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Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

By Bruce Gamble

“A wonderful portrait of awfully brave males and their striking flying machines.”
—Alex Kershaw, writer of The Few

Marine struggling with Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world’s most renowned fighter squadron. Its moment wartime squadron commander used to be the mythical Greg “Pappy” Boyington. Boyington and the squadron have been the free proposal for the late-seventies NBC tv sequence Baa Baa Black Sheep, which was once later syndicated below the identify Black Sheep Squadron.
 
Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a entire illustrated background of the squadron from its formation and primary strive against excursions on Guadalcanal because the Swashbucklers, which integrated their transition to the enduring gull-winged Corsair, to the arriving in their moment commander, Pappy Boyington, and then they turned the Black Sheep. The squadron’s strive against over Bougainville and Rabaul and the tale of Boyington being shot down are coated, as are the squadron’s exploits within the latter a part of the warfare (while Boyington was once a POW), which culminated within the heavy losses suffered aboard the service USS Franklin. The squadron’s carrier in Korea, Vietnam, and the worldwide conflict on Terror whole the storied historical past of VMF 214.
 
In addition to a wealthy choice of historic images, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep beneficial properties wrestle aviation paintings from 4 of America’s best aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

 

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A contemporary directive had raised the nominal energy of Marine Corps fighter squadrons from twenty-eight pilots to 40, sufficient for ten four-plane divisions. there has been no time to lose, for the squadron will be relocating again up the road in a question of weeks. thankfully, a number of of the hot arrivals had significant adventure. the recent government officer, Maj. Pierre Carnagey, had served one travel with VMF-222. one other veteran, one of many squadron’s originals, was once Henry Miller. lately promoted to significant, he transferred from the group’s headquarters squadron and taken alongside 13 replacements.

Kenneth L. Ruesser, military pass quotation: The President of the U.S. takes excitement in featuring a Gold superstar in lieu of a moment Award of the military move to Kenneth L. Reusser (0-11066), significant, U. S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for impressive heroism in reference to army operations opposed to an armed enemy of the United international locations whereas serving as Pilot of a Fighter aircraft in Marine Fighter Squadron 200 FOURTEEN (VMF-214), hooked up to the U. S. S. SICILY (CVE-118), in the course of an aerial assault on enemy pursuits within the Inch’on sector of Korea, on five August 1950.

Corsairs Over Korea. ” http://www. scuttlebuttsmallchow. com/stocks3. html Translated jap Unit Histories (CD-ROM) Monograph No. 122: define of Southeast region Naval Air strength Operations, half III, November 1942–June 1943, Dept. of the military, place of work of the executive of army historical past Monograph No. one hundred forty: define of Southeast region Naval Air strength Operations, half IV, July–November 1943, Dept. of the military, place of work of the executive of army historical past Monograph No. 142: define of Southeast region Naval Air strength Operations, half V, December 1943–May 1944, Dept.

The next supplied technical services on eastern devices and plane: Rick Dunn, Jim Lansdale, Luca Ruffato, Henry Sakaida, Jim Sawruk, and Osaumu Tagaya. support with ancient info and images particular to VMF/VMA-214 was once supplied via Michael Bean, Charlie Boswell, Toby Bowers, Ted Carlson, Pete Dunbar, Theo Elbert, Hill Goodspeed, Kevin Gonzalez, Jeff Hill, Curt Lawson, Mint Moore III, Rafe Morrissey, Stan Peit, Barrett Tillman, and Gary Velasco. lots of the black-and-white photos showing herein have been supplied by way of the subsequent veterans of VMF-214: John Bolt, Henry Bourgeois, George Britt, Vince chippie, Stan unfastened, Jim Hill, Ken Linder, Fred Losch, Mac McCall, Bob McClurg, Frank Walton, and O.

Crewman 1: . . . of the Japs in flames, happening! Crewman 2: That different one isn’t going to break out either—here comes one other Corsair. . . . Crewman three: And that Jap’s long past! No ask yourself the Japs name our Corsairs “Whistling loss of life! ” 3 up, 3 down! VMF-214 didn't obtain credits by way of identify, however the exciting radio broadcast of ways invoice Pace’s department of Corsairs disrupted Chincoteague’s attackers was once heard through many hundreds of thousands of listeners around the usa. at the night of July 18, Maj. invoice speed arrived on station along with his department which includes Jack Petit, Dick Sigel, and Mac McCall.

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