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Fighting 17: The Jolly Rogers

Flying their beloved Hogs, the F4U-1 Corsair, Navy Squadron VF-17 cleared the skies of 154 Japanese planes in 76 days of combat over the Solomon Islands.

This is the story of Navy Squadron VF-17, the Jolly Rogers. Never losing a bomber to enemy attack, the Jolly Rogers destroyed the heart of Japanese Fighter Command over Bougainville and Rabaul, paving the way for the Allied advance. As related by the squadron's skipper, Tom Blackburn, and four of his men, the events of 1943-44 are enhanced by splendid film footage, personal photographs, and the memories of those who were there.