Prints signed by Jim Swett, MOH U.S. Marine Corps Ace & Medal of Honor Recipient
On April 7, 1943, a formation of Japanese fighters and dive-bombers was headed toward Tulagi Harbor. Scrambled from nearby Guadalcanal, USMC 1st Lt. James E. Swett of VMF-221 led his four F4F Wildcat division into the fray. Swett pursued and shot down three D3A2 Val enemy bombers before leveling out. Moments later, his Wildcat was hit by "friendly" fire. In spite of his damage, Swett dogged the fleeing Vals, scoring four more confirmed kills, and one probable, becoming an ace in his first combat mission. For this action, Lt. Swett was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"Wildcat Fury" was awarded the "Best of Show" honor in May 2007 at the prestigious annual art competition at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. The original will be on display at the museum for the next year.
James SWETT, MOH - USMC Ace and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient