Название: A History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531
Автор: Colonel Charles J. Quilter, USMC
Издательство: US Marine Corps
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This history traces a half century of active service by Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531- It was a unique squadron because its history demonstrates the complete evolution from night fighter to all-weather fighter to fighter-attack. Its earliest days placed the Marine Corps as the pioneer of all the military Services in night fighting.
From the primitive converted civilian airliner, the PV-1, to the most modern Marine Corps fighter, the F/A-18, the "Grey Ghosts" evolved as their tactics changed. Their service covered the globe: Cherry Point on the East Coast, Texas, El Toro on the West Coast, the Southwest Pacific, Iwakuni in Japan, Cubi Point in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, the Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean.
Colonel Charles J. Quilter II provided a large majority of the text. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1994 after 34 years of service. He studied in Japan and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in East Asian History. Commissioned in June 1964, he gained his aviator wings in November 1965.
He then joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) at Cherry Point, North Carolina, as an F4-B Phantom pilot and deployed to Puerto Rico at the end of the Dominican Republic crisis in 1966. He flew 252 combat missions with VMFA-323 from Chu Lai, Vietnam, in 1967-68 serving as a flight commander. He did a second tour with the "Grey Ghosts" of VMFA-531 as its operations officer at El Toro, California, in 1968-70, where he was also designated as one of the Marine Corps' first dissimilar air combat training instructors, flying as an adversary pilot in A-4 aircraft.