AVENGERS OF THE PHILIPINES
Main Edition I
by John Shaw
Print Sizes: 37" x 24"
Edition Size: 450
A salute to the pilots of Air Group 51 who helped liberate the Philippines and to the Americans who defended the Philippines before their capture by the Japanese.
November 14, 1944 . . .
As smoldering enemy ships mark a trail to Manila Bay, Avengers and Hellcats of Air Group 51 overfly the isle of Corregidor on their return to the carrier U.S.S. San Jacinto. With the misty mountains of Bataan standing as a silent sentinel, Naval LT (JG) George H.W. Bush pilots his TBM in one of his last combat missions of WWII. The valor of Bush's group in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and in the strikes on Manila Bay helped pave the way for MacArthur's campaign to liberate the Philippines.
Close-up of Lt. George H.W. Bush at the controls of his TBM Avenger in the Philippines.
In addition to the artist this print is individually signed in pencil by SEVEN veterans of the Pacific War including:
Lt. Bush's wingmen: VT-51 Avenger pilots:/p>
A VF-51 Hellcat Ace who protected Lt. Bush:
Four veterans who fought on Bataan or Corregidor during the early days of World War II:
- Ray HARPER - US Navy (In shore patrol at Corregidor)
- Frank MASELSKIS - 4th Marines (Helped repulse Japanese landings at Corregidor)
- John PERKOWSKI - 59th Coast Artillery (Fort Frank, Carabao Island)
- Houston TURNER - 31st Infantry (Attached to the Filipino Scouts, Bataan Death March survivor)
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity above.
This Main Edition I print comes with an 8 x 10 photograph of George H.W. Bush with "Avengers of the Philippines" that you can frame and display alongside your print!