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Military History/VMF ? Yontan Field, Okinawa, WWII


Frank wrote at 2008-05-12 16:20:45
In 1945 at Okinawa VMF 224 was part of Marine Air Group 31.  The other squadrons in that group were VMF-311, VMF-441 with F4U-1C/D and VMF(N)-542 with F6F-5N.

Marine Air Group 33 was also on the island with VMF 312, 322, and 323 with F4U and VMF(N)-543.

Richard D. Bauder wrote at 2008-09-13 00:53:53
My uncle was a Seabee on what he refers to as Yontan Field, Okinawa and I have pictures of Corsair F4U's on the field under night fire. The numbers on the engine housings are, 302 and 315. I can e-mail you these photos if you'd like.

I also have his picture of the 'BAKA' that is shown in The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft.

Michael Hiner wrote at 2010-12-28 06:29:05
There were several marines posted on at Yontan.

Capt John P Coakley

Lt "Dr. Jump" Stevens

Bob Waite

Two of the aircraft were numbered X-54, and X-62.  X-62 had nose art of what appears to be bugs bunny in uniform.  The cowling of the Corsair has white trim.  Also belly tank.  These men were known to be posted on Yontan March-April 1945.  I am also searching for more history on Coakley.

Sam wrote at 2011-01-17 04:35:10
I was a Marine in VMF 224 on Yantan field in 1945.  At that time we were attached to MAG 31 Second Marine Air Wing. We were later moved to another field.  After VJ-Day I was sent back to Miramar, Ca.  and mustered out. VNF 224 went on to Japan for ocvcupation duty. I had too many points so I missed out on that experiencer.


Joel L. Neuman wrote at 2011-03-04 17:42:04
I was a member of VMF-441 based at Yontan in 1945. The squadron was then moved to Chimu at the northern area of Okinawa during the summer of 1945,  

Paul Rigby wrote at 2011-07-18 20:44:57
I have a full photo album of Capt John P Coakley

Michael Hiner wrote at 2011-10-23 02:06:28
Work gets in the way, and I just had a chance to read these responses.  I would like to hear more from all of you about experience on Yontan, and specifics about the aircraft.  From that I hope I can get closer to finding references on Coakley and the other men in the squadrons.  There are pictures of Coakley and Stevens during the occupation.  They are in the album.

rick wrote at 2013-01-07 22:07:59
My father .. Maj Fred M Rauschenbach, was CO of VMF 322 GameCocks during Okinawa. I have an original copy of "Leatherneck" magazine with a write up on the Squadron's close air support missions, and some photos

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Retired US Navy, stationed 10 years in Hawaii. Study of the early years of the Pacific War 1941-42, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. Easy access to actual sites in and around Pearl Harbor. More limited knowledge of general WWII history in the Pacific.


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