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First Marine Ace

$175.00

American Fighter Aces Series

Launching from the deck of the USS Long Island on 20 August 1942, Capt. Marion Carl and 18 other VMF-223 pilots landed their F4F-4 Wildcats on the captured Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal, a strategic island in the Solomon Islands chain.

At 1400 hours on the 24th, 14 Wildcats took off to intercept an incoming Japanese force of six Nakajima Kate dive-bombers and 15 escorting Zero fighters from the carrier Ryujo, joined by about 20 Mitsubishi Betty bombers from Rabaul. As Marion Carl described it, "I was over the water well north of the field when I glanced down and saw a formation of Japanese bombers… I rolled into an overhead pass and splashed one bomber. Then things fell apart. My division split up and I lost contact with the other three pilots. But we continued to hammer away at the bombers…I dropped a second bomber in another overhead run and show a Zero off (T/Sgt. John) Lindley's tail. As the flight drifted toward Henderson, I claimed another bomber that was confirmed a bit later. These four kills (added to one Zero at Midway) made me an ace, the first in the Marine Corps history, but that thought didn't occur to me at the time. We were far too busy and more concerned about our losses."

"First Marine Ace" is hand signed by legendary Marine Ace Marion Carl, and artist Roy Grinnell. This combat in this lithograph depicts Capt. Marion Carl's Fifth Victory, August 24, 1942 near Lunga Point, Guadacanal, S.I. Capt. Carl was in VFM-223. He completed the war with 18-1/2 Victories.

The overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30"

1250 Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Lithographs: $175.00