Christmas Day 1941 dawned hot and muggy in Rangoon, Burma. It would be another 115-degree day. Charles H. Older was one of thirteen pilots of the American Volunteer Group's Third Pursuit Squadron standing alert near their shark-mouthed Tomahawks on Mingaladon Airdrome, north of Rangoon. In his first combat two days earlier he had been credited with two Japanese bombers. At 1130 the air raid sounded, and minutes later 13 Tomahawks, joined by 16 RAF Brewster Buffaloes, rose to meet the enemy. At 1210 the Japanese formation was sighted, three waves of bombers (90 in all) and approximately 60 escorting fighters. George McMillan, R.T. Smith, and Robert P. 'Duke' Hedman attacked the left flank leading the 'V' of bombers while Chuck Older, Tommy Haywood and Ed Overend worked over the right flank. The other seven took on the fighters. With Haywood on his right wing, Older attacked from below and to the right of the outboard 'V'. Opening fire at 200 yards, in an almost vertical climb, he held the trigger down until less than 100 yards, and then kicked over in a hammerhead to dive away. Using this zoom and dive technique he and Haywood shot down two bombers each. As the bombers turned east for home, Older downed a Nakajima Oscar for his third victory of the day. Twenty-four Japanese planes fell to the AVG that day. Chuck Older became an ace as did Duke Hedman, who shot down four bombers and a fighter. Other credited AVG victories included three for McMillan and Smith, two each for Parker DuPouy and Ed Overend, and one each for Bob Brouk and Ken Jernstedt. This particular print is also signed by Flying Tiger pilots Ken Jernstedt, R.T. Smith, 'Duke' Hedman and Parker DuPouy. Print is numbered/limited edition and comes with COA and measures 24x30 inches and is signed by the pilot and the artist, Roy Grinnell.
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