Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington’s Black Sheep – the Marine Corsairs of VMF-214 – taxi out for another mission from Vella Lavella, December 1943, escorting a B-24 raid on the Japanese fortress at Rabaul. Action is guaranteed and the intensity of aerial fighting here which later saw Boyington shot down and taken prisoner, was equal to anything in the war. For their part in the prolonged battle for the South West Pacific the Black Sheep became national heroes.
Few fighter units in World War II gained the notoriety of Pappy Boyington’s Marine Corps VMF-214 “Black Sheep” Squadron. Equipped with the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, under Boyington’s spirited leadership, the ‘Black Sheep’ pilots were accorded one of only two Presidential Unit Citations awarded to Marine Corps squadrons during the war in the Pacific.
THE FIGHTER PILOTS EDITION
Joining artist Nicolas Trudgian, the Fighter Pilots Edition is signed by two leading “Black Sheep” F4U Corsair pilots.
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT W. McCLURG
Brigadier General BRUCE J. MATHESON USMC
THE BLACK SHEEP EDITION
With all the components of the Fighter Pilots Edition, the BLACK SHEEP EDITION is additionally signed by five fighter pilots who flew with VMF-214, making a total of SEVEN signatures in this edition.
Lieutenant Colonel W. THOMAS EMRICH USMC
Colonel EDWIN A. HARPER USMC
Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM D. HEIER USMC
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES J. HILL USMC
Captain FRED S. LOSCH USMC