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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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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
PetoriusRex Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You make me want to get back into model building these great planes. Great work.
rOEN911 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
PetoriusRex 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
wow great!!
wow, i really love the dust behind the plane, it really gives a feeling like you're there!
rOEN911 Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
Fantastic feel of speed with added effect of gear coming up-nice!
rOEN911 Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
GarciaWk Jan 17, 2013
Very nice
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