|Marine Fighting Squadron 141|
|Active||March 1, 1942 - September 10, 1945|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Engagements||World War II
* Battle of Guadalcanal
Marine Fighting Squadron 141 (VMF-141) was a reserve fighter squadron in the United States Marine Corps. The squadron fought most notably as part of the Cactus Air Force during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II and they also saw service during the Korean War.
World War II
Marine Scout Bombing Squadron (VMSB-141) was commissioned on March 1, 1942 at Camp Kearny in San Diego, California. On August 30, 1942 they departed San Diego for the South Pacific and arrived at Henderson Airfield, Guadalcanal on September 23, 1942 and became part of the Cactus Air Force (CAF). On the night of October 13–14, the squadron lost 26 of its 29 aircraft and five officers, including the commanding officer and executive officer, to shelling from Japanese battleships off the coast of Guadalcanal. The squadron fought on the island until November 19, 1942 when they were transferred to the Efate in the New Hebrides. During its time with the CAF the squadron would lose 18 of its 41 officers killed in action. They remained on Efate until May 1943 when they moved to Auckland, New Zealand. In late September 1943, the squadron returned to the United States arriving at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California.
On October 14, 1944 the squadron was redesignated Marine Fighter Bombing Squadron 141 (VMBF-141) and transitioned to the F4U Corsair. In December of that year they reverted to their old designation of VMSB-141. In May 1945 the squadron again changed names. This time they became Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 141 (VMTB-141) and served as a training replacement squadron until the end of the war. The squadron was deactivated on September 10, 1945.
Post-World War II reserve service
Following the war the squadron was reactivated as part of the Marine Air Reserve and was based out of Naval Air Station Oakland. In 1949 they were commanded by Medal of Honor recipient Colonel James Swett.
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