Marine Strike Fighting Squadron 212

 

"Musketeers", "Hell Hounds", "Devil Cats", "Lancers"

....

History 

1. March 1942 VMF-212 Established at MCAS Ewa HI
9. June 1952 VMF-212 was redesignated VMA-212
1. July 1963 VMA-212 was redesignated VMF-212
1. July 1964 VMF-212 was redesignated VMF(AW)-212
1. March 1968 VMF(AW)-212 was redesignated VMFA-212
10. August 1968 VMFA-212 was redesignated VMFA(AW)-212

 

Tailcodes 

1946 - 1948 DB
1948 - 1957 LD
1957 - today WD
....
....
Planes:
 

 

 

1942 - 1942
F4F-3
 
 

 

 

1942 - 1943
F4F-4
 
 

 

 

1943 - 1945
F4U-1
   
 

 

 

1945 - 1951
F4U-4B / F4U-5
   
 

 

 

1951 - 1954
AU-1
   
 

 

 

1954 - 1956
AD-4 & AD-4B
 
 

 

 

1956 - 1957
AD-
6
 
 

 

 

1957 - 1962
FJ-4B
 
 

 

 

1962 - 1963
A-4B
   
 

 

 

1963 - 1966
F-8D
   
 

 

 

1966 - 1967
F-8E
   
 

 

 

1967 - 1968
F-8D
   
 

 

 

1968 - 1970
F-4B
     
 

 

 

1970 - 1983
F-4J
     
 

 

 

1983 - 1988
F-4S
     
 

 

 

1988 - present
F/A-18C
     
..
VMF-212, VMA-212, VMFA-212  Deployments 
11 December 1950 - 7. March 1951 CVL-29 USS Bataan - F4U-4B LD 00
6. July 1962 - 21. December 1962 CVS-12 USS Hornet CVSG-57 Det. N A4D-2 WD 00
5. April 1965 - 16. December 1965 CVA-34 USS Oriskany CVW-16 F-8E WD 100
- - - - -
..
VMF-212, VMA-212, VMFA-212 Commanding Officers 
Maj. Harold W. Bauer 1. Mar. 1942 Nov. 1942
Maj. Frederick R. Payne Nov. 1942 Feb, 1943
Capt. Robert F. Stout Feb, 1943 Apr. 1943
Maj. Richard Hughes Apr. 1943 May 1943
Maj. Stewart B. O'Neill May 1943 Dec. 1943
Maj. Hugh McJ. Elwood Dec. 1943 Apr. 1944
? Apr. 1944 ?
...

History 

Operated out of Guadalcanal Sep. - Nov. 1942. Eight of its pilots flew on Temporary Attached Duty with VMF-223, starting on Aug.30. The squadron was commissioned Mar. 1, 1942 at Ewa, and moved up to Efate (the front line at the time) in four weeks. After completing its stint at Guadalcanal in November 1942, VMF-212 returned to the West Coast. By August, 1943, it was back in the Solomons, now flying Corsairs. They covered the landings on Bougainville, and a month later its ground crew was operating out of Torokina. It remained in the Solomons through the end of 1944.

VMF-212 claimed the aerial destruction of 132 Japanese planes.

- later more -

....

-

last update 1. July 2013

written  19. April 2009

-

-
- Corrections, additions and remarks please send to the Web master Michael E. Fader -
- If information from this site is used as source material please credit www.wings-aviation.ch  -
- If this page does not have a navigational frame on the left, click HERE to see the rest of the website. -