Marine Fighting Squadron 512

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History 

15. February 1944 VMF-512 Established at MCAAF Oak Grove, NC.
10. March 1946 VMF-512 Disestablished at CVE-107 USS Gilbert Islands

Planes:
 

 

 

1943 - 1945
F4U-1D
 
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Vought F4U-1D Corsair VMF-512 "The mad Cossack" Vought F4U-1D Corsair VMF-512 "Miss Nelly" Vought F4U-1D Corsair VMF-512 "Brooklyn Butcher" Vought F4U-1D Corsair VMF-512 "Grand Slam" .
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Vought F4U-1D Corsair VMF-512 "Man O war"       .
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VMF-512  Deployments 
2. May 1945 - 4. December 1945 CVE-107 USS Gilberts Island MCVEG-2 F4U-1D, F6F-5P -
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VMF-512 Commanding Officers 
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History 

VMF-512 was commissioned 15. February 1944 at MCAAF Oak Grove, North Carolina. During its first few months the squadron was a part of Project Danny which was a plan for Marine Corps F4U- Corsair fighter aircraft to attack German V-1 flying bomb launch sites in northern France. The operation was canceled before departing for the European Theatre of World War II. Shortly thereafter the squadron was transferred along with the rest of  MAG-51 to MCAS Mojave, California on 5 September 1944.

Training quickly resumed at MCAS Mojave and on 5 November 1944 the squadron was re-designated as Marine Fighting Squadron (Carrier Squadron) (VMF(CVS)-512) denoting that the squadron was now Aircraft carrier based. On 8. December 1944, VMF-512 was transferred to MASG-48 at MCAS Santa Barbara, California where it continued training until it went aboard the CVE-107 USS Gilbert Islands  in March 1945 for a shakedown cruise and carrier-landing practice. For their initial cruise VMF-512 was paired with VMTB-143 to form Marine Carrier Group 2. After their training cruise the squadron departed San Diego on 12. April 1945 for exercises in Hawaiian waters.

The USS Gilbert Islands arrived off the coast of Okinawa, Japan on 21. May 1945. During the Battle of Okinawa VMF-512 aircraft blasted and strafed concrete dugouts, troop concentrations, ammunition and fuel dumps on Okinawa from 2431 May. In the following days they helped neutralize outlying Japanese airfields and installations, including the Sakishima Islands with repeated bomb and rocket attacks. Later in June, the USS Gilbert Islands departed for Leyte, in the Philippines. Soon thereafter they sailed to support operations in Borneo.

During the Battle of Balikpapan VMF-512 provided close air support for the Australian 7th Division. The squadron remained carrier based and at the end of World War II was operating at sea near Tokyo. As part of the post-war drawdown of forces, VMF-512 was decommissioned on 10. March 1946.

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last update 7. March. 2022

written  19. April 2009

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