AIR: Lost Sheep

At week's beginning Marine Major Gregory Boyington (TIME, Jan. 10) got his 26th Jap plane in aerial combat, tied the American records of Eddie Rickenbacker and Marine Joe Foss. But the mark is still to be broken.

Few days later came a terse notice from the Navy Department: tough, hard-flying, straight-shooting "Pappy" Boyington, who had built his "Black Sheep" into one of the best U.S. fighter squadrons) was missing in action. His Corsair had gone down over Rabaul in the very fight that put him at the top.

Over New Britain, U.S. fighter...

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