MAG-13

MAG-13, H&MS-13

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Patch

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Sources

David Weber

Harry S. Gann

Handle

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Heritage

30NOV45: Deactivated.

15MAR51: Activated at MCAS El Toro.

Home Ports

MAR51: MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI.

JUN65: MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.

OCT70: - El Toro, California.

01OCT87: MCAS Yuma.

Air Wings

1966 -1969: - YU - MCAS Chulai

Aircraft

Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:

Circa 1966: F-4B Phantom.

8 November 1961 - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *

19 July 1971- - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *

19 June 1968- - - - - - - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk

9 November 1979 - - - - - - Douglas OA-4M Skyhawk

* November 30, 1962

The A4D-2 designation changed to A-4B

The A4D-5 designation changed to A-4E

For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:

Deployments

1951 - 1965: Marine Aircraft Group 13 was assigned to various locations such as Kaneohe Bay, Atsugi and Iwakuni, Japan.

1966 -1969: - Chu Lai

Commanding Officers

Jun '76-Oct '76 - - LtCol Tom Ungar - H and MS-13

Awards

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Awards continued

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Events

March 1965: First Marine Division mud Marines waded ashore at Da Nang to protect the allied airfield from the Viet Cong. The mud Marines were soon in the midst of heavy combat and were requesting air support of their own. The Marine landing coincided with a need for a new air base on the coast in order to reduce flight time to targets in Quang Tin province and adjacent districts.

Da Nang was the first Marine air base in South Vietnam. Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11) would direct most operations assigned Da Nang aircraft that flew north of the base and over the DMZ and southern North Vietnam.

A second airfield was sorely needed. Chu Lai located about 50 miles south of Da Nang was chosen for the new airfield. Navy Seabees worked in 100-degree-plus temperatures to prepare the remote Chu Lai site for an aluminum plank SATS (short airfield for tactical support) "tinfoil strip" 4,000-foot runway. A catapult and arresting gear were planned to allow Skyhawks to use the field. The arresting gear was soon installed but a catapult was not available. So JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) was planned to reduce the Skyhawk takeoff distance by half. Soon the Chu Lai facility had a runway, arresting gear, taxiways, and a parking ramp. A catapult was installed May 14, 1966.

Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) was assigned to Chu Lai to direct most Skyhawk operations in South Vietnam. The plan was to rotate Skyhawk squadrons to and from Chu Lai and Japan to conduct combat operations.

Marine Aircraft Group 13 (MAG-13) was also assigned to Chu Lai -- The dates and mission are a mystery. It is believed MAG-13 supported the III Marine Amphibious Force and other forces in I Corps and II Corps tactical zones, Laos, North Vietnam and Cambodia; but we do not have confirmation of that yet.


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November 22, 1972: Maj. J.B. Ezell and Capt. Kenneth C. Crouch are missing and presumed dead after their TA-4F BuNo 154620 crashed in the Pacific Ocean 40 miles south of San Clemente while on a routine training flight from MCAS El Toro.
Phoenix, AZ, The Arizona Republic, Saturday, Dec. 2, 1972.

March 23, 1973: Capt. Ron R. Brooks and 1st Lt. David C. Wood ejected safely when their TA-4F BuNo 152857 missed the arresting cable on landing at MAS El Toro, veered off the runway and crashed into some bleachers and was destroyed.
Long Beach, CA, Independent, Friday, Mar. 23, 1973.

May 16, 1974: Pilot Capt. W T. Hayes and his observer Cpl. T. J. Crawford ejected safely when their TA-4F BuNo 154309 crashed when it developed engine trouble and crashed about 120 yards from the El Toro base injuring nine persons on the ground when they were struck by flaming jet fuel and chunks of wreckage.
Redlands, CA, Daily Facts, Saturday, May 18, 1974
Coshocton, OH, The Coshocton Tribune, Saturday, May 18, 1974

March 15, 1986: Maj. Thomas E. Chaffin and Maj. Benjamin L. Williams ejected safely before their OA-4M BuNo 154624 crashed in a cow pasture while on approach to MCAS El Toro.
Santa Ana, CA, The Orange County Register, March 16, 1986
Santa Ana, CA, The Orange County Register, (cont.) March 16, 1986

1987: MAG-13 becomes the principal operating unit at MCAS El Toro.

Unit Photos

1975: HMS-13 Skyhawks BuNo 153459, YU-5, BuNo 154633, YU-4, BuNo 154652, YU-3 and BuNo 154624, YU-2, as they pass by one of the channel islands. Harry Gann>.

15 July 1975: HMS-13 Skyhawk BuNo 153459, YU-5. U.S. Navy photo by Cpl. Quinn.

08FEB 1976: Right front view of H&MS-13 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154624, YU-2, on a snowy ramp with the pilot, ground crew and huffer, NAS S. Weymouth, 08 February 1976. Photographer unknown, from Verver Collection.

1976: left to right: HMS-13 Skyhawks BuNo 153459, 154331, 154623, 154651; 154328, YU-6. Harry Gann.

APR 1977: HMS-13 Skyhawk BuNo 152877, YU-2, parked on the ramp in front of the Mountain Home AFB welcome sign. Rob Mignard.

09 NOV 1977: HMS-13 154331, YU-01, at Kirtland AFB. J.A. Sheets.

Date unknown: OA-4M, BuNo 154335 of HMS-13. A-4F in the background is 154194 (ME-03) of VMA-133. Photographer & location unknown.

1978: H&MS-13 Skyhawk BuNo 154331, YU-01, in formation with BuNo 154633, YU-4 in the foreground and BuNo 154623 & BuNo 154651 in the background. Unknown photographer via W. Mutza.

30 Aug 1980: BuNo 153531, YU-8, parked on the Andrews ramp. Photo by E. Zorn via Scott Van Aken.

OA-4M of H&MS-13, BuNo 153531, sits on the ramp.

Photo dated Mar 1990: Last TA-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo 154633) to be received by this Marine Corps Air Station. U.S. Navy photo by Msgt Grindstaff.

19MAR80: Low angle front view of TA-4F Skyhawk aircraft BuNo 154633. U.S. Navy photo by Msgt Grindstaff.

19MAR80: Port side rear view of the last TA-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo 154633) to be received by this Marine Corps Air Station. The A-4 is a "work horse" used by the infantry for many close air support missions. U.S. Navy photo by Msgt Grindstaff.

06 Jan 1982: BuNo 154623 taxiing on a snow covered taxiway. Photo by Joe Cupido, G. Verver collection.

Jun 1980: BuNo 154335 parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection.

19 MAR 1981: OA-4M Skyhawk BuNo 154333 parked on the MCAS El Toro flight line. The aircraft is equipped with a tanker package. U.S. Navy photo by Msgt Grindstaff.

DEC82 BuNo 154630, tail code YU-2, parked on El Toro ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

JUN83 BuNo 154623, YU-000, assigned to MGEN J.M. Batis parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

OCT85: H&MS-13 Skyhawk BuNo 153529, YU-00, comes in for a landing. R.E. Arance.

MAY86: H&MS-12 TA-4F BuNo 153488, WA-00, MAY 1986. Name below the canopy is p/c LCpl Tuttle. Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

08MAY87: OA-4M BuNO 154630 Marine "Observation" Aircraft - aka "Fast FAC". On the nose wheel door is Plane Captain LCpl RL Baker's name. Photographer Unknown.


Off-Duty Photos

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A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:

  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
    • 142694 c/n 11756
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 28 Feb 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142799 c/n 11861
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 22 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142811 c/n 11873
      • 15 Dec 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 26 Jan 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142814 c/n 11876
      • 02 Aug 1963 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 13 Apr 1964 - NART - NAS New York, NY
    • 142819 c/n 11881
      • 01 May 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 13 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142844 c/n 11906
      • 01 Aug 1963 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 15 Jan 1964 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142873 c/n 11935
      • 08 Nov 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 30 May 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142879 c/n 11941
      • 01 May 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 19 Mar 1963 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142928 c/n 11990
      • 15 Dec 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 09 Mar 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142931 c/n 11993
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 22 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142935 c/n 11997
      • 28 Feb 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 08 Mar 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142937 c/n 11999
      • 15 Dec 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 08 Jan 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142941 c/n 12003
      • 01 May 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 12 Feb 1963 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142942 c/n 12004
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 06 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 142945 c/n 12007
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 27 Oct 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 142953 c/n 12015
      • 01 Aug 1963 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 16 Jan 1964 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 144873 C/N 12119
      • 08 Nov 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 13 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 144876 C/N 12122
      • 08 Nov 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 13 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 144882 C/N 12128
      • 19 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 20 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 144924 C/N 12170
      • 15 Dec 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 11 Jan 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 144933 C/N 12179
      • 15 Dec 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 15 Jan 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 144938 C/N 12184
      • 08 Nov 1961 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 08 Jan 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 145010 C/N 12256
      • 23 Jan 1963 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 03 Mar 1964 - NART - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
    • 145037 C/N 12283
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 20 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
    • 145043 C/N 12289
      • 12 Sep 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 18 Sep 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

  • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
    • 149985 c/n 13038
      • 19 Jul 1971 - H&MS-13 CRAA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 15 May 1972 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 150016 c/n 13069
      • 05 Oct 1971 - H&MS-13 CRAA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 14 Feb 1972 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 150042 c/n 13095
      • 19 Jul 1971 - H&MS-13 CRAA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 04 Aug 1971 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 150095 c/n 13148
      • 06 Aug 1971 - H&MS-13 CRAA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 03 Sep 1971 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 150110 c/n 13163
      • 04 Oct 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 08 Jul 1972 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 150138 c/n 13191
      • 13 Aug 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 23 Mar 1972 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 151177 c/n 13347
      • 03 Sep 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 28 Feb 1972 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 151984 c/n 13372
      • 10 Sep 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 04 Apr 1972 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 152006 c/n 13394
      • 19 Jul 1971 - H&MS-13 CRAA - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 03 Sep 1971 - VMA-223 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
    • 152856 C/N 13502
      • 12 Jun 1979 - H&MS-32 - Converted to OA-4M

      • 09 Nov 1979 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 152857 C/N 13503
      • 30 Jun 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 23 Mar 1973 - Stricken - 1S0
  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 152864 C/N 13510
      • 29 Jan 1971 - H&MS-33 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 17 Apr 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 06 Apr 1972 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 152874 C/N 13520
      • 30 Aug 1979 - VA-127 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 21 Feb 1980 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 152877 C/N 13523
      • 27 Jan 1975 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 29 Nov 1979 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 153459 c/n 13525
      • 28 Jun 1972 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 25 Jan 1979 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 153529 c/n 13595
      • 24 Jan 1980 - VMAT-102 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 02 Mar 1981 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 27 Jan 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 153531 c/n 13597
      • 08 Jan 1980 - VMAT-102 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 16 Jul 1980 – H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 27 Jan 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 154304 c/n 13692
      • 26 Jan 1968 - H&MS-13 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 28 Oct 1968 - Stricken - 1SA
    • 154307 c/n 13695
      • 27 May 1980 - VMAT-102 - Converted to OA-4M

      • 24 Aug 1980 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 26 Feb 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 154309 c/n 13697
      • 19 Jun 1968 - H&MS-13 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 01 Feb 1969 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam

      • 23 Jun 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 16 May 1974 - Stricken - 1S0
    • 154328 c/n 13716
      • 02 Mar 1976 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 18 Mar 1980 - H&MS-13 - Convert to OA-4M
      • 09 Mar 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 154331 c/n 13719
      • 23 Jun 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 14 Jan 1975 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • 25 Nov 1975 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 11 Apr 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD

      • 27 Jun 1977 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 04 Sep 1979 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 154335 c/n 13723
      • 12 Feb 1980 - VA-127 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 30 Apr 1980 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 27 Jan 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 154340 c/n 13728
      • 24 Apr 1980 - H&MS-24 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 01 Oct 1980 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 154620 c/n 13738
      • 15 Dec 1970 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 22 Nov 1972 - Stricken - 1S0
    • 154622 c/n 13740
      • 23 Jun 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 17 Jan 1975 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • 25 Nov 1975 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 27 Jul 1979 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 154623 c/n 13741
      • 15 Dec 1970 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 13 Feb 1980 - H&MS-13 - Convert to OA-4M
      • 23 Jul 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 154624 c/n 13742
      • 15 Dec 1970 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 23 May 1976 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • 20 Aug 1979 – VA-127 - Converted to OA-4M

      • 04 Sep 1979 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 15 Mar 1986 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 154630 c/n 13748
      • 05 Dec 1979 - H&MS-32 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 08 Dec 1979 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 21 Jan 1988 - H&MS-11 - MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 154633 c/n 13751
      • 15 Dec 1970 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 25 Mar 1980 - H&MS-13 - Convert to OA-4M
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 154638 c/n 13756
      • 10 Dec 1979 - H&MS-32 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 18 Aug 1980 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 154645 c/n 13763
      • 22 May 1980 - H&MS-24 - Convert to OA-4M

      • 07 Dec 1980 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 154651 c/n 13769
      • 23 Apr 1976 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 13 Dec 1979 - H&MS-13 - Convert to OA-4M
      • 12 Feb 1981 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 154652 c/n 13770
      • 14 Jan 1975 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 06 Oct 1979 - H&MS-24 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

  • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
    • 154217 c/n 13674
      • 01 Jul 1971 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 30 Sep 1971 - VMA-214 - MCAS El Toro, CA

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