Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, Marine Corps Ace credited with the destruction of 28 Japanese aircraft, was awarded the Medal of Honor "for extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty" while in command of a Marine Fighting Squadron in the Central Solomons Area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. He was shot down over Rabaul on the latter date, and his capture by the Japanese was followed by 20 months as a prisoner of war.
World War II History Jan 03, 1944 - Marine Aviator Major Gregory Boyington was shot down by the Japanese near Rabaul and taken as Prisoner of War. Upon his release after the war, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his prior downing of 26 enemy aircraft and was promoted to Colonel in 1947. Boyington died on 15 Jan 1988 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Part II. Lt. Col. Gregory Boyington (1912 - 1987) The Vought F4U "Corsair" was a U.S. Navy carrier based fighter; it was large and powerful, withy a maximum speed of 446 mph, a combat range of 1,000 miles. It had an armament of six .50 cal. machine guns; could carry two 1,000 lb. bombs. The F4U was a single seat aircraft; most war-built F4Us went to the Marines; a total of 12,570 Corsairs were built.