Copyright Date: 2003
MAJOR GREGORY PAPPY BOYINGTON, USMC C.O. VMF-214
Major Boyington’s 25th confirmed aerial
victory over Rabaul, 27 December, 1943. Enemy aircraft was
most likely a zero from IJN 253rd Kokutai, coming up from
Lakunai aerodrome Directly beyond port wing of Corsair number
883. 44 USMC Corsairs and 20 USN Hellcats on this mission
were intercepted by 60 Japanese fighters over Rabaul.