Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

by Bruce Gamble
     
 

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"A stunning portrait of incredibly courageous men and their awesome flying machines."-Alex Kershaw, author of The Few

Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world's most famous fighter squadron. Its second wartime squadron commander was the legendary Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Boyington and the squadron were the loose inspiration for the late-seventies NBC

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"A stunning portrait of incredibly courageous men and their awesome flying machines."-Alex Kershaw, author of The Few

Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world's most famous fighter squadron. Its second wartime squadron commander was the legendary Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Boyington and the squadron were the loose inspiration for the late-seventies NBC television series Baa Baa Black Sheep, which was later syndicated under the name Black Sheep SquadronSwashbucklers and Black Sheep is a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron from its formation and first two combat tours on Guadalcanal as the Swashbucklers, which included their transition to the iconic gull-winged Corsair, to the arrival of their second commander, Pappy Boyington, after which they became the Black Sheep. The squadron's combat over Bougainville and Rabaul and the story of Boyington being shot down are covered, as are the squadron's exploits in the latter part of the war (while Boyington was a POW), which culminated in the heavy losses suffered aboard the carrier USS Franklin. The squadron's service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror complete the storied history of VMF 214. In addition to a rich collection of historical photography, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep features combat aviation artwork from four of America's top aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

 

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"...a magnificent account of the most famous U.S. Marine squadron of the second world war. It is a delight to own, to look at, and (best of all) to read. And since Gamble is first of all an author, the text isn’t just an afterthought, it’s a well-written history of VMF-214, both before and after the squadron became famous." - Smithsonian Air & Space magazine"

... a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron..." - Pacific Flyer"

When we're still learning things about the Civil War 150 years later, it should be little surprise to find new material from World War II. But Bruce Gamble's fabulous treatment of the Black Sheep sets a new standard for 'above and beyond' his previous definitive treatments of VMF-214. Combining insightful text with a fabulous collection of photos and high-quality art, this book raises the bar in a field that routinely sees new material and fresh interpretations. An absolute treasure." - Barrett Tillman, author of Enterprise:America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War"

This is an excellent book appropriately produced during the Marine Corps Aviation Centennial. The photographs and text pay tribute to a proud squadron, its history and to the men who served in it since 1942. This is a book Marine Corp fans will enjoy." - Tailhook Association Magazine The Hook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610586900
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
09/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
801,217
File size:
61 MB
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Meet the Author

Bruce Gamble (Lynn Haven, FL) is a retired naval flight officer and former historian with the Naval Aviation Museum foundation. He is the author of four previous books about the Pacific war: The Black Sheep, a complete combat history of Marine Fighting Squadron 214; Black Sheep One, a definitive biography of Greg “Pappy” Boyington; Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul, on the Japanese invasion of New Britain; and Fortress Rabaul, about the buildup of the infamous Japanese stronghold.

 

www.brucegamble.com

 

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