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

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MBI Publishing Company, Sep 15, 2012 - History - 216 pages
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“A stunning portrait of incredibly courageous men and their awesome flying machines.”—Alex Kershaw, author of The Few

Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world’s most famous fighter squadron. Its second wartime squadron commander was the legendary Greg “Pappy” Boyington. Boyington and the squadron were the loose inspiration for the late-seventies NBC television series Baa Baa Black Sheep, which was later syndicated under the name Black Sheep SquadronSwashbucklers and Black Sheep is a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron from its formation and first two combat tours on Guadalcanal as the Swashbucklers, which included their transition to the iconic gull-winged Corsair, to the arrival of their second commander, Pappy Boyington, after which they became the Black Sheep. The squadron’s combat over Bougainville and Rabaul and the story of Boyington being shot down are covered, as are the squadron’s exploits in the latter part of the war (while Boyington was a POW), which culminated in the heavy losses suffered aboard the carrier USS Franklin. The squadron’s service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror complete the storied history of VMF 214. In addition to a rich collection of historical photography, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep features combat aviation artwork from four of America’s top aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

 

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ELEVEN THE LEGACY OF HEROES
CHAPTER FOUR THE SWASHBUCKLERS AT MUNDA
CHAPTER EIGHT SLUGFEST OVER RABAUL
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About the author (2012)

Bruce Gamble (Lynn Haven, FL) is a retired naval flight officer and former historian with the Naval Aviation Museum foundation. He is the author of four previous books about the Pacific war: The Black Sheep, a complete combat history of Marine Fighting Squadron 214; Black Sheep One, a definitive biography of Greg “Pappy” Boyington; Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul, on the Japanese invasion of New Britain; and Fortress Rabaul, about the buildup of the infamous Japanese stronghold.

 

www.brucegamble.com

 

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