Ground Crewmen with Bombing Squadron 139 posing with their squadron mascot in front of the tail section of a PV-1 Ventura patrol bomber on Attu Island, Alaska, 4 Jun 1944. Note the Marsden mat surface.

Caption   Ground Crewmen with Bombing Squadron 139 posing with their squadron mascot in front of the tail section of a PV-1 Ventura patrol bomber on Attu Island, Alaska, 4 Jun 1944. Note the Marsden mat surface. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-237774
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jun 2019

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
16 Jun 2019 09:26:00 PM

The mascot’s name was Big Mooch and was reputed to be the first dog to fly on a bombing mission over Japanese territory. This squadron was later redesignated as Patrol-Bombing Squadron 139 (VPB-139) and was the first to show that the PV-1 Ventura had the range to reach the Japanese held Kurile Islands from Attu. According to the mission markings seen in this photo, it appears this aircraft has made 6 such strikes up to this point. The circular emblem on the tail is the insignia for Fleet Air Wing Four, the “Empire Express.” Standing left-to-right are: Aviation Chief Machinist’s Mate T.J. Malek (wearing the VB-139 patch on his jacket), Aviation Chief Metalsmith 1st-class L.S. Hays, Aviation Chief Metalsmith R.J. Pluth, and Chief Yeoman A.J. Gannon.

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