Vought FG-1D Corsairs of VMF-312 squadron "The Checkerboards"
The "Checkerboard" squadron, officially known as VMF-312, was a United States Marine Corps fighter squadron that gained fame during World War II. They flew the Vought F4U Corsair, and the squadron's distinct and striking feature was the checkerboard pattern painted on the aircraft's cowlings.
VMF-312 was recognized for its courageous and effective actions in the Pacific theater, showcasing the capabilities of the Corsair in combat. The checkerboard pattern became an iconic symbol associated with the squadron.