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F4U Corsair US Marines VMF-214 "Black Sheep" 

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Franklin Mint 1:48 B11B810
F4U Corsair US Marines VMF-214 "Black Sheep"
Scale:
1:48
Length:
8.5"
Width:
10"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
FM-B11B810


Historical Note:

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The aircraft featured above is the U.S. Marines "Black Sheep" of VMF-214, piloted by Maj. Gregory (Pappy) Boyington in 1943! Colonel Gregory Ì_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ_Ì_ÌÇåÎÌàÌ_åÇÌ_åöÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ__Pappy Boyington flew this F4U Corsair as he led his Black Sheep Squadron, a notorious group of ragtag Marine aviators in the Pacific Theater of WW2. Before starting this squadron, Boyington had been one of the original Flying Tigers, flying P-40 Warhawks with the American Volunteer Group (AVG) for China, where he shot down 6 Japanese planes. Before the warÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ_Ì_ÌÇåÎÌàÌ_åÇÌ_åöÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ__ëíÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ_Ì_ÌÇåÎÌàÌ_åÇÌ_åöÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_åÇåÎåâÌ_ÌÇåÎÌàÌ_åÇåÎås end, Boyington was shot down and spent the rest of the war in a Japanese POW camp. But not before heÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ_Ì_ÌÇåÎÌàÌ_åÇÌ_åöÌ_ÌÇÌ__Ì_ÌÇ__'d shot down another 22 Japanese aircraft. He flew his last mission in this Corsair. He and his wingman, George Ashmun, had just shot down 4 Zeroes when they were pounced from above by 20 more. Boyington bailed out of his stricken plane just seconds before it burst into flames. While floating in the sea, 4 Zeroes strafed him in revenge. Finally, he was rescued by a Japanese submarine, saving his life, but ending his illustrious combat career. After the war, he was returned to the States and presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Truman.


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