This is an art print by aviation artist Hal Tacker, featuring a pen and ink sytle portrait of World War II US Marine Corps night fighter Ace R. Bruce Porter. Also included is a matching set of First Day Covers signed by Bruce Porter. Framed together, this will make a nice historical piece for your collection.The print is signed by Col. R. Bruce Porter. See photo below.
The print measures 11" x 17". The print was given to me by Col. Porter in June, 2003.
This is also a matching set of commemorative First Day of Issue covers signed by F6F Hellcat Night Fighter Ace R. Bruce Porter. The covers features the 100th Anniversary of Flight stamp, and were cancelled on May 22, 2003 at the Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina post office, and the Dayton, Ohio post office.
The covers are signed by Hellcat Ace R. Bruce Porter and Aviation Artist John R. Doughty, Jr. The covers are number 1/20, and they are from the artist's personal collection. The covers have been sold out for years.
Major R. Bruce Porter is a Marine Corps F4U and F6F Night Fighter Ace with 5 confirmed air-to-air victories, and four probables. He was assigned to VMF-121, flying the F4U Corsair, and had 3 air-to-air victories. After his tour with VMF-121, he was assigned to VMF(N)-542, flying the night fighter version of the F6F Hellcat, and was one of only six Marine night fighter pilots to score two air-to-air victories in one mission. Major Porter is the only Marine aviator to score double kills in both the F4U Corsair and the F6F Hellcat. He was decorated with the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with two gold stars, Air medal with four gold stars, and two Presidential Unit Citations. Bruce Porter, who retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel, and aviation artist John R. Doughty, Jr., signed each envelope.
The covers comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered by the artist.
Covers will be mailed by US Priority Mail, with insurance and delivery confirmation.