Tuskegee Thunder Artist Proof by Robert Bailey

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March 24, 1945. 1st Lt. Earl R. Lane of the 100th Fighter Group destroys a Messerschmitt-262 jet high over Germany. Also shown: the Luftwaffe were using a captured P-51 (all black) Mustang during this action.

 

Four Print Set
Signed packages come with bio cards, showing photos and biographies of men who signed.
Matching print numbers except bonus pencil drawing.

 

Making Their Mark
Sheet size: 18" wide x 13" high.

Tuskegee 99th Fighter Squadron P-40 Warhawks battle the Luftwaffe above the Anzio beach-head (Italy) on January 22, 1944.

Artist Proofs signed by George Hardy and George Watson, and signed and numbered by the artist.

 

Mitchells Over The Field
Sheet size: 18" wide x 13" high.

Tuskegee B-25 Mitchells over Tuskegee Field, Alabama.

Artist Proofs signed by George Hardy and George Watson, and signed and numbered by the artist.

 

Maritime Massacre
Sheet size: 18" wide x 13" high.

Tuskegee P-47 Thunderbolts attack and sink a destroyer in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy on June 25, 1944.

Artist Proofs signed by George Hardy, and signed and numbered by the artist.

 

Tuskegee Airmen
Sheet size: 13" wide 12" high.

Pencil drawing print BONUS with Artist Proof bearing FOUR co-signatures: George E. Hardy, Christopher Newman, Leo R. Gray and Charles Lane. Mismatched numbers on this companion print.

10 Artist's Proofs w/SIX signatures on main print.

Three companion prints w/FIVE signatures collectively and BONUS pencil drawing print 'Tuskegee Airmen' w/FOUR signatures.

FIFTEEN signatures total throughout FIVE print package.

Lieutenant Colonel George E. Hardy hailed originally from Philadelphia, Pa. During 1945 he was based at Ramitelli, Italy, with the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, flying the P-51 Mustang. He flew 21 combat missions. In addition, 45 combat missions over Korea in the B-29 and 70 combat missions in AC-119K Gunships over Vietnam. Decorations include The Air Medal with 2 O.L.C.’s, Air Medal (Korea) with 3-7 O.L.C.’s and DFC (Vietnam) Air Medal with 8-11 O.L.C.’s. He retired as a Lt. Colonel.

1st Lieutenant William H. Holloman III was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He flew P-51's with the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, during early 1945. After World War II he flew P-47's with the 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, and during the Korean War was a MATS pilot. On one mission he was flying the wounded back to the States from the Far East and Korea. He was also the first black helicopter pilot in the Air Force. Bill Holloman later flew with Pacific Western Airlines in Canada. He was recalled to active duty in 1966, serving in Vietnam and later in Europe. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Flight Officer Charles A. Lane Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the Harriett Beecher Stowe Teachers College, but studies were interrupted in 1943 when he entered the forces. He flew 26 combat missions in P-47’s and P-51’s with The Tuskegee, in the 99th Squadron. He was in the forces for 27 years, flying fighters, transports and the B-52. He has The Air Medal with 3 O.L.C.’s, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Lieutenant Hiram E. Mann is originally from New York, New York. He completed Single-Engine Combat Pilot Training at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama, on June 27th, 1944. (Class 44-F). He served in the 302nd and 100th Fighter Squadrons of the 332nd Fighter Group, 477th Composite Group. Decorations include Air Medal, AMC, WWII V, AFR and Korean Service Medals with Presidential Unit Citation. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He also co-authored the book 'FOREVER DREAMING', to impress minority youth on the need to set goals and to preserve.

Staff Sergeant James A. Sheppard is originally from New York City, New York. He enlisted in the Air Force in October 1942 and was assigned to the Tuskegee Army Airfield with the 332nd Fighter Group, as an Aviation Maintenance Technician. He served with the 100th F.S. and later with the 301st F.S. in the U.S. and in Europe as a Mechanic and Crew Chief. James Sheppard holds the following certificates: Aviation Mechanic, Senior Parachute Rigger and Airplane Pilot S.E.L. He retired in 1987 from the F.A.A. where he was a Supervisory Aviation Safety Inspector.

Tech. Sergeant George Watson Sr. served with the 366th Air Service Squadron, 96th Service Group, 332nd Fighter Wing. He was with the group in Italy.

2nd Lieutenant Christopher W. Newman received his training at the Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, and Selfridge Airfield, Michigan. He flew 24 patrol missions with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, over Naples Harbor and Anzio beachhead in Italy, before being injured in a fiery crash. He returned to the 100th F.S. and flew 66 combat missions before the war ended. He also flew 97 more combat missions in the Korean War. Christopher Newman holds the DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medals with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, plus 3 more Oak Leaf Clusters from Korea.

2nd Lieutenant Leo R. Gray was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a replacement pilot for the 100th Fighter Squadron, next to last class. He arrived in Ramitelli, Italy, on 14th March 1945. 2nd Lt. Gray had a near encounter with two Me262’s while he and two other squadron mates were escorting home a P-38. But the jets broke off the attack when the Mustangs dropped tanks. He has 15 missions, and flew P-40’s, P-47’s and P-51’s in combat and retired as a Lt. Colonel. Decorations include Air Medal with Cluster and Presidential Unit Citation.