Black Sheep

Black Sheep

The Life of Pappy Boyington

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Baker & Taylor
An account of the controversial life of the U.S. Marine includes coverage of his contributions as a pilot in the South Pacific, experiences in a Japanese prison camp, and achievements at the head of the Black Sheep Squadron.

Book News
Author Wukovits, a military expert specializing in the Pacific theater of WWII, presents an account of the turbulent life of Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington, the top US Marine fighter pilot in the Pacific theater, concentrating on the accomplishments of his military career rather than his character flaws. The author details Boyington's early life with his abusive parents, his military career and service with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair pilot in the South Pacific, and his time in Japanese prison camps. The author argues that Boyington had a spotty record with the Flying Tigers because they treated him as an outsider, and demonstrates that he excelled as the leader of the Black Sheep Squadron. The book includes a chronology and b&w historical photos. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Naval Inst Pr
This biography details the turbulent life of Gregory Boyington, who became the top Marine ace of the Pacific. It details his turbulent early life, which included abusive parents and frequent moves, his early military career, his service with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair fighter pilot in the South Pacific, his time in Japanese prison camps, and his postwar career. Wukovits attempts to show that the complex Boyington excelled when others looked to him for advice, but performed miserably when shunted to the sidelines. He thus amassed a spotty record with the Flying Tigers, who treated him as an outsider, but triumphed when in command of the Black Sheep Squadron, where the men considered him a teacher and leader. Many veterans either consider Boyington a hero or a villain, whereas in actuality he was a little of each.

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A detailed account of the turbulent and controversial life of the ace U.S. Marine includes coverage of his contributions as a Corsair pilot in the South Pacific, experiences in a Japanese prison camp and achievements at the head of the Black Sheep Squadron. By the author of One Square Mile of Hell.

Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781591149774
Branch Call Number: 940.5459 BOYIN WUKOV
Characteristics: xvii, 249 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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