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US Marine Corps Squadrons WW2


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Marine squadrons were designated by letters and numbers that identified the squadron's role and organization, in a pre-war numbering scheme shared with the US Navy.

The first letter V stood for 'Heavier-than-air', Z stood for 'Lighter-than-air' i.e. dirigibles. The second letter M meant Marine Corps. No 2nd letter, by omission, meant Navy; thus VF-17 was a Navy Fighting Squadron. The third (and possible fourth) letters indicated the purpose of the squadron.

F = Fighting
SB = Scout Bombing
TB = Torpedo Bombing
O = Observation
J = Transport & Photographic

Thus, Marine Fighting Squadrons were identified by VMF, and night fighting squadrons by VMF(N).

This database contains all the Marine units that participated in WWll.

To see a list of all the squadrons in the database, click the Names List button above.

To find a particular squadron, search for its number, e.g. VMF-123.

To find all Fighter Squadrons: search for VMF

To find all Night Fighter Squadrons: search for VMF(N)

To find all Observation Squadrons: search for VMO

To find all Bomber Squadrons: search for VMB

To find all Torpedo Bomber Squadrons: search for VMTB

To find all Scout Bomber Squadrons: search for VMSB

To find all Transport Squadrons: search for VMJ and VMR

To find Miscellaneous Duty Squadron: search for VML

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