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By USMCR (Ret.), Captain John C. Chapin
It used to be it seems that a mere occasion while a number of Marine planes flew right into a muddy airfield at Tacloban at the island of Leyte within the Philippines on three December 1944. throughout them have been the weather of the big U.S. military invasion which had began on 20 October. Seven infantry divisions and 6 military Air strength (AAF) air teams ruled the island scene. It was once the beginning of an enormous crusade within which Marine aviation could play an incredible function. that's the crusade to disencumber the Philippines.
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Extra resources for And A Few Marines-Marines in the Liberation of the Philippines
R—Transport. J—Utility. Example: VMF—115; Marine Fighting Squadron No. 115. F4U—1D: F—Fighter, 4—Fourth model of this fighter, U—Manufactured by Chance-Vought, 1—D—Modification of this series. 'FG—l: Goodyear version of the Corsair. 'Night fighter Version. air support had been validated. Acknowledgement of this came The official Marine Corps histo- ry of World War II made this in a final evaluation by Eichel- observation: berger. He commented that the "superb" accomplishments of A radical departure Marine air stemmed in part from the Marine liaison officers [who] were "always in front lines" with the infantry commanders.
However, the Marine cers were taking over units that aerial effort grew and grew until remained on active duty. there were 18 squadrons in con- Philippine campaign. Thus, it -32 would live on to see duty in came to constitute a major element ing six weeks). The total operaanese would be killed in the ensu- the X Corps, with 4,800 tons of bombs dropped, accompanied by nearly 1,300 5-inch rockets. Beyond the quantitative aspects, there lay more significant qualitative results for Marine avia- trine of close air support had been The final recognition of the ferent ways.
S. S. Department of Defense observance of the 50th anniversary of victory in that war. Editorial costs of preparing this pamphlet have been defrayed in part by a grant from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation. WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF MARINE CORPS HISTORY AND MUSEUMS MCHC proved invaluable, both for pho- Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMC (Ret) tographs and doumentation. The latter includes two summary studies by the GENERAL EDITOR, WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATiVE SERIES Intelligence Section, Division of Aviation, Headquarters, USMC.