Marine Bombing Squadron Six-Thirteen
October 1, 1943 - November 21, 1945
VMB-613 Insignia

FEBRUARY 1945

A daily summary of squadron activities for the month is provided below.  Additional details for significant events may be found by clicking on the links, which will open in a new window.

February 1, 1945 -- Offices and living quarters were organized for squadron detachment on Eniwetok.

February 2, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island (Aircraft Action Report 7).  Five planes flew a convoy escort mission.

February 3, 1945 -- Three planes performed a hunter-killer flight.  Two planes conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island (Aircraft Action Report 8).

February 4, 1945 -- Nine planes conducted a hunter-killer flight.  One plane flew a snooper mission over Ponape Island (Aircraft Action Report 9).

February 5, 1945 -- Eight planes performed a hunter-killer flight.  One plane flew a snooper mission over Ponape Island (Aircraft Action Report 10).

February 6, 1945 -- Three planes flew a hunter-killer mission.  Six planes conducted a strike against Airfield Number Two on Ponape Island.  One plane (BuNo 35275) was lost to enemy action on the strike over Ponape Island, killing the pilot and crew.  Those killed were:  First Lieutenant William J. Love, 023765; First Lieutenant Thomas W. Stone, 027570; Staff Sergeant John R. Schwaller, 292152; Sergeant Leland E. Baumbach, 819550; Sergeant John A. Becker, 870393, and; Sergeant David Snider, 805866.   The navigator of a second plane on the strike, Private William M. Farley, 563260, was also killed over the target by a large fragment of shrapnel (Aircraft Action Report 6).

February 7, 1945 -- One plane flew an escort for VMF-113 on a strike of Ponape Island which was aborted.

February 8, 1945 -- One plane flew an escort for VMF-113 on a strike of Ponape Island.  One plane conducted a search flight around Ujelang Island.  Private William M. Farley, the navigator killed in the strike over Ponape on February 6, 1945, was buried with full military honors at 2:00PM at the Temporary American Army Cemetery, Japtan Island, Eniwetok Atoll; Grave Number 68, Plot 2, Row 4.

February 9, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.

February 10, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.

February 11, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

February 12, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

February 13, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island (Aircraft Action Report 11).  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

February 14, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

February 15, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

February 16, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island (Aircraft Action Report 15).  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

February 17, 1945 -- One plane conducted a snooper flight over Ponape Island.  Five planes flew seven-hour sector searches.

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