Marine Fighting Squadron  221

 

“Fighting Falcons"

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History 

11. July 1942 VMF-221 established at Midway
10. September 1945 VMF-221 disestablished at MCAS El Centro CA

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Planes:
 

 

 

1942 - 1943
F2A-3
 

 

 

1942 - 1943
F
4F-4
 

 

 

1943 - 1945
F4U-1
 
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VMF-221  Deployments 
24. January 1945 - 25. May 1945 CV-17 USS Bunker Hill CVG-84 F4U-1D, -
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VMF-221 Commanding Officers 
Maj. Floyd B. Parks  May 1942 Jun. 1942
? Jun. 1942 Aug. 1943
Maj. Nathan T. Post Aug. 1943 Oct. 1944
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History 

The original VMF-221, under the command of Major Floyd Parks, was wiped out at Midway. The re-organized squadron arrived at Guadalcanal in Feb. 1943. It earned a Presidential Unit Citation for its heroic sacrifice at Midway. Transitioned to Corsairs by May 19, 1943.

VMF-221 claimed the aerial destruction of 185 enemy aircraft, the second highest-scoring VMF.

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last update 1. July 2013

written  19. April 2009

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