Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461

 

"Red Raiders", "Ironhorse"

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History 

15. March 1944 VMF-461 established at MCAS El Centro CA
28. February 1950 VMF-461 disestablished at MCAS El Toro CA
January 1957 HMR(M)-461reestablished at MCAS New River NC
February 1962 HMR(M)-461 was redesignated HMH-461

Tailcodes 

1946 - 1948 PA
1948 - 1950 LP
1957 - today CJ
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Planes:
 

 

 

1944 - 1945
F4U-1D
   
 

 

 

1945 - 1950
F4U-
4
   
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1957 - 1967
HR2S-1 (CH-37C)
   
 

 

 

1967 - 1970
CH-53A
   
 

 

 

1970 - 1989
CH-53D
   
 

 

 

1989 - present
CH-53E
   
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VMF-461, HMR-461, HMH-461  Deployments 
4. January 1949 - 5. March 1949 CVB-41 USS Midway CVG-17 F4U-4 LP 00
6. September 1949 - 26. January 1950 CV-32 USS Leyte CVG-7 F4U-4 LP 00
5. September 1957 - 31. October 1957 CVS-39 USS Lake Champlain - HR2S-1 CJ 00
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VMF-461, HMR-461, HMH-461 Commanding Officers 
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Various helicopters line the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) during Operation Desert Shield. We carried about 30 cases of 3 gallon cans of Crayola finger paint to camo up the airplanes . Unfortunately the paint was found to be oxidizing so we stopped. By the end of the war we had all different colloured airplanes, green, brown, and sky grey. When we got home no one wanted the paint which became hazardous waste, couldn't be dumped, the school system didn't want it. I don't remember what we did now. My work station was just below the flight deck about where the helo forward of the island is.
Richard BOISVERT
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last update 1. November 2015

written  19. April 2009

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