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Avengers of the Philippines by John D. Shaw

  • DESCRIPTION
  • EDITIONS
  • SIGNERS
  • TRIBUTE
  • November 14, 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 U.S.S. San Jacinto.

    With the misty mountains of Bataan standing as a silent sentinel, Naval LT (JG) George H.W. Bush pilots his TBM 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.

    Shipping added in checkout // print size: 37" x 24" // ships rolled in a tube

  • MAIN EDITION I
    300 limited-edition prints, signed by John Shaw and 7 veterans: VT-51 Avenger pilots Jack Guy & John Raquepau, who flew alongside Lt. Bush, ace Bob Maxwell who escorted the future President, and four heroes who fought on Bataan/Corregidor during the early days of WWII! Includes COA.

    GICLEE EDITION
    100 limited-edition canvases. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

    MAIN EDITION II - Sold Out
    150 limited-edition prints

    GALLERY EDITION - Sold Out
    150 limited-edition prints

    ARTIST PROOF - Sold Out
    150 limited-edition prints

    PUBLISHER PROOF - Sold Out
    100 limited-edition prints

    OTHER EDITIONS
    A Signer Proof edition exists, not-for-sale.

  • "Avengers of the Philippines" is hand signed by a collection of heroes who fought in the Pacific during World War II. Click "editions" to see who signed which print edition.

    George H.W. Bush
    VT-51 Avenger pilot, shot down near Chi Chi Jima. President of the United States. Signer on the Publisher & Artist Proofs only.

    Stan Butchart
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VT-51 Avenger pilot alongside squadronmate, and friend, Lt. George H.W. Bush.

    Lou J. Grab
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VT-51 Avenger pilot alongside squadronmate, and friend, Lt. George H.W. Bush.

    Nat Adams
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VF-51 Hellcat pilot escorting the Avenger of then Lt. George H.W. Bush. Shot down two Japanese aircraft.

    Bill Hartung
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VF-51 Hellcat pilot escorting the Avenger of then Lt. George H.W. Bush. Shot down three Japanese aircraft.

    Bob Maxwell
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VF-51 Hellcat pilot escorting the Avenger of then Lt. George H.W. Bush. Shot down seven Japanese aircraft.

    Bill Joyce
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VT-51 Avenger gunner.

    Jack Guy
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VT-51 Avenger pilot alongside squadronmate, and friend, Lt. George H.W. Bush.

    John Raquepau
    Flew off the USS San Jacinto as a VT-51 Avenger pilot alongside squadronmate, and friend, Lt. George H.W. Bush.

    Wayne Miller
    Army Air Corps Aircraft Warning Unit on Corregidor

    Martin Christie
    4th Marines, helped repulse Japanese landings on Corregidor

    John Perkowski
    59th Coast Artillery, Ft. Frank, Carabao Island, Philippines

    Ray Harper
    US Navy, in shore patrol on Corregidor

    Houston Turner
    31st Infantry, attached to the Filipino Scouts, Bataan Death March survivor

    Nick Hionedes
    Army Air Corps, Aircraft Warning Unit on Corregidor

    Jack Warner
    4th Marines, helped repulse Japanese landings on Corregidor

    David Johnson
    4th Marines, helped repulse Japanese landings on Corregidor

    Robert Brown
    Army Air Corps, youngest survivor of the Bataan Death March

    Frank Maselskis
    4th Marines, helped repulse Japanese landings on Corregidor

    Abie Abraham
    31st Infantry, Bataan death march survivor, rescued during the Great Raid, Author of "Ghost of Bataan Speaks" & "Oh God Where Are You?" - Publisher Proof only

    Harold Amos
    31st Infantry, Bataan death march survivor, rescued during the Great Raid - Publisher Proof only

    Dale Menger
    Costal Artillery, POW at Cabanatuan & Palawan, later sent to Japan for slave labor - Publisher Proof only



  • Valor Studios undertook the "Avengers of the Philippines" project thanks to the encouragement of our friend Leo Nadeau. Leo had been President Bush's gunner in WWII, before and after Bush was shot down over the island of Chichi-Jima. Before that mission, the squadron intel officer, LTJG Ted White bumped Leo from the roster and rode along in Leo's place. Both White and gunner Arm2 John Delaney would lose their lives that day. The submarine Finback would rescue Bush and return him to the USS San Jacinto, where he was reunited with Leo and assigned a new gunner, Joe Reichert. Together, they returned to action and completed their tours, culminating in the Nov. 14, 1944 mission depicted in "Avengers of the Philippines."

    Our friend Leo, who introduced Valor Studios and this project to Pres. Bush, died on Veterans Day of 2006 from cancer. Although he died before the painting was completed, the project brought him joy near the end. He critiqued concept sketches and shared fleeting memories in an effort to make "Avengers of the Philippines" an immortal tribute to the unit he loved and to Bush, to whom, Valor Studios delivered Leo's last message: "Serving with you, Mr. Bush, was the honor of my life."

$175 USD

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