By Bruce Gamble

Overview

"A wonderful portrait of exceptionally brave males and their notable flying machines."-Alex Kershaw, writer of The Few

Marine combating Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world's most renowned fighter squadron. Its moment wartime squadron commander used to be the mythical Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Boyington and the squadron have been the unfastened suggestion for the late-seventies NBC tv sequence Baa Baa Black Sheep, which used to be later syndicated less than the identify Black Sheep Squadron.

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a complete illustrated background of the squadron from its formation and primary strive against excursions on Guadalcanal because the Swashbucklers, which integrated their transition to the enduring gull-winged Corsair, to the arriving in their moment commander, Pappy Boyington, and then they turned the Black Sheep.

The squadron's wrestle over Bougainville and Rabaul and the tale of Boyington being shot down are coated, as are the squadron's exploits within the latter a part of the warfare (while Boyington was once a POW), which culminated within the heavy losses suffered aboard the service USS Franklin. The squadron's carrier in Korea, Vietnam, and the worldwide conflict on Terror whole the storied heritage of VMF 214.

In addition to a wealthy number of old images, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep positive factors wrestle aviation art from 4 of America's best aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

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The faint white lines in the center of the photograph are footprints of the concrete seawalls being built to the configuration of the harbor. ) 31 A few oil wells are still standing on Pacific Avenue in 1960. The roadway is connecting to the Ballona Creek Bridge, and more of the entrance channel has been dredged. Dirt roadways are intertwined throughout, as mud and sediment continue to be relocated. It is estimated that the volume of dirt relocated in the building of the marina would fill over eight Los Angeles Coliseums.

The future fuel dock is at the corner site of the upper landmass (center). A few oil wells remain on the peninsula. ) In order to maintain adequate tidal action and ocean flow into the Grand Canal, which will now open to the ocean through the harbor entrance channel instead of via Ballona Creek, two oil wells were removed and capped. In this 1959 photograph, the two coffer dams (circle area) are adjacent to the Lighthouse Bridge (center bottom) connecting the peninsula with the marina development.

48 As seen in the above photograph, taken in 1963, the “washing machine” wave action undermined the walkway along the seawall at Pieces of Eight restaurant (right). The damage was especially intense in the area next door, where the Harbor Administration Center is located on Fiji Way (below). The severity of the surge intensified the urgency for the US Army Corps of Engineers to speed up its short-term solution for immediate prevention of more damage as well as to develop a permanent safe-harbor plan.

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