THE SECOND WORLD WAR
VMF-221, White 183, February 1945,
1st. Lt. Dean Caswell,
Caswell flew over 100 missions in WW2,
destroyed 10 or more enemy aircraft in the air and 25-30 aircraft on the ground.
Remarkably, he never received a bullet hole in any Corsair he ever flew.
He was awarded the Silver Star,
3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 5 Air Medals.
Dean Caswell was assigned to the USMC VMF-221.
On April 28, 1945 a 6-aircraft Corsair flight from VMF-221 was operating from
the USS Bunker Hill in the vicinity of Okinawa when they encountered approximately 30 Japanese aircraft.
The Japanese were trying to stop the U.S. landings on Okinawa. 1st Lt.,
Dean Caswell and group immediately attacked and Caswell scored 3 victories and 1 probable,
this action turned back the Japanese attack.
In WWII Caswell had 7 victories and did two tours in Korea and time in Vietnam.
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