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'Flying Tigers' Col. Edward Rector by rOEN911 'Flying Tigers' Col. Edward Rector by rOEN911
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Flying Tiger ace Edward Franklin Rector was born on 28 September 1916 in Marshall, North Carolina. He grew up there and subsequently entered Catawba College, where he graduated in 1938. joined the Navy in 1939, was accepted for flight training, and graduated at Pensacola with a reserve commission as an ensign in June 1940.

Flying SB2U-2s off the USS Ranger with VB-4 in June 1941, Rector and two other VB-4 pilots were recruited for an "American Volunteer Group" to protect the Chinese "Burma Road" from Japanese attack and were soon on a ship headed for the Far East Assigned to the AVG's second squadron, he participated in the Flying Tigers' first combat on 20 December 1941 and was credited with the AVG's first victory, a Lily bomber downed near Kunming.

Over the next six months, Rector shot down another bomber and two fighters, shared in the destruction of a bomber and observation aircraft, and was credited with a "probable" fighter. When the Flying Tigers were disbanded on 4 July 1942, Vice Squadron Leader Ed Rector was one of five AVG pilots to stay on with the newly-formed 23rd Fighter Group. Promoted to major, he was given command of the 76th Fighter Squadron. He shot down two more fighters while with the 76th, on 25 September 1942, before returning to the United States.

He returned to China in 1945, was promoted to colonel and given command of the 23rd Fighter Group. His last aerial victory came on 2 April 1945. Colonel Rector remained in China following the war, serving with the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) until Chiang Kai-shek was driven from the mainland in 19 47. He later served in a variety of command and staff positions before retiring from the Air Force in June 1962 to become an aviation and communications consult

Tally record: 10 , one probable.

Decorations: Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying
Cross, Air Medal, Chinese Order of the White Cloud and
Banner, and British Distinguished Flying Cross
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Enforcer57 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice. Good info on Col. Rector to. I highly recommend Col. Bob Scotts book "God is My Copilot" if you want a detailed account of the 23rd fighter group and its P-40Es in 1942. Very good tale. Some of the info has been corrected since the war regarding enemy AC types etc, but a great story.
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tomsealstock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool art. 
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Randino1867 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now *THAT* is ACTION! Well done!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey thank you
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The P-40 Warhawk... I don't know how you do it, but you take my breath away everytime... 

And to be honest, I want it back. XD
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You make me want to get back into model building these great planes. Great work.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am doing this because i used to do model building and i was very good to be honest,but from the pc is more relaxed and less dirty :P
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LOL Yes. I would agree. However, if I get a chnace to build models, something about painting and putting together is so...relaxing. Mind is focused on that one thing. Probably like when you do your illustrations. My artistic outlet is writing, been published, and have a military action adventure/zombie slugfest waiting for yay or nay currently, and a small slew of stories behind that one. The tales are more of the crew and their massive armored personnel carrier...MASSIVE APC, like way bigger than a Abrams. :D
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xsp33 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
wow great!!
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ResistanceBrick Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
wow, i really love the dust behind the plane, it really gives a feeling like you're there!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Fantastic feel of speed with added effect of gear coming up-nice!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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GarciaWk Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Very nice
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Maty12 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I really like Warhawks, great work. Could you make one with B-25s?
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, i have bought a nice B-25 model but needs texturing and its a bit back on my do list ;P I will do in the future for sure !
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Maty12 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Can't wait to see it.
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jlyvers Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A fantastic creation. I especially like the dust being thrown up by the planes. It makes the image full of action and motion. The one landing gear, that is not fully extended, makes me wonder what is next.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like my work :)
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aceofaces1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
ALL HAIL THE FLYING TIGERS!!!
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aceofaces1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
HOLY HELL!!! HOW DID YOU MANAGE THIS?!!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
photoshop :P
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derWolfen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hello old friend! Glad to see you here sharing you great artwork. If you dont remember me Im GreyWolfe from Screen Shot Art site. Salute Wolfe
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi fella :P
The site is online again !
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derWolfen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Really, U have the link? Im on my laptop and I didnt book mark the old site.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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StratoArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is such a good piece!!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it :D
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841376252 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Perfectly. . . .I took this picture as my wallpaper
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danyboz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very dynamic rendering :thumbsup:
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cheers mate :)
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OttoakaMedicineman Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Nice work, Roen
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OttoakaMedicineman Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Nice work, Roen
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cheers fella
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Excellent
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Soter-1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Dynamic and beautiful
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DDL-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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jsf-35 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
superb !
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, rich and VERY dynamic! A really exceptional piece of work. You almost feel like if you breath deep while viewing this you'll get a lungful of dust. ;)
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you fella :)
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Awesome history behind the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.
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rocat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
lovely. gives me a sense of speed and fast reaction. bravo.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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Siegfried-Ukr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Great job!!!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot
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Siegfried-Ukr Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome ;)
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gillian495 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
P40, my favorite and my first model to build as a kid back in the mid 40s. Have a friend who was one of the mechanics in the AVG's.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Good lord! This is beautifully done!
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