#1368 AV-8B Harrier II

AV-8B Harrier II
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43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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AV-8B Harrier-II
164553 '01'
VMA-211, MAG-13
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
US - Marine Corps
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1368 - 164553 '01', AV-8B Harrier II+, Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. VMA-211 began its illustrious history in 1937 as Fighter Squadron 4M, NAS San Diego, flying the F-3F biplane fighter, and adopted the plunging lion as its squadron insignia. The squadron moved to Ewa, HI January 1941, redesignated as Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-211, and transitioned to the F4F-3 Wildcat. During November 1941, VMF-211 was sent to Wake Island as part of US Pacific Strategies Defense. The Japanese attacked on December 8th, killing or wounding half the defenders and destroying 12 aircraft on the ground. During the next two weeks, using 5 aircraft, 211 pilots repelled numerous attacks and inflicted great losses on the enemy before eventually being overrun by overwhelming Japanese forces. Capt Henry “Hammering Hank” Elrod became the first aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor during WWII for his actions during the defensive. The spirit of the remaining 211 Marines could not be broken; they redesigned the squadron emblem, combining the old plunging lion with the outline of Wake Island in the shape of a “V” for victory, and defiantly adopted the squadron motto, “Wake Island Avengers”. Flying the Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair for the remainder of the war, VMF-211 was credited with shooting down over 91 enemy aircraft. Following WWII, the squadron participated in the occupation of China before returning to Edenton, NC in 1949. In 1952, VMF-211 was redesignated Marine Attack Squadron 211, to identify its primary emphasis on Close Air Support. In 1957, VMA-211 received its first A-4 Skyhawk and relocated to El Toro, CA. The squadron relocated to Japan in 1965 and commenced the first of four deployments to the Republic of Vietnam. During June 1990, the squadron accepted its first Night Attack AV-8B, an advanced model Harrier, once again improving the lethality of this battle proven squadron. The squadron participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007. In 2012, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the squadron came under attack aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Under the leadership of LtCol Christopher “Otis” Raible and the initiative of Sgt Bradley Atwell, the Marines of VMA-211 aided in repelling the Taliban assault. In 2014, VMA-211 once again returned to the fight as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, striking ISIS in Iraq and Syria under Operation Inherent Resolve.
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