Air crew members stand by their aircraft on the island of Ie Shima in ww2 showing their wings

An Initial Study on the Aircraft of Saipan in World War 2.

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These are some brief notes about the Aircraft and Air Bases on Saipan in World War 2.
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Aircraft On Saipan in World War 2

7th Air Force

18th Fighter Group
333rd Fighter Squadron
P-19 Airacobras,  P-47 Thunderbolt

78th Fighter Squadron

318th Fighter Group

19th Fighter Squadron
P-38 Lightning
The were stationed on Saipan and were used for long range flights to Truk and Iwo Jima.  Some Pilots names were Wayne Petty, Hal Dunning, Stanley Lustic, Boone Ruff and Noble Kendle.

Marine Air Warning Squadron 5
4th Marine Division.
Received a Presidential Unit Citation for their outstanding service during the Capture of Saipan and Tinian on June 15th to August 1st, 1944

497th Bomb Group
869th Bomb Squadron

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