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Greetings,
I finally, with many second thoughts, have decided to part with a couple of WW2 jackets I've had for over 20 years.

They have amazing nose art painted on their back, and wonderful patches.

These WWII Flight Jackets can be seen at: WWII FLIGHT JACKETS For Sale
http://www.wwiijeepparts.com/ForSaleStore/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=1

Brian


United States Marine Corps

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USMC Air Corps
USMC Air Corps
US Marine Air Corps
MCAS 29 Palms, CA
MCAS 29 Palms, 
Twentynine Palms, CA
Marine Corps Air Station
MCAS El Toro, CA
MCAS El Toro, CA
Marine Corps Air Station

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Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA
USMC El Toro, CA MCAS
Marine Corps Air Station
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USMC Air Station, Santa Barbara, CA  Torpedo Bombing Training Unit, (TBTU)
USMC Air Station, Santa Barbara, CA
Torpedo Bombing Training Unit (TBTU)
(no Pic)
VMO-1
MARINE OBSERVATION SQUADRON 1
OY-1, OY-2 "Grasshopper"
Activated July 27, 1944 at Quantico, Virginia as (Artillery Spotting Division) Marine Observation Squadron 155, Fleet Marine Force. Relocated Nov 1943 to San Diego, CA. Deployed Jan 1944 to Espiritu Santo, South Pacific. Redesignated Feb 12, 1944 as Marine Observation Squadron 1.
Participated in the Guam & Iwo Jima campaigns.
VMO-1 earned battle stars for service at Guam & Iwo Jima.
VMJ-2
VMJ-2
 

(no Pic)
VMO-2
(ASD VMO-251)
MARINE OBSERVATION SQUADRON 
OY-1 "Grasshopper"
 

VMO-2 was activated at Quantico, Virginia on  Nov 1, 1943, with the designation (Artillery Spotting Division) VMO-251. VMO-251 departed for San Diego, where it carried out more training. In Jan 1944 the squadron was redesignated VMO-2, and moved to Hawaii in Feb. In Hawaii, VMO-2 trained w/2nd Marine Division. VMO-2 deployed to Saipan in June, flying in support of 2nd Marine Division operations there, and at Tinian. During March and April 1945, VMO-2 flew spotting missions on Okinawa before being ordered back to Saipan. From September 1945 to January 1946, VMO-2 was attached to Marine Observation Group 1, and performed occupation duties in Japan. The squadron then relocated to Cherry Point, and deactivated 26 August 1946.
VMJ-3
VMJ-3
USMC 3rd Paratroop
USMC 3rd Parachute Regt
(no Pic)
VMO-3
(ASD VMO-351)
MARINE OBSERVATION SQUADRON 6
"Scarface"
OY-1 "Grasshopper"
Activated Dec 1, 1943, at Quantico, Virginia, as Marine Observation Squadron 351. It was to be the "eyes" for Marine Artillery units in the Pacific. In 1944 the squadron was redesignated Marine Observation Squadron 3. VMO-3 flew many hazardous spotting missions at Peleliu, and Okinawa. They earned the Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, VMO-3 served in Northern China, before relocating, first to Guam, and later to Cherry Point, North Carolina, where the squadron was deactivated in 1949.
(no Pic)
VMO-4
(ASD)VMO-951)
MARINE OBSERVATION SQUADRON 4
Saipan
Iwo Jima
OY-1 "Grasshoppers"
Activated December 20, 1943 Quantico, VA with designation VMO-951, which was changed to VMO-4 on January 15, 1944. 
Participated in the assault & capture of Saipan and Tinian.
VMO-4 sailed Hawaii to Guam in January 1945 for the Iwo Jima operation. From Feb 26 to March 19, 1945 VMO-4 flew missions over Iwo Jima , then returned to Hawaii. At war's end, VMO-4 relocated to San Diego, CA & was deactivated Oct 21 1945. 
VMO-4 earned: Presidential Unit Citation (Saipan/Tinian operations) 
Navy Unit Commendation (Iwo Jima), in addition to the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with two bronze stars, and the World War Two Victory Streamer.
(no Pic)
VMO-5
MARINE OBSERVATION SQUADRON 5
"Black Aces"
Iwo Jima
OY-1 "Grasshoppers"
Activated Feb 15, 1944
Quantico, VA.  Camp Pendleton, Hawaii.
In January 1945 VMO-5 divided into two groups and proceeded to Iwo Jima, staging through Guam and Saipan on the way. On 19 February the squadron arrived at Iwo Jima. In March, VMO-5 returned to Hawaii, where they saw the end of the war. Following a brief period of occupation duty at Sasebo, Japan, VMO-5 relocated to San Diego and was deactivated 31 January 1946.
(no Pic)
VMO-6
MARINE OBSERVATION SQUADRON 6
"Hell-Divers"
"Tomcats"
San Diego, CA
Hawaii
Okinawa
China
OY-1 "Grasshoppers"
Assigned to support the 6th Marine Division during the Okinawa operation. 
March - July 1945, VMO-6 participated in the Okinawa operation, flying from the Yontan airstrip. 
October 1945, VMO-6 deployed to Northern China to provide aerial reconaissance for Marine units operating there. VMO-6 relocated to Camp Pendleton in 1947.
USMC MAG-15
USMC MAG-15
USMC MAG-15 
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USMC MAG-41
USMC MAG-41
Marine Air Group 41
El Toro, CA
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MAG 41 El Toro, CA
MAG 41
Marine Air Group 41
El Toro, CA
MAG 41 El Toro, CA
MAG 41
Marine Air Group 41
El Toro, CA
43rd Service Maint. SQ.
43rd Service Maint. SQ.
U.S.M.C.
MAG-51
MAG-51
Marine Air Group
USMC HQ. SQ. 61
USMC HQ SQ-61
Headquarter SQ. 61
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USMC 62nd Service Maint. SQ.
USMC 62nd 
Service Maintenance SQ.
VMF-111
VMF-111
VMF-112 - Felt
(felt)
VMF-112 - Canvas
(canvas)
VMF-112
History of VMF-112

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VMF-123
VMF-123
Eight Balls
F4F Wildcats
HOW THEY GOT THEIR NAME:
Marine Fighter Squadron 123 was commissioned in 1942 & deactivated in 1945. Its pilots flew F4F, J2F, SNJ, F3A & FG-1 aircraft. 
In naval aviation parlance, Dilbert was an accident looking for a place to happen. VMF-123 had made two tours to combat without seeing any enemy aircraft. Morale was low & the squadron was beginning to feel that they were a bunch of eight balls. A couple of pilots with some artistic talent drew an eight ball with Dilbert looking over the top from the rear.
The squadron's third tour was very different from the first two with Zeros & Vals in abundance. Upon their return to Efate & before going on R&R, the emblem was redrawn with Dilbert in front of the eight ball. The original patches were made for the squadron while on R&R in Sydney. 
See more at:
History of VMF-123
VMF-124
VMF-124
VMSB-141
VMSB-141
VMTB-143
VMTB-143 USS Gilbert Islands cruise 1945
VMTB-143
USS Gilbert Islands cruise
1945
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VMF-211 leather
(leather)
VMF-211 canvas
(canvas)
VMF-211
Early WW2 type
Wake Island
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VMF-213
VMF-213
VMF-214 felt
(felt)
VMF-214
VMF-215 Fighting Corsairs
(decal)
VMF-215 Fighting Corsairs
(chenille)
VMF-215
"Fighting Corsairs"
VMF-217
VMF-217
VMF-223
(canvas)
VMF-223
(leather)
VMF-223
(canvas)
VMF-223
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VMF-224
(canvas)
serial #'d
VMF-224
(leather)
VMF-224
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VMF-225
(canvas)
VMF-225
(canvas)
VMF-225
(leather)
VMF-225  #1
South Pacific
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VMSB-231
VMSB-231
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VMSB-232 / VMTB-232
(leather)
VMSB-232 / VMTB-232
(canvas)
VMSB-232 / VMTB-232
(canvas)
VMSB-232
VMTB-232
early war - Torpedo Bomb SQ.
late war - Bomb SQ.
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VMSB-232 / VMTB-232
(leather)
VMSB-232 / VMTB-232
(canvas)
VMSB-232
VMTB-232
early war - Torpedo Bomb SQ.
late war - Bomb SQ.
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VMSB-235
VMSB-235
"Flying Wolves"
Activated Jan 1, 1943
Marine Corps Air Station
El Toro, California
Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 235
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Operation Cartwheel,
Battle of Bougainville,
Guadalcanal Solomon Islands,
South Pacific
MCAS Miramar 
Decommissioned Nov 10, 1944

Post-war
Reactivated in 1946 as
VMF-235
"Death Angels"
"Ride Nunc" = Laugh Now

VMSB-236  USMC
VMSB-236
VMTB-242 leather
(leather)
VMTB-242 canvas
(canvas)
USMC VMTB-242
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VMSB-244
VMSB-244
VMR-252
VMR-252
VMF-322
(canvas)
VMF-322 Felt
(leather)
VMF-322
"Fighting Cocks"
China
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VMA-333
VMA-333
VMSB-341
VMSB-341
VMF-351 leather
(leather)
VMF-351 canvas
(canvas)
VMF-351
(canvas)
VMF-351
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VMR-352
VMR-352
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VMD-354
USMC VMD-354
Fleet Photo SQ
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VMB-413 Felt
(felt)
VMB-413 Leather
(leather)
VMB-413
"The Flying Nightmares"
VMF-422
VMF-422
VMB-423
VMB-423
VMF-452 El Toro, CA  Sky Raiders
VMF-452
El Toro, CA
"Sky Raiders"
VMSB-454
VMSB-454
VMF-512
VMF-512
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VMF-531 (N)
VMF-531 (N)
VMF(N)-531 
Night Fighter Squadron
"Grey Ghosts"
Activated Nov 16, 1942 Redesignated VMF(AW)-531 Oct 14, 1948;
VMF-532 (N) Night Fighter Squadron
VMF-532 (N)
VMF(N)-532
Night Fighter Squadron
VMF-542
VMF-542 (N)
VMF(N)-542
Night Fighter Squadron
"The Tigers"
Commissioned 3/6/1944
Marine Night Fighter Squadron 542
MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina
F6F Hellcats
San Diego, CA 1944
Ulithi, Caroline Islands
Battle for Okinawa
Yontan Airfield, Okinawa
Japan Occupation (Yokosuka)
MCAS El Toro, California
Redesignated VMF(AW)-542  in 1948
VMF (N) - 543 Night Fighter Squadron Night Hawks
VMF-543 (N)
VMF(N)-543
Night Fighter Squadron
"Night Hawks"
VMF-451
VMF-451
VMB-612
VMB-612
VMB-613
VMB-613
duplicate vintage patch available
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This patch has an interesting story.  Having spoken to some men of VBM-613, they have told me that the original squadron patch was designed by someone in Hollywood and was a cartoon bee, dropping a bomb through a cloud (your logo).  The men of VMB-613 despised this logo because their view of war was different than illustrated by a cartoon.  They told me that once overseas, they adopted a new squadron logo depicting a 75mm cannon barrel (used on their aircraft), three maces, and naval aviator wings, set in a scarlet circle. 
Thanks, Bob Yanacek
VMB-613 unofficial late war
VMB-613
unofficial late war
VMTB-621  VMB-621
VMTB-621
VMB-621 
VMB-443 (The Wildcats). 
VMB-443 was commissioned at MCAS Cherry Point on 15 September 1943 and transferred to MCAAF Camp Lejeune on 20 October to continue training. In mid-January 1944, the air echelon and some of the ground echelon went to Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Boca Chica, Key West, Florida for torpedo training and tactics and then moved to MCAS El Centro in February in preparation for overseas assignment. The ground echelon sailed from San Diego on 18 May 1944 and arrived at NOB Espiritu Santo in June; one month later, the ground echelon moved to MCAF Emirau and joined the flight echelon which arrived on 13 August. VMB-443 began flying both day and night missions against Rabaul and other bypassed Japanese installations on New Britain and New Ireland Islands until moving to Titcomb Field, Malabang, Mindanao, Philippines Islands in August 1945 after the war had ended. C.O.s: Lt Robert C. McConnell, 15 Sep 43; Major Alton D. Gould, 16 Sep 43 to 13 Oct 43; LTC Dwight M. Guillotte, 13 Oct 43 21 Mar 45; LTC Alton D. Gould, 21 Mar 45 16 Aug 45; Maj Earl E Anderson, 16 Aug 45 to date of surrender.
VMB-611
Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Eleven
"Black Seahorse"
"Sarles' Raiders"
The national symbol found on wings and fuselage experienced several changes during WWII.
US NATIONAL INSIGNIA
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Marines insert the letter "M"  after the first letter to indicate it's Semper Fi-ness
example:   VF (USN) ~ VMF (USMC) for Fighter Squadrons
ASF Aircraft Scouting Force
ASWF Anti-Submarine Fighter
ATU Advanced Training Unit
CAG Carrier Air Group
CNO Chief Naval Operations
CPW Commander, Patrol Wing
FASRON Fleet Aircraft Service Squadrons
FATS Force Aircraft Test Squadron
FAW Fleet Air Wing
MABS Marine Air Base Squadron
MACG Marine Air Control Group
MAG Marine Air Group
MAW Marine Air Wing
MCAGCC Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
MCAS Marine Corps Air Station
MCB Marine Corps Base
MCLB Marine Corps Logistics Base
NAS Naval Air Stations
PATRON Patrol Squadron
VA(HM) Attack Mining Squadron
VAH Special Operations Squadron
VAQ Reconnaissance Squadron
VB Bomb Squadron
VBF Bomber Fighter Squadron
VC Composite Squadron
VCS Cruiser Scout Squadron
VD Fleet Air Photo Reconnaissance Squadron
VF Fighter Squadron
VF(N) Night Fighting Squadron
VGF Escort Fighter Squadron
VGS Escort Scout Squadron
VH Air Sea Rescue Squadron
VJ Utility / Meteorological Squadron
VM Miscellaneous Squadron (Naval Base)
VN-D Training Squadron (Naval District)
VO Observation Squadron
VOT Operational Training Squadron
VP Patrol Squadron
VP-D Patrol Squadron (Naval District)
VPB Patrol Bomber Squadron
VP MAU Patrol Squadron Master Augment Unit
VPU Special Operations Unit
VPW Airborne Early Warning
VQ Electronic/Air Reconnaissance
VR Transport Squadron
VRE Transport Evacuation Squadron
VRF Ferry Squadron
VRS Service Squadron
VS Antisubmarine Reconnaissance Scout Squadron
VS-D Scouting Squadron (Naval District)
VSB Scout Bomber Squadron
VT Torpedo Squadron
VTB Torpedo Bomb Squadron
VU Utility Squadron
VW Airborne Early Warning
VX Air Test and Evaluation
VX-D Experimental Squadron (Naval District)
VMB Marine Bomb Squadron
VMC Marine Composite Squadron
VMD Marine Photographic Squadron
VMF Marine Fighter Squadron
VMF(N) Marine Night Fighter Squadron
VMJ Marine Utility Squadron
VMO Marine Observation Squadron
VMOT Marine Operational Training Squadron
VMP Marine Patrol Squadron 
VMPB Marine Patrol Bombing Squadron
VMR Marine Transport Squadron
VMRF Marine Ferry Squadron
VMRS Marine Service Squadron
VMS Marine Scout Squadron
VMSB Marine Scouting Bombing Squadron
VMT Marine Torpedo Squadron
VMTB Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron
VMU Marine Utility Squadron
VMW Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron
ZJ Lighter Than Air - Airship Utility Squadron
ZN Lighter Than Air - Airship Training Squadron
ZP Lighter Than Air - Airship Patrol Squadron
ZS Lighter Than Air - Airship Scout Squadron
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email from vet:
Do you have a jacket patch of the squadron -- VMTB 143/CVE 107/USS Gilbert Islands -- available?  I started in Jan. '43 in land-based VMSB/VMTB 232, and was transferred to carrier-based VMTB 143 in '44. I have my 232 patch, but need a 143. Please advise price, etc. Would appreciate a response soon. Thank you!
Alfred E. Seamands, 11413 Mastin, Overland Park, KS 66210. Tel. (913)451-0447. maryeddies@aol.com