For their outstanding contribution to the war in the South Pacific, the “Black Sheep” were awarded one of only two Presidential Unit Citations accorded to Marine Corps squadrons during the war in the Pacific.
Robert Taylor has brought to life an encounter over Rabaul in late December 1943, paying tribute to one of the US Marine Corps’ most famous fighter squadrons, and its outstanding leader. With the Japanese airbase at Rabaul visible in the distance, “Pappy” Boyington and his fellow pilots of VMF-214 tear into a large formation of Japanese Zekes and a series of deadly dogfights have started, one Zeke already fallen victim to their guns.
THE LIMITED EDITION
The Fighter Pilots Edition is signed by TWO of the leading ‘Black Sheep’ F4U Corsair pilots:
Major HARRY JOHNSON
Brigadier General BRUCE J. MATHESON
THE “BLACK SHEEP” EDITION
This Commemorative edition is additionally signed by five legendary ‘Black Sheep’ pilots who flew Corsairs with VMF-214, and is issued with a matching-numbered pilot signed companion print of Robert Taylor’s working drawing “BLACK SHEEP.”
Lieutenant Colonel W. THOMAS EMRICH
Colonel EDWIN A. HARPER
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES J. HILL
Captain FRED S. LOSCH
Lieutenant Colonel HENRY M. BOURGEOIS