Download e-book for kindle: Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine by Bruce Gamble
By Bruce Gamble
"A wonderful portrait of exceptionally brave males and their outstanding 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 was once the mythical Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Boyington and the squadron have been the unfastened suggestion for the late-seventies NBC tv sequence Baa Baa Black Sheep, which used to be later syndicated less than the identify Black Sheep Squadron.
Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a finished illustrated historical past of the squadron from its formation and primary wrestle excursions on Guadalcanal because the Swashbucklers, which integrated their transition to the long-lasting gull-winged Corsair, to the arriving in their moment commander, Pappy Boyington, and then they grew to become the Black Sheep.
The squadron's strive against over Bougainville and Rabaul and the tale of Boyington being shot down are lined, as are the squadron's exploits within the latter a part of the conflict (while Boyington was once a POW), which culminated within the heavy losses suffered aboard the service USS Franklin. The squadron's provider in Korea, Vietnam, and the worldwide struggle on Terror whole the storied historical past of VMF 214.
In addition to a wealthy choice of ancient images, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep positive factors strive against aviation paintings from 4 of America's most sensible aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.