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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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A0025
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RARE BULLION USMC MARINE AERIAL RECON SQUADRON ONE 1952 PATCH!
"FIT FOR A KING" ORNATE, THICK PURE ART ATTRACTIVE GEM!
A 5.2 inch magnificent beauty stands about a quarter inch thick. There are no defects and it has never been sewn on. Pure dream work hand stitching. Must have taken many, many hours to assemble. This is a lost art.

The history of the Marine Photo Reconnaissance Squadron One (VMJ-1) is a famed one. It was activated on the 25TH of February 1952 at K-3, Pohang, South Korea under the command of Major Robert R. Reed to work against targets in the high threat areas defended by hoards of Mig-15s, with an average of nearly 400 sightings per day in February of 1952! After Korea, they were active in many missions, especially against Communist China.

VMJ-1's standup in late February, 1952 finally brought together all the Marine photo reconnaissance assets that had been operating as a section of the 1st MAW Hedron or under MAG-33's Headquarters Squadron since July, 1950. The squadron had 11 aircraft assigned at their formation, counting F2H-2P Banshees, Tiger Cats, Panthers and Corsairs. VMJ-1 also had more enlisted pilots than any other squadron in the Marine Corps. The Banshee was nowhere near as fast as the MIG, so they were very vulnerable and F-86's were assigned as cover. The squadron took over 800,000 feet of film in support of the Marines and the FEAF for which it flew over half its missions.

In 1955, after the Korean War at NAS Atsugi, Japan the squadron conducted clandestine photo reconnaissance flights over the Fukien Province of mainland China from Taiwan searching for evidence of a build up of Chinese forces for a potential invasion of Taiwan. It flew these missions at altitudes of 30-40,000 feet with their Banshees and had to evade Migs who could spot them by their contrails by diving down to low levels. The squadron was ordered back to Atsugi after flying 77 missions. The unit was disbanded in 1958. Guaranteed original! Forever!



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