Tiger Sharks of China



Tiger Sharks of China, limited edition of 1400, from a painting by Jim Laurier, is overall 18 x 24, with an image size of 131/2 x 20, printed on 100 lb museum quality paper. The print depicts "Tex" Hill standing next to his P-51 of the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group in China. In the background is a C-47. Signed by the artist, David Lee "Tex" Hill, Don Lopez and Johnny Alison. Jim Laurier will personalize your print with a "Remarque" for an additional charge of $60. Signed by:"Tex" Hill, Don Lopez, Johnny Alison, and Artist Jim Laurier. The print size is 18 x 24 overall with an image size of 13½ x 20, printed on 100 lb, museum quality paper.David Lee "Tex" Hill: Tex Hill entered the Navy as an aviation cadet in 1938 and earned his wings and commission, graduating from Pensacola NAS in 1939. In 1941 he was recruited to serve in China with the "Flying Tigers". He arrived in Burma in the fall of 1941 and served as a flight leader and then commander of the AVG's 2d Squadron. Hill flew a total of 250 combat hours in the P-40B Tomahawk over Burma, China and Thailand and was credited with 12 ¼ Japanese aircraft destroyed. The AVG was disbanded in July 1942 and Hill accepted a battlefield commission to major in the Army Air Force. He remained in China until late 1942 as commander of the newly formed 75th Fighter Squadron. After a short tour at Eglin Field, Florida, Chennault personally recalled him to China to take command of the 23d Fighter Group. (Depicted in this print, standing next to his P-51). He returned to the States in November1944, credited with 18 ¼ aerial victories and more than 20 probable victories. John R. Alison: In the fall of 1942 John R. Alison joined the newly formed 75th Fighter Squadron of the 23rd Fighter Group, which had recently been formed from the famed "Flying Tigers". While flying with the 14th Air Force under General Claire Chennault, he was credited with the first night victory in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater. Ending his tour as commander of the 75th Fighter Squadron, Alison left as an ace with seven confirmed victories and several probables. Returning to CBI for a second combat tour, Colonel Alison became the Deputy Commander of the newly formed 1st Air Commando Force. He retired as a Major General in the Air Force Reserve. Donald S. Lopez: Don Lopez joined the Aviation Cadet Program in May 1942 and received his wings a year later at Craig Field, Alabama. Transitioning to the P-40N Warhawk, he received orders to the 75th Fighter Squadron. By the end of his tour, he had become an ace shooting down five Japanese aircraft in the P-40 and the P-51 Mustang. He attended Test Pilot School, served in Korea and the Pentagon. After receiving degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Lopez taught at the US Air Force Academy. He retired from the Air Force in 1964 to work for NASA. In 1972, he began a career with The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1983 he became the museum's deputy director, responsible for all aspects of museum operations. An accomplished author, Lopez has written nine books on Aviation.

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