usa Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268

US Marine Corps


HMM-268

1972 to 2013    




Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268
Red Dragons, Tail code YQ

1972-77 : Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 268 (HML-268)
1979 - Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (HMM-268)


Apr14 - Redesignated VMM-268



Before HMM-268 stood up in Tustin in 1979 it was HMLA-268 which was deactivated several years before. A friend of mine was the Ops Chief of THAT 268. I was the third or fourth member to join HMM-268 in the beginning. I was fresh off the Drill Field in San Diego and was just freshly promoted to SSgt there and was VERY eager to go to my first Squadron as the Ops Chief! Capt Gary PRICE (Ops) and SSgt Jack PEER (Admin Chief) and maybe SgtMajor GIBB were the 1st two or three if I remember correctly. Soon after that we received LCpl Mark Stettler (S-3). We had no spaces and no aircraft but we due to Stand Up in March. Then we got the CO, LtCol Richard Bianchino, fresh off the olympics team where he had Leon Spinks on the boxing team. This was all in the Jan to Feb 1979 timeframe. We met now and then in the MAG-16 conference room to hold our musters. The first 3 aircraft we received could not fly. One was an old pumpkin (A Model)SAR bird from NAS Whidbey Island, Wa. The other two were from the Marine Corps. All had to got o NARF to become flyable. The beautiful patch was designed by Lt John TUCK, also a Plank Owner. He also worked in Ops. Our Stand-Up Formation was held INSIDE Hangar 4 at Tustin because it rained. Our Natops O was the Adj and he passed out from standing at attention too long. It was MOST memorable. Even the CG was there. The other platoon Sergeant and I carried Captain PERRY to the John, loosened his belt and tie and rejoined the festivities. Lt HARPER became the ADJ then. Inside a year it was THE Squadron to be in, no beans about it. On the patch the blue side stands for DAY and the black side for NIGHT. John chose the Dragon because he loved all things japanese and he was a fantastic artist. I have a sort of Cruise Book we photocopied together in Oki in the summer of 1980. I also have the Station Cruise Book for 1980 which covers the whole base and ALL the Squadrons and host Units. I also still have my flight jacket patches. Major Fitzhugh B. LEE was the XO. Major Bobby Garner was the OpsO. He went on to bigger and better things (Including WTI in Yuma). Our first flyers were D Models and gradually we got some Fs. It was a furious and memorable two years for me. I spent twenty years in that job and those were among the best two. I was in 11 Squadrons in 8 Groups. I deployed 7 times off both coasts. It was a hoot. MOST of it was in 46s.
Semper Fly, .50 Cal.
Cal TOBIN Jr
SSgt USMC Retired
Black Hawk, SD.
Pretty sure it was Major Bianchino when we started. I was one of the first enlisted men in the avionics department. No tools, no helicopters, it was pretty strange. We took a great deal of pride in our work till my discharge in July of 1981. I was in charge of the night avionics crew. Signed, Sgt. Donald C. Rigdon 6612/6632
Shortly after I arrived PFC Daniel P Gonzales arrived SSgt. John Mellish arrived and then I believe 1st Lt. Fred Kunkle arrived all in a little office on the 2nd floor of the H&HS building just around the corner from the MP shack. Mark A. Stetler too many MOS's to remember them all, Jacobus PA

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1999/13MCAS Camp PendletonKNFG
1979/99MCAS Santa Ana / TustinKNTK
1972/77MCAS New RiverKNCA
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YearsModels
1979/13107M H-46 Sea Knight
1972/77UH-1N


Construction Numbers for HMM-268 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
2201 CH-46D 1966 152579 : BV-107M, c/n 2201, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR Morton PA as CH-46A 152579 +
2242 CH-46D 1967 153350 : 09-14jul98 CH-46E type HMM-268./YQ-00 embarked USS Tarawa LHA-6.
2264 CH-46D 1967 153368 : BV-107M, c/n 2264, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153368 09Mar67+
: Feb11 CH-46E type HMM-268 /YQ-10
2287 CH-46D 1967 153389 : BV-107M, c/n 2287, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153389 03May6+
2303 CH-46D 1967 153952 : 29Mar07 HMM-365 /YM-15, MCAS Yuma; Nov07 HMM-364 /PF-05 ; 23Jul08 HMM-268 +
United States Naval Aviation 153952 : 12Jul72 d/d HC-6; 1979 as HC6 Det.6 /HW-72
US Department of State N952AW : State Dept May13-Apr15, sold
- 153952 : 06sep15 at the Russell Air Museum in Zion, IL; Their plans are to restore +
2367 CH-46D 1967 154016 : BV-107M, c/n 2367, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, Morton, PA as CH-46D 154016, 2+
: Sep12 HMM-268 /YQ-03
: 25jul13 pictured as HMM-268 /YQ-3 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
2371 CH-46D 1967 154020 : BV-107M, c/n 2371, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, Morton, PA as CH-46D 154020, 1+
2387 CH-46D 1967 154036 : BV-107M, c/n 2387, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15403+
US Department of State N36WU : xfer State Dept; Bureau of Intl Narcotics (INL) as N36WU, 05Dec11.
2390 CH-46D 1967 154039 : w/o 09jan13 HMM-268 FOD during training at Twentynine Palms
2406 CH-46D 1968 154799 : BV-107M, c/n 2406, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15479+
2412 CH-46D 1968 154805 : 24feb08 pictured as YQ-12/HMM-268 over Al Taqqadum, Iraq during Operation +
2424 CH-46D 1968 154817 : 09-14jul98 CH-46E type HMM-268./YQ-05 embarked USS Tarawa LHA-6.
2435 CH-46D 1968 154828 : BV-107M, c/n 2435, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
2456 CH-46F 1968 154849 : BV-107M, c/n 2456, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15484+
2460 CH-46F 1968 154853 : BV-107M, c/n 2460, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15485+
2463 CH-46F 1968 154856 : 2012 HMM-268 /YQ-12
2478 CH-46F 1968 155309 : BV-107M, c/n 2478, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15530+
2486 CH-46F 1968 155317 : BV-107M, c/n 2486, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15531+
: HMM-268, 11 MAG; It was on a routine night operation when it plunged into +
2490 CH-46F 1969 156420 : 09-14jul98 CH-46E type HMM-268./YQ-02 embarked USS Tarawa LHA-6.
2496 CH-46F 1969 156426 : 09-14jul98 CH-46E type HMM-268./YQ-04 embarked USS Tarawa LHA-1.
2499 CH-46F 1969 156429 : USMC in 1993 type:CH-46E /YQ-01 HMM-268
: BV-107M, c/n 2499, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
2508 CH-46F 1969 156438 : BV-107M, c/n 2508, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2509 CH-46F 1969 156439 : 09-14jul98 CH-46E type HMM-268./YQ-01 embarked USS Tarawa LHA-1.
2516 CH-46F 1969 156446 : Correction; Circa Oct/Nov 1988 transferred by HMM-268 (MCAS Tustin, CA) to+
2519 CH-46F 1969 156449 : BV-107M, c/n 2519, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
US Department of State N449WU : State Dept from Dec11; Bureau of Intl Narcotics (INL)
2520 CH-46F 1969 156450 : 13jul08 pictured as HMM-268 /YQ-02 mrk Tanker 906 assisting FEMA firefight+
: 2009 noted with HMM-268 /YQ-02
2540 CH-46F 1969 156470 : BV-107M, c/n 2540, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15647+
: 02mar10 YQ-04 HMM-268 to AMARG
2541 CH-46F 1969 156471 : BV-107M, c/n 2541, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15647+
2550 CH-46F 1969 157651 : BV-107M, c/n 2550, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15765+
2551 CH-46F 1969 157652 : 13jul08 pictured as HMM-268 /YQ-17 mrk Tanker 905 assisting FEMA firefight+
2552 CH-46F 1969 157653 : BV-107M, c/n 2552, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15765+
2566 CH-46F 1969 157667 : BV-107M, c/n 2566, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15766+
2586 CH-46F 1970 157687 : BV-107M, c/n 2586, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15768+
2591 CH-46F 1970 157692 : BV-107M, c/n 2591, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15769+
2595 CH-46F 1970 157696 : BV-107M, c/n 2595, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15769+
: 09-14jul98 CH-46E type HMM-268./YQ-03 embarked USS Tarawa LHA-1.
2597 CH-46F 1970 157698 : BV-107M, c/n 2597, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15769+
2617 CH-46F 1970 157718 : BV-107M, c/n 2617, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15771+
2620 CH-46F 1970 157721 : BV-107M, c/n 2620, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15772+
2622 CH-46F 1970 157723 : 1993 CH-46E type HMM-268 /YQ-12
31728 UH-1N 160178 : USMC; 1988 as YQ-41/HMM-268 on USS New Orleans (LPH-11); w/o 19oct90 as UV+
65-500 ch-53e 162488 : USMC d/d Jul90 as HMH-466 /YK-66; Sep91 to HMM-268(c) /YQ-23 deployed with+
UH-1Y 167992 : USMC; 2012 HMM-268 /YQ-30
UH-1Y 167993 : USMC; 2012 HMM-268 /YQ-31
ah-1z 168002 : USMC; 2011 HMM-268 /YQ-43
ah-1z 168049 : USMC; 2011 HMM-268 /YQ-44
45 serials found for HMM-268


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