Pappy Boyington P-40 Warhawk - White Background
Painting - Illustration
Pappy Boyington Warhawk
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is the stuff legends are made of. With a colorful beginning to his Marine Aviation career, Boyington would begin his first combat tour with the legendary "Flying Tigers" under the leadership of Gen. Claire Chennault. After a dishonorable discharge by Chennault, Boyington would find himself eventually taking up command of a dispersed group of Corsair pilots within VMF-124, later redesignated as VMF-214 "Black Sheep Squadron". Through considerable brawling and drinking, Pappy Boyington would eventually lead VMF-214 to an exemplary victory record, where he alone would rack up 26 confirmed victories (28 by other sources) against the Empire of Japan.
Pappy's luck eventually ran out when he was shot down and interned as a POW for the remainder of the war. A6M Zero pilot, Masajiro "Mike" Kawato would later claim credit for the victory over Pappy Boyington in his own autobiography, "Bye Bye Black Sheep".
"Adam and Eve" refers to the 1st Pursuit Squadron of the AVG. The squadron logo consisted of Adam and Eve running with the forbidden fruit and serpent.
Artist Craig Tinder, had the distinct privilege of meeting both Pappy Boyington and Mike Kawato before they flew West. This encounter served as a strong inspiration for the artwork.
November 16th, 2013
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