The print depicts the shooting down of Greg "Pappy" Boyington by Japanese fighter pilot Masajiro Kawato. Kawato was only 18 years old at the time of the event. While it was the 13th kill credited to Kawato, in reality, Boyington survived. Kawato would later meet Boyington and during their conversations, Kawato determined he was the fighter pilot who did the deed and the two made several public appearances together.
While Kowato would maintain his claim of being the shooter until his dying day, it was eventually disproved as were some of the other "kills" attributed to him.
This print is signed in the lower left corner by the artist. In the lower right corner is a small photograph of Kawato with his signature. $890.00
This museum quality frame measuring 28.5" x 19", houses two smaller frames. On the left, a portrait of Rickenbacker as he looked during his World War I service. On the right, a framed letter dated June 21, 1973. The letter was intended for a fan named William and mentions Rickenbacker's recent bout with an illness. He goes on to discuss their mutual interest in automobile racing. Rickenbacker mentions that he still follows the sport and specifically states that he "was quite interested in noting as a result of the accidents at Indianapolis...they will limit the amount of fuel that the drivers are permitted to carry." He concludes that he is enclosing two autographed racing pictures. The letter, signed "Eddie Rickenbacker" was sent by Rickenbacker less than 1 month prior to his death. $1100.00