|"Shooting down Greg "Pappy" Boyington"
This museum quality framed print, titled "Shooting down Greg "Pappy" Boyington," measures 29" x 25." Originally painted by noted aviation artist Robert Carlin, his paintings are displayed in the offices of airline presidents, astronauts and senators as well as in several museums including the Smithsonian, the U.S. Archives, the Air Force Museum and the USAF Academy.
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