Pappy Boyington & Masajiro Kawato
BOYINGTON, Col. Gregory “Pappy” (1912-1988). American fighter pilot during WWII. USMC, he flew with the Flying Tigers. He was the leader of the Black Sheep Squadron. An Ace he is credited with a confirmed 28ictories. He received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
KAWATO, Masajiro “Mike” (1925-2001). Japanese fighter pilot in WWII. He was shot down 5 times and wounded 17 times. Ace, credited with 19 victories one of which was Gregory Boyington. Author of the famous book “Bye Bye Black Sheep.” Printed photograph of Pappy Boyington sitting next to his plane. Measures 5”x8”, half length pose. Signed in full and dated June 21, 1987 (just six months before his death). Below Boyington’s fine signature, Kawato has signed his name in full. In English “Masajiro Mike Kawato” and continues to write: “Japanese WWII Ace, 19 Victories, Shot down Col. Greg “Pappy” Boyington.” In excellent condition, with all writing nice and bold. Quite scarce as such..............................SOLD