Marine Fighting Squadron VMF-214 is the most famous U.S. fighter squadron of World War II. The squadron and its second commander—the legendary Greg “Pappy” Boyington—were the inspiration for the late-’70s TV series "Baa Baa Black Sheep," which was later syndicated under the name "Black Sheep Squadron."
In Swashbucklers and Black Sheep, Bruce Gamble offers a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron and its astounding performance, from its formation and first two combat tours on Guadalcanal to its clashes in the skies over Bougainville and Rabaul.
In addition to a rich collection of historical photography, the book features full-color aircraft profiles and combat aviation artwork from several of America’s top aviation artists.
Hardcover Book : 216 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks International Publishers ( September 15, 2012 )
Item #: 13-644580
Product Dimensions: 9.875 x 11.25 inches
Product Weight: 51.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Concise but detailed book that focuses on the Squadron's history vice specific personalities that have dominated previous works on VMF-214. Gamble was fortunate enough to draw upon a special trove of source material that has produced a less Boyington-centric study of VMF-214. Once I opened it, I also couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting. Fellow modelers will be pleased with the book's exceptional photos and use of aviation art and aircraft profiles as inspiration for many projects. The book is a must-have for any WWII aviation enthusiast.
Reviewer: Brian C
For anyone who wants to learn more about VMF 214 and cut through all the fluff, overdone P.R., and get right down to it; this book is it.
Correcting some historical inaccuracies, this book goes beyond the fame of Pappy Boyington, shining a light on other key figures as well. It is a brief, very visual history of the famed squadron. Having read about VMF 214 for years, I learned many new facts reading this book.
The day it came in the mail, I opened the box and read it in one sitting...Yes, it's that good. I highly recommend this book to any serious reader of the South Pacific WW II aviation.
Reviewer: John L