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The 'Black Sheep' of the Pacific War in color (TR)
UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/08/2018 | ALASTAIR TANCRED

Posted on 02/08/2018 8:07:10 AM PST by DFG

Fascinating pictures of America's famous WW2 Black Sheep Squadron whose efforts helped win the war in the Pacific have been released in vibrant color.

The series shows the squadron's commanding officer, Colonel Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington who received the Medal of Honour and the Navy Cross, briefing his men on strategy and tactics before the 17 October 1943 attack on Kahili airdrome at Bougainville island, Papua New Guinea.

In this raid 'Pappy' and 24 fighters circled the field where 60 enemy aircraft were based to goad them into sending a large force. In the ensuing air battle, 20 enemy aircraft were shot down and the Black Sheep (VMF-214) squadron suffered no losses.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aviation; baabaablacksheep; blacksheep; blacksheepsquadron; bougainvilleisland; boyington; corsair; godsgravesglyphs; japan; pappyboyington; papuanewguinea; vmf214; ww2; wwii
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Full title: The 'Black Sheep' of the Pacific War in color: Legendary fighter squadron who shot down 203 Japanese planes in WW2 are brought to life in colorized photos


1 posted on 02/08/2018 8:07:11 AM PST by DFG
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To: DFG

That was awesome! Thank you for posting it!


2 posted on 02/08/2018 8:12:59 AM PST by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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To: DFG

I believe Col Boyington is third from the right in the first row.


3 posted on 02/08/2018 8:16:27 AM PST by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: DFG

Todays WW2 vets are at a point where Civil war vets were in the 1930s. Very few of them left and probably in the next 10 years there will none. I’m glad a lot of them are still around though to have seen the career felon Hillary Clinton and her cabal thwarted and the country saved. If Trump does nothing else, beating her in my mind was probably the greatest single act any politician ever did for this country, maybe only 2nd to George Washington refusing to act as King, but Trump winning, my God we didn’t dodge a bullet, we dodged Armageddon.


4 posted on 02/08/2018 8:17:09 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (The remoulade was a trifle tart, but the souflee for dessert more than made up for it.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Yes!.


5 posted on 02/08/2018 8:21:09 AM PST by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: DFG

Probably Kodachrome, look at it pop off the screen.


6 posted on 02/08/2018 8:22:58 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Rummyfan

Yup. That’s him.


7 posted on 02/08/2018 8:23:13 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: DFG

No diversity, no trans, no queers, no women, no disabled...

How the heck did they win the fight?


8 posted on 02/08/2018 8:24:02 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: DFG

bfl


9 posted on 02/08/2018 8:25:09 AM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: American Liberty is the egg that requires breaking to make their Utopian omelette.)
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To: Rummyfan

If Pappy were alive now, he’d be in Mattis’ job, probably. Trump loves that stuff.


10 posted on 02/08/2018 8:25:22 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Have an A-1 day.)
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To: ltc8k6

Hmmm...I did think some of them were colorized, but are they saying all of them are?


11 posted on 02/08/2018 8:25:54 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Rummyfan

According to a Marine Corps biography, 'Pappy' Boyington got his nickname because at 31 he was older than most of the pilots he commanded. He was shot down in his Corsair in January 1944, but not before downing two enemy planes, and went on to survive internment at the Otami prison camp. Boyington released his memoirs, entitled Baa Baa Black Sheep, before his death in 1988.

12 posted on 02/08/2018 8:26:58 AM PST by Wilderness Conservative (Nature is the ultimate conservative.)
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My dad,who was in the Army Air Core in WW2,told me stories about these guys. He said they would get liquored up,take off and go hunting Japs.
13 posted on 02/08/2018 8:27:26 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("There stands mother under the oleanders,open the windows." A dying cowboys last words,1879.)
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To: ltc8k6
The series of pictures, most originally taken in the South Pacific between September 1943 and January 1944, were brought into the 21st century by colorist, Craig Kelsay (54) from Pearland, Texas.

The equipment and artists that use it can make stunning pictures. Do a Google search for colorized pictures of the Civil War.

14 posted on 02/08/2018 8:29:13 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

It’s amazing work.


15 posted on 02/08/2018 8:29:40 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Snickering Hound

With the Civil War you know it’s colorized, though.

By WW2 we had Kodachrome, which looks amazing compared to today’s digital photos.


16 posted on 02/08/2018 8:31:03 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: DFG

Wait, there are no women or trannies in that group. How could we possibly have won the war?


17 posted on 02/08/2018 8:31:03 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hillary: Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect 2 billion dollars.)
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To: DFG
Great post. I met Col Boyington in the 1970s. He was re-married then and sober, but still feisty. Some WW II vets who were in the Pacific theater took issue with the television show and its “liberties” with reality (beautiful nurses, etc.). Boyington shouted back: “I just told you! That Hollywood crap is pure fiction! I don’t write the F-cking script!”

Lol.

18 posted on 02/08/2018 8:31:26 AM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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No Blacks!!!!

#@$&% Raciss’ mofo’s!!!


19 posted on 02/08/2018 8:33:16 AM PST by billyboy15
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p07

Boyington himself sitting in the bucket of his F4U-1 with 'birdcage' cockpit.

The poor forward visibility from the low seat kept the F4U from deployed on carriers until 45' when it was corrected.

20 posted on 02/08/2018 8:33:20 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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