"FIRST BLOOD" by ROY GRINNELL
Limited Edition Print: $150
Overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30
First Blood – Signed by Ace David L."Tex" Hill
Four shark-nosed P40 Tomahawks of the 2nd Pursuit Squadron,
AVG, took off from Rangoon’s Mingaladon Aerodrome in the crisp
pre-dawn of 3 January, 1942. One turned back for engine trouble,
leaving three to continue to their target, Raheng Aerodrome,
a Japanese-held airfield outside of Tak, in northwestern Thailand.
Squadron Leader Jack Newkirk led the formation, with David L. “Tex” Hill
flying Jim Howard’s wing. As they approached the Japanese airfield
from the southeast, they observed several I-96 and I-97 fighters on the
ground warming up for takeoff, with more circling the field at 2,000 feet.
With the sun at their backs, Newkirk peeled off in a 250-mph dive as
Howard and Hill followed in string. As “Tex” Hill described it:
“The first thing I noticed when we broke into string to strafe the field, there
were more than three airplanes in our pattern. A Jap fighter got on Howard’s
tail and I pulled up behind the fighter and kinda hosed him down. At the same
time a Jap made an overhead pass on me and shot 33 holes in my airplane.
I pulled up sharply to the left into two Japs and was in a position for a head-on
pass. I squeezed the trigger and he blew up.”
The victories were Hill’s first two of a string of 12 ¼ with the AVG, making him
the second-highest scoring ace in the Flying Tigers.
Hand signed by the Ace DAVID 'TEX' HILL and artist ROY GRINNELL.
Overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30."
FIRST BLOOD by ROY GRINNELL (P-40 Warhawk: Flying Tigers: Tex Hill:)@vbader.com