VMA-212

VMA-212 Devil Cats

 

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Patch

  • No Data to date


Handle

  • 1942 - Hell Hounds
  • 1950 - Heavy Haulers
  • 1965 - Lancers
  • Devil Cats


Heritage

  • 1 March 1942 - VMF-212 established.
  • 194? - - - - - VMF-212 redesignated VMA-212.
  • 196? - - - - - VMA-212 redesignated VMF(AW)-212.
  • 19xx - - - - - VMA-212 disestablished.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • March 1942 - - - MCAS Ewa, Hawaii
  • November 1942- - West Coast, USA


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • No Data To Date


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • May 1942- - - - - - Tontouta, New Caledonia- - - - - - - Pacific
  • 1942- - - - - - - - Efate, New Caledonia - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • 1942- - - - - - - - Espiritu Santo (Detatchment) - - - - Pacific
  • 1942- - - - - - - - Henderson Field, Guadalcanal (Det) - Pacific
  • June 1943 - - - - - Midway Atoll - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • August 1943 - - - - Espiritu Santo - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • August 1943 - - - - Solomon Islands- - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • October 1943- - - - Barakoma - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • December 1943 - - - Torokina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • 20 January 1944 - - Piva - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • 20 March 1944 - - - Green Island - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • 8 January 1945- - - Samar- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • June 1945 - - - - - Okinawa- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pacific
  • 1950- - - - - - - - Japan- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Korea
  • 18 September 1950 - Kimpo Airfield, South Korea- - - - - Korea
  • Late 1950 - - - - - Yonpo Airfield, North Korea- - - - - Korea
  • Early 1951- - - - - USS Bataan (CVL-29)- - - - - - - - - Korea
  • 5 March 1951- - - - Wonson Harbor, South Korea - - - - - Korea
  • April 1965- - - - - USS Oriskany - - - - - - - - - - - - Vietnam

 


Aircraft

 

  • Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • 1 March 1942 - - Grumman F4F Wildcat
  • 194? - - - - - - Chance Vought F4U Corsairs
  • 1952 - - - - - - Chance Vought AU-1 Corsairs
  • 1956 - - - - - - Douglas AD Skyraiders
  • 1960 - - - - - - North American FJ-4B Fury
  • 25 August 1961 - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *
  • 196? - - - - - - Chance Vought F8-E Crusader
  • 196? - - - - - - McDonnell-Douglas F4 Phantom II
  • * November 30, 1962


    Commanding Officers


    Events


    Awards

     

    Photographs


    1962: A couple of our A4s, WD 4 (142676) and WD 20 (probably 144870) on the flight line at Kaneohe MCAS probably taken in 1962.
    Norm Spilleth, L/Cpl USMC. Plane Captain VMA212 Devil Cats, 1961-1963.

    1962: MAG-12, VMA-212 Devil Cats, Skyhawk BuNo 145016, WD-1, in formation with BuNo 142886, WD-9.
    Col. John Lowman

    1962: in-flight view of Devil Cats Skyhawk BuNo 142941, WD-13, configured as a tanker
    Col. John Lowman

      1962: Devil Cats Skyhawk BuNo 142946, WD-15, as she makes a JATO assisted take-off.
    Col. John Lowman

    28 FEB 1963: A-4B BuNo 142941 goes to sea.


    Sources:

     

     

     

      • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
      • 1962 -- Lt. Col John Lowman
      • 1962 -- Lt. Col Ed LeFavre - First Marine WWII aviator to shoot down a Japanese "Betty" at night with the "new" night radar
      • 1961
        Greetings,
        I was a plane captain in VMA 212 MAG 13, Kaneohe MCAS from 1961 to 1963. I was on duty the night of November 20, 1961 when two of our A4s had a mid-air over Kailua while returning from a run at the target island (Kahoolawe). One plane made it back with vertical stabilizer and rudder damage, the other plane went down in Kailua taking out two houses killing a six year old boy and the pilot. The pilot was Second Lieutenant William Wright. In reconstructing the pieces of the plane in a base hangar, it was evident that Lt. Wright survived the initial impact and could have ejected, but chose to stay with his airplane and tried to dead stick it over the town and into Kailua Bay. Unfortunately, it wasn't successful despite the heroic efforts of Lt. Wright. Please add this incident to your website.
        Norm Spilleth, Cpl-E4, 1915587, 1960-1964
        Long Beach, CA, Press-Telegram, Tuesday, November 21, 1961
        Kingsport, TN, News, Wednesday, November 22, 1961
        Cumberland, MD, Evening Times, Tuesday, November 21, 1961
         
      • 20 NOV 1961:
        BuNo 142831 Kailua Hawaii, two killed as jet rips 3 Kailua homes.
        Honolulu, HI, Honolulu Advertiser, November 21, 1961

      • February 7, 1962
        1st Lt. John F. Young perished in A4D-2 BuNo 144868 on a night bombing training flight
        Bridgeport, CT, The Bridgeport Post, Friday, February 9, 1962
        Bridgeport, CT, The Bridgeport Post, Friday, February 10, 1962
      • 1961-1962
        Another thing I remember from those days is that for a short period, our A4s and I believe 214 A4s were flying (at the time) top secret missions with spray tanks. Each A/C had what looked like 300 gallon drop tanks mounted on the wing racks, but the fins had spray nozzles along their trailing edges. Missions were always at night, and we were told (as plane captains) to not touch the planes or let the pilots out when they returned until after they were washed down on special wash racks. Supposedly they were testing live bacterial agent that was loaded from freezers in the 232 hangar. I have recently become aware of what was really going on. Very interesting -- read about it here. http://fhp.osd.mil/CBexposures/shad.jsp
        Norm Spilleth, Cpl-E4, 1915587, 1960-1964
      • The incident Spilleth mentions as Top Secret was an ordnance operation operated out of VMA-311 hangar. It was not Top Secret.
        It was Project Shad which can be researched online.

        http://www.projectshad.org/
        http://www.projectshad.org/operation_dates.htm
        http://www.americasveterans.org/news/031603.html

        I know, I was there, I was in charge of the ordnancemen.

        When the squadron flew AD aircraft I was also there.
        We flew 4,276.2 hours in one month--May 1956.
        Chet Simpson - 1954-1985 - PVT--Major

      • March 1, 1963:
        Capt. R.P. Connolly ejected safely when A-4B 142941 departed the Kaneohe Bay runway after an arresting gear cable snapped.
        Naval Aviations News, Grampaw Pettibone, September 1963
        Retrieving the remains

      • March 21, 1963:
        Capt. Kenneth W. McCoy ejected from A-4B BuNo 142943 following control problems, and was rescued uninjured by a helo from HMM-161, 100 miles southeast of Honolulu.
        Honolulu, Hi, The Honolulu Advertiser, Friday, March 22, 1963
        Courtesy, Earl D. McCoy
        Honolulu, Hi, The Honolulu Advertiser, Saturday, March 23, 1963
        Courtesy, Earl D. McCoy
      • Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:

      • No info yet
      • Gary Verver
      • John Gabbard
      • Norm Spilleth
      • Chet Simpson
    • The A4D-2 designation changed to A-4B:
      >A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VMA-212
      • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
        • 142676 c/n 11738
          • 17 Nov 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 15 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142768 c/n 11830
          • 01 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 03 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142814 c/n 11876
          • 20 Apr 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 01 Jul 1963 - VMF-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 02 Aug 1963 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142819 c/n 11881
          • 12 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 01 May 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

          • 13 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 03 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142831 c/n 11893
          • 08 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 30 Nov 1961 - Stricken - 1AA1
        • 142844 c/n 11906
          • 12 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 05 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142854 c/n 11916
          • 17 Nov 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 02 Jul 1963 - NART - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
        • 142879 c/n 11941
          • 14 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 01 May 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

          • 19 Mar 1963 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 01 Jul 1963 - VMF-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 06 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142881 c/n 11943
          • 12 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142886 c/n 11948
          • 01 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 10 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142934 c/n 11996
          • 25 Aug 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142936 c/n 11998
          • 26 Aug 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 22 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 142939 c/n 12001
          • 26 Aug 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 08 Jan 1962 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142941 c/n 12003
          • 26 Aug 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 01 May 1962 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

          • 12 Feb 1963 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 01 Mar 1963 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk (Cont.)
        • 142943 c/n 12005
          • 31 Aug 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 21 Mar 1963 - Stricken - 1AE2
        • 142944 c/n 12006
          • 18 Oct 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 26 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 142946 c/n 12008
          • 26 Aug 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142948 c/n 12010
          • 08 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 03 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 142953 c/n 12015
          • 09 Nov 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 144868 C/N 12114
          • 27 Nov 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 02 Feb 1962 - Stricken - 1AA1
        • 144870 C/N 12116
          • 09 Nov 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 144873 C/N 12119
          • 13 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 15 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 144876 C/N 12122
          • 13 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 16 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 144882 C/N 12128
          • 20 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 23 Jan 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 144884 C/N 12130
          • 20 Apr 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 21 Aug 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 144929 C/N 12175
          • 20 Apr 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 05 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 145010 C/N 12256
          • 20 Apr 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 23 Jan 1963 - H&MS-13 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 145012 C/N 12258
          • 08 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 05 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 145016 C/N 12262
          • 30 Nov 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 145020 C/N 12266
          • 14 Sep 1961 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 05 Jul 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
        • 145037 C/N 12283
          • 20 Sep 1962 - VMA-212 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
          • 23 Nov 1963 - VMA-214 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI

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