Major Robert G. Owens, Jr. of VMF-215, Vella La Vella, November 11th 1943


3 responses

  1. Ken

    Good to see the picture of Major Owens of VMF215. My old outfit, carrier aircraft service unit 3, was his ground crew. We flew up from New Caledonia in Oct. of 1943 with stops at Guadalcanal and Munda and landed on unfinished airstrip. The CB’s finished it quickly and we started operations soon after. We also had a Marine night fighter group flying Lockheed twin engine PV’s. Our Navy outfit stayed there Until late spring of’44, then back to Guadalcanal for a month then back to the states to be reassigned after a 30 day leave. What memories!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:08 am

    • Hello Ken,
      I enjoyed reading your remembrance of Major Owens and your time with CASU 3. Thank you for your service! I collect flight gear and wonder if you have any recollection of the pilots in VMF-215 using “rigger made” canvas shoulder holsters. There are some published photos of Bob Hanson and other pilots (not Maj. Owens) wearing these and I was curious if they may have been made up by someone in your unit? Best regards, Paul

      January 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  2. mark

    My father was a member of the ground crew for VMF 215. If anyone has pictures of them in the islands I would be interested in seeing them.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

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