Pappy Boyington was one of the most famous pilots of World War II and his unit, "The Black Sheep Squadron" was legendary. Pappy was initially a US Marine Corps aviator with the Pacific fleet before being recruited by the legendary "Flying Tigers" (1st American Volunteer Group)in Burma at the end of 1941 and part of 1942.
In September 1942, he rejoined the Marine Corps and deployed to the South Pacific and began flying combat missions as a Marine F4U Corsair pilot. In September 1943, he took command of Marine fighter squadron VMF-214 ("Black Sheep"). In January 1944, Boyington, outnumbered by Japanese Zeros, was shot down after downing one of the enemy planes. He was captured by a Japanese sub crew and was held as a prisoner of war for more than a year and a half. He was released shortly after the surrender of Japan.
Including his time with the Flying Tigers, he claimed 28 kills and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts.
Aircraft Type:F4U Corsair
Overall Print Size: 24" x 22"
Edition Size: 500 Signed and Numbered Prints
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