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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