Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty

January 10th, 2016
Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty

Pre-orders for "Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty" are now being accepted through McFarland Books. Note that the book is due out in Spring or Summer of 2016. Deliveries will begin after it becomes available. Thanks for everyone's support! Click here to pre-order!

As mentioned in my previous post, a web page dedicated to the book is now online, as well as a Facebook Page and a Twitter account. The links are below.

Web Page
Facebook
Twitter

Thank you for your support!

Changes in the Air

December 20th, 2015
Changes in the Air

It has been decided that the title of the book will change. It's a bit more descriptive and the publisher feels its the right way to go. With that said the new title for the book: "Photo Recon Became Fighter Duty: Marine Observation Squadron 251 in World War II.”

I am currently awaiting a rough layout of the book which will contain 55 photos, 10,maps and one chart, in order to make last minute corrections needed. Many of the photos in the book have never been published.

Marketing for the book will begin in January with the creation of a website dedicated to the book, as well as a Facebook page. Links to this blog as well as my Twitter account will be provided. Plenty of work ahead of me!

The photo shows Major Charles H. Hayes (Executive Officer of VMO-251) on New Caledonia or Espiritu Santo in 1942, prior to being sent to Guadalcanal to oversee the opening of Henderson Field in August 1942. He later became Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. For more click here!

First Round of Editing is Complete

November 29th, 2015
First Round of Editing is Complete

First round of editing is finished. Will be sending to the editor on Monday. For those that are interested, click here to get to the web page of the publisher. The photo shows Capt. Carl Longley of VMO-251 sometime in 1942 or 1943 while in the South Pacific. He became the squadron's commanding officer from June 1943 to October 1943 while the squadron began its transition to Corsairs.

Headquarters at Espiritu Santo -- late 1942

November 14th, 2015
Headquarters at Espiritu Santo -- late 1942

A shot of VMO-251 headquarters on Espiritu Santo, late 1942. As for the book. Just about complete with the first round of editing. On track for a 2016 release -- details soon!

The First Draft is Complete

September 5th, 2015
The First Draft is Complete

I wish to report that after four years of research and writing, the first draft of the combat accomplishments of VMFA-251's WW2 history is complete. The acknowledgements, introduction, and final assessment will be completed in the next two weeks. Once I have gone back and tweaked a few sections, I will deliver all material to the editor at McFarland Publishers next month. Right now the page count stands at 336 -- with the items remaining the final page count will be in the neighborhood of 350. No doubt the editing process could trim this number. The book will be dedicated to all Marines who served with the squadron -- past, present and future.