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 Zeros and a series of deadly dogfights have started; one Zero 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 USMC
Brigadier General BRUCE J. MATHESON USMC
THE “BLACK SHEEP” EDITION
This Commemorative edition is issued with a matching-numbered, pilot signed companion print of Robert Taylor’s working drawing “BLACK SHEEP.” Between the two prints the edition is personally signed by a further five legendary ‘Black Sheep’ pilots who flew Corsairs with VMF-214 creating a SEVEN signature edition:
Lieutenant Colonel W. THOMAS EMRICHUSMC
Colonel EDWIN A. HARPER USMC
Captain FRED S. LOSCH USMC
Lieutenant Colonel HENRY M. BOURGEOIS USMC (Companion print)
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES J. HILL USMC (Companion print)