“By The Dawn’s Early Light” by John Shaw
“By The Dawn’s Early Light” by John Shaw
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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.
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1st Pursuit Squadron:
Carl K. BROWN, Flight Leader
Irving GOVE, Crew Chief
Al KAELIN, Admin. Clerk
Don L. "Rodé" RODEWALD
Joe ROSBERT, Flight Leader
Dick ROSSI, Flight Leader



2nd Pursuit Squadron:
George BAILEY, Crew Chief
Morton 'Twisty' BENT, Operations
David 'Tex' HILL, Squadron Leader
Robert 'Buster' KEETON, Flight Leader
Bob LAYHER, Flight Leader
Charlie MOTT, Flight Leader
Ed RECTOR, Vice Squadron Leader
Peter WRIGHT, Flight Leader



3rd Pursuit Squadron:
Frank A. ANDERSEN, Crew Chief
Charles BAISDEN, Armorer
Paul CLOUTHIER, Operations
Ken JERNSTEDT, Flight Leader
Paul J. GREENE, Flight Leader
Frank LOSONSKY, Crew Chief
Chuck OLDER, Flight Leader
Joe POSHEFKO, Armorer
R.J. 'Catfish' RAINE, Flight Leader
Erik SHILLING, Flight Leader
Ed STILES, Crew Chief



Group Headquarters Section:
"Red" Foster PETACH, Nurse
John YOUNG, Engineering
Edwin L. FOBES
Roland L. "Rich" RICHARDSON
Robert M. SMITH

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