Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty

Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty

by Steven K. Dixon

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Overview

Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty by Steven K. Dixon

Trained as a photo reconnaissance unit, Marine Observation Squadron 251 ended up serving as a fighter squadron for the duration of World War II, shooting down 32 Japanese aircraft. The squardron earned several awards for outstanding performance, including the Presidential Unit Citation. This book is the first to cover the World War II history of the VMO-251, one of the Marine Corps' longest-serving squadrons. The author traces their operations from the unit's activation on December 1, 1941, through Guadalcanal, the reduction of Rabaul and their missions over the Philippines in 1945. USMC veteran, Steven K. Dixon is the web administrator for Sim-Tech Manufacturing in Fayetteville, Georgia. He has written several articles for Modern War and World at War magazines and has designed several war games published through Legion Wargames. He lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786497980
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

USMC veteran, Steven K. Dixon is the web administrator for Sim-Tech Manufacturing in Fayetteville, Georgia. He has written several articles for Modern War and World at War magazines and has designed several war games published through Legion Wargames. He lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1 The Beginning 5

2 New Caledonia 14

3 Espiritu Santo and Guadalcanal 32

4 Home and Transition 68

5 Espiritu Santo, Green Island and Bougainville 79

6 Guiuan Field, Samar, Philippine Islands, and Deactivation 156

Epilogue 201

Appendices:

1 Commanding Officers 203

2 Assignments, 1941-1945 203

3 Casualties, 1 December 1941-1 June 1945 204

4 Roster of Personnel, August 1942 206

5 Roster of Personnel, March 1945 212

6 Number of Japanese Planes Shot Down per 251 Pilot 219

7 Aircraft Markings 221

8 World War II Squadron Awards 221

9 Citations for Recommended Awards 222

Chapter Notes 224

Bibliography 232

Index 235

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