1942 Cover LIFE Marine Ace Fighting Squadron Captain John Lucian Smith LF5


Please note that this is a cover only.

This is an original 1942 World War II black and white with a single color cover for the December issue of LIFE, featuring an image of Aviator Ace and Lexington, Oklahoma native, Captain John Lucian Smith of the Marine Fighting Squadron 223, who was known to fly the Grumman Wildcats. Photography by Nelson Morris.


This 69+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light creasing. No natural defects. Light scuffing. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Cover; Black & White w/ Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 13.75 inches; 26 x 35 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Wartime, Pilots, Aviation, Flight Goggles, Military, Air Force, Fighter Pilot, Historic Aviators