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.