- F4U-1A "Pappy Boyington"
F4U-1A "Pappy Boyington"
F4U-1A "Pappy Boyington"Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 ? January 11, 1988) was a highly decorated American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II. He received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.In September 1942, he rejoined the Marine Corps (had been an aviator before the war). In early 1943, he deployed to the South Pacific and began flying combat missions as a Marine F4U Corsair fighter pilot. In September 1943, he took command of U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadron VMF-214 ("Black Sheep"). In January 1944, Boyington, outnumbered by Japanese "Zero" planes, was shot down into the Pacific Ocean after downing one of the enemy planes. He was captured by a Japanese submarine crew and was held as a prisoner of war for more than a year and a half. He was released shortly before the surrender of Japan.F4U1A "Pappy Boyington" F4U 1A "Pappy Boyington"