Marine Fighting Squadron VMA-223

 

"Rainbow", "Bulldogs"

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History 

1. May 1942 VMF-223 Established at MCAS Ewa HI
1. July 1957 VMF-223 was redesignated VMA-223

Tailcodes 

1946 - 1948 WP
1948 - present WP
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Planes:
1942 - 1943 F2A-3
1943 - 1944
F4F-4
1944 - 1945 F4U-1
1945 - 1950 F4U-4
1950 - 1957
F9F-2, F9F-5
VMF-223-01.png (63019 Byte)
  VMF-223-03.png (65313 Byte) VMF-223-04.png (69941 Byte)  
  VMF-223-06.png (71208 Byte) VMF-223-07.png (69541 Byte)  
1957 - 1961
FJ-4B
1961 - 1964 A4D-2N
1964 - 1970 A-4E
1970 - 1975 A-4F
1975 - 1987 A-4M
1987 - present AV-8B
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VMA-223  Deployments 
6. September 1949 - 26. January 1950 CV-32 USS Leyte CVG-7 F4U-4 WP 00
23. April 1956 - 15. October 1956 CVA-18 USS Wasp CVG-15 F9F-5 WP 00
23. October 1964 - 17. May 1964 CVS-10 USS Yorktown CVSG-55 Det. T A-4C WP 00
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VMA-223 Commanding Officers 
Capt. John L. Smith,  -  1. May 1942 Dec. 1942
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History 

The first fighter squadron in the Solomons, arriving on August 20, 1942. After heroic service with the Cactus Air Force, the squadron left for home on Oct. 16. In 1944, VMF-223 participated in the aerial siege of Rabaul; in Jan. 1945 it participated in the liberation of the Philippines.

VMF-223 was credited with downing 132 Japanese planes.

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last update 1. July 2013

written  19. April 2009

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