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  • usa Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264

    US Marine Corps

    HMM-264 :

    1959 to 2009    


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    Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264
    Black Knights, tail code EH

    1959 - Marine Transportation Squadron Light 264 (HMRL-264)
            1959-1968 - HUS-1 / CH-34D
    1962 - HMM-264
            1968-1970 - CH-46D
            1970-1984 - CH-46F
            1984-2009 - CH-46E
    2009 - VMM-264

    1973, I was on the Guadalcanal on the 73 Med cruise. A ch46 was delivering mail to another u.s. ship in our task force when it was lowering the mail out of the bottom hatch it lost an engine crashed off the end of the ship. The water was so deep we found the main front and one helmet. We rescued everyone but the Pilot was never recovered . We circled the crash site all day looking for him. -
    1978-1982, I did two med cruises with 264 as a1st mech. One on the Guam and the other on the Guadalcanal. I remember that cobra going down
    1979, while stationed aboard USS Guam on MED, 3 helicopters went down during the same landing operation, one was an AH1, The AH1 pilot, and gunner were killed when they flew into a high tension line. HMM-264 /EH-10 157668 (maybe) crashed while responding to the AH1 crash, but it was only lightly damaged, the hilo was recovered. A CH53 was lost when it lost an engine during backload to the ship and had to ditch in the water. Because of sensitive equipment aboard and the water was too deep for recovery,the aircraft and cargo was destroyed. If you know anyone who was on this MED when all this happened I would like to hear from them. I have a couple of pictures of the HH 46 being defueled
    I was a 53 hyd doorgunner the 53 crew that when into the MED was Crewchief Lugo Careia, First Mech David Futral, we called him Kentuck
    I was there during this situation. Was skid kid and assigned with 264 on the med 1979 I was a door gunner as well we know each other
    1978-1981, I was a Crew Chief in HMM-264 Ch-46 aircraft /EH-08 156473. As for the AH-1 crash I was the first on the crash scene and helped get the pilots out of what was left of the helo. then put them on my bird and flew them back to the Guam. I was also the first on the scene with the Navy SAR team when the CH-53 that dropped into the Med when they were on final approach
    1980 Jun/Nov, I was with BLT2/6 aboard the USS Guadalcanal (LPH7), enroute to Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. Flew many mission in ch-46 and ch-53. God bless the Marine pilots and crewchiefs of HMM-264 BLACKKNIGHTS Squadron that kept those birds in the air. It was a love/hate relationship as a Marine Infantryman, I wanted to get off those birds as fast as possible while in flight, but yet waiting anxiously to be extracted out. Man, I miss it.!!!
    1983, HMM-264 served in the Beirut Deployment
    I was on that cruise, rock base was home, coming back from a mail run from Larnica, we saw the embassy bombing smoke though the windscreen approaching the USS Guadelcanal. Pissed us all off when we heard what had taken place. BLACK KNIGHTS 4 EVER... -Sgt MeadowsA/C Crewchief, aboard the Guad then
    Jan/Jun 1983, I was with this unit when it was deployed to Beruit, Lebanon
    1993, deployed with HMM-264 on SPMAGTF to Haiti and Cuba -

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    1968/09107M H-46 Sea Knight
    1959/68S-58 H-34


    09-oct-9912-oct-99 San Francisco Fleet Week 1999

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