Hand signed and numbered by the artist|
Rare 12-Signature Limited Edition!
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Overall size: 34 3/4" x 22 7/8"
Image size: 30 7/8" x 18"
On Sept 7, 1943,VMF-214 officially began it's first combat tour at Munda, on the island of New Georgia (shown above). Munda was an inhospitable place- hot, humid, barren from shelling, and for a time, smelled of the aftermath of battle from the Marine assault in August. It was from this island airstrip that Marine Squadron VMF-214 launched many successful missions during their first two tours. VMF-214 flew the beautiful F4U-1, and later, F4U-1A Corsairs against their very capable Japanese opponents, often flying two or three missions a day. VMF-214 was known as the "Black Sheep" squadron and their commander was the legendary Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington. The Black Sheep became the top guns in the Pacific, racking up an impressive score in a relatively short time. The Black Sheep's second tour on Munda ended on Oct 18, 1943. After a short period of R & R , they resumed combat operations at Vella Lavella in mid-November,1943. Today, the airstrip at Munda is still in service, though the area is now covered with trees and lush vegetation. Likewise, the tents and warplanes have been replaced by the small homes and the fishing boats of the natives living there.
Print has a single 4 cm handling flaw which is not visible in regular lighting. Photo enhanced with bright direct lighting to show flaw.Black Sheep Squadron Signatures:Colonel EDWIN A. HARPER USMC
Captain FRED S. LOSCH USMC
Captain GLENN BOWERS USMC
Lieutenant Colonel HENRY M. BOURGEOIS USMC
Brigadier General BRUCE J. MATHESON USMC
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES J. HILL USMC
Major HARRY JOHNSON USMC
Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM D. HEIER USMC
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT W. McCLURG
Ned CORMAN USMC
MGySGT Merrill NEUBERT USMC
Lieutenant Colonel W. THOMAS EMRICH USMC