Accession Number : ADA192519

Title :   U.S. Marine Aviation in World War II: VMF 124 in the Solomons.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Kwallek, Jeffrey A

PDF Url : ADA192519

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF) 124 was formed in 1942 to fly the new F4U Corsair in combat against the Japanese Zero to win air superiority in the Pacific air war. VMF 124 was highly successful in combat against the Japanese and attained decisive air superiority. The pilots of VMF 124 were, for the most part, very young and inexperienced with the Corsair. Their tactics and the superior performance and firepower of the Corsair spearheaded the critical Allied drive up through the Solomon Islands chain. This paper examines the combat history of VMF 124 during the Solomons campaign to identify factors for the squadron's success against the enemy and to identify lessons learned for consideration today. We base our doctrine, and to some degree, our strategy and tactics on the results of those who have gone before us. This paper looks at some winning warriors of World War II who turned the tide in a critical air war, and shows that they did it.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL WARFARE, *MARINE CORPS AVIATION, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, FIREPOWER, ISLANDS, MILITARY TACTICS, PACIFIC OCEAN, PILOTS, SQUADRONS, WARFARE, PACIFIC OCEAN ISLANDS, MELANESIA, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE