JAPANESE ZERO ACE WHO SHOT DOWN PAPPY BOYINGTON
KAWATO, Masajiro (1925-2008). Japanese Zero Pilot, who had 19 kills and suffered 17 wounds. During his lifetime was regarded by many as Japan’s greatest WWII Ace. He downed the Black Sheep Squadron’s leader Pappy Boyington on Jan. 3, 1944. Boyington was picked up by a Japanese Submarine and was held a prisoner until war’s end.
Photograph, black & white, 8”x10” half length of Kawato in his flying gear. Boldly signed: “Masajiro Mike Kawato, (signed once again in Japanese) Japanese WWII Ace, 19 victories, Shot Down Col. Greg Pappy Boyington”. In very fine condition..........................SOLD