Summer of 42 by John Shaw features P-40s of the famous Flying Tigers over the beautiful Li River as they return to their base in Kweilin, China in 1942.
Shark-mouthed P-40C Tomahawk and P-40E Kittyhawk fighters of the legendary American Volunteer Group, return from patrol low over the picturesque Li River, near their base in Kweilin, China during mid-1942. Under the brilliant and often controversial leadership of Claire Lee Chennault, the AVG achieved a remarkable combat record since its debut in late 1941. Better known as the Flying Tigers, the AVG was disbanded July 4, 1942 to be succeeded by the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 23rd Fighter Group, who also served with distinction under Chennault through the end of the war.
A spectacular print celebrating the heroics of the American Volunteer Group.
Each print has been signed by the artist and 18 pilots and ground crew who were all part of this legendary group:
1st PURSUIT SQUADRON:
Charlie Bond - Vice Squadron Leader
Joe Rosbert - Flight Leader
Dick Rossi - Flight Leader
Morgan Vaux - Communications
2nd PURSUIT SQUADRON:
David 'Tex' Hill - Squadron Leader
Bob Layher - Flight Leader
Charlie Mott - Flight Leader
Peter Wright - Flight Leader
3rd PURSUIT SQUADRON
Frank A. Andersen - Crew Chief
Charles Baisden - Armorer
Paul Clouthier - Operations
Ken Jernstedt - Flight Leader
Frank Losonsky - Crew Chief
Joe Poshefko - Armorer
Leo Schramm - Crew Chief
Ed Stiles - Crew Chief
GROUP HEADQUARTERS SECTION:
Ed Janski - Propeller Specialist
'Red' Foster Petach - Nurse
Condition - this print has a couple of very small marks in the lower right tinted border - they are just 1-2 mm in size and being amongst the signatures are not obvious unless you know where to look. There are also a couple of small blemishes in the while border area - these would be concealed by framing. It is otherwise mint with strong 'as new' colours, having never been framed and having been stored flat and dark at room temperature. It comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity.
Released in 2004, this print sold out some time ago and is increasingly difficult to find on the secondary market.
Normal price for a perfect example of this print would be around £400.
The faults would be difficult to show in a photograph - however the print is covered by our 'No Quibble Guarantee' so if its not as you expected you can return it for a full refund.
39.5 x 21 inches overall including borders.
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