VMA-214 Black Sheep
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Courtesy of Jimmie Little
Courtesy of R. H. Melville Jr.
07 AUG 1943 to present: Black Sheep
Robert H. Melville Jr.
MAY 1965: WE - MAG-12 - Iwakuni, Japan
APR 1967: MAG-33 - El Toro, CA
DEC 1970: MAG-13
Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
1942: Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat.
1942: Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat.
1943: Vought F4U-4 Corsair.
1952: Grumman F9F Panther>
1953: F2H-4 Banshee>
MAR 1958: FJ-4 Fury
JAN 1959: FJ-4B Fury
8 JAN 1962: Dogulas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *
3 MAR 1964: Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk *
24 MAR 1970: Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *
3 DEC 1970: Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
25 SEP 1972: Douglas A-4M Skyhawk.
OCT 1991: AV-8B Harrier.
* November 30, 1962:
The A4D-2 designation changed to A-4B
The A4D-2N designation changed to A-4C
The A4D-5 designation changed to A-4E
For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:
1942 ---- 1945 - Western Pacific WWII
194x --------- USS Rendova (CVE-114)
194x --------- USS Baroko (CVE-115)
194x --------- USS Badoeng Straight (CVE-116)
194x --------- USS Boxer (CV-21)
AUG 1950 - 1952 -Korea
1950 --------- USS Boxer (CV-21)
1963 --------- Viet Nam
Oct 10 1963 - Apr 15 1964 - DET.N - A-4B - CVS-12 - CVSG-57 - WE-81/84 - WestPac
1964 - MAY31 1965 -----A-4C - MAG-12/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Jun 01 1965 - Jun 21 1965 -A-4C - MAG-15/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Jun 21 1965 - Feb 16 1966 - A-4E - MAG-12/Chu-Lai, South Vietnam
Feb 16 1966 - Apr 29 1966 -A-4C - MAG-15/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Apr 29 1966 - Mar 1967 ---A-4E - MAG-12/Chu-Lai, South Vietnam
Jul 1977 ---- Jul 1978 --- A-4M - MAG-12/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Jun 1980 ---- Dec 1980 --- A-4M - MAG-12/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Dec 1981 ---- Jun 1982 --- A-4M - MAG-12/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Dec 1986 ---- Jun 1987 --- A-4M - MAG-12/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Jun 1988 ---- Dec 1988 --- A-4M - MAG-12/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
OCT 1991 ------------- Iwakuni Japan
DEC 1993 ------------ U.S.S. Peleliu LHA-5
OCT 1994 ----------- Det. deployment on U.S.S. Essex LHD-2.
APR 1996 ----------- Det. on U.S.S. Tarawa LHA-1
1997 --------- Det. on the U.S.S. Peleliu LHA-5.
1998 -------- 1999 --------- Deployment on U.S.S. Boxer LHD-4.
2000 ---------2001 ---------- Dets. to Iwakuni, Japan and U.S.S. Tarawa (LHA-1)
July 1, 1942 : Captain C. W. SOMMERS
July 21, 1942 : --- Captain G. F. Britt
June 9, 1943 Major H. A. ELLIS JR
July 12, 1943 : Major W. A. PACE
August 7, 1943 : Captain J. R. BURNETT
September 7, 1943 to January 3, 1944 -Boyington
February 9, 1944 : 2nd Lt R. R. TILTON
March 1, 1944 : Major W. H. McPHERSON
April 10, 1944 : Major S. R. BAILEY
June 11, 1945 : Major J. W. MERRITT
July 1, 1945 : Lt R. J. McDONNELL
August 1, 1945 : Major G. L. HOLLOWELL
November 1, 1945 : Major T. W. FURLOW
March 7, 1946 : Major S. GIER
March 20, 1946 : Major H. A. PETERS
April 15, 1947 : Major D. H. SAPP
November 19, 1948 : Major S. G. CORTELYOU
July 16, 1949 : Lt Colonel H. A. YORK
July 8, 1950 : Lt Colonel W. E. LISCHEID (KIA)
November 1, 1950 : Major W. M. LUNDIN
January 1, 1951 : Lt Colonel J. A. FEELY JR
May 16, 1951 : Lt Colonel J. W. POINDEXTER
November 4, 1951 : Major C. M. KUNZ
December 4, 1951 : Lt Colonel C. C. LEE
March 11, 1952 : Major M. C. GREGORY
April 9, 1952 : Lt Colonel M. M. COOK JR
June 3, 1953 : Lt Colonel W. J. CARR JR
December 15, 1953 : Lt Colonel J. T. McDANIEL JR
March 10, 1954 : Lt Colonel A. S. WALKER
October 26, 1954 : Lt Colonel R. F. FLAHERTY
March 23, 1955 : Lt Colonel H. M. TURNER
December 2, 1955 : Lt Colonel A. N. NEHF
November 5, 1957 : Lt Colonel J. F. BOLT
August 15, 1959 : Lt Colonel R. BAIRD
January 10, 1961 : Major H. D. HUFFSTUTTER
July 29, 1961 : Major G. KUPRASH
December 15, 1961 : Lt Colonel R. WULLANE
January 8, 1963 : Lt Colonel E. B. LONG
October 9, 1963 : Lt Colonel O. E. HOWE JR
July 11, 1964 : Lt Colonel K. O'KEEFE
April 2, 1966 : Lt Colonel D. L. DAVIS
June 9, 1966 : Lt Colonel R. D. WALLACE
December 1, 1966 : Major R. E. HEMMINGWAY
April 1, 1967 : Lt Colonel D. D. PARISH
April 4, 1968 : Lt Colonel J. J. WENT
January 29, 1969 : Lt Colonel W. R. SMITH
February 4, 1970 : Lt Colonel R. J. REID
June 5, 1971 : Lt Colonel J. J. McCARTHY
August 15, 1972 : Lt Colonel D. F. NEWTON
July 10, 1973 : Lt Colonel C. L. DAVIS
June 15, 1974 : Lt Colonel R. H. ALLEY
August 16, 1975 : Lt Colonel J. R. THOMPSON
August 26, 1976 : Lt Colonel D. C. FITZGERALD
August 4, 1978 : Lt Colonel J. L. UNDERWOOD
May 4, 1979 : Lt Colonel P. B. WYRICK
December 20, 1980 : Lt Colonel E. E. HASTINGS
July 16, 1982 : Lt Colonel J. P. OPPENHUIZEN
December 10, 1983 : Lt Colonel J. D. JEWELL
November 23, 1985 : Lt Colonel N. N. KIRBY
August 29, 1987 : Lt Colonel T. R. CARSTENS
July 6, 1989 : Lt Colonel R. M. STROMBERG
August 3, 1990 : Lt Colonel R. V. DELONEY
July 16, 1992 : Lt Colonel H. J. COBLE
May 26, 1994 : Lt Colonel M. J. KELLY
April 26, 1996 : --
October 25, 1997 : Lt Colonel D. H. TIERNEY
1943: Presidential Unit Citation
29 AUG 1961: CMC Safety Award
1966: Navy Unit Commendation: With Bronze Star
OCT 1982: Lawson H.M Sanderson Award (Attack Squadron of the Year)
17 OCT 1987: Lawson H.M Sanderson Award (Attack Squadron of the Year)
AUG 1997: Lawson H.M Sanderson Award (Attack Squadron of the Year)
July 1, 1942
August 7, 1943: The orginial "Black Sheep" of twenty seven men led by Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington formed a new VMF-214 at Espiritu Santo in the Western Pacific. Major Boyington had recently returned from a year's tour with the American Vounteer Group (aka "Flying Tigers") in China.
January 8, 1944: Commanding officer Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is shot down and captured by the Japanese.
January 13, 1944: VMF-214's combat tour ends and the unit is dis-established.
January 29, 1944: VMF-214 is re-established at MCAS Goleta, Santa Barbara CA.
February 4, 1945: VMF-214 deploys aboard the U.S.S. Franklin, CV-13 to the Western Pacific for combat operations against Okinawa and Japan.
March 19, 1945: A Japanese Bomber strikes CV-13 and the resulting fire kills 772 crew members, including 32 Black Sheep. This ended the unit's involvment in WWII.
April 1945: VMF-214 are relocated to MCAS El Centro CA.
October 1945: VMF-214 relocated to MCAS El Toro CA.
1945-5x: VMF-214 deploys aboard U.S.S. Rendova (CVE-114), U.S.S. Baroko (CVE-115), U.S.S. Badoeng Straight (CVE-116), and the U.S.S. Boxer (CV-21).
August 1950: VMF-214 is the first Marine Squadron to see combat in Korea. They were flying from the U.S.S. Boxer, CV-21.
1952: VMF-214 gave up their Corsairs for their first jets, the F9F Panther.
1953: The Panthers gave way to the F2H-4 All Weather Banshee.
December 31, 1956: VMF-214 is re-designated VMF-21(AW), for "All Weather".
February 1957: The Black Sheep become the first Marine Squadron to be qualified in the delivery of "Special Weapons" aka "Nukes".
July 9, 1957: The Black Sheep's unit designation VMF is changed to VMA.
March 1958: VMA-214 get new aircraft, the FJ-4 Fury.
January 1959: VMA-214 again gets new aircraft, the FJ-4B.
January 23, 1962: VMA-214 receive the A4D-2 Skyhawk. They were to fly Skyhawks for the next 27 years.
May 1965: The Black Sheep were Assigned to Marine Air Group 12 and relocated to Iwakuni Japan.
June 21, 1965: The first division of Black Sheep Skyhawks fly into Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam utilizing a new 4,000 foot Marine "SATS" runway.
September 24, 1965: An unidentified pilot of A-4C BuNo 148508 pulled out of a dive a little too late and caught the tree tops heavily damaging and flew the thing home. Pilot was uninjured. Photo by MSgt Russell Richard Bell coutesy of Ralph Bell Jr.
February 1966: VMA-214 is rotated out of Vietnam.
March 28, 1966: Captain Jack D. Rothwell = VMA-214 MAG-13 1stMAW FMFPAC. Capt. Rothwell was stationed in Da Nang in March, 1966 when he was sent TDY to the Philippines for training. His A-4C BuNo 145109 crashed during night ordnance delivery in the Cubic Bay area on March 28 and he did not survive. Posthumously promoted to the rank of Major. Jim Rothwell.
April 1966: the Black Sheep return to Chu Lai in force. The unit won the Navy Unit Commendation w/ Bronze Star for their efforts.
March 17, 1967: A-4C BuNo 148585 out of Chu Lai, South Vietnam lost to automatic weapons fire - Capt. Robert Boughton Beale - KIA
Post April 1967: VMA-214 returns to MCAS El Toro CA and is assigned to MAG-33. Their new mission is to train pilots for Vietnam combat tours.
July 15, 1968: Capt. D. W. Bittig perished when A-4C BuNo 147769 crashed on a desert plateau 218 miles north of NAS Fallon
September 14, 1969: Major Charles C. McLennan, was killed when his A-4C BuNo 149644 crashed in the rugged 5 miles west of Lake City, CO while on a routine high level navigation cross-country training flight.
December 28, 1969: Capt. Robert P. Rogers, escaped serious injury yesterday when his A-4C BuNo 148511 crashed while landing at MCAS Yuma while enroute from Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ, to MCAS EL Toro at Santa Ana, CA. High winds apparently made the aircraft veer off the runway.
May 7, 1970: Capt. Jack A. Chiarmonte was presumed killed after his A-4E BuNo 150046 crashed in the Pacific off Santa Catalina Island.
September 8, 1970: APPLE VALLEY UPI - Marine Capt. Patrick G. Carroll, 27, ejected safely Tuesday moments before his A4-e BuNo 150089 Skyhawk jet crashed in a remote area 20 miles north of Big Bear in Lucerne Valley. A 10-acre brush fire was touched off when the plane crashed in the desert area. Carroll, a Vietnam veteran, was picked up by a rescue helicopter from George Air Force Base and was not injured. Marine officials would only say the plane developed a "malfunction" before it crashed. Carroll was on a navigation training flight from El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
April 21, 1971: Capt. James E. Stroupe perished when his A-4F BuNo 154985 crashed while on a practice bombing run near Yuma, AZ.
July 22, 1972: Denver, CO, Rocky Mountain News, Sunday, July 23, 1972.
August 3, 1976: 1st Lt. Wade C. Straw ejected safely before A-4M BuNo 158432 crashed in the desert near Needles, CA, while on a training mission.
June 9, 1981: Capt. Joseph J. Krejmas ejected safely from A-4M BuNo 159481 due to power loss on approach.
September 1987: VMA-214 is relocated to MCAS Yuma AZ.
June 1989: The Black Sheep became the first Marine Squadron to fly the AV8B Harrier.
October 1991: Twenty Black Sheep Harriers deply to Iwakuni Japan.
July 1993: VMA-214 deploys Harriers to 29 Palms CA for a "Night Sytems" operation.
December 1993 to July 1994: Deployment aboard the U.S.S. Peleliu LHA-5.
October 1994: A Black Sheep Detachment deploys aboard the U.S.S. Essex LHD-2.
April 1996: Deployment on the U.S.S. Tarawa LHA-1. The participated in "Operation Southern Watch" and "Operaton Desert Strike"
1997: Black Sheep Detachment on the U.S.S. Peleliu LHA-5.
1998-99: VMA-214 deployment on U.S.S. Boxer LHD-4. They participated in "Operaton Desert Fox".
2000-2001: Detachments to Iwakuni Japan and aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa LHA-1.
1943: Twenty-three VMA-214 pilots are shown seated behind the men in the numerals.
VMA-214 at Guadalcanal: From a Navy NATOPS, a picture of the "Black Sheep" briefing. From Joseph C. Baldwin Jr., son of Marine Aviator Lt.Col. J.C. Baldwin.
1958: Picture of Black Sheep pilots taken at MCAS Kaneohe Bay in 1958/59. Squadron FJ-4B Furies are in the background. The Commanding Officer, Lt.Col. Jack Bolt, is in the center of the photo, Lloyd Gailey is sitting at the far right. Photograph from Lloyd Gailey.
12DEC63: VMA-214 Black Sheep, Det. N, A-4B Skyhawk WE-81 on the USS Hornet, CVS-12. Joe Turpen collection.
13DEC63: VMA-214 Black Sheep, Det. N, A-4B Skyhawk WE-81 on the USS Hornet, CVS-12.
VMA-214 Det N Men 1963 Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.
VMA-214 Officer in Charge Major R. J. Kern. Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.
VMA-214 Pilot Captain I. C. Archibold. Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.
VMA-214 Pilot Captain W. H. Hale. Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.
VMA-214 Pilot Captain A. G. Potenza. Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.
VMA-214 Pilot First Lieutenant R. L. Crane. Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.VMA-214 Pilot First Lieutenant J. E. Gardner. Photograph from the Hornet cruise book.
1964: 1964 Blacksheep DET N Skyhawk BuNo 142875, WE-84, assigned to the USS Hornet parked on the ramp. Naval Aviation News Photo.
BuNo.147755 and Captain Melville with the Blacksheep. Photo provided by Robert H. Melville Jr., son of Captain Melville.
Blacksheep Drivers "huddle up" for briefing. Photo provided by Robert H. Melville Jr.
Blacksheep Drivers getting a "good hunting" handshake. Photo provided by Robert H. Melville Jr.
JUN65: A VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4C taking off using JATO from Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines. Photograph courtesy of Russell Williams.
22JUN65: Blacksheep Skyhawk is pictured flying over the "tropic Q" clouds somewhere over the South China Sea between NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and Chu Lai, Vietnam. Photograph courtesy of Rusty Williams.
JUL-NOV65: VMA-214's A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148548 side number WE-10 near Chu Lai, South Vietnam - taken during period July to November 1965 over Vietnam. Note reddish dirt on fuselage and wings from Chu Lai clay. Photograph courtesy of Russell Williams.
1965-1968: Right rear in-flight view of VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147788, WE-8, with a MER with two Snakeyes on each wing station and a centerline tank. Photographer unknown.
November 1965: A-4C BuNo 145108, WE-18, waiting on repairs at Chu Lai after an encounter with a hill top. Photo from Gary Clark.
1965: VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150027 at Chu Lai from COL Robert Clapp who says… "I flew with VMA-214 (Blacksheep), but was assigned to MACS-7 as an Air Defense Controller." COL Robert Clapp.
Circa 1966: The VMA-214 Black Sheep headquarters at Chu Lai. Photo from John Stum.
Circa 1966: BuNo 147799 Black Sheep loaded with iron bombs. Harry Gann photo from Joe Baldwin Jr.
Circa 1966: Chu Lai Skyhawk Line and tent area. Note the beach front location. John Stummer.
Circa 1966: Black Sheep Skyhawks BuNo 148482 and 148508 on the taxiway at Chu Lai. John Stummer.
Circa 1966: Black Sheep Skyhawk BuNo 148548 on the taxiway at Chu Lai. John Stummer.
Circa 1966: BuNo 148436 in-flight over Vietnam. Photo from Stummer.
01 Feb 1966: Black Sheep Skyhawk line: BuNo 148494, WE-19, in the foreground followed by WE-13, WE-2, WE-11 and WE-22. U.S. Navy
1966: BuNo. 145117 on the VMA-214 flight-line in Nam. The tractor has USMC on it but no other id numbers. :)
NOV 1966: BuNo 148531, WE-4, assigned to MAJ Dave Caylor as she taxis by the photographer. USAF O-1E Bird Dog s/n 56-2569 at left. Unknown photographer via W. Mutza.
1965-67: Skyhawk BuNo 148471, WE-2, parked on the ramp next to a Skyknight. Unknown photographer.
JUL 1967: VMA-214 A-4C 150586, WE-1, location unknown. Photographer unknown.
APR 1968: BuNo 148471, WE-2, parked on the ramp with an MBER and Snakeyes on the port side. VMGR-252 Raiders KC-130F Hercules BuNo 148890, QB-890, in the background. Unknown photographer.
APR68 MCAS El Toro: BuNo 148531 served all her U.S.A. time with the Marines. She later served with the Argentina Air Force as their "C-315".
1968: VMA-214 Blacksheep Squadron snapshots taken at MCAS El Toro in 1968 by Jim Larkin:
APR69: BuNo 148436, WE-12, parked on the NAS NY ramp. Dave Hansen via W. Mutza.
JUL 1969: Blacksheep Skyhawk BuNo 148531, WE-1, assigned to LCOL William R. Smith parked on the flight-line with centerline tank and MER's with 6 Mk-81's next to VA-128 A-6 Intruder BuNo 151818, NJ-45. Nick Williams.
1969: BuNo 147742 WE-24, FCLP practice at MCAS El Torro 1969.
1969: 1st Lt. Steve Sanford in BuNo 148531, WE-23, over San Francisco bay area 1969. Taken by wingman 1st Lt. R. P. "Hans" Vogelpohl.
1969: BuNo 149644 WE-27 landing at MCAS El Torro. Photos by Richard "Hans" Vogelpohl.
APR68-AUG70: BuNo 149536,WE-22, assigned to 1/LT D.L. Peem parked on the ramp, maybe Yuma. Jim Brady
DEC68-SEP69: BuNo 149644, WE-2, assigned to MAJ R.J. Reid parked on the line. Nick Williams.
1972: A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 158428. Captain Hans Vogelpohl leads his wingman Captain Hal Widener in A-4M Skyhawk BuNo: 158428 side number WE 2 over southwest Texas from El Paso to Randolph on November 11, 1972. Two days later Captain Hal Widener returned in A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 158428 to Marine Corps. Air Station El Toro --- his last military flight. Hans Vogelpohl photograph from Hal Widener.
BuNo.158428 with the Blacksheep. Photo provided by Robert H. Melville Jr.
BuNo.158428 with the Blacksheep. Photo provided by Robert H. Melville Jr.
1972-1973: Left side view of VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155064, WE-5, on the ramp, location unknown. Copyright R.W. Harrison.
VMA-214 07 APR 1973: VMA-214 A-4M BuNo 158433, WE-8, 07 April 1973 at Hill AFB. Name below the canopy is Capt. Vogelpohl. Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.
Date unknown: VMA-214 A-4M BuNo 160044, WE-1. Also in the photo are WE-461, WE-460 and WE-453. Photo by W. Munzenmaier, from Gary Verver.
02 Sep 1976: Blacksheep Skyhawk BuNo 158430, WE-10, parked on the flight line. Name below the canopy rail looks like LT Van Dynen. Photo by T.R. Waddington, Gary Verver collection.November 1976: VMA-214 A-4M BuNo 158170, WE-9. Photographer unknown.
1977: VMA-214 Black Sheep A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158419, WE-14. Photographer unknown.
06 APR 1977: Blacksheep Skyhawk BuNo 160043, WE-000, parked on the ramp. Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy.
JULY 1977 or 78: VMA-214 Black Sheep A-4M Skyhawks passing through MCAS Kanehoe July 1977 or July 1978. Right to left A-4M BuNo 160045, WE-450, BuNo unknown WE-454 and BuNo 158164, WE-464. Spencer Sikder.
1977: A-4M Formation, WE-12 is BuNo 160023 and behind WE-12 are WE-5, WE-7 & WE-2. WE-2 could be 160043. Four Blacksheep A-4Ms cruise the friendly skies. Photograph by Harry Gann and courtesy of Fred Lewis.
01NOV78: Two Blacksheep Skyhawks, BuNo 160040, WE-3, and WE-15. U.S. Navy photo by Cpl E. Denton.OCT 1978: Left front view of VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159489, WE-12, on the ramp, Forbes ANGR, October 1978. Name below the canopy is 1STLT Hugh Elwood. Copyright R.W. Harrison.
1980: A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158170. Black Sheep WE 20 approaching for landing at NAS Atsugi, Japan, September 15, 1980. Color photograph by and courtesy of Takafumi Hiroe of Yokohama, Japan. Do a search for Takafumi Hiroe's website index to his USN aircraft pictures.
1980: A-4M Skyhawk departs Cubi Point. Bill Cline snapped this picture of a Blacksheep A-4M taking off from the field at Cubi Point, Phillipines. The VMA-214 Blacksheep under the command of Lt.Col. Hastings. This picture was taken from a vantage point at the upper MAU.
Oct 1980: Right front view of VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158156, WE-24, taxiing out on the runway with a centerline MER with MK-76 practice bombs during exercise Cope North `80, NAF Misawa, U.S. Navy photo.
15OCT80: BuNo 158165, WE-17, from Marine Light Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214) during exercise Cope North 80. On the flight-line with an empty ZUNI FFAR launcher and an empty MER on the centerline during exercise Cope North '80, NAF Misawa, Aomori Japan. U.S. Navy photo, Tsgt Curt Eddings.
09JUN81: A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 159481 The pilot successfully punched out, the plane skidded on the desert floor and came to a stop near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. The Skyhawk was in the landing pattern for Yuma when it experienced a failure of the Pb4 (burner pressure) sensing line at the connection to the fuel control moisture trap. This failure caused the engine to immediately go to idle. If the pilot had more altitude he would have had time to switch to "manual" fuel control and recover, but he only had time to jam the throttle to the military stop, decide he was in trouble, and punch. The Skyhawk basically pancaked in, at the position shown in the picture. The fuselage was cut apart during the mishap investigation in order to remove the engine in an "as-is" condition for the E.I. at NARF Jax. With minor repair and replacement of the broken line we heard the engine ran 4-0 (perfectly). The pilot is reported to have been Captain Joe "Famous" Krejmas. Photograph from Bill Cline; text by John W. Street, MgySgt, USMC-Ret.
MAY81: BuNo 158414, WE-16, with a pair of drop tanks and MBER's. Gary Verver Collection.
Date unknown: A McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle from Luke Air Force Base and a VMA-214 Black Sheep A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 159779, WE 11 from Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. Photograph taken out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma by Harry S. Gann.
05MAY82: BuNo 160034, WE-01, parked on the ramp at an open house. M.J. Kasiuba, G. Verver collection.
15APR83: A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 160041 Bites the Dust.
Poster shot of BuNo.158155 and 158416 in Blacksheep Clothing". Source unknown.
1980s: BuNo 160022, WE-19, on display at an open house. Photo by John Freeman.
1983-88: VMA-214 Black Sheep A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160025, WE-11, in flight with VMFA-531 Grey Ghosts F/A-18A Hornet (possibly 161752) EC-15. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.
1986: Blacksheep Skyhawk flightline during a CAX exercise. WE-8 in the center and WE-15 at right.
1986: Blacksheep Skyhawk loaded with four 500lb bombs on the centerline and two 300 gallon drop tanks during a CAX exercise. F. Nunez.
1986: Blacksheep Skyhawk WE-8 taxies out loaded with 2 sets of 500lbs bombs and a center drop tank. F. Nunez.
1986-87: Blacksheep Skyhawk prepares to fly over Okinawa. VMA-214 was at Kadena AFB, during WestPac 86-87. F. Nunez.
MAY86: 158176, WE-4, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection.
1986: Unidentified pilot preflights VMA-214 Blacksheep A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160022, WE-19, and we're a go ... the engine is still in there.
SEP86: VMA-214 A-4M BuNo 159778, WE-5. Photographer unknown from Verver collection.
28 April 1989 BuNo 160030, WE-01, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
01 JUL 1992: Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) T-2C Buckeye (BuNo 1585xx, NJ-643, & BuNo 158889, NJ-642) aircraft and an A-4 Skyhawk (VMA-214, A-4M BuNo 160034) aircraft stand on the flight line prior to an exercise. The Buckeyes are used for out-of-control flight training for fighter aircrews based at Miramar. Photo by LCDR Dave Parsons.
VMA-214 Marines at Chu Lai. Photos provided Robert H. Melville Jr.
A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VMA-214: