VMB-611 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-ELEVEN

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This is fascinating stuff..... who knew Marine Air flew specialized medium bombers in WWII? I'm reading 'Marines at War' by Eric Hammel and learned of this squadron. I served in Asia with MAG-12 in the 80s and I just love to read this stuff. Thanks for providing this site and info, Semper Fi and may God bless the US Marine Corps.

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He was a co-pilot not a cookout- dang aautocorrect

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My father was a cookout assigned to this squadron in late 44 through end of war. His story of having to turn the squadron planes over to the. Russians in northern China and enormous fist fight with Russians after the turnover were classic MC.

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Thank you for your webpage. Because of it, I have made contact with Jimmy "Rip" Collins who flew with my grandfather in MB14 of the VMB611 squadron. He is my last link to my Grandfather who dies in the late 1940's. I only wish I had seen this website earlier while my father was still alive. It is wonderful to hear the stories about my grandfather that I have never heard of before talking to Jim Collins. I feel it very important that the youth of today should know more about their parents and grandparents' history that made this country the greatest in the world. Thank you again. May your website and it's history contained herein remain intact for many generations to come.

-Joseph E. Caggiano


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Hello to all, season's greetings.

As a squadron side note:

I am still going through the chronological albums my mother put together; they cover my dad's early enlistment which was actually in the Navy. The Navy Squadron was called the Earl Donnell Squadron. It was named for a Naval Aviator, 23 yr. old Ensign Earl Roe Donnell Jr., a Dallas native, who lost his life in the Pacific. Later in the war a destroyer, the U.S.S. Donnell (DE-56) was launched. My mother and a few other officer's wives stayed with Mrs. Donnell, who they called Mrs. D. The fine lady hosted them when the flyers were training at the Naval Air Station in Dallas. My mother stayed in touch with her over the years. Mrs D painted and had framed an oil floral painting that was given to my mother, an item to always be treasured. Several of the officers that ended up at Cherry Point, had been part of the Georgia Pre-Flight School and the Dallas group. I know this really is a 611 side note, but I think it is important to belatedly thank Mrs D for her contributions such as her 611 squadron new letter she routinely published and distributed; and her other kind gestures and sacrifice. I just thought I would mention it.

My mother always sent out a 611er Christmas Letter, the last one was in 06'. She and my dad have both been gone for sometime now. I know she also kept in contact with some of the other squadrons people. So to all who
might ever read this, I hope everyone has a Merry Christams.

Sincerely,

Carl Samuels


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I am the Granddaughter of 1st Lt. Wray E. Bennett. Thank you for this site !!!

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My dad Mark C. Hartz, Sgt. vmb611 was a member from 1942-1945. His crew was led by 1stLt Peterson and 1stLt Fitch. Dad's name is listed incorrectly in the crew listing as H-e-r-t-z. Please correct the spelling of his name. Also, his assignment is not listed. He always said he was a waist-gunner. Thank you, m

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Who do I contact about my father Charles M. Good Jr? He passed last year at age 99. We have a considerable amount of his pilot log info and several pictures. To whom can I contact about preserving this info?
John Good


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Eugene M. Wheeler, a member of VMB-611, passed away August 23 2018. He was 93.
My father retired from the Marine Corps in 1964 at the rank of CWO2.


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My dad was a member

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