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The Black Sheep by Nicolas Trudgian.


The Black Sheep by Nicolas Trudgian.

Few fighter units in World War II gained the notoriety of Pappy Boyingtons Marine Corps VMF-214 Black Sheep Squadron. Equipped with the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, under Boyingtons spirited leadership, the Black Sheep pilots were accorded one of only two Presidential Unit Citations awarded to Marine Corps squadrons during the war in the Pacific. With the American forces pushing up through the South Pacific, the First Marine Air Wing was urgently looking for a seasoned fighter pilot to form a unit to take the brand new F4U into combat. Boyington had the experience - he had become an Ace flying with Chennaults Flying Tigers in China - and the rank to lead a squadron; he also had a reputation as an aggressive fighter leader, and was a natural choice for the job. Recruiting pilots from the reserve pool, together with others awaiting assignment to squadrons, the 30 year-old Boyington - dubbed Pappy by his group of young pilots - knocked them into one of the most effective fighter units in the South Pacific. In their first twelve weeks of operation they brought down 97 Japanese aircraft, no fewer than 95 of which were enemy fighters. During this period they lost only 11 pilots. VMF-214 saw action at Guadalcanal, the northern Solomons and Vella Lavella; they were the first to strafe Kahili, the first to operate from the field at Munda while it was still under enemy artillery fire, and the first to lead fighter sweeps over Rabaul. Nicolas Trudgians outstanding painting captures the scene at Vella Lavella as Pappy Boyington leads his VMF-214 Black Sheep Squadron off the island strip to escort a B-17 Fortress raid on Rabaul in December 1943. Boyington led his Black Sheep pilots through two combat tours before being brought down himself and taken prisoner. On his last mission he shot down three Zeros, bringing his final tally to 28. He was to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Nicks fine image pays tribute to one of the US Marine Corps most illustrious fighter squadrons and to its remarkable leader.
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Black Sheep Edition. Limited edition of 25 artist proofs.

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Harper, Edwin A
Hill, James J
Losch, Fred S
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McClurg, Robert W
Matheson, Bruce J
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Harper, Edwin A
Hill, James J
Losch, Fred S
Heier, William D
McClurg, Robert W
Matheson, Bruce J
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Losch, Fred S
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McClurg, Robert W
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Harper, Edwin A
Hill, James J
Losch, Fred S
Heier, William D
McClurg, Robert W
Matheson, Bruce J
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Matheson, Bruce J
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CorsairThe Chance-Vought F4U Corsair was arguably the finest naval aviation fighter of its era. Work on this design dates to 1938 and was headed-up by Voughts Chief Engineer, Rex Biesel. The initial prototype was powered by an 1800-HP Pratt & Whitney double Wasp radial engine. This was the third Vought aircraft to carry the Corsair name. The graceful and highly recognizable gull-wing design of the F4U permitted the aircraft to utilize a 13-foot, three-blade, Hamilton Standard propeller, while not having to lengthen the landing gear. Because of the rigors of carrier landings, this was a very important design consideration. Folding wings were also required for carrier operations. The F4U was thirty feet long, had a wingspan of 41 feet and an empty weight of approximately 7,500 pounds. Another interesting feature was the way the F4Us gear rotated 90 degrees, so it would lay flush within the wing when in the up position. In 1939 the Navy approved the design, and production commenced. The Corsair utilized a new spot welding process on its all aluminum fuselage, giving the aircraft very low drag. To reduce weight, fabric-covered outer wing sections and control surfaces were fitted. In May of 1940 the F4U made its maiden flight. Although a number of small bugs were discovered during early flight tests, the Corsair had exceptional performance characteristics. In October of 1940 the prototype F4U was clocked at 405-MPH in a speed test. The initial production Corsairs received an upgraded 2,000-HP radial giving the bird a top speed of about 425-MPH. The production models also differed from the prototype in having six, wing-mounted, 0.5 caliber machine guns. Another change was a shift of the cockpit about three feet further back in the fuselage. This latter change unfortunately made naval aviators wary of carrier landings with the F4U, due to its limited forward visibility during landings. Other concerns were expressed regarding a severe port wing drop at landing speeds and a tendency of the aircraft to bounce off a carrier deck. As a result, the F4U was initially limited to land-based USMC squadrons. Vought addressed several of these problems, and the Royal Navy deserves credit for perfecting an appropriate landing strategy for the F4U. They found that if the carrier pilot landed the F4U while making a sweeping left turn with the port wing down, that sufficient visibility was available to make a safe landing. With a kill ratio of 11 -to- 1 in WW 11 combat, the F4U proved superior in the air to almost every opposing aircraft it encountered. More than 12,000 F4Us were built and fortunately a few dozen remain in flyable condition to this date.

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Aviation History Timeline : 31st July
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
31July1918G McElroy, a WW1 Ace with 47.00 victories, died on this day
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O H. R. Gunn of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt E. Waite of 29 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. W. Eley of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. B. Thompson of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940Leutnant of the Reserves Albert von Schwerin of I./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1940Oberfeldwebel Gerhard Renz of II./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1942Oberleutnant Walter Giehrl of 7./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 138 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1942Rudolf Pflanz, a WW2 Ace with 52.00 victories, died on this day
31July1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. J. A. F. DFC Maclachlan of 145 & 73 Squadrons, Died as POW.
31July1943Hauptmann Friedrich Lorenz of 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1943Oberfeldwebel Josef Kociok of 10. (NJ)/Zerstörergeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1943Oberleutnant Erich Baumgartl of 3./Kampfgeschwader 55 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1944Former Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt O. W. Porter of 111 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1965Ruggiero Piccio, a WW1 Ace with 24.00 victories, died on this day
31July1989George Vaughn, a WW1 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day
31July1992Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC OM DSO** DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
31July1992Victoria Cross recipient Leonard Cheshire of No.35 Squadron RAF died on this day
31July1999Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. A. Ingle of 605 Squadron, Passed away.
31July1999Group Captain Alec Ingle, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
31July2007John Asmussen, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

 

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