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.
F4U Corsair Plus
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
Gregory Boyington . Lieutenant Colonel Boyington was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in October 1945 White House ceremonies.
Ba Ba Black Sheep's Pappy Boington....
69 years ago today, legendary WWII ace "Gregory “Pappy” Boyington" makes final flight
The Corsair's distinctive sound, which earned it among the Japanese the nick-name of "Whistling Death", partly because of the engine sound, that was caused by the wing-root inlets for engine air. Shown above is Maj. Gregory Boyington's F4U from VMF-214.
F4U-1A Corsair.BuNo 17883 №.883 Pilot-Maj Gregory Boyington из VMF-214 1943
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. V.M.F-214, US Marines Corps. - Le blog du lignard