"SWASHBUCKLER'S SURPRISE" by JIM LAURIER
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This New Giclee Release by Jim Laurier shows Corsairs of VMF-214
attacking Japanese supply vessels at Kolombangara Island.
Giclee Paper Edition: $185
Giclee Canvas Edition: $675
Both Editions signed by The Artist
On the morning of 29th August, 1943 First Lt. Carl Dunbar of VMF-214 'Swashbuckler's" took off from Munda Point in an F-4U-1 Corsair BuNo 02372, and flew towards Japanese resupply targets at Kodonbangara Island as part of a flight of four Corsairs. Dunbar flew on Vince Carpenter's wing that clear day and, as they approached Kodonbangara they could see barges in and around Ringi Cove. These barges had been resupplying the Japanese who held Vila Airfield during the night and had not left the area by daybreak, leaving themselves exposed to air attack. As the Corsairs swept in low for a firing pass, anti-aircraft positions opened up on them, but the aircraft suffered little damage as their speed made them difficult targets for the Japanese gunners. Dunbar and Carpenter's marksmanship proved accurate, sinking two barges...
For his part in this mission Lt. Dunbar was awarded the Air Medal and a citation signed by Admiral William 'Bill" Halsey.
SWASHBUCKLER'S SURPRISE by JIM LAURIER (F-4U Corsair)@vbader.com/virginiabaderfinearts