Tuskegee Trigger Time by Robert Bailey

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Tuskegee P­51 Mustangs of the 301 Fighter Squadron defend an RAF photo reconnaissance Mosquito above Germany during early 1945. Featured aircraft is one of the most famous Mustangs of the Tuskegee: Creamer's Dream, flown by Captain Charles L. White.

Tuskegee Signatures
Limited Edition prints #1 - 75

Captain Howard L. Baugh was born in Petersburg, Virginia. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in March of 1942. He was with the 99th Fighter Squadron in Sicily in July 1943 and flew 135 operational sorties in P-40's and P-51's. He struck artillery batteries, truck convoys and radar installations. Other duties were escorting B-17 and B-24 formations. He shared a Fw-190 victory and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

1st Lieutenant John F. Briggs was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He flew 125 combat sorties in the P-39 Bell Airacobra over Naples and the Anzio beach head in the 12th Air Force Tactical Air Command. He also flew 70 combat missions in the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang in the 15th Air Force Strategic Air Command. He served with the 99th and 100th Fighter Squadrons. He retired as a Major and was decorated with the DFC and Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters. 1st Lieutenant Briggs has an Me109 to his credit.

1st Lieutenant Alexander Jefferson was born in Detroit. He graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field and after combat training, joined the 'Red Tail' 332nd Fighter Group, 301st F.S. at Ramitelli, Italy. He flew 18 long-range escort missions for B-17 and B-24 bombers. On August 12th 1944, three days prior to the invasion of southern France, he was shot down by ground fire while strafing coastal radar installations. He spent the rest of the war as a POW and was liberated by General Patton's 3rd Army. He visited Dachau concentration camp and returned to the U.S. as an instrument instructor at Tuskegee Field. Decorations include the Purple Heart and Air Medal. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

1st. Lieutenant Lewis J. Lynch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He flew with the 302nd. Fighter Squadron and the 100th. Fighter Squadron. He had 42 missions including bomber escort, photo recon and strafing attack missions. He retired as a Major.

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.

F/O James C. Warren began his career as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in November 1942 and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1978. He served in WWII in the 477th Bombardment Group (medium) and flew more than 173 combat missions, including the Korean and Vietnam wars. Awards include the DFC with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, 3 Meritorious Service Medals and Air Force Commendation Medal. He is the author of Tuskegee Mutiny at Freeman Field.


Red Tail Edition Signatures:

1st. Lieutenant Theodore G. Lumpkin was born in Los Angeles and drafted at Fort McArthur in L.A. before being shipped to Tuskegee. He served as an Intelligence Officer with the 100th Fighter Squadron in Italy from 1943 to October 1945. Decorations include the Victory Medal. Lt. Lumpkin retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

1st. Lieutenant Charles A. Hill Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was with the 301st. Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. Types flown were the PT-17, PT-13, AT-6, P-40, P-47 and P-51 Mustang. He has 28 missions to his credit and retired with the rank of Captain.

Flight Officer Yenworth Whitney was born in New York City. He was with the 301st. Fighter Squadron, 332nd. Fighter Group. He has 34 missions to his credit. On one occasion, he escorted B-17's from Foggia Italy to Berlin, the longest flight in the European Theater. Types flown were the P-40, P-47 and P-51 Mustang. He holds the Air Medal with 3 Clusters. He retired as a Lieutenant.

Lieutenant James H. Harvey is originally from Montclair, Nevada. In April of 1944 he was within one hour of embarking to join the 332nd in Italy, when his group received word that the Italians had surrendered. He joined the 99th in June 1945, at Goodman Field, Kentucky. They were slated to go to Okinawa to escort bombers attacking Japan. But the A-bomb was dropped and the war ended. He flew the P-40, P-47 and P-51. He retired from the force as a Lieutenant Colonel. Awards include DFC, Air Medal with 10 O.L.C.'s, and the Distinguished Unit Citation with 10 O.L.C.'s.

1st. Lieutenant Robert L. Martin was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He flew with the 100th Fighter Squadron and has 63 ½ missions to his credit. March 3 1945 he was shot down by ground fire over Zagreb aerodrome (Yugoslavia) and parachuted from the burning airplane. He was rescued by Yugoslav partisans but was not captured by the Germans. He pent five weeks in Yugoslavia and then returned to Italy by truck and plane. Decorations include DFC, Purple Heart and Air Medal with 6 O.L.C.’s.

1st. Lieutenant George A. Taylor was born in Middlesex County, Virginia. He flew 120 combat missions in the P-39 Airacobra over Naples Harbor and the Anzio beach-head in the 12th Air Force Tactical Air Command. In the 15th Air Force he flew missions to southern France, southern Germany and the Ploesti oil fields, Romania. This was in the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang. He was with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. Decorations include 2 Bronze Stars and the Air Medal.

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.


20 Artist Proofs w/FIFTEEN co-signatures.Signed by: J. Briggs, Alexander Jefferson, James Sheppard, George Taylor, Yenworth Whitney, Theodore Lumpkin, Charles Hill, Hiram Mann, L. Lynch, Robert Martin, George Hardy, James Warren, James Harvey, Charles Lane and Leo Gray

1st Lieutenant John F. Briggs was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He flew 125 combat sorties in the P-39 Bell Airacobra over Naples and the Anzio beach head in the 12th Air Force Tactical Air Command. He also flew 70 combat missions in the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang in the 15th Air Force Strategic Air Command. He served with the 99th and 100th Fighter Squadrons. He retired as a Major and was decorated with the DFC and Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters. 1st Lieutenant Briggs has an Me109 to his credit.

1st Lieutenant Alexander Jefferson was born in Detroit. He graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field and after combat training, joined the 'Red Tail' 332nd Fighter Group, 301st F.S. at Ramitelli, Italy. He flew 18 long-range escort missions for B-17 and B-24 bombers. On August 12th 1944, three days prior to the invasion of southern France, he was shot down by ground fire while strafing coastal radar installations. He spent the rest of the war as a POW and was liberated by General Patton's 3rd Army. He visited Dachau concentration camp and returned to the U.S. as an instrument instructor at Tuskegee Field. Decorations include the Purple Heart and Air Medal. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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.

1st. Lieutenant George A. Taylor was born in Middlesex County, Virginia. He flew 120 combat missions in the P-39 Airacobra over Naples Harbor and the Anzio beach-head in the 12th Air Force Tactical Air Command. In the 15th Air Force he flew missions to southern France, southern Germany and the Ploesti oil fields, Romania. This was in the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang. He was with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. Decorations include 2 Bronze Stars and the Air Medal.

1st. Lieutenant Theodore G. Lumpkin was born in Los Angeles and drafted at Fort McArthur in L.A. before being shipped to Tuskegee. He served as an Intelligence Officer with the 100th Fighter Squadron in Italy from 1943 to October 1945. Decorations include the Victory Medal. Lt. Lumpkin retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

1st. Lieutenant Charles A. Hill Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was with the 301st. Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. Types flown were the PT-17, PT-13, AT-6, P-40, P-47 and P-51 Mustang. He has 28 missions to his credit and retired with the rank of Captain.

Flight Officer Yenworth Whitney was born in New York City. He was with the 301st. Fighter Squadron, 332nd. Fighter Group. He has 34 missions to his credit. On one occasion, he escorted B-17's from Foggia Italy to Berlin, the longest flight in the European Theater. Types flown were the P-40, P-47 and P-51 Mustang. He holds the Air Medal with 3 Clusters. He retired as a Lieutenant.

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.

1st. Lieutenant Lewis J. Lynch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He flew with the 302nd. Fighter Squadron and the 100th. Fighter Squadron. He had 42 missions including bomber escort, photo recon and strafing attack missions. He retired as a Major.

2nd. Lieutenant 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 Robert L. Martin was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He flew with the 100th Fighter Squadron and has 63 ½ missions to his credit. March 3 1945 he was shot down by ground fire over Zagreb aerodrome (Yugoslavia) and parachuted from the burning airplane. He was rescued by Yugoslav partisans but was not captured by the Germans. He pent five weeks in Yugoslavia and then returned to Italy by truck and plane. Decorations include DFC, Purple Heart and Air Medal with 6 O.L.C.’s.

Lieutenant James H. Harvey is originally from Montclair, Nevada. In April of 1944 he was within one hour of embarking to join the 332nd in Italy, when his group received word that the Italians had surrendered. He joined the 99th in June 1945, at Goodman Field, Kentucky. They were slated to go to Okinawa to escort bombers attacking Japan. But the A-bomb was dropped and the war ended. He flew the P-40, P-47 and P-51. He retired from the force as a Lieutenant Colonel. Awards include DFC, Air Medal with 10 O.L.C.'s, and the Distinguished Unit Citation with 10 O.L.C.'s.

F/O James C. Warren began his career as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in November 1942 and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1978. He served in WWII in the 477th Bombardment Group (medium) and flew more than 173 combat missions, including the Korean and Vietnam wars. Awards include the DFC with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, 3 Meritorious Service Medals and Air Force Commendation Medal. He is the author of Tuskegee Mutiny at Freeman Field.

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.

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.

Sheet size: 34" wide x 23" high. Image size: 28" wide x 16" high.