgenson, First Lieutenant Gale E. Myers, First Lieutenant Kenneth A. Matheson, First Lieutenant Earl W. Cassidy, First Lieutenant Jack A. Lescure, First Lieutenant Howard P. Jones, First Lieutenant Donald D. Bosold, First Lieutenant Richard S. Miller, First Lieutenant Elmer E. Watson, First Lieutenant James E. Graaff, and First Lieutenant Edward L. Novak.  Second Row (L-R) Bellows, Second Lieutenant John T. Randazzo, First Lieutenant Charles M. Morgan, First Lieutenant Allen P. Ballentine, First Lieutenant Robert Bootz, Second Lieutenant Clarence E. Graves Jr., Second Lieutenant Henry J. Marshall Jr., Second Lieutenant Laurel E. Offerle, First Lieutenant David N. Sullivan, Second Lieutenant Theodore R. Jenkins, Second Lieutenant Thomas R. Holmes, First Lieutenant Joseph L. Kuhn, Second Lieutenant John J. Burke, Second Lieutenant Robert A. Holbrook, and Captain James F. Dunwiddie.  Third Row (L-R) First Lieutenant Robert W. Hoke Jr., First Lieutenant Donald R. Gregory, First Lieutenant Jack M. Larrick, First Lieutenant William M. Baskin, First Lieutenant Walter I. Hays, Captain Robert E. Lenihan, King, Lieutenant Colonel Harold L. Lantz, Major George F. Mackey, Major Roger M. Bowman, Lieutenant Commander James P. O'Keefe, First Lieutenant Harry H. Hettinger Jr., First Lieutenant Robert L. Rose, First Lieutenant Ralph M. Hansen, First Lieutenant Charles A. House, First Lieutenant Richard F. Baker, First Lieutenant Glen E. White, and Warrant Officer John A. Harper.  Fourth Row (L-R) Second Lieutenant Jack H. Adam, First Lieutenant Donald R. Bishop, Second Lieutenant Arthur Wentz Jr., First Lieutenant Harvey D. Nevill Jr., First Lieutenant Forest I. Townsend, First Lieutenant Robert J. Manning, First Lieutenant Robert M. Horn, First Lieutenant Donald T. Frazar, First Lieutenant Walter W. Dean, First Lieutenant Eli Tatalovich, First Lieutenant John R. Cooney Jr., First Lieutenant Able M. Genet Jr., Second Lieutenant Leonard J. Fox, Second Lieutenant George M. Legere, Second Lieutenant William W. Seekins, First Lieutenant James A. Meredith, and First Lieutenant Harlan H. Alstrup.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Josiah Hays II)

Rose-Genet Crew

ROSE-GENET CREW: Front Row (L-R) First Lieutenant Robert L. Rose, First Lieutenant Able M. Genet Jr., and Staff Sergeant Elwood O. Miller.  Back Row (L-R) Staff Sergeant Richard B. Blankenhorn, Staff Sergeant John T. Morris, and Sergeant Leo Miller.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps (Courtesy of Leo Miller)


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