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BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LT. COLONEL JAMES J. HILL, COLONEL EDWIN A. HARPER, LT. COLONEL THOMAS EMRICH, GLEN BOWERS, RUSTY MARCH, HERBERT HOLDEN, FRED LOSCH - HFSID 292169

BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON Seven veterans of the unit signed this photo of squadron members posed by, and on the wings of, one of their Corsair fighters. Photograph signed: "Jim Hill", "Ed Harper/

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BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON
Seven veterans of the unit signed this photo of squadron members posed by, and on the wings of, one of their Corsair fighters.
Photograph signed: "Jim Hill", "Ed Harper/[He has drawn an arrow pointing to himself]", "Tom Emrich", "Fred Losch", "Herb Holden", "Glen Bowers" and "Rusty March". B/w, 10x8. Posed by one of their F4-U Corsair fighter aircraft. In all seven signatures. The "Black Sheep Squadron", the second of three marine fighter teams to bear the designation VMF-214, fought over the Northern Solomon Islands and Rabaul from August 1943 until January 1944, under the command of Colonel Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Performing escort, patrol and interception missions, they downed 94 Japanese planes, with 9 pilots earning "ace" status. Their feats, already documented in several books, were further celebrated in the TV series Black Sheep Squadron, 1976-1978. Colonel EDWIN "ED" HARPER (born in Canada in 1920) was credited with one kill and two probables. He was wounded in action on October 17, 1943. Lieutenant Colonel W. THOMAS EMRICH, (b. 1921) shot down two enemy planes. Colonel JAMES J. "JIM" HILL (b. 1920), flew in 70 combat missions. GLEN BOWERS (1921-2010) flew 28 combat missions with VMF-214 and 58 missions with other squadrons later in the war in the Pacific. HERBERT HOLDEN, JR. (1920-2010), RUSTY MARCH and FRED LOSCH, also survivors of the hazardous aerial combat which claimed the life of Boyington and other brave pilots, complete this roster of signers. Fine condition.

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