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100th Bomb Group Flying Fortress Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Simon Smith. - nicolastrudgianprints.com

DHM2592. Heaven Can Wait by Nicolas Trudgian. <p> B-17 Fortresses of the Bloody Hundredth- the Eighth Air Forces 100th Bomb Group - return to Thorpe Abbotts following a raid on enemy oil refineries, September 11, 1944. Nicolas Trudgians moving tribute to the Bloody Hundredth shows the imaginatively named B-17, Heaven Can Wait, on final approach to Thorpe Abbotts after the intense battle on September 11, 1944. Skilfully piloted by Harry Hempy, the seriously damaged B-17G has struggled 500 miles home on two engines to make it back to England. They lost their tail gunner that fateful day. Below the descending bomber stream, an agricultural traction engine peacefully ploughs the wheat stubble in preparation for next year's vital crop, the farm workers oblivious to the unimaginable traumas so recently experienced by the crews of the returning B-17 Fortresses. <br><br>Signed by four pilots and crew who flew with the 100th Bomb Group in Europe during World War II.  <br>Published in 1999 - Issue price was £120.<p><b>Last 20 available of this sold out edition.<b><p> Signatories: Lt Col Henry Hank Cervantes; Cpt Harry M Hempy; Stf Sgt Joseph Joe Keenan; Tech Sgt James Mack. <p> Signed  limited edition of 500 prints.  <p>Print paper size 30.5 inches x 24 inches (77cm x 61cm)
DHM1461.  The Veteran by Simon Smith. <p>Our Gal Sal, a veteran of over a hundred ops, returning to base in the summer of 1944.  The peace of the  English country side is broken by the thunder of the mighty four engined bombers and keen observers will spot the rabbit scampering along the country lane as the Forts of the Bloody 100th circle the Airbase. With one engine feathered and showing signs of the gauntlet of Flak and fighters she has had to come through, the crew know they are only moments away from the safety of home. <p><b>Last 30 prints available in this edition. </b><b><p>Signed by Colonel Bob Morgan (deceased)<p> Signed limited edition of 500 prints. <p> Image size 23 inches x 17 inches (58cm x 43cm)

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100th Bomb Group Flying Fortress Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Simon Smith.

PCK1227. 100th Bomb Group Flying Fortress Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Simon Smith.

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DHM2592. Heaven Can Wait by Nicolas Trudgian.

B-17 Fortresses of the Bloody Hundredth- the Eighth Air Forces 100th Bomb Group - return to Thorpe Abbotts following a raid on enemy oil refineries, September 11, 1944. Nicolas Trudgians moving tribute to the Bloody Hundredth shows the imaginatively named B-17, Heaven Can Wait, on final approach to Thorpe Abbotts after the intense battle on September 11, 1944. Skilfully piloted by Harry Hempy, the seriously damaged B-17G has struggled 500 miles home on two engines to make it back to England. They lost their tail gunner that fateful day. Below the descending bomber stream, an agricultural traction engine peacefully ploughs the wheat stubble in preparation for next year's vital crop, the farm workers oblivious to the unimaginable traumas so recently experienced by the crews of the returning B-17 Fortresses.

Signed by four pilots and crew who flew with the 100th Bomb Group in Europe during World War II.
Published in 1999 - Issue price was £120.

Last 20 available of this sold out edition.

Signatories: Lt Col Henry Hank Cervantes; Cpt Harry M Hempy; Stf Sgt Joseph Joe Keenan; Tech Sgt James Mack.

Signed limited edition of 500 prints.

Print paper size 30.5 inches x 24 inches (77cm x 61cm)


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DHM1461. The Veteran by Simon Smith.

Our Gal Sal, a veteran of over a hundred ops, returning to base in the summer of 1944. The peace of the English country side is broken by the thunder of the mighty four engined bombers and keen observers will spot the rabbit scampering along the country lane as the Forts of the Bloody 100th circle the Airbase. With one engine feathered and showing signs of the gauntlet of Flak and fighters she has had to come through, the crew know they are only moments away from the safety of home.

Last 30 prints available in this edition.

Signed by Colonel Bob Morgan (deceased)

Signed limited edition of 500 prints.

Image size 23 inches x 17 inches (58cm x 43cm)


Website Price: £ 210.00  

To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £400.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £190




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Cpt Harry M Hempy
The pilot and captain of Heaven Can Wait, Harry Hempy flew his first combat mission on 2nd August 1944. On 11th September he brought the aircraft safely home on three engines after the momentous battle over Ruhrland, a feat he repeated another four times during his tour. His crew destroyed five enemy aircraft. Harry flew to all the big targets, including Berlin, Cologne and Hanover. In total he completed 35 missions.


Lt Col Henry Hank Cervantes
Lt Col. Henry Cervantes was born in Fresno, California in October 1923. He joined the US Air Force and graduated on the 27th June 1944. Lt Col. Henry Cervantes was one of only a few Mexican American Pilots, of "The Bloody100th Bombardment Group flying B-17s. On 18th March 1945 he flew on the last Eighth Air Force mission to Berlin, and on 7th April got home safely after his B-17 E-Z Goin' was badly damaged in a head-on attack by Me109s of Rammkommando Elbe.


Stf Sgt Joseph Joe Keenan
Joe Keenan joined the 100th Bomb Group at Thorpe Abbotts as a ball turret gunner. He flew 35 combat missions in B-17 Andy's Dandy, including five missions to Berlin in May 1944, dropped arms and supplies to the French Resistance, and flew on D-Day, 6th June 1944.


Tech Sgt James Mack
No.418 Sqn RCAF. Pilot James Mack flew the first of his 26 combat missions with the 100th Bomb Group in September 1943. He flew to Berlin three times in March 1944, and also to Schweinfurt, Dresden and a heavy-water plant in Norway. After completing his first tour he signed up to train as a waist-gunner for a further 30 missions, but the war ended before he was needed.
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Colonel Bob Morgan (deceased)
The 24 year old Captain and pilot Bob Morgan skippered the Memphis Belle on every one of her 25 combat missions over the skies of occupied Europe and Nazi Germany. His renowned skill as a B-17 pilot, his courage under fire, and his leadership welded his crew into one of the best fighting units in the 8th Air Force. Bob Morgan later commanded a squadron of B-29s in the Pacific and led the first B-29 raid on Tokyo. He completed a total of 26 missions against Japan, and became the most celebrated American bomber pilot of WWII. On 21 April 2004, Morgan broke his neck when he fell at the Asheville Regional Airport. He was admitted to a hospital in Asheville, where he remained in critical condition for several weeks. On 10 May, Morgan came down with pneumonia, and that combined with a massive infection brought him face-to-face with one final combat that he lost. Robert Morgan died on Friday, 15 May 2004. He was 85. He was buried on 22 May with full military honours including an Air Force flyover at the NC State Veterans Cemetery.

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