Ground crewmen arming an FG-1D Corsair of Marine Fighting Squadron 312, the “Checkerboarders,” at Kadena airfield, Okinawa, Japan, Apr-Aug 1945

Caption   Ground crewmen arming an FG-1D Corsair of Marine Fighting Squadron 312, the “Checkerboarders,” at Kadena airfield, Okinawa, Japan, Apr-Aug 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Marine Corps via the Bobby Rocker Collection
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 26 Jan 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Dec 2015 01:11:50 PM

WAR LOAD: BOMBS, ROCKETS & 2,800 ROUNDS OF AMMO F4U-1D of VMF-312 Loaded for fighter-bomber close support mission. Fighters were fitted with 2 x pylons under the wings and could take bombs, up to 1,000lbs along with napalm and drop tanks. Aircraft has been armed with zero-length 5-inch rockets. Production of F4U-1D ran to 803 aircraft CLOSE SUPPORT: Marine and Navy F4U pilots were known for flying close to give the Marines on the ground to provide the air support they needed, to get the job done. War is a nasty, dirty, rotten business

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WW2-Era Place Name Kadena, Okinawa, Japan
Lat/Long 26.3517, 127.7694


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