This is the print I published from the painting above. Print Size is 18×24″.
There are 625 limited edition prints in this series. Print Size 18×24″
Limited Edition Prints are signed and numbered by the artist and by the Ace.
All signatures by both the Aviator and the Artist is done in soft graphic pencil.
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David “Tex” Lee Hill
American Volunteer Group Double Ace
By Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
David Lee Hill was born on July 13, 1915 in Kwangju, Korea. David’s father and mother were from Texas but when David was born his father was serving as a Missionary in Korea. His parents kept in contact with friends and family back home in Texas as best they could. Tex told me that back in those days when you sent a letter or package to China it was indeed like “taking a slow boat to China.” One day his father received a message that offered him a job back in Texas that he could not turn down. The family packed up and returned to Texas where his father was to serve as the Chaplin for the Texas Rangers.
Several years later the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where David L. Hill attended McCallie High School. While attending McCallie, David brought with him a thick Texasaccent that he acquired while living in the Long Horn State. It was here in High School where David would pick up the nickname “Tex.”
His father encouraged David to further his education so he went to college. Tex had been drawn to aviation as a boy but he never thought that he would be a pilot. However at that time the U.S. government was funding programs for college and even some high school students to learn to fly. The government knew that Hitler was training the youth in his country to learn to fly so a decision was made for the American youth to be encouraged as well.
David attended Texas A&M for two years and then graduated from Austin Collage in Sherman, Texas. Tex chose to join the Navy because he knew that Naval aviation was progressing and it seemed more exciting. The country was now building bigger and better aircraft carriers. Plus for Tex the potential adventure of “seeing the world” was intoxicating.
So Tex joined the Navy and entered flight training. The year was 1938 and World War was still several years away however at this time there was war in Asia. The Japanese were starting to occupy the eastern part of China. Japan had built up its Army, Navy, and Air Force beyond the limits it was restrained by with the treaties signed after the First World War. I must add here that the United States had forced the Japanese to hold the size of their navy to be much smaller than the American Navy. The original plan was to have all nations have the same size fleets. Japan expanded its military because the Americas were exceeding their limitations. The mounting tensions on both sides resulted in an arms build up for about five years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
David and his family were aware of the war going on in South East Asia since they spent so many years in Korea. Many America citizens were not yet alarmed by the Japanese expansion but the American Government, American businesses and the military were keeping a keen eye on the situation.
Tex went through the basics of learning to fly aircraft that were a little more powerful than the trainers he had flown while in college. He flew most all of the many different types of trainer aircraft the Navy used in these early years. After he finished his training and qualified as a Navy pilot he was selected to become a torpedo bomber pilot. Tex wanted to be a fighter pilot but everybody can’t be a fighter pilot because that is what every pilot signs up for.
His first assignment after earning his “Wings of Gold” was aboard the USS Saratoga flying with Torpedo Squadron Three, VT-3. Tex at first enjoyed the experience of flying the new TBD Devastator but he soon became bored. He would serve only one year with the squadron before he transferred. Opportunity would again present itself in his near future.
In the spring of 1941 the world was officially at war. Europe, Asia and North Africa were torn with conflict with all the major nations except America involved. American pilots like Texwere itching for some action. Many American men had joined the RAF and were fighting for the British from England to Egypt. China was suffering badly from Japanese occupation. The government of America was neutral and was maintaining a “hands off policy” with the conflicts. As a matter of fact the American people were almost completely (the majority) demanding that America stay out of the war in Europe and China.
However in China there was an American that would change everything. He would actually have a hand in changing the war in Southeast Asia itself. Claire Chennault was a retired U.S. Army officer who had become restless with the slow advancement of aviation in the American military. Being somewhat of a rough Chennault sought opportunity in the conflict in China. He approached the Chinese leader and befriended him and his wife. Chennault offered the Chinese assistance in defending their country by helping with the development of a better air force. The Chinese leader welcomed Chennault and financially sponsored him building a defensive air force.
The first group that Chennault pieced together consisted of pilots from many countries and a mixed collection of aircraft which were all unfortunately obsolete. Chennault administered the makeshift air force as best he could. Their only hope was to get help from the United States. He traveled to Washington and petitioned at the request of the Chinese leaders for military support. Chennault’s request fell on deaf ears for a time but he did not give up. His request was finally granted after much lobbying.
Both countries planned a covert operation where the U.S. would provide fighter planes, pilots and the crews to maintain a group of approximately one hundred aircraft. This would also include office personnel, a doctor and a nurse. The American government delivered the group to the Chennault and the Chinese government paid completely for their up-keep and services. The pay for pilots was generous. Pilots were paid a salary of $600.00 per month. Flight leaders and squadron leaders were paid more. As a bonus the Chinese government offered an additional $500.00 to each pilot for every Japanese aircraft they shot down. Believe me when I say that $500.00 was a lot of money in those days. As a fact, $600.00 per month salary was a lot for the time as well. The American military only paid their pilots $200.00 per month on average. This new group would be in effect mercenaries. Very well paid merchants of war.
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Below are paintings by Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette of the Flying Tigers.
This is my painting of Dick Rossi’s P-40. The painting has been autographed by the pilot and is available for sale.
Painting size 18×36.” $3,500.00.
David “Tex” Lee Hill
This is the P-51C that Tex Hill flew on his second tour. Artist Sir Hamilton, 2×4 feet.
This is my painting of Hill’s P-51. This painting is available for sale. $1,600.00
Above painting was started and completed in December 1991. This artwork has been autographed by the pilot and is available for sale. $3,500.00.
This painting has been autographed by Chuck Older. Painting size is 24×36″. $3,500.00
This is my painting of Older’s P-40. This painting has been autographed by the pilot and is available for sale.
This is Chuck Older in front of his nemesis, the Japanese Zero. We were at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Florida. I met Tex Hill and many other Tigers at the reunion.
This original artwork is autographed by seven of the Flying Tigers.
This artwork is for sale. Size is 18×24″. $2,500.00
Ken Jernsadt signs my artwork for me.
This is a two foot by four foot painting that I have started but have yet finished. This painting has been autographed by 6 A.V.G. pilots and Aces. This painting is not finished but I will gladly finish it for you in you are interested in purchasing the painting. $5,000.00.
Tex Hill signs his painting for me.
The price for my paintings may seem high, yet it is quite reasonable. I have seen other artworks that sold for twice as much and looked like it was painted by monkey’s. I, am a professional yet I price my artworks so that most everybody can afford one. I even take payments if required. Contact us below at our E-Mail address. Thank you.
Below are photos that I took at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum when they honored the Flying Tigers by adding a beautiful P-40 to their collection at the Museum.
On the left is one of the Tigers but I am so embarrassed that I did not get his name.
Next to this un-named hero is Peter Wright, Tex Hill, Chuck Older, Dick Rossi, Ken Jernsadt and another Tiger I slipped up in losing some notes and forgetting his name. For there mistakes I am very sorry. Yet the above are all true Heroes.
What a great line up of American Heroes. Peter Wright, Tex Hill, Chuck Older, Dick Rossi, Ken Jernsadt
On the left is my brother Bill, in the center back ground is Tex Hill and I am on the right.
This is Allen Shepard autographing my painting of the Friendship 7 that he rode in and out of space.
I knew he would be at the event so I painted his space capsule for him to sign for me. He was in a very bad mood.