Medal of Honor Fighter Ace Jim Swett Autographed aircraft panelJames E. Swett of received the Medal of Honor during WWII for combat action on 7 April, 1943, when he shot down seven Japanese dive bombers – on his first mission!As the Marine fighter pilot was lining up for his eighth kill of the day, Swett’s luck ran out. Blasted by an enemy gunner, he was forced to ditch his F4F Wildcat. Fortunately he was soon rescued and returned to VMF-221 on Guadalcanal. Swett went on to achieve a total of 16.5 victories in Wildcats and F4U Corsairs.Jim Swett has autographed this panel #2/6 that depicts his unique, personal tail-art (rare among naval aviators) that adorned the Wildcat flown on his Medal of Honor mission.Artwork was researched and hand-painted by noted aviation artist, Ron Kaplan, on actual scrap aircraft aluminum. Mounted to black plexi in a ready-to-hang, black lacquer 15” by 16” shadow-box frame with an ID plaque centered beneath.This is from one of Kaplan’s early panel series – a low number from a short edition - extremely rare. It comes authenticated with a color photograph taken at the signing session - a great piece with which to start a Medal of Honor and fighter aces signature collection.
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