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

RETURN TO MCAS CHERRY POINT

Intensive training and flight operations continued throughout the month of July.  On the 25th, Bureau Number 89022 (PBJ-1H) sustained minor damage when, as a result of pilot error, it was landed "wheels-up" at MCAS Cherry Point following a routine instrument flight.  Fortunately, no injuries were sustained by the crew.  However, while the aircraft was being hoisted by a crane, one of the hoisting eyelets broke causing the aircraft to fall to the ground and sustain further damage.  The aircraft was subsequently scrapped.

Throughout July rumors had been circulating that VMB-613 would be moving to another airfield since MCAS Cherry Point had become overcrowded following the commissioning of four new Marine Bombing Squadrons.  This rumor proved to be true on August 1, 1944 with the publication of Group Special Order 235-1944 which directed a change of station for VMB-613 to Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Field (MCAAF) Newport, Arkansas.

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PBJ-1s on Training Hop

"Wheels Up" Landing

SBD-5 Wreckage

     

Liberty Call

PBJ-1C Over Cherry Point

Fatal SBD Crash

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Newly Arrived PBJ-1Hs

Bomber Crashes

at National Airport

Marine Airmen are Adepts

with Cannon Planes

     

Departing VMB-613

Fueling a PBJ-1J

Tractor on the Flight Line

   

PBJ-1H at Cherry Point

Manning Wedding Reception

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