America Remembers Honors One of America’s Greatest Fighter Aces of WWII
For American fighter pilots in World War II, there was no such thing as a front line. Their battlefield was the vast blue sky over hostile territory and rough terrain. Thousands of feet up, in a fierce storm of bullets and fire—life or death was decided in seconds.
The Allied air war against the Japanese was especially fierce and called for men of extraordinary flying skill and exceptional courage, men like David Lee “Tex” Hill. Raised in Texas, Hill joined the U.S. Navy after college and served as a bomber and torpedo pilot. In early 1941, the young flyer was recruited as part of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), a secret, select force of young men bound for China.
Before the U.S. entered the war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the use of American pilots and planes to help China defend itself against Japan. Then Colonel Claire Chennault recruited 100 flyers, one of the chosen being Tex Hill, to become the fighter group later known as “The Flying Tigers.”
The exploits of the Flying Tigers captured the world’s imagination and became legendary…as did the triumphs of one of its top fighter aces. During his time with the Tigers and later, Tex Hill scored a confirmed total of 181/4 thrilling victories and became one of America’s legendary World War II airmen. To this day, the service and sacrifice of Tex Hill continues to inspire airmen, veterans and Americans throughout our great nation.
Now America Remembers is proud to honor this legendary World War II ace with the Tex Hill Tribute Pistol. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each working Colt® Government Model® Pistol in sparkling 24-karat gold and nickel, magnificently capturing the details of the artwork on this museum-quality masterpiece.
The Colt .45 – An American Icon
The Tex Hill Tribute Pistol, available exclusively through America Remembers, is a working Colt® .45 ACP pistol, like the sidearm that Tex carried during his service to America. World War II pilots faced the constant danger of being shot down while behind enemy lines, so they needed a rugged, reliable weapon that could fit into their flight gear. The Colt .45 fit the bill – born for combat, it was utterly reliable, virtually indestructible and awesome in its stopping power.
An Exclusive Limited Edition
Only 200 Tribute Pistols have been authorized in this edition. We will arrange delivery of your Tribute through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. You will receive the Tribute Pistol with our 30-day guarantee of satisfaction. If you are not completely satisfied, you may return it to us in original unfired condition within 30 days for a complete and courteous refund.
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to add a classic Colt .45 pistol to your collection of fine firearms in honor of one of America’s most unforgettable fighter pilots of WWII.
Left side features a portrait of Tex Hill in flight gear with a symbolic Chinese national flag in the background. The banner to the right notes the time Tex spent as Squadron Leader of the 2nd Squadron of the AVG. To the left, Hill’s faithful Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk flashes its famous shark’s mouth, jagged smile. On the left, closest to the hammer, is the Flying Tiger logo—a winged tiger flying through a ‘V’ for ‘Victory.’ On the frame, just below the slide, you’ll also find a recreation of Tex Hill’s distinctive signature.
Right side features a confident portrait of Tex in full flight gear standing in front of the American flag. Beside Tex is a rendering of his P-51A Mustang, generally considered the best Allied fighter of WWII. In his P-51, Tex often flew escort for U.S. bombers based in China.
Optional Display Case
In order to display and protect your “Tex” Hill Tribute Pistol, a handsome, luxuriously lined custom made display case including an engraved brass identification plaque is available for purchase.
Since the “Tex” Hill Tribute Pistol is a working Colt .45 pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California, Maryland or Massachusetts)
I wish to reserve the “Tex” Hill Tribute Pistol, a working Colt .45 pistol, at the price of $2,195*. Each pistol is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 200, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
* All orders are subject to acceptance and credit verification prior to shipment. Sales tax is required in certain states and will be added. Shipping and handling will be added to each order. Virginia residents please add sales tax.