Crewman pulls the propeller through on an F4U-1 Corsair of Marine Fighting Squadron 218 at Barakoma Airfield, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 1943. Note the general sandblasted look of the aircraft after long exposure to tropical winds and coral dust.F6F-3 Hellcat of Navy Fighting Squadron 33 after dropping into a bomb crater at the Barakoma airstrip, Vella Lavella, Solomons, late 1943. Fighting 33 was one of the few land based fighter squadrons, a role later taken up by Marine squadrons.155mm Gun M1 of USMC 4th Defense Battalion near Barakoma, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, circa late Aug 1943F4U-1A Corsair of Marine Squadron VMF-212 at Barakoma Airfield, Vella Lavella, Solomons, Nov 1943
Crewman pulls the propeller through on an F4U-1 Corsair of Marine Fighting Squadron 218 at Barakoma Airfield, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 1943. Note the general sandblasted look of the aircraft after long exposure to tropical winds and coral dust.F6F-3 Hellcat of Navy Fighting Squadron 33 after dropping into a bomb crater at the Barakoma airstrip, Vella Lavella, Solomons, late 1943. Fighting 33 was one of the few land based fighter squadrons, a role later taken up by Marine squadrons.155mm Gun M1 of USMC 4th Defense Battalion near Barakoma, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, circa late Aug 1943F4U-1A Corsair of Marine Squadron VMF-212 at Barakoma Airfield, Vella Lavella, Solomons, Nov 1943
Marine Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, Commanding Officer of VMF-214 the “Black Sheep” and later Medal of Honor recipient, boards his F4U-1 Corsair at the Barakoma airstrip on Vella LaVella Island, Solomons, Dec 1943.TBF Avenger being spotted for parking at Barakoma Airfield, Vella Lavella in the Solomons, 1944
Marine Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, Commanding Officer of VMF-214 the “Black Sheep” and later Medal of Honor recipient, boards his F4U-1 Corsair at the Barakoma airstrip on Vella LaVella Island, Solomons, Dec 1943.TBF Avenger being spotted for parking at Barakoma Airfield, Vella Lavella in the Solomons, 1944


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