Black Sheep One

The Life of Gregory Pappy Boyington

Author: Bruce Gamble

Publisher: Presidio Press

ISBN: 9780307514530

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 2843

Black Sheep One is the first biography of legendary warrior and World War II hero Gregory Boyington. In 1936, Boyington became an aviation cadet and earned the “wings of gold” of a naval aviator. After only a short period on active duty, however, he was “encouraged” to resign from the Marine Corps due to his unconventional behavior. Remarkably, this inauspicious beginning was just the prologue to a heroic career as an American fighter pilot and innovative combat leader. With the onset of World War II, when skilled pilots were in demand, he became the commander of an ad hoc squadron of flying leathernecks. Led by Medal of Honor winner Boyington, the legendary Black Sheep set a blistering pace of aerial victories against the enemy. Though many have observed that when the shooting stops, combat heroes typically just fade away, nothing could be further from the truth for Boyington. Blessed with inveterate luck, the stubbornly independent Boyington lived a life that went beyond what even the most imaginative might expect. Exhaustively researched and richly detailed, here is the complete story of this American original. From the Paperback edition.

Black Sheep

The Life of Pappy Boyington

Author: John F. Wukovits

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1591149770

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 249

View: 1147

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.

The Black Sheep

The Definitive History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

Author: Bruce Gamble

Publisher: Presidio Press

ISBN: 0307416941

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 7259

With their renowned squadron leader Greg “Pappy” Boyington, Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 was one of the best-known and most colorful combat units of World War II. The popular television series Baa Baa Black Sheep added to their legend—while obscuring the truly remarkable combat record of the Black Sheep and Boyington. A retired naval flight officer and former historian for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Bruce Gamble provides a highly readable account that serves to both correct and extend the record of this premier fighting force. From the Paperback edition.

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep

A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

Author: Bruce Gamble

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0760342504

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 8300

“A stunning portrait of incredibly courageous men and their awesome flying machines.”—Alex Kershaw, author of The Few Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world's most famous fighter squadron. Its second wartime squadron commander was the legendary Greg “Pappy” Boyington. Boyington and the squadron were the loose inspiration for the late-seventies NBC television series Baa Baa Black Sheep, which was later syndicated under the name Black Sheep Squadron. Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron from its formation and first two combat tours on Guadalcanal as the Swashbucklers, which included their transition to the iconic gull-winged Corsair, to the arrival of their second commander, Pappy Boyington, after which they became the Black Sheep. The squadron's combat over Bougainville and Rabaul and the story of Boyington being shot down are covered, as are the squadron's exploits in the latter part of the war (while Boyington was a POW), which culminated in the heavy losses suffered aboard the carrier USS Franklin. The squadron's service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror complete the storied history of VMF 214. In addition to a rich collection of historical photography, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep features combat aviation artwork from four of America's top aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

The True Story of the "Bad Boy" Hero of the Pacific Theatre and His Famous Black Sheep Squadron

Author: Gregory Boyington

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0804150796

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 1261

The World War II air war in the Pacific needed tough men like Colonel Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep Squadron. The legendary Marine Corps officer and his bunch of misfits, outcasts, and daredevils gave new definition to “hell-raising”—on the ground and in the skies. Pappy himself was a living legend—he personally shot down twenty-eight Japanese planes, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He broke every rule in the book doing so, but when he fell into the hands of the vengeful Japanese his real ordeal began. Here, in his own words, is the true story of America's wildest flying hero, of his extraordinary heroism, and of his greatest battle of all—the fight to survive.

Lost Black Sheep

The Search for World War II Ace Chris Magee

Author: Robert T. Reed,Constance C. Dickinson

Publisher: Hellgate Press

ISBN: 9781555716479

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 6818

Lost Black Sheep tells two amazing stories. The first chronicles the wartime exploits of Marine Corps Ace Chris Magee, former member of the famous Black Sheep Squadron, his improbable postwar odyssey, and the surprising developments of his later years. The second describes the author's personal quest to find a man who seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth and the startling revelations that follow when he finds him.

The Lady and the Tigers

The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Served with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, 1941-1942

Author: Olga Greenlaw

Publisher: Warbird Books


Category: History

Page: 194

View: 5311


The Lost Airman

A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France

Author: Seth Meyerowitz,Peter Stevens

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698193962

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 7566

The remarkable, untold story of World War II American Air Force turret-gunner Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, who was shot down over Nazi-occupied France and evaded Gestapo pursuers for more than six months before escaping to freedom. Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was one of only two crewmen who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground, when their plane was shot down near Cognac, France, in 1943. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier, who arranged for Arthur’s transfers among safe houses in southern France, shielding him from the Gestapo. Based on recently declassified material, exclusive personal interviews, and extensive research into the French Resistance, The Lost Airman tells the tense and riveting story of Arthur’s hair-raising journey to freedom—a true story of endurance, perseverance, and escape during World War II. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAP

Invasion Rabaul

The Epic Story of Lark Force, the Forgotten Garrison, January ? July 1942

Author: Bruce Gamble

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 162788131X

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 1443

DIVThe riveting first book in Bruce Gamble's critically acclaimed Rabaul trilogy, originally published in hardcover asDarkest Hour, which chronicles the longest battle of World War II./divDIV/divDIVJanuary 23, 1942, New Britain. It was 2:30 a.m., the darkest hour of the day and, for the tiny Australian garrison sent to defend this Southwest Pacific island, soon to be the darkest hour of the war. Lark Force, comprising 1,500 soldiers and six nurses, faced a vastly superior Japanese amphibious unit poised to overrun Rabaul, capital of Australia’s mandated territories. Invasion Rabaul, the first book in military historian Bruce Gamble’s critically acclaimed Rabaul trilogy, is a gut-wrenching account of courage and sacrifice, folly and disaster, as seen through the eyes of the defenders who survived the Japanese assault. Gamble’s gripping narrative follows key individuals—soldiers and junior officers, an American citizen and an Army nurse among them—who were driven into the jungle, prey to the unforgiving environment and a cruel enemy that massacred its prisoners. The dramatic stories of the Lark Force survivors, told here in full for the first time, are among the most inspiring of the Pacific War—and they lay a triumphant foundation for one of today’s most highly praised military nonfiction trilogies./div

A Personal Stand

Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck

Author: Trace Adkins

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345499344

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

View: 3829

A polemic by the country music superstar combines personal reminiscences with reflections on the issues dividing modern American society, using an episode during which his wife shot him to illuminate the importance of accepting personal responsibility and forgiving others and his experiences growing up poor in Louisiana to condemn unions. Reprint.

Some Survived

An Eyewitness Account of the Bataan Death March and the Men Who Lived through It

Author: Manny Lawton

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1565128370

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8364

This true account by a WWII veteran taken prisoner by the Japanese “shows that the human spirit can soar like an eagle from the depths of hell on earth” (The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina). Manny Lawton was a twenty-three-year-old army captain on April 8, 1942, when orders to surrender to the Japanese forces invading the Philippines arrived. The next day, he and his fellow American and Filipino prisoners set out on the infamous Bataan Death March—a forced six-day, sixty-mile trek under a broiling tropical sun during which approximately eleven thousand men died or were bayoneted, clubbed, or shot to death by the Japanese. As terrible as the Death March was, for Manny Lawton and his comrades it was only the beginning. When the war ended in August 1945, it is estimated that some 57 percent of the American troops who had surrendered on Bataan had perished. Yet this is not a chronicle of despair. It is, instead, the story of how men can suffer even the most desperate conditions and, in their will to retain their humanity, triumph over appalling adversity. An epic of quiet heroism with an introduction by historian John Toland, Some Survived is a harrowing and inspiring tale—and “an honorable and absorbing testament to the courage of many” (TheState).

Flying Tigers

Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942

Author: Daniel Ford

Publisher: Warbird Books

ISBN: 0692734732

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 8191

During World War II, in the skies over Rangoon, Burma, a handful of American pilots met and bloodied the "Imperial Wild Eagles" of Japan and won immortality as the Flying Tigers. One of America's most famous combat forces, the Tigers were recruited to defend beleaguered China for $600 a month and a bounty of $500 for each Japanese plane they shot down--fantastic money in an era when a Manhattan hotel room cost three dollars a night. To bring his prize-winning history of the American Volunteer Group up to date, Daniel Ford has twice rewritten his original text, drawing on the most recent U.S., British, and Japanese scholarship, along with new information about AVG pilots and crewmen, their Royal Air Force colleagues, and their Japanese opponents. "Admirable," wrote Chennault biographer Martha Byrd of Ford's original text. "A readable book based on sound sources. Expect some surprises." Flying Tigers won the Aviation/Space Writers Association Award of Excellence in the year of its first publication. Keywords: Flying Tigers, Claire Chennault, Tex Hill, Pappy Boyington, Curtiss P-40

The Deadliest Men

The World's Deadliest Combatants Throughout The Ages

Author: Paul Kirchner

Publisher: Paladin Press

ISBN: 9781581602715

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 8197

Who were the greatest warriors of all time? This book profiles 50, including Myamoto Musashi, Jim Bowie and Geronimo, who faced overwhelming odds, survived terrible wounds, pulled off hairbreadth escapes and piled enemies in heaps. Their stories read like fiction but are all the more riveting because they are true.

The Lighthouse Stevensons

Author: Bella Bathurst,HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062094742

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8539

For centuries the seas around Scotland were notorious for shipwrecks. Mariners' only aids were skill, luck, and single coal-fire light on the east coast, which was usually extinguished by rain. In 1786 the Northern Lighthouse Trust was established, with Robert Stevenson appointed as chief engineer a few years later. In this engrossing book, Bella Bathhurst reveals that the Stevensons not only supervised the construction of the lighthouses under often desperate conditions but also perfected a design of precisely chiseled interlocking granite blocks that would withstand the enormous waves that batter these stone pillars. The same Stevensons also developed the lamps and lenses of the lights themselves, which "sent a gleam across the wave" and prevented countless ships from being lost at sea. While it is the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson that brought fame to the family name, this mesmerizing account shows how his extraordinary ancestors changed the shape of the Scotland coast against incredible odds and with remarkable technical ingenuity.

The Bravest Man

The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

Author: William Tuohy

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780750927673

Category: History

Page: 422

View: 6926

Describes the life and naval career of Richard O'Kane and the patrols of United States submarines in the Pacific.


A World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9780008108342

Category: Športniki

Page: 500

View: 7717

A gripping true story of human endurance and the resilience of one remarkable individual during WWII from Laura Hillenbrand (author of 'Seabiscuit'). On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft. So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he turned to petty crime until he discovered a remarkable talent for running, which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But as war loomed, he joined up and was soon embroiled in the ferocious battle for the Pacific. Now Zamperini faced a journey of thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft, dogged by sharks, starvation and the enemy. Driven to limits of endurance, Zamperini's fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would depend on the strength of his will...

The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English

Author: Tom Dalzell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134194781

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 1120

View: 1094

The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English offers the ultimate record of modern American Slang. The 25,000 entries are accompanied by citations that authenticate the words as well as offer lively examples of usage from popular literature, newspapers, magazines, movies, television shows, musical lyrics, and Internet user groups. Etymology, cultural context, country of origin and the date the word was first used are also provided. This informative, entertaining and sometimes shocking dictionary is an unbeatable resource for all language aficionados out there.

It's Our Ship

The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership

Author: Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446537063

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 8694

The story of Captain Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. By governing his ship with his unique management techniques, Abrashoff turned the Benfold into a model of naval efficiency, with amazing cost savings, the highest gunnery score in the Pacific Fleet, and a highly motivated and top performing crew. In IT'S YOUR SHIP, he first demonstrated how to bring his successful management techniques from the ship to the boardroom. Now, in his newest book IT'S OUR SHIP, in the same rugged, can-do voice, Abrashoff will focus on the leadership, motivational, and management insights and tips that he has learned from his last six years of addressing business and corporate audiences. Abrashoff's timely advice will be eminently prescriptive, and will feature anecdotes and insights from leaders of businesses large and small and from public and non-profit sectors.

Once They Were Eagles

The Men of the Black Sheep Squadron

Author: Frank Walton

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813144035

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 728

" Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 214 was hastily organized in the field during World War II to meet the urgent need for another combat squadron in the South Pacific. The squadron, self-named the "Black Sheep," went on under the leadership of the swashbuckling "Pappy" Boyington to become the most famous in Marine Corps history. Now comes the true story of the Black Sheep Squadron and the men who wrote its record in the Pacific skies. Once They Were Eagles tells how and why the squadron was formed, provides brief sketches of every member, and creates a vivid picture of the exciting but deadly aerial sorties over the South Pacific. Frank E. Walton located the thirty-four survivors of the fifty-one original Black Sheep. In a unique series of interviews, former "Eagles" share their recollections of those days of high adventure and their experiences in the years to follow.

Steve McQueen

Portrait of an American Rebel

Author: Marshall Terrill

Publisher: Plexus Pub

ISBN: 9780859654593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 2374

Rough around the edges, driven by passion, at once a leader and a loner, Steve McQueen embodied the rebel image. As Hollywood insiders quickly learned that McQueen’s hard edge was no act, the former street kid earned the respect of his fellow artists. This book, the result of over three years of research and interviews with more than 60 of McQueen’s friends and associates, paints a riveting portrait of a man whose power both on- and off-camera is legendary.