This limited-edition lithograph measures 22.25" x 32" (trim), 16" x 28" (image), printed on beautiful, acid-free cover stock. All prints include Certificate of Authenticity. Some editions may include additional items.
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ABOUT In the Presence of My Enemy
In the Presence of My Enemy is the second in a series of three by John Shaw, which tell the story of the remarkable incident in December 1943, when Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler encountered the mortally-wounded B-17 Ye Olde Pub, flown by Charles Brown. This scene depicts the moment when Brown, fighting to control his stricken bomber, first lays eyes on his German enemy flying alongside. Fearing the worst, Brown and his crew marveled that their foe did not shoot them down, but rather escorted them safely to the German coastline, where he then saluted them and allowed them to go home. That moment of mercy, depicted in Shaw’s 2009 painting A Higher Call, became a marvelously popular print, and the subject of A New York Times bestseller of the same title, by Adam Makos. These two men began a decade long search following World War II to find each other, and in the early 90s it came to pass! Brown and Stigler were to become very close friends throughout the remainder of their lives; so close that Stigler wrote a letter proclaiming that Charlie Brown replaced the beloved brother whom he’d lost at the beginning of the war.
This limited-edition lithograph measures 25.5" x 36" (trim), 19" x 31" (image), printed on beautiful, acid-free 130 lb. stock. All prints include Certificate of Authenticity. Some editions may include additional items.
650 prints, signed by 8 Mustang pilots
150 prints, signed by 11 Mustang pilots
200 prints, 14 total signatures, inc. B-17 pilot
100 prints, 16 total signatures, inc. 2 Luftwaffe pilots
ABOUT Ramrod - Outward Bound
During the winter of 1944- ‘45, the skies over Germany would routinely be studded with literally thousands of allied aircraft on “RAMROD” missions, a term used by the USAAF for long-range strategic bomber strikes with fighter escorts, flown from their bases in England.
Shown here is famed triple ace Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, flying his P-51D Mustang “Old Crow”, defending B-17s of the 100th Bomb Group. As leading ace of the 357th FG’s 363rd squadron, Anderson achieved the remarkable record of 116 missions without ever being hit by enemy aircraft fire.
ABOUT The Homecoming
In an effort to honor the U.S. veterans who served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, we teamed up with Valor Studios to produce this scene. The Valor team put forth a monumental effort to obtain signatures of veterans who served in many different capacities throughout the Pacific War, from Pearl Harbor through the atomic B-29 missions at war’s end. Some of these notable signers were individuals whose exploits were portrayed in the accalimed 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg.
Autumn, 1945…For countless American boys who sailed off to war in the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge was their last sight of home. Many would never return. In this scene, many veterans who had for months and years experienced some of the most horrific chapters in history are finally returning home to the nation they served. Over the period following the surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945, military vessels of virtually every type, in addition to ‘liberty ships’ participated in Operation Magic Carpet, transporting many thousands of American troops home, between September ‘45 and into the beginning of 1946. Here, as watercraft excitedly escort some of these vessels into San Francisco Bay, several F4U Corsairs roar past. Several are from VMF-214, the “Black Sheep”, based in California at this time, bearing small crests of the emblem made famous by their successors who served several years before under the command of Greg ‘Pappy’ Boyington. Joining these new late model F4Us is an old war-weary ‘birdcage’ Corsair, symbolizing the ‘early’ days when our forces were fighting for Guadalcanal and other enemy-held territories on the eventual road to Tokyo. Like the heroes below them, this tired fighter will soon retire, its mission accomplished. America is free…no homecoming would be sweeter than this.
This limited-edition lithograph measures 37"x 26.25" (32"x19.75" image), printed on beautiful, acid-free 120 lb. stock. All prints include Certificate of Authenticity. All multi-signature prints also include historical profile booklet with photos & signers biographical info.
726 total, numbered to commemorate the total number of American military POWs in the Vietnam War
151 total, numbered to commemorate the total number of U.S Navy POWs with 21 to 20 Signatures
60 total Publisher Proofs with 23 to 22 Signatures
200 prints, signed by the Artist only
ABOUT Into the Storm
Personally signed by numerous U.S. Navy veterans who flew and fought in the F-4 Phantom. Representing many Navy squadrons, this group includes POWs, MiG Killers, Admirals and more who flew this legendary aircraft from the decks of carriers during on of history’s most violent conflicts.The combined experience of these signers amounts to over 75,000 hours in the Phantom!
During the war in Vietnam, no aircraft played a more dominant role in air combat than McDonnell’s legendary F-4 Phantom. Extensively utilized by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, this aircraft in the hands of Naval aviators performed admirably, from the first official missions of the war following the Tonkin Gulf incident to covering the final evacuation from Saigon. Throughout the conflict, though Phantoms pounded targets in the North and South, it is best remembered as a Fighter, racking up a long list of MiG kills. The F-4’s 2-man team consisted of a pilot and RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) and was capable of speeds over Mach 2, utilizing air-to-air & air-to-ground missiles, a variety of bombs, with later models incorporating a cannon as well.
Into the Storm depicts two Phantoms passing the USS Constellation on a MiGCAP mission, armed with Sparrow and Sidewinders in 1967. Two stalwart squadrons are represented here; VF-143’s “Pukin’ Dogs” and VF-142’s “Ghostriders”, who flew together as sister squadrons throughout the war.
A special thanks for research on this painting goes to one of our great signers, Commander James B. “JayBee” Souder (RIO, lead plane 302). Souder, in addition to achieving the longest aerial intercept during the war, and being credited with the destruction of a MiG 21 in October of ’67, was later shot down in 1972 and captured by the North Vietnamese. During his time as a POW he would receive high honors for his life-saving actions. The print edition of Into the Storm is dedicated to the war’s 726 American POWs, 151 of whom were of the U.S. Navy, and is numbered in its Main Edition and Artist Proof edition to commemorate these brave Americans.
Signed by Stigler & Brown Includes Certificate, photos, plus additional black & white companion print
"Return of the Pub" by the artist
Signed by Stigler & Brown Includes same items as Artist Proof Package, plus aluminum skin relic from an actual ETO Combat B-17
Signed by Artist only Includes Certificate of Authenticity
ABOUT A Higher Call
Encountering a mortally-wounded Eighth Air Force B-17 limping back to England, Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler anticipated an easy kill, and another opportunity to avenge his brother’s death at the opening of World War II. As he approached the virtually helpless American plane, however, seeing the faces of he dead and wounded, Stigler’s eyes met those of pilot Charles Brown. Despite the potentially severe consequences of letting an enemy plane go, Stigler found that he had to answer a higher call…Mercy.
Expecting the worst at any moment, Brown marveled as the enemy Me109 stuck with him all the way to the North Sea coast. His adversary then saluted him and veered away, allowing the astonished Brown to journey home. With this encounter engraved into the minds of both pilots for decades after the war’s end, the two men remarkably discovered each other in 1990. Over the years that followed, their friendship developed to the point that Stigler considered Brown to have replaced he brother he had lost.
The painting A Higher Call was completed in 2009, and depicts the moment in time in which Franz Stigler saluted Charles Brown and crew before veering off and allowing them to return home.
ABOUT The Eagle’s Nest
May 7, 1945…With Goering’s champagne and Bavarian beer, the veterans of “Easy” Company celebrate the end of World War II in Europe. Fate could write no better fate for the paratroopers who jumped into the darkness of Normandy, slugged through the mud of Holland, and froze in the woods of Bastogne. Now, in Berchtesgaden’s storybook Alps, P-51 Mustangs of the “checkertail clan” cap the party as the ‘Band of Brothers’ enjoy the spoils of war, the beauty of peace, and a toast to the heroes who fell along the way.
The painting The Eagle’s Nest was completed in 2008, and is the 3rd “Band of Brothers” painting in Shaw’s series honoring the men of Easy Company. Commissioned by and published as a lithograph by the Pennsylvania-based Valor Studios, this painting features likenesses of a number of the actual Band of Brothers. From left to right at table: Sgt.Earl McClung, Sgt. Bull Randleman, Sgt. Shifty Powers, Lt. Ed Shames, unknown, PFC “Babe” Heffron, Sgt. Rod Strohl, Sgt. Floyd Talbert. Standing: Maj. Dick Winters, Alton Moore, unknown, Capt. Ron Speirs, Lt. Jack Foley. In back seat of car: PFC Clancy Lyall (with German hat) and above him, Frank Perconte. The two P-51s approaching are of the 325th “checkertail clan”, the specific aircraft “Alp Scalper”, flown by 10-victory pilot Gerry Edwards, and “King Richard VI”, flown by Ron Dove.
ABOUT Avengers of the Philippines
Late November, 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 USS San Jacinto. With the misty mountains of Bataan standing as a silent sentinel, Naval LT (JG) George H.W. Bush pilots his TBM Avenger 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.
The painting Avengers of the Philippines was completed in 2007. The concept for this scene was conceived by the Pennsylvania-based Valor Studios, who commissioned the painting, and published it as a lithograph edition, many prints of which were signed by President George H.W. Bush and some of his fellow pilots from his World War II days in the Pacific.
This limited-lithograph measures 37.5"x 23" (image area = 32"x 16"), and is printed on beautiful acid-free 120 lb. cover stock. A Certificate of Authenticity and informative Signer's bio / historical profile is included as well.
650 prints, individually numbered & signed by the artist+ at least 11 AVG Flying Tigers
150 prints, signed by the Artist only
Only 25 prints, Co-signed by 15 AVG Flying Tigers
Ten of these 25 Special Edition prints bear 4 original pencil remarques by the artist, depicting the 3 famous AVG squadron insignias (Adam & Eves, Panda Bears, Hell's Angels) and "Tex" Hill's personal Panda cartoon, at a very special price! Please contact us for availability
ABOUT Shark Sighting
Personally signed by at least 11 original Flying Tigers, this scene depicts “Tex” Hill and crew bore-sighting the guns of an AVG Tomahawk, preparing for battle in the Asian skies during WWII.
The American Volunteer Group prepares for business out on the firing range in China, 1942. In this scene, AVG ace “Tex” Hill looks over the shoulder of armorer Chuck Baisden as the engines are run up and the wing guns are test-fired on one of the Flying Tigers’ P-40s. Bore-sighting the guns of a Tomahawk in these primitive conditions required leveling the plane, often on the tailgate of a flatbed truck, and adjusting the fire of all guns to converge at a predetermined distance. The expertise and ingenuity of the AVG armorers, crew chiefs and maintenance personnel meant the difference between life and death for pilots who daily confronted the enemy, which ultimately earned the Flying Tigers worldwide fame.
The painting Shark Sighting was completed in 2007. One interesting detail, which fans of the AVG can appreciate, is that the artist wanted to include elements to honor all 3 squadrons, while maintaining historic accuracy (all 3 never flew together at once following training period in Burma). Representing the 3rd “Hell’s Angels” squadron are: Armorer Chuck Baisden (in cockpit) and crew chief Leo Schramm (on tail), arming Tomahawk # 68, flown by the AVG’s first ace, Duke Hedman. Representing the 2nd “Panda Bears” squadron is one of the Tigers’ greatest and well-loved aces, David Lee “Tex” Hill, who did indeed fly various 3rd squadron planes on occasion. Those with sharp eyes will notice near the front wheels, a green apple and dark snake winding its way through the grass, which symbolizes the AVG’s 1st Squadron, the “Adam & Eves”, who displayed the apple & snake insignia on the fuselages of their aircraft.
ABOUT Hang Tough: Bastogne 1944
December 24, 1944, north of Bastogne, Belgium…Within the Bois Jacques forest, paratroopers of “Easy” Company, 506thParatrooper Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, filter back to their foxholes, having repelled an attack earlier in the day. On this frigid Christmas eve, Captain Dick Winters bolsters his men with his words, “Hang Tough”. Despite being surrounded and ill-equipped, the “Band of Brothers” would hold the line. Ultimately, the 101st Airborne would help turn the tide in the Battle of the Bulge.
The painting Hang Tough: Bastogne, 1944 was completed in 2006. This was the second in a series of “Band of Brothers” paintings by John Shaw, preceded by We Were a Band of Brothers (2004). This painting was commissioned, and a lithograph edition produced by the Pennsylvania-based publisher, Valor Studios. They have hosted a number of events with these great paratroopers, and have also published a third Shaw Band of Brothers title, The Eagle’s Nest, depicting the men of Easy Company celebrating the end of World War II high in the mountains near Berchtesgaden.
These limited-edition lithographs measure 37” x 23" with an image area of 31.5" x 16.25", and are printed on beautiful acid-free 120 lb. cover stock. Each multi-signature print includes a Certificate of Authenticity and historical profile containing photos and biographical information on each of the signers. The total number of all editions of this title is 1,775, in honor of the year in which the United States Marine Corps was established. The first 500 bear the signatures of 13 extraordinary veterans who made history at Iwo Jima.
500 prints, individually numbered & signed by the artist and 13 WWII Iwo Jima veterans
(11 Marines & two B-29 Airmen)
Prints # 501 thru 1775 signed by the artist only
ABOUT Iwo Jima: A Hard Won Haven
Personally signed by United States Marines and B-29 Airmen who made history on the volcanic island of Iwo Jima during the climactic final chapters of World War II.
Iwo Jima, a charred, volcanic speck in the Pacific, became a thing of beauty to B-29 crews in trouble, returning from missions against Japan in early 1945. The U.S. Marines paid dearly for their countrymen to live, in what was one of the most famous battles in history. In 36 days of combat, beween six and seven thousand Marines died taking Iwo, with many thousands more wounded. It’s estimated that the lives of nearly 25,000 airmen were spared as a result of being able to make emergency landings there. In this scene, a crippled Superfortress of the 34th Bomb Group limps onto Iwo Jima’s hard-won runway, carved from the volcanic rock stretching outward from the base of Mt. Suribachi, site of the famous flag-raising made famous in the world-renowned image by wartime photographer Joseph Rosenthal.
The painting Iwo Jima: A Hard-Won Haven was completed in 2006, and was unveiled for the first time at the opening of the beautiful National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. At this time, the painting and a lithograph edition was signed by a group of veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima, including Marines and B-29 pilots who made emergency landings there.
Signed by Major Archie Donahue
Signed by Artist only
ABOUT Semper Fi Skies
Col Archie Donahue becomes an “Ace-in-a-Day” over Guadalcanal during the days the mighty F4U Corsair made its Pacific debut. Features the original signatures of Col. Donahue and Medal of Honor recipient Col James Swett.
Captain Archie Glenn Donahue of VMF-112’s “Wolfpack” becomes an Ace-in-a-Day in the skies near Guadalcanal in May 1943. He would repeat this remarkable feat two years later, after shooting down 5 enemy planes while servng aboard the carrier USS Bunker Hill, establishing himself as one of the finest aces in U.S. Marine aviation history. With the debut of the effectively lethal F4U Corsair, Marine and Navy pilots would soon gain fame and maintain air superiority throughout the Solomon Island region during the war in the Pacific.
The painting Semper-Fi Skies was completed in 2006. The original 4’ x 5’ oil painting was commissioned by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, located just north of Dallas, Texas, in the city of Addison. It is a “companion” painting created to match another painting by John Shaw in the Cavanaugh collection, Debden Eagles. These two paintings, of similar size and design, feature aircraft bearing the same markings of two planes in the museum’s impressive collection of flying restored WWII aircraft.
This limited-edition lithograph measures 33"x 27" with an image area of 27"x 22", and are printed on beautiful acid-free 120 lb. cover stock. A Certificate of Authenticity and informative historical profile containing photos & information about the Fourth Fighter Group in World War II is included as well.
850 prints,* individually numbered & signed by the artist and Col. Donald Blakeslee
*(200-plus of these are numbered as "Special Edition")
Each individually numbered & signed by the artist, plus Col. Donald Blakeslee and 18 additional 4th FG veterans
Each includes all signatures listed above, plus legendary 4th FG Ace James Goodson • Also Includes b&w portrait of Donald Blakeslee by the artist
ABOUT Debden Eagles
Personally signed by the legendary Don Blakeslee and veterans of his famous 4th Fighter Group, the unit credited with destroying the highest number of enemy aircraft in WWII Europe
The Fourth Fighter Group, based at RAF Debden in England, was one of World War II’s finest outfits. Originally comprised of American “Eagle” Squadron pilots, the young men who enlisted in the Royal Air Force prior to the U.S. entry into the war, the Fourth would produce some of the greatest aces in history. Leading and inspiring this group was its illustrious commander, Colonel Donald J.M. Blakeslee. With more credited victories than a triple ace (in fact, many of his contemporaries maintained he’d probably gotten twice his credited score), Blakeslee was one of the rare ones to whom keeping track of the number of ‘kills’ was not important. He exhibited consistent brilliant leadership and by war’s end had flown more combat hours than any U.S. pilot. Considered by many to be the U.S.’s greatest Fighter Group commander, Blakeslee’s Debden Eagles officially achieved the highest official number of enemy aircraft destroyed in Europe during World War II.
The painting Debden Eagles was completed in 2005. The original 4’ x 5’ oil painting is owned by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, located just north of Dallas, Texas, in the city of Addison. Among their magnificent collection is a P-51D Mustang bearing Don Blakeslee’s markings, as shown in the painting. The following year, the museum commissioned John Shaw to create a “companion” painting to feature another of the Cavanaugh collection’s aircraft, entitled Semper-Fi Skies, to make a “matching set” with Debden Eagles. This painting, of similar size and design, depicts the F4U Corsair of Marine Corps ace Archie Donahue in action over Guadalcanal. The two large original oils make an impressive set of ‘bookends’ within what is one of the world’s finest collections of flyable restored World War II aircraft in the world.
ABOUT We were a Band of Brothers
June 5, 1944, Upottery Airfield, England…As evening sets in, Lt. Richard Winters confers with his “Band of Brothers”, the paratroopers of Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. On this eve of D-Day, Winters holds a letter from Colonel Robert Sink, Easy Co’s regimental commander, which announces “tonight is the night of nights”. Soon in the darkness, the 439th Troop Carrier Group will transport these young men into German-occupied France to spearhead Europe’s emancipation from the Axis.
The painting We Were a Band of Brothers was completed in 2004, and was the first in a series of Band of Brothers paintings by John Shaw, who worked first hand with several original Easy Company vets to get details of what individuals and specific gear, weapons, etc., to include in the painting. Actual likenesses shown from left to right are: Don Malarkey (on ground w/ rifle), Forrest Guth, Dick Winters, Bill Guarnere, Buck Compton, Paul Rogers (far right). We Were a Band of Brothers was the co-published with Ghost Wings Magazine, which later became the art publisher Valor Studios. Shaw’s follow-up paintings in this series are Hang Tough: Bastogne 1944, completed in 2006 and The Eagle’s Nest, completed in 2008.
ABOUT Summer of ‘42
Personally signed by more than 16 original AVG veterans, this scene depicts the famous Flying Tigers over the beautiful Li River as they return to their base in Kweilin, China in 1942.
Chinese cormorant fishermen apply their centuries-old trade as a mixed bag of shark-mouthed P-40 “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.
The painting Summer of ’42 was completed in 2004. The original oil painting and lithograph editions were signed by a gathering of AVG veterans in Orlando, Florida in the same year, as well as several other AVG members at their homes in Texas.
Signed & numbered by the artist, & Co-signed by
at least 60 SR-71Habu Pilots & RSOs
Co-signed by at least 65 SR-71 Habu Pilots & RSOs
Co-signed by 65 Habu Pilots & RSOs
plus NASA Test Pilot ROBERT GILLIILAND
first to fly the SR-71 in December 1964
ABOUT Outrun the Thunder
Last minute engine run-up and checks are performed on Habu 972 at Det 1, Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, prior to an operational reconnaissance sortie over the USSR’s naval port at Vladivostok. For over 21 years, Lockheed’s famed SR-71 Blackbird flew highly-classified missions all over the globe, gaining fame as the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft.
The painting Outrun the Thunder was completed in 2003, and was first featured during a reunion of SR-71 veterans. The back of the original oil painting and edition of lithographs was signed by an unprecedented 60 to 70-plus pilots and RSOs (Reconnaissance Systems Officers), representing approximately two-thirds of all the crews who ever flew the Blackbird during its operational career.
ABOUT Tigers in the Gorge
By mid-May of 1942, the forces of Imperial Japan had completed a string of cruel conquests and began a large armored advance along the Burma Road toward Kunming, China. In an effort to confound the enemy, the fleeing Chinese blew up the bridge at the bottom of the tortuous Salween River Gorge. Nothing but a handful of daring pilots of the American Volunteer Group stood in the way of China’s probable demise. After dive-bombing the winding road above, “Tex” Hill, an ace of the famed Flying Tigers, is shown here leading an attack to cut short the enemy’s attempt to construct a makeshift bridge across the river. As a result of the AVG’s valiant effort, the enemy was forced to retreat, and Kunming would not fall.
The painting Tigers in the Gorge was completed in 2002. This was John Shaw’s third in series of AVG scenes, preceded by American Volunteer Group in China (1995), and By the Dawn’s Early Light (1996). A lithograph edition was signed by members of the AVG at a gathering in San Antonio, Texas that year, the home town of the well-loved AVG ace “Tex” Hill.
ABOUT The Warrior and the Wolfpack
On May 12, 1944 during homeland defense operations, Major Guenther Rall, commanding Me109s from JG11, effectively attacked a group of U.S. P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group, nearly downing its famed leader, “Hub” Zemke. Shortly thereafter, Rall found himself trapped in a formation of “Jugs”, employing for the first time an aerial strategy developed by their brilliant group leader, known as the “Zemke Fan”. Outnumbered and outgunned by four Wolfpack P-47s, it was only by his extraordinary skill and experience did Rall manage to escape disaster, losing his left thumb in the process. By the war’s end, Guenther Rall had achieved a remarkable 275 air victories, making him the 3rd-highest scoring ace in history. After the war, this legendary pilot would not only become close friends with Zemke and many of his pilots, but he would also come to consider the U.S. his second home, even playing a large role in the U.S. Air Force’s F-104 program.
The painting The Warrior & the Wolfpack was completed in 2001, and was produced not only for the lithograph edition, but also to illustrate the cover of the biography Guenther Rall: A Memoir, Luftwaffe Ace & Nato General, by Jill Amadio, published by Tangmere Productions. It has also been featured on the cover of World War II magazine, and appeared to illustrate articles in various publications on the Luftwaffe and the 56th Fighter Group.
Prints # 1-500 individually numbered & signed by artist + at least 3 distinguished Airmen who flew and fought in the Philippines during the first dark opening hours of World War II
ABOUT They Fought with what They Had
Some of America’s first heros of WWII, such as Colin Kelly and Harl Pease, are depicted in this scene just prior to the outbreak of war at Clark Field, Philippines. Personally signed by at least 3 great vets of this chapter of history.
Late November, 1941, Clark Field, Philippine Islands…The U.S. Army Air Corps prepares for days of infamy ahead. As P-40 aircraft take to the skies, the crews of new B-17 Fortresses of the 19th Bomb Group prepare for the day’s practice missions. Mere days after this scene, Clark Field and other nearby U.S. bases would be savaged by enemy surprise attacks. Many would be taken prisoner, and some of those shown here, such as Colin Kelly and Harl Pease, would gain tragic fame. Among this gallant group were some of the first to inspire America at war, doing so much with so little, fighting with what they had.
The painting They Fought With What They Had was completed in 2001. It was commissioned by well-known aviation art collector Eugene Eisenberg, whose impressive collection of original military and aviation and maritime oil paintings is one of the world’s largest and finest. Mr. Eisenberg had a special interest in the individuals he desired to see depicted in this scene, even though not all are well-known names, and through diligent research was able to supply wartime photos of many of them to assist the artist in what was to become a mammoth 10’ by 5’ oil painting. Each person in the scene was created from the likeness of one of the men present at Clark Field at this time.
The personnel shown are as follows: 19th Bomb Group personnel shown in foreground, left to right: Lt. Henry Godman, Sgt. Meyer Levin, Sgt. James Halkyard, Lt. Joseph Bean (kneeling), Capt. Colin Kelly, Sgt. John Wallach, Sgt. J.W. DeLehanty, PFC Robert Altman, PFC W. Money (on bumper). On Jeep: Lt. William Bohnaker, Lt. Edward Jacquet, Lt. Harl Pease Jr., Lt. Jack Heinzel, Lt. Don Robins. Far Right: Capt. Emmet ‘Rosie’ O’Donnell, Lt. Col. Gene Eubank, Gen. Lewis Brereton. P-40 pilot: Joseph Moore.
Signed by 31 Wake Island Defenders
Signed by VMF-211 Wildcat Pilots who defended Wake Island: John F. Kinney, David F. Kliewer & Robert O. Arthur
ABOUT The Magnificent Fight
Personally signed by over 30 Defenders of Wake Island, the “Pacific Alamo”, during America’s tumultuous opening days of World War II.
The Desperate siege of Wake Island took place December 8 through 23, 1941. With only several hundred Marines, Naval personnel and civilian American contractors to defend against this concentrated onslaught with marginal weaponry, the spirit of heroism within this group has never been surpassed. Shown here are F4F Wildcats of VMF-211 preparing for battle. In the cockpit of one of the only four flyable aircraft available, Capt. Hank Elrod confers with fellow pilots John Kinney and Frank Tharin, before embarking on a mission December 11, in which he inflicted damage sufficient to sink the enemy destroyer Kisaragi. On this same date the gallant defenders of Wake repulsed a Japanese amphibious landing, the only time such an attempt was thwarted during World War II. Inevitably, the defenders of Wake Island, isolated, out of ammo, and on the brink of starvation, became prisoners-of-war of the Japanese, but only after one of history’s most truly magnificent stands.
The painting The Magnificent Fight: The Battle for Wake Island was created in 1999. It was the first of several of John Shaw’s aviation scenes to be commissioned by Eugene Eisenberg, a well-known collector of military, aviation and maritime oil paintings. Owner of the largest number of original oils by the famous British aviation artist Robert Taylor, Mr. Eisenberg’s collection is one of the finest of its type in the world. With a special interest in the opening days of WWII, Eisenberg had special individuals, aircraft and elements in mind when he commissioned the large 4’ x 8’ oil, and many of the individuals whose faces are depicted are based on wartime photos. A special thanks for help on specific details goes to the remarkable Wake Island pilot, Gen. John F. Kinney (shown over cockpit in t-shirt). Not only was he possibly responsible for Wake’s tiny ‘air force’ lasting as long as it did, due to his engineering ingenuity, but also was able to supply the artist with drawings from memory and based on his diary entries of those weeks at Wake, supplying details such as locations of water towers, positions of wrecked aircraft, tractors, revetments (and even the fuselage numbers to put on the aircraft in them!) It’s no wonder he was one of the few to escape the Japanese during his imprisonment, and make his way back to freedom across war-torn China, go on to become a Marine Corps General, and then nearly 60 years later be able to recall such details with amazing clarity. Such was the stuff of which these amazing defenders of Wake Island were made.
ABOUT Black Sheep Squadron
In this scene, battle-weary Corsairs and pilots of VMF-214’s “Black Sheep” cool down as its leader Gregory Boyington describes a successful mission. The Black Sheep became the stuff of legend in the Solomon Island campaign in late 1943. Its famous, often controversial leader, “Pappy” Boyington, became a household name in America during this time. A former Flying Tiger, Boyington was given command of a pool of Marine pilots, some of whom were already blooded combat veterans, some of whom who had no combat experience at the point they entered VMF-214. Under his informal and often brilliantly unorthodox leadership, Boyington led his Black Sheep to become undeniably the most famous Marine aviation unit in history. Believed to be killed in action, Boyington was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, only to surprise the world by emerging alive (and relatively well) from a Japanese POW camp after the war. The Black Sheep became household names in America once again in the 1970s, when a popular TV program, starring Robert Conrad as Boyington, aired for several years., much to the chagrine of the original Black Sheep pilots. Most maintained that the show was “ridiculous”, but on a positive note, were glad that it once again brought some moments of fame to their group from their days in the South Pacific.
The painting Black Sheep Squadron was completed in 1998, and is in the collection of a private individual collector of Military paintings. The personnel depicted in the scene are as follows: (from left to right) Intelligence Officer Frank Walton, Flight Surgeon James Reames, pilots Chris Magee, John Bolt, Boyington, Bruce Matheson and Ed Olander, at their base located on the island of Vella Lavella.
ABOUT Red-Tail Angels
During the tumultuous days of World War II, the all-black squadrons comprising the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the “Tuskegee Airmen”, achieved fame in the skies over North Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. Despite the obstacles of prejudice and segregation, these patriotic individuals pressed on to become on of America’s best fighter units. In over 200 escort missions, these intrepid pilots never lost a friendly bomber in their charge to enemy fighter attack, earning them the nickname “Red-Tail Angels”. In this scene, 99th Squadron pilot “Wild Bill” Campbell in his P-51D and William Holloman in his P-51C fend off enemy FW190s from a crippled B-24 Liberator.
The Painting Red-Tail Angels was completed in 1997, and a lithograph edition was signed by groups of original Tuskegee Airmen, including their famed Commanding Officer, Benjamin O. Davis. Prints were signed in several locations, including Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Southern California and Minnesota. This painting has appeared on the cover of Aviation History magazine, has illustrated articles in various periodicals, and has been reproduced in mural size for the Chanute AeroMuseum, located in Rantoul, Illinois, which was the former locale for training personnel for the Tuskegee Airmen’s 99th Fighter Squadron.
ABOUT Highest Possible Courage
This painting honors Erwin Bleckley, one of three American National Guard aviators to receive the Medal of Honor during the 20th century. In October 1918 during the rescue of the famous “Lost Battalion” (1st Bttn, 308th Inf, 77th Div), a group of soldiers had gotten completely cut off and pinned down in a deep ravine in the Argonne Forest during Pershing’s 600,000 troop offensive by the American Expeditionary Forces. 2nd Lt. Bleckley, a field artilleryman from the Kansas National Guard, was an aerial observer attached to the Army Air Service’s 50th AeroSquadron. He and other airmen of the 50th had been assigned to locate and resupply the desperate group of American ‘doughboys’ in the ravine. Having failed to do this on their first mission of the day, Bleckley and his pilot, 1st Lt. Harold Goettler, had volunteered for a second go at it.
Flying barely above the treetops in the steep ravines, they drew intense enemy fire while making several passes over the area where they expected to find the troops. German machine gunners fired down at the flyers from the ridges above their fragile DeHavilland aircraft as well as from below. Badly wounded and with their plane riddled with holes, pilot Goettler died shortly after making a forced landing near a French outpost. As French troops reached them, the mortally-wounded Bleckley passed along to them the notes from this mission, which narrowed the search route for the Americans. Their mission underscored the importance of observation aviation to allied ground forces during World War 1 and each was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for their courage and sacrifice. The painting Highest Possible Courage was created in 1996, and was commissioned as part of the National Air Guard’s Heritage Series. It has been released by Liberty Studios in 2009 as a canvas giclee.
Side Note of Interest: Another interesting anecdote of this story is that of WWI’s most famous carrier pigeon,“Cher Ami”. Before the 50th AeroSquadron was sent out, the men of the Lost Battalion sent out several of these trained note-carrying birds, each of which were shot out of the sky by the Germans before they could get out of the ravine. Their last bird, who they’d named Cher Ami (Dear Friend) was wounded during its frantic flight, but did make it to its destination, aiding the allies in their search. The bird was also awarded a medal, and today is stuffed and on display at the Smithsonian.
ABOUT By the Dawn’s Early Light
March 24, 1942…The pre-dawn silence was broken at a small grass airstrip in China, lit only by the dim headlights of an old military truck. A small group of shark-mouthed American P-40s bearing the Chinese national insignia roared off into the darkness. Their mission: destroy the enemy squadrons massed at the Southeast Asian headquarters of the Japanese Air Force in Chiang Mai, Thailand, before they have a chance to get off the ground. The very survival of this famous group of American volunteers known as Chennault’s Flying Tigers, depended on the success of this extremely dangerous low-level strafing mission. In less than 10 minutes, this intrepid band so incapacitated the enemy forces at Chiang Mai, that it became one of the AVG’s most memorable raids.
The painting By the Dawn’s Early Light was completed in 1996. The artist worked painstakingly with AVG pilot Charles R. Bond to recreate this dramatic moment in his second of a series of Flying Tigers scenes. This was the second in a series of Flying Tigers scenes by John Shaw, the first painted a year earlier, entitled American Volunteer Group in China. In Dallas Texas of ’96, a large group of AVG veterans gathered to sign the lithograph edition. The following day, these men and family members of AVG who had passed on were recognized by the US Air Force, as official American combat veterans for the first time. Air Force Chief of Staff Ronald Fogelman awarded all AVG pilots (or a family representative) the Distinguished Flying Cross, and all AVG support personnel the Bronze Star.
ABOUT Thunder over the Patuxent
The U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, located at Patuxent River, Maryland, has a rich heritage, and through its halls have walked some of history’s most notable figures in the fields of Air and Space. Early in 1945, an informal 3-month Test Pilot’s training program was initiated, which evolved into a formal 6-month program Training Division by 1948. By the late ‘50s, it was officially designated the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and its program lengthened to 8 months. Over the years, USNTPS would go on to train experienced pilots, flight officers and engineers to become Test pilots, Test Officers and Test Engineers. All U.S. military services, including the U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, FAA, industry, and numerous foreign countries send personnel to the school. To date, the members of well over 100 classes have graduated. They have played and continue to play major roles in all aspects of test flying in the aviation industry.
In 1995, USNTPS commissioned John Shaw to paint Thunder Over the Patuxent to commemorate their Golden Anniversary. In this scene, three types of aircraft which they felt best represented their 50-year history, ranging from a post-war F4U Corsair, to the F4 Phantom, to the FA/18 Hornet, all in original USNTPS colors.
ABOUT American Volunteer Group in China
The famous American Volunteer Group, better known as Claire Lee Chennault’s Flying Tigers, is honored in this scene, in which pilots of the AVG’s First and Second Squadron are shown gathered around a jeep with Chennault, reviewing an upcoming mission on the flight line of shark-mouthed Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks. The AVG was comprised of approximately 300 American service personnel, about 100 of whom were combat pilots and the rest technical and support personnel, very few of whom had actual combat experience prior to their experience in the Flying Tigers. With the covert permission of President Roosevelt, these young mercenaries were permitted to resign their American military commissions and “volunteer” to fight for China, earning not only a higher paycheck, but an extra bonus for each enemy aircraft destroyed. Always outnumbered and undersupplied, these resourceful warriors saw their first combat just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor, and in just a few months’ time, established themselves as one of the most legendary Fighter units in history.
The painting American Volunteer Group in China was completed in 1995, and was the first of a series of Flying Tigers scenes by John Shaw. Incidentally, this was Shaw’s very first aviation painting done in oils. Prior to using this medium, Shaw worked primarily in mixed media, utilizing gouache (opaque watercolor) as his paint of choice. The original painting was actually signed as well, not only by many surviving Flying Tigers, but also the surviving children of Claire Chennault, in honor of their father. An edition of lithographs was signed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 by members of the original AVG Flying Tigers.
ABOUT The Unlimiteds
The Reno Air Races have been thrilling spectators for years. In this scene, commemorating the event’s 30th anniversary, two of Reno’s greatest champions are shown nearly scraping paint after rounding the pylons in Sunday’s Gold “Unlimiteds” class race. Rare Bear the legendary F8F Bearcat, in its vintage orange & white paint scheme, still to this day holds the record for the fastest piston-driven airplane, and was flown for years by racing great Lyle Shelton. In its familiar red, white and blue colors and shining silver nose is the highly-modified P-51 Mustang, Strega, flown by many-time champion Bill “Tiger” DeStefani.
The Unlimiteds was painted in 1994, and was one of John Shaw’s very first aviation paintings. The original mixed-media / gouache painting was first unveiled in September of that year during Air Race week, at the opening of the National Museum of Racing in Reno, Nevada. Published in Reno by a small, independent company as an open-edition poster and limited-edition lithograph, this image remains one of the all-time favorites of this subject ever produced. In 2009, Liberty Studios released an all-new canvas giclee reproduction of this classic, so for the first time this classic can be enjoyed in the same large size and vibrancy as the original.
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Signed in England, 2006 by 5 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
Col Richard Cole Copilot, plane #1
Edwin W. Horton Gunner, plane #10
Gen. David M. Jones Pilot, plane # 5
Sgt. David J. Thatcher Flight Engineer, plane # 7
Thomas C. Griffin Navigator, plane # 9
ABOUT The Hornet’s Nest - Special UK Edition
Lt Col. James H. Doolittle confers with Capt. Marc A. Mitscher on the bomber-laden deck of the USS Hornet. On April 18, 1942, as the fateful day of April 18, 1942 approaches. On the stormy morning of that date, Doolittle would pilot the first of sixteen specially-modified B-25 bombers to lift off the Hornet to strike military targets on the Japanese home islands, giving America and its allies a badly-needed morale boost in the wake of destruction at Pearl Harbor. gave America and its allies a badly-needed morale boost in the wake of destruction at Pearl Harbor. The plan was to strike Japan, and then land the B-25s at predetermined airfields in China. Due to being discovered early however, the planes were forced to launch earlier than planned, meaning they would run out of fuel before reaching their destinations. Most crews bailed out, a few made water landings, and one crew diverted to land in Vladivostok, Russia, where they were interned by their Soviet “allies”. Eight men were captured and tortured by the Japanese, who executed three following a mock trial. Four of the POWs survived to return home. The thrilling story of Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders is one of World War II’s most famous and valorous aviation missions.
The painting The Hornet’s Nest was completed in 1994, and was the first major aviation print by John Shaw. The lithograph edition was produced as a fund-raiser for the Central California Historical Military Museum, located at Eagle Field in central California, originally a WWII Primary Trainer base. A sizeable group of original Doolittle veterans signed this original edition in Fresno, California in 1994 and 1995. In 2006, the British publisher Military Gallery hosted a group of Raiders in England, which was their first official gathering as a group in the UK, and by special request, a smaller-sized commemorative print was produced in a smaller UK edition. This painting has also been featured in a number of books and periodicals to illustrate articles on Jimmy Doolittle and his famous Tokyo Raiders.
Signed by 25 WWII Vets, all Recipients of either
the MOH, DSC or Navy Cross
ABOUT God Shed his Grace on Thee
The War is Over! Liberty Studios’ first published title is personally signed by at least 25 WWII vets from all branches of Service, who received America’s top military decorations: The Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service or Navy Cross.
The War is Over!! As headlines from sea to shining sea proclaimed this wonderful news, the hearts of Americans everywhere rejoiced. As the famed lyric said, God had indeed “Shed His Grace” on this nation. Tyranny had been overthrown, but not without great sacrifice and great cost. As many war-weary troops returned home into New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty herself seemed to join in with the crowds at her base welcoming them home, proclaiming “welcome home—well done!” Overhead, aircraft proudly representing the WWII branches of service roar overhead in salute…An F6F Hellcat for the Navy, P-38 Lightning for the Army Air Forces, and F4U Corsair for the Marine Corps.
The painting God Shed His Grace On Thee, painted in 1994, was Liberty Studios’ first published title by John Shaw. Inspired by film footage depicting this scenario in the last installment of the classic documentary television series
Victory at Sea, the painting was created as a partial benefit for the Legion of Valor, an organization comprised of veterans who were recipients of the highest U.S. military decorations, the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross. In the spring of 1994, a lithograph edition was signed at the Legion of Valor Museum in Fresno, California, by an impressive group of these veterans, representing a wide variety of experiences and all branches of service in World War II.
ABOUT Pacific Summer
The subject of this painting is America’s second highest-scoring aces, Thomas B. McGuire, who would become the second-highest scoring U.S. fighter pilot, with 38 confirmed kills, just behind Richard Bong (40 kills). His outfit, the 475th Fighter Group, was nicknamed “Satan’s Angels and was formed in Australia in May 1943. A part of General George Kenney’s 5th Air Force, it was the only outfit to use the Lockheed P-38 Lightning from the beginning of its combat tour until the end of hostilities in World War II. McGuire proved to be a controversial character, flying his personal mounts, all dubbed “Pudgy” I through V, and stressed three cardinal rules to pilots flying combat in the P-38: Never attempt combat at low altitude, never allow your airspeed to fall below 300 mph (because at speeds higher than 300 mph, the Zero’s maneuverability suffers), and never keep your wing fuel tanks in a fight. On 6 January, 1945, McGuire violated all three of his rules in a duel over a Japanese fighter strip at Los Negros Island. Stalling at well over 300 mph, with his wing tanks still on, Tommy McGuire plunged into the jungle, ending his brilliant record and his life. He would receive the Medal of Honor and McGuire AFB in New Jersey would be named in his honor.
The painting Pacific Summer was John Shaw’s very first WWII combat scene, painted in 1993. Originally reproduced as an open-edition poster for a small gallery & gift shop located in Fresno, California, Pacific Summer was soon noticed by a small, independent publisher in Reno, Nevada and turned into a limited-edition lithograph, featuring the signatures of 5 pilots of the 475th. When Liberty Studios was formed in 1994, two hundred of these lithographs which had not been signed were acquired, and became an “Aces Edition”, with seven of the prominent 475th Fighter Group aces participating in the signing.