They Fought With What They Had by John D Shaw

They Fought With What They Had by John D Shaw

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Overall print size: 37 1/2" wide x 21 3/4" high

"They Fought With What They Had" is John Shaw's long-awaited tribute to the U.S. Army Air Corps pilots and crewmen who fought a hopeless but heroic defense of the Philippine Islands against the Japanese invasion after the attacks on Clark Field and Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. As the title implies, the airmen would fight their first and, for many, their last battles, with obsolete equipment, inadequate supplies and no hope of reinforcements or relief. Their sole purpose was to slow the Japanese onslaught and buy the United States precious time to prepare for war.

The image shows a Boeing B-17C being readied for a mission at Clark Field in late November, 1941. Just days after this tranquil scene, Clark Field would be devastated by a surprise bombing attack and the world would be at war. In the foreground are some of the men who would soon become the first American heroes of the war, including Colin Kelly, Robert Altman, Ed Jaquet, Harl Pease, Emmett O'Donnell and Joe Moore. In the background, P-40 fighters take off; a P-36, other B-17s and a B-18 bomber can be seen on the field.

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500 Limited Edition prints signed by three aircrew who fought in the Philippines during WWII UK 130 / US $195

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