VMB-611 Insignia

MARINE BOMBING SQUADRON SIX-ELEVEN

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My Great Uncle, Charles Good was apilot with VMB-611. His plane was shot down on a raid on a Jap airfield in the Phillipines. One crewman was lost. The rest were rescued by Pillipino guerillas. Charles currenly lives in Kansas.

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I just googled Marine Bombing Squadron 611 after finding it mentioned in my dad's "important things" file. Imagine my amazement at finding a pic of my dad! My father, (First Lieutenant) William G. Butler was a B 25 pilot stationed in the Philippines from June of '45. He is 88 now but unfortunately critically ill. If anyone has any info on Bill or flew with him during WWII I'd appreciate hearing from you. Dad was a quiet man about his wartime experiences but even with his ever worsening alzhiemer's/dementia his pride in being a Marine made those memories the last to go.

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Harold Gene Johnson, a member of squadron 611, was my uncle. I never had the pleasure of knowing him.

Added: June 12, 2010
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The church referred to in one of the pictures of Zamboanga is in Barrio Sta. Maria. Our house is some 20 meters away. I came to know of James "Rip" Collins who remembered singing in the church, getting to know several residents of the barrio.
My uncle used to do errands for the American service personnel in Moret field. His fondest memories is chucking Hershey bars and military rations.


Added: June 7, 2010
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So glad to have found the web-site.
My brother, Harold Gene Johnson, a member of Squadron 611, went down on Mindanao on May 2, 1945 and is now buried along with his other crew members in a common grave in Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis. I was age 14 at the time of their B-25 crash. It was over 4 years later when the burial took place there. If anyone has any information or memories I would really appreciate hearing from you as little or no info was ever received from the government as to the location of the crash on Mindanao, the reason, or circumstances, if known, etc. As I remember, Harold was radioman/navigator/gunner with a wife and newborn baby girl back home in Wichita, Kansas.


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Came upon this site today while searching my last name and found my uncle's name Louis A. Weiskittel. This is a very nice site.

Added: May 28, 2010
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24 MAY 2010

Very much enjoyed Dave Fish's article, "VMB 611: ON THEIR WAY TO WAR" .... especially the picture of the Zoella Lykes tied to the Port Hueneme pier in SEP 1944.

Mentioned in Dave's article is ACORN 34. My dad was in ACORN 34, and I would like to think he is somewhere in that picture as everyone got loaded aboard and made ready to sail.


Added: May 25, 2010
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My father was Corporal James A. Henderson, Radio Mechanic with VMB 611. I just discovered your web site. My father passed away thirty years ago and seeing this site was just like talking with him again. I am interested in making contact, via reunions etc., with others that are interested in VMB 611. I can't thank you enough for this wonderful site, that is so full of information and memories of childhood talking with my Dad about his experiences during WWII.
Thank You.
Jim Henderson, Jr.


Added: March 20, 2010
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Thanks so much for this site; my grandfather flew with VMB-611 as a photographer/gunner (his name was Bob Waters, he passed in 1987).
It's nice to learn about some of his experiences, and to think of him.
I would be interested in contacting Mr. Lawrence Arthur Barrett, who posted on the first page of this guestbook; he said he was also a photographer, and I wonder if he knew my grandfather.

God Bless.


Added: February 16, 2010
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Just a note.

Dave Hunt's comments on the plane shown "In Harms Way", I noticed the same thing, my brother pointed it out to me. That is a Marine B25. I am glad he got to see it. I enjoy this web site so much. I especially like the music. If this goes thru I will have more of a responce later. I see where there is a lot of participation, there are a few entries I would like to respond to; also I still have a few items that the Web-MAster may want to add, I will try to get those forwarded soon.

Great job, a real treasure. I remember when I was a kid, my mother communicated with many of the other officers wives (for the rest of their lives), I still have some of the long historic line of Christmas cards and letters.

I remember observing the early struggles of many who labored tirelessly to get the first reunion to become a reality. This site is a fantastic tribute. Thanks a plenty.

Carl Samuels


Added: January 3, 2010
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