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The Devils Own Grim Reapers by yankeedog The Devils Own Grim Reapers by yankeedog
The 3rd Bomb Group of the 5th Air Force went to war without planes. In a daring raid, Pappy Gunn requisitioned some Dutch owned B-25s and started taking the war to the japs. Gunn's wife and child were prisoners of the japs in the Philippines, so this war was real personal for him. As the war in the Pacific went on, more aircraft became availabe to the 3rd Bomb Group. In this illustration, members of the 13th Attack Squadron (The Devil's Own Grim Reapers) are seen mapping out their the target for today in front of Patches, a Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber. From their base at Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea, the Grim Reapers played Hell with jap shipping and ground troops throughout the the Pacific.
To learn more about the 3rd Bomb Group in WWII, go to: [link]

*The original photo that I used as reference for this illustration was taken by my friend Jack Heyn [link] Jack was a photographer with the 13th Attack Squadron in WWII. The original photo was taken in 1944. Thank you Jack and the rest of the Grim Reapers for your service and thank you for our freedom! This illustration is dedicated to the Grim Reapers of the 13th Attack Squadron.

If you can read this, thanks a teacher, if you can read this in english, thank a veteran!

Adobe Illustrator 8.0, Apple G3 iMac, OS 9.2.
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
Jap...I hate that racist word, you sound like a Redneck,or Nazi or something like that,please say Japanese
yankeedog Featured By Owner May 24, 2006  Professional General Artist
It's better to remain silent and let others think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt...

Do not preach to me about racism or try to label me a redneck or a nazi, I am neither, I hate nazis. Do you know nothing about what your country did in WWII??? Believe me, I could call them worse names that "jap", I was being kind. If it were up to me, every man who served in the Japanese military in WWII should have been tried as a war criminal and either executed or put in prison.

I reserve the label of Japanese only for Japanese people of honor, but until Japan as a nation comes to terms with the atrocities it committed in WWII, I find very few people of honor in Japan. Japan was not the victim in WWII, it was the agressor. Read about it: [link] and [link]


BTW, my the term "Yankee Dog" is what japs called American POW's in WWII. It was a derogatory term.
Genbe89 Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
Harry ass Truman could burn in hell for the greatest crime against humanity there ever was, I love Japan as My home and where I live, My grandfather served in the imperial airforce, then the army,besides noone in Japan refers to the Aerikans as Yankee dogs today, what Japan did to china was retaliation to what china did in the 1920s, Japan and China had been fighting for 600 years.So you
are an idot,an as far as I'm concerned your not worth talking to, Sayonara anata no baka.
yankeedog Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Póg mo thóin!
samhaddow Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2003
That is just amazing, blows me away.

I gotta say, this must have taken yonks to do.
ichbrauche Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2003
*jaw drops to the floor*
Just walk away...
losttruth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2003
love iiiiiiiit.
but perhaps maybe not with that many 'i's. or maybe so.
fragmented Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2003
absolutely amazing!
waldez Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2003   Traditional Artist
Cool vector work/// 5+
14k Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
Wow. Absolutely stunning! Such detail, and yet it's not over-shaded. How to keep the shading so clean without making it look like a collage of mix-matched colors? If you peek at my gallery, you'll see I tend to use WAY too many shadows in my vectors (defying the unique simpleness of vector art), and unfortunately it makes my pics look kinda.. unclean.

I can see ALLOT of work went into this. Gradients and shading came out perfect.

nat3-21: Most vector artistss base their work of a photo (depending on the program you use), and some use freehand. When making your own design, it's generally freehand. But if you're making a funky image of say, a celebrity, then you base it of a photo, and more then likely add your own unique flare to it. I just base mine of photos, and edit them by hand, so they never look like their original photo. Some of my pics are done by hand, but I'm only really getting medicore at free-hand. ;) (Wink)

nat3-21 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
That is excellent work. I would love to know where you even begin doing cell-shading projects like that. Do you start from a base photo? Or are all of your works totally original?

Thankyou for the descriptions you give. Too often the men and women in uniform are viewed as just that ... and rerley are acknowledged or remembered for what they have done. Thankyou for your tribute.
voodoo-nibbles Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
That's truly amazing work.....great job man
turn2002 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
jellycious Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
Clap such amazing details.... Thumbs Up good job.
asclaire Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
Icredible work again, a whole team ! this is so well done,
compliment Clap
cubemb Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2003
I LOVE IT, this really owns, brilliant work, well done #1
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