Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty : Marine Observation Squadron 251 in World War II
Trained as a photo reconnaissance unit, the U.S. Marine Observation Squadron 251 ended up serving as a fighter squadron for the duration of World War II, shooting down 32 Japanese aircraft. They earned several awards for outstanding performance, including the Presidential Unit Citation. This book is the first to cover the history of the VMO-251, one of the Marine Corps' longest-serving squadrons. The author traces their operations from the unit's activation on December 1, 1941, through Guadalcanal, the reduction of Rabaul and their missions over the Philippines in 1945.
- Paperback | 252 pages
- 178 x 254 x 15.24mm | 476.27g
- 30 Apr 2016
- McFarland & Co Inc
- Jefferson, NC, United States
- 55 photographs, 10 maps
About Steven K. Dixon
USMC veteran, Steven K. Dixon is the web administrator for Sim-Tech Manufacturing in Fayetteville, Georgia, USA. He has written several articles for Modern War and World at War magazines and has designed several war games published through Legion Wargames. He lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.