"Keep them Flying over CBI": A tribute to the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers, 69th Depot Repair Squadron
In 2005, a special painting was commissioned from San Antonio artist Luis Lopez, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of the war with Japan. "Keep them Flying over CBI" is a one-of-a-kind painting depicting members of the 14th Air Force, 69th Depot Repair Squadron, their journey over the Burma Road, and the infamous P-40 "Flying Tiger", one of the many aircraft they kept flying over the "Hump" (Himalayan Mountains) and in the air above China.
While the original painting is part of a private collection, you can still own one of only 250 giclee fine art prints of this historic painting. Print #1 currently hangs in the Jade Studio of Mr. Kong Lei, Kunming, China, where the 69th DRS was stationed.
Prints are available in 2 sizes:
The LARGE print consists of a 14" x 18.5" image on 16" x 21" acid-free water color paper; matted size is 18.5" x 24.25".
The SMALL print consists of a 7.75" x 10.25" image; matted size is 12" x 14.5".
Each print is hand numbered and signed by the artist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
"Keep them Flying ..." Giclee Print Cost: Large (14x18.5) $ 200.00(SOLD OUT) Small (7.75x10.25) $ 35.00 (Only 1 left) (includes shipping and insurance to US Address)
If you are interested in a print, please contact us regarding special orders
Join the 69th on their harrowing trip across the Burma Road!
Cost: $ 15.00 (includes shipping and insurance to US Address)
"Mud, Sweat & Gears"
This documentary story of the crossing of the Burma Road was filmed by Reverend Charles Meeus, a Belgian, Catholic secular Priest who became a Chinese citizen at the age of 20 in order to better perform missionary work. He also became an Army contract chaplain and was assigned to the 301st Air Depot Group (the 69th DRS was one of many squadrons comprising the 301st.) After the war, Meeus returned to the U.S. Because all of the 69th trucks and vans were manufactured by General Motors (GMC), he thought they might be interested in seeing how their vehicles performed and delivered the original film to them. GMC was so impressed with the film that they converted it to color and added a narrator to tell the story. GMC gave one copy of the converted tape to Meeus and presented him with a new, outfitted panel truck. GMC retained the only other known copy. Meeus returned to China prior to the communist takeover and gave his copy of the film to a U.S. Merchant Seaman (Bob Bartlett), with instructinos to pass the film to Captain Norman Burke, the Commanding Officer of the 69th DRS. Unfortunately, Bartlett lost CPT Burke's address and could not recontact Meeus after the communists seized control of China. However, fate interviened around 1968 when Bartlet accidentally located Burke and transfered the tape to him 19 years after receiving it from Meeus.
The tape has now been converted to a DVD and everyone can enjoy the story!
Stunning 5-color "60th Anniversary" enamel lapel pin. Flying Tiger emblem supports both the US and Nationalist Chinese flags, symbolizing the partnership that helped bring an end to the Japanese occupation of China. Oval shape measures 1 1/2" x 1 3/8"
Available in 2 versions: 1) Historical 1940's Chinese flag (shown) 2) Present People's Republic of China flag
60th Anniversary Lapel Pin
60th Anniversary Lapel Pin Cost: $ 5.00 (includes shipping to US Address)