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During his squadron's first tour of combat duty, the major shot down 14 enemy fighter planes in 32 days. Many of Boyington's men were very irate over this show, charging it was mostly fiction and presented an overly glamorized portrait of Boyington. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. 3 January 1944: Major Gregory Boyington, United States Marine Corps Reserve, commanding VMF-214 at Bouganville, Solomon Islands, led 48 fighters in an attack against the Japanese naval base at Rabaul on the island of New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago. As a member of the AVG 1st Squadron, Boyington was officially credited with 3.5 Japanese aircraft destroyed in the air and on the ground, but AVG records suggest that one additional "kill" may have been due to him. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major Boyington led a formation of twenty-four fighters over Kahili on October 17, and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. He tied the American record of 26 planes on January 3, 1944 over Rabaul, but was shot down himself later the same day. Colonel Gregory Boyington, United States Marine Corps (Retired), died at Fresno, California, 11 January 1988, at the age of 75 years. Surviving are two sons, Steven and Robert Moseman of Palo Cedro; a brother, Dr. Robert Wilson of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren. While Boyington was overseas, the children lived with his parents.). It isn’t easy to nail down info like this. Make sure that the file is a photo. The mission had sent 48 American fighters, including one division of four planes from the Black Sheep Squadron, from Bougainville for a fighter sweep over Rabaul.

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