WW2 Photos

251 WW2 Photos
2tinycert  Certificate issued to sailors and Marines for crossing the equator for the first time and successfully passing the initiation. 3sign  Sign erected by 3rd Marine Division, 2nd Raider Regiment - location unknown. 4meninditch  Publicity photo from the film "Wake Island" - actor in ditch on right is William Bendix. The film also starred Brian Donlevy. VMO-251 supplied the planes for the film. 5mansign  Unidentified Marine "hitch hikes" on Marine Drive, on Bouganville.
6ernstatwork  Official USMC photograph of John Ernst (seated) working. Location of photo is unknown. Standing Marine is unidentified. 7camphq  VMO-251 headquarters - location unknown. Stamped on back of photo is "passed by Naval censor". 8manjeep  Unidentified Marine by jeep. Location of photo is not known. 9choppingtree  Two unidentified Marines by tree. Location unknown.
10 2menjeep  Two unidentified Marines by jeep. Location unknown. 11 dad2men  John Ernst is seated at left. Others not identified. Location not known. 12 2mentents  Ernst standing inside entrance. Other unidentified. Location not known. campbell 02  VMO-251 - Good shot of insignia. Courtesy of Adam Lewis.
campbell 07  2Lt. Robert M. "Doc" Livingston. Name supplied by Kristian Whitten, whose dad, Col. Todd Whitten, served with VMO-251. Courtesy of Adam Lewis. campbell 08  "Mad Mike" Yunck. Name supplied by Kristian Whitten, whose dad, Col. Todd Whitten, served with VMO-251. Courtesy of Adam Lewis. China Clipper before Nov 1941  China Clipper. Photo: Ken Myers dad and buddies 1941  Ken Myers and buddies. Ken is on right.
dad squadron 1938  Ken Myers squadron in 1938. Diamond Head before dec 7.41  Diamond Head before Dec 7, 1941. Photo Ken Myers. f4fa  F4F-3P VMO-251 f4fb  F4F-3P Wildcat flying over jungle terrain.
f4fc  F4F-3P, VMO-251, 1942. Note Squadron Insignia. guadacanal 1  Guadalcanal. Photo Ken Myers. guadacanal 2  Unknown location - looks like Iwo Jima. Photo: Ken Myers. Lexington and Diamond Head  USS Lexington at Diamond Head. Ken Myers.
Paramount studios photo  Paramount Studios photo taken during filming of "Wake Island." VMO-251 supplied the planes for the movie. Ken Myers photof4f  A photo-recon Wildcat gets refueled. An F4F-3P of VMO-251 is serviced at Espritu in the New Hebribes Islands in late 1942. Though used for reconnaissance at Guadalcanal, none of the photo Wildcats saw combat. However, many of their pilots helped fill the ranks of the understrength fighter squadrons until the entire squadron became operational. SgtJohnErnst  Sgt. John Ernst, VMO-251, Espiritu Santo. snj  North American SNJ-3. One of two in VMO-251 inventory.
The Lexington  USS Lexington. Ken Myers. VMF-251 pilots F4U-4 848  VMF-251 pilots, Grosse Isle, Michigan after activation as Marine Reserve Squadron. vmo251 1942  VMO-251 personnel, Aug 1942 on Espirtu Santos, New Hebrides. None of the Marines are identified. Taken by VMO-251 photographic section. Photo courtesy of Good Sense Store. vmo251 newhebrides  A VMO-251 F4F-7 photo reconnaissance plane on Espiritu Santo in late 1942. USMC photo.
vmo251 officers  Officers of VMO-251, Espiritu Santo, 1942 - From L to R, Top Row: Lt. George Kobler, Capt. Pat Weiland, Capt. Carl Longley, Capt. Ralph Yeaman, Capt. "Soupie" Campbell, Maj. "Fog" Hayes, Capt. John Collins, Capt. Claude Welch, Captain Doctor Little, Captain Doctor Ray Wallenborn, and Lt. "Doc" Livingston. Middle Row: M/Sgt Witt, MarGun, Merle Davis, Lt. Blaine Baseler, Lt. Frank Platt, Lt. Eldon Railsback, Lt. Ken Kirk, Lt. Harry Schwethelm, Lt. Bob Strains, M/Sgt Gilbert Bottom Row: Australian Coast Watcher, M/Sgt Mussacio, Lt Ted Wojick, Lt. Pete McGlothlin, Lt. Herb Peters, Lt. Roy Spurlock, Lt. Tod Whitten, MarGun. Wendell Garton, and Gunner Pardee. Not Shown: Lt. Col. John N Hart, 1Lt Michael Yunck, Dr. Kalez, and Capt J.P. Adams. Waikiki before Nov 1941  Wakiki before Nov 1941. Ken Myers. whisenf4u1d  Whisenhant piloting his Corsair. Note Lucifers Messengers insignia on cowling. Whisenhant 251 1945  2Lt Nat Whisenhant, VMF-251, 1945
Whisenhant FG1D 1945  Whisenhant in an FG-1D, 1945. VMO-251 102543 Mojave041  Marines of VMO-251 in a picture taken in October 1943 in California. The squadron was undergoing training on the Corsair. They would be deployed back to the Pacific in 1944. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad served, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) VMO251 troywhitten royspurlock  Todd Whitten on left and Roy Spurlock.  (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad served, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) VMO-251DrKalezinsurgery  Navy Dr. Kalez "in surgery." Location of photo not known. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad served, Todd Whitten, served with 251.)
VMO-251FogHayes  Major "Fog" Hayes, who apparently went on to become the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant General. (Photo via Kristian Whitten who received the picture from the late 251 pilot Pat Weiland) VMO-251LtColHartandstaff  VMO-251 staff - location unknown. Back row: Green, Omernick, Whitaker, Evans, Front Row - Keithley, Hart (Squadron CO), Davis. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad served, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) VMO-251ReadyTent  VMO-251 ready tent somwhere in the Pacific. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad served, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) VMO-251whittencenter  Harry Schwethelm, Todd Whitten & Roy Spurlock, possibly Espiritu Santo. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.)
251bunkhouse  VMO-251 bunkhouse. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) blainebaesler herbpeters  Blaine Baesler (L) and Herb Peters. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) carl longley  Carl Longley. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) carl schuessler vincennes080742  Carl Schuessler. He was one of five 251 men on special duty during the battle of Savo Island. He and another were onboard the USS Vincennes when it sank. Schuessler and William Kirby were killed. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.)
georgebunker dauntless  George Bunker looks over a damaged Dauntless at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) herbpeters  Herb Peters. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) johncollins adj  John Collins. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) ralphyeaman boar  Ralph Yeaman and crew on a sucessful boar hunt. Yeaman is not identified. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.)
ralphyeaman totoutonriver  Yeaman after a bath in the Tontouton River. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) royspurlock  Roy Spurlock. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) wendellgarton others  Left to right: Wendell Garton, Blaine Baesler, Harry Schwethelm, and Peter McGlothlin. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) wreckeddauntlesshenderson  Dauntless wrecks on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.)
wreckwildcathenderson  Wildcat wreck on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) wreckwildcathenderson2  Wildcat wreck on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. (Photo via Kristian Whitten whose dad, Todd Whitten, served with 251.) 251corsair  2nd Lt. Hugh Emmett Irwin suffered only slight injuries when a hung bomb exploded when he returned to VMF-251's base on Samar Island after flying ground support missions for the Army on Cebu Island. The fuselage aft of the cockpit was blown to bits. Date -- April 8, 1945.