Major Greg Boyington was the enigmatic leader of Marine Squadron VMF-214 during World War Two. VMF-214 adopted the name "Black Sheep" squadron because it was originally comprised of unassigned pilots. Many Black Sheep pilots called Boyington "Gramps", but somehow the nickname "Pappy" was introduced, and once the press and American public heard it, the moniker stuck. When Pappy was "encouraged" to leave the Marine Corps early in his career, he joined the American Volunteer Group (A.V.G.) a.k.a. The Flying Tigers. After serving with that group in China briefly, he quit and returned to the U.S. to try to fly with the Marines again. Pappy was initially given command of Marine Squadron VMF-122 at Guadalcanal. Then, on Sept 7, 1943, under Pappy's command, VMF-214 officially began it's first combat tour at Munda, on the island of New Georgia. He led this squadron on two successful tours until he was shot down in January of 1944. He was officially credited with 26 aerial victories and was awarded the Medal Of Honor. He was shot down on January 3rd, 1944 in an uneven battle against numerous Mitsubishi Zero fighters and he spent the remainder of the war in a Japanese prison camp. In 1976 Hollywood made a television series about Pappy and VMF-214 called "Black Sheep Squadron" which aired 36 episodes. He was loved by many, disliked by some, but respected by all who knew him, including his Japanese captors, who afforded him the privileges reserved for honorable warriors. Greg Boyington passed away on January 11, 1988 at the age of seventy-five. What makes him so memorable is not so much his 26 combat victories, but his character and his brash approach to life. He was daring, stubbornly independent, and beautifully defiant. He embodied many of the ideals that have made America's history so rich and unique. He is truly unforgettable. "Pappy" Limited Edition of 400 printsSigned by: Up to eleven Black Sheep pilots and the artis Pappy Original painting - sold Oils on Belgian linen32 X 38 inchesL/E of 400 prints23 X 31 inchesSigned by: Up to eleven Black Sheep pilots and the artist$325.00Remarque: add $75.00
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