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Flying Fortress Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian and Robert Tomlin.- Nicolas Trudgian Prints .com
DHM2176. Return to Rattlesden by Nicolas Trudgian. <p> With their crews, the 447th Bomb Group B-17 Fortresses arrived at Rattlesden in late 1943, the East Anglian base from which the group flew all its missions until the end of the war. Entering combat on December 24, the 447th targeted submarine pens, naval installations, ports and missile sites, airfields and marshalling yards in France, Belgium and Germany in preparation for the Normandy invasion. In the thick of the bomber offensive, the 447th took part in the Big-Week raids, supported the D-Day landings, aided the breakthrough at St. Lo, pounded enemy positions during the airborne invasion of Holland, and dropped supplies to the Free French forces fighting behind enemy lines. During the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 - January 1945, the group attacked marshalling yards, railroad bridges and communications centers in the combat zone, later resuming their offensive against targets deep inside Germany. When the war ended the 447th had flown over 257 individual missions, with one of their aircrew, Robert Femoyer, being awarded the Medal of Honor. Theirs was typical of the action packed campaigns flown by the American Eighth Air Force bomb groups in Europe during WWII. <br><br><b>Published 2001.<br><br>Signed by eight combat crew veterans flying B-17 Flying Fortresses for the 447th BG out of Rattlesden, England, during World War II.</b><b><p> Signed by T/Sgt John C Bitzer, <br>T/Sgt Norman Bussel, <br>Colonel Edward A Dingivan (deceased), <br>First Lt Frank Frision, <br>S/Sgt John H Osbah, <br>S/Sgt Orlando Pete Petrillo, <br>Sgt Byron Schlag <br>and <br>S/Sgt Don Sherman, in addition to the artist. <p> Signed limited edition of 500 prints.  <p>Paper size 37 inches x 22 inches (94cm x 56cm)
DHM2515.  A Green Hill Far Away by Robert Tomlin. <p>On the morning of October 14th 1943 along with 15 others from the 305th Bomb Group, Lazy Baby set off from Chelveston in England on Mission 115, the second Schweinfurt raid, later to become known as Black Thursday. By the time they reached Aachen on the outward leg only Lazy Baby and two others of the 305th were left flying, They were then seriously damaged and three crew severely injured whilst two bailed out. Diving from 23,000 ft to only 3,000 ft, pilot Ed Dienhart managed to escape the attacking fighters. With the ball turret gunner trapped and navigator seriously injured they proceeded at 30 to 50 feet, hedge-hopping all the way, to Switzerland and safety. Guided by the navigator Don Rowley who, despite having both arms virtually severed, managed to steer them from memory for over an hour to Switzerland where they made a dramatic crash landing only four miles from the German border. The navigator died the following day from his injuries. Whilst the pilot drew upon every ounce of his flying skills, the rest of the crew exhibited untold valour in the face of terrible adversity and selfless devotion to their stricken comrades.  This print is autographed by pilot Ed Dienhart and Swiss Schoolmaster Leo Thuring who helped to rescue the mortally wounded navigator. Accompanying the print is a 24 page illustrated book which charts the story from take off, through the landing, to the eventual escape of some of the crew back to England. An individual book plate is also signed by members of the crew, the author and relevant Swiss personalities providing not only a complete historical record of the heroism and valour of the crew, but a tribute to all who fought for the freedom which we now enjoy.
<p><b>Supplied with a 28-page booklet about the incident depicted in the print and the crew of the aircraft.</b><b><p>Signed by ,<br>Lt Edward Dienhart,<br>S/Sgt Christy Zullo,<br>S/Sgt Robert Cinibulk,<br>Leo Thuring,<br>2nd Lt Brunson Bolin,<br>and<br>S/Sgt Raymond Baus.<p>   Limited edition print. <p>Image size 30 inches x 15 inches (76cm x 38cm)

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Flying Fortress Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian and Robert Tomlin.

PCK2576. Flying Fortress Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian and Robert Tomlin.

Aviation Print Pack.

Items in this pack :

Item #1 - Click to view individual item

DHM2176. Return to Rattlesden by Nicolas Trudgian.

With their crews, the 447th Bomb Group B-17 Fortresses arrived at Rattlesden in late 1943, the East Anglian base from which the group flew all its missions until the end of the war. Entering combat on December 24, the 447th targeted submarine pens, naval installations, ports and missile sites, airfields and marshalling yards in France, Belgium and Germany in preparation for the Normandy invasion. In the thick of the bomber offensive, the 447th took part in the Big-Week raids, supported the D-Day landings, aided the breakthrough at St. Lo, pounded enemy positions during the airborne invasion of Holland, and dropped supplies to the Free French forces fighting behind enemy lines. During the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 - January 1945, the group attacked marshalling yards, railroad bridges and communications centers in the combat zone, later resuming their offensive against targets deep inside Germany. When the war ended the 447th had flown over 257 individual missions, with one of their aircrew, Robert Femoyer, being awarded the Medal of Honor. Theirs was typical of the action packed campaigns flown by the American Eighth Air Force bomb groups in Europe during WWII.

Published 2001.

Signed by eight combat crew veterans flying B-17 Flying Fortresses for the 447th BG out of Rattlesden, England, during World War II.

Signed by T/Sgt John C Bitzer,
T/Sgt Norman Bussel,
Colonel Edward A Dingivan (deceased),
First Lt Frank Frision,
S/Sgt John H Osbah,
S/Sgt Orlando Pete Petrillo,
Sgt Byron Schlag
and
S/Sgt Don Sherman, in addition to the artist.

Signed limited edition of 500 prints.

Paper size 37 inches x 22 inches (94cm x 56cm)


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DHM2515. A Green Hill Far Away by Robert Tomlin.

On the morning of October 14th 1943 along with 15 others from the 305th Bomb Group, Lazy Baby set off from Chelveston in England on Mission 115, the second Schweinfurt raid, later to become known as Black Thursday. By the time they reached Aachen on the outward leg only Lazy Baby and two others of the 305th were left flying, They were then seriously damaged and three crew severely injured whilst two bailed out. Diving from 23,000 ft to only 3,000 ft, pilot Ed Dienhart managed to escape the attacking fighters. With the ball turret gunner trapped and navigator seriously injured they proceeded at 30 to 50 feet, hedge-hopping all the way, to Switzerland and safety. Guided by the navigator Don Rowley who, despite having both arms virtually severed, managed to steer them from memory for over an hour to Switzerland where they made a dramatic crash landing only four miles from the German border. The navigator died the following day from his injuries. Whilst the pilot drew upon every ounce of his flying skills, the rest of the crew exhibited untold valour in the face of terrible adversity and selfless devotion to their stricken comrades. This print is autographed by pilot Ed Dienhart and Swiss Schoolmaster Leo Thuring who helped to rescue the mortally wounded navigator. Accompanying the print is a 24 page illustrated book which charts the story from take off, through the landing, to the eventual escape of some of the crew back to England. An individual book plate is also signed by members of the crew, the author and relevant Swiss personalities providing not only a complete historical record of the heroism and valour of the crew, but a tribute to all who fought for the freedom which we now enjoy.

Supplied with a 28-page booklet about the incident depicted in the print and the crew of the aircraft.

Signed by ,
Lt Edward Dienhart,
S/Sgt Christy Zullo,
S/Sgt Robert Cinibulk,
Leo Thuring,
2nd Lt Brunson Bolin,
and
S/Sgt Raymond Baus.

Limited edition print.

Image size 30 inches x 15 inches (76cm x 38cm)


Website Price: £ 185.00  

To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £400.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £215




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Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
NameInfo
Colonel Edward A Dingivan DFC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Edward Dingivan was pilot of 'Brass Wagon', flying his first combat mission to Neuminster , Germany in September 1944. He completed a tour of 30 combat missions in the B-17. after the war, Director of Traffic during the Berlin Airlift and Commander of the 35th Air Transport Squadron. Later Military Executive to the Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force, he retired in 1969. Sadly, Edward Dingivan passed away on 2nd December 2010.
First Lt Frank Frision
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Frank Frision was Bombardier on the Fortress 'Bouncin Baby' flying his first mission on 2nd November 1944 when the Luftwaffe mounted one of their largest fighter operations of the war. He flew the last of his 35 combat missions on 22nd March 1945, supporting the Rhine Crossings.
S/Sgt Don Sherman 
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

Don Sherman was the ball-turret Gunner on the B-17 'Buddy Buddy'. The first of his 31 combat missions was in December 1944 to Mainz in Germany. His final mission was flown in April 1945 against German targets holding out a Royan in France.
S/Sgt John H Osbahr
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

John Osbahr flew his first combat mission on 2nd November 1944, flying to Merseberg, Germany. He was Ball-Turret Gunner in the B-17 'Bouncin Baby'. John completed the last of his 32 missions in March 1945 on a mission to Dresden.
S/Sgt Orlando Pete Petrillo
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

Pete Petrillo was a Waist Gunner on the B-17 'Bit o' Lace'. He flew his first combat mission to Caen, France in August 1944, and the last of his 35 missions was in December 1944 to Mainz in Germany. One of his memorable trips was a supply drop to the French Maquis.
Sgt Byron Schlag
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

Byron Schlag was the Tailgunner of B-17 'Ol Scrapiron', flying his first combat mission on 26th February 1945 to Berlin. On 23rd March his B-17 collided mid-air with another B-17, cutting the tail off. He managed to bail out at just 400ft; his ball-turret gunner fell in his turret from 23,000ft and survived. The rest of the crew died. Byron Schlag was taken PoW; he escaped and was recaptured four times.
T/Sgt John C Bitzer
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

John Bitzer joined the service in 1942 before tramsferring to England. On 30th December 1943 flying the B-17G Fortress 'Maid to Please', on his very first combat mission his aircraft was shot down and he had to bail out. John was taken prisoner by the Germans and remained in captivity until May 1945.
T/Sgt Norman Bussel
*Signature Value : £40 (matted)

As Radio Operator on the B-17 'Mississippi Lady', Norman Bussel flew his first combat mission in March 1944 to Frankfurt. On 29th April 1944 his aircraft was shot down over Berlin, the worst day for losses for the 447th during the entire war. Bailing out with his clothes on fire, four of his crew died that day. Norman was taken PoW for the rest of the war.
Signatures on item 2
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
NameInfo


The signature of 2nd Lt Brunson Bolin

2nd Lt Brunson Bolin
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

Co-pilot of B-17 Flying Fortress "Lazy Baby". Brunson Bolin was just 18 years old when he volunteered for the Army Air Force. Within months, he was training to be a pilot and flew the B-17 named the Lazy Baby. 2nd Lt Brunson Bolin was on his seventh mission — flying as a co-pilot. Their mission was to bomb the ball-bearing factory on the Schweinfurt Raid. They had just dropped their bombs when the plane was attacked. The left board engine was on fire, communication systems were destroyed and the navigator was mortally wounded. The situation looked grim and the pilot ordered everyone to bail out. With the plane in distress, Brunson Bolin jumped from the bomb bay — he slammed into one of the doors breaking most of his ribs. As he tumbled towards the earth, Brunson stretched back and noticed holes popping up inside his parachute. He looked down to find a group of German farmers taking shots at him. The only thing that saved his life was a German Army Corporal who got to him before the farmers did. And in the middle of a huge hay field, Brunson Bolin was captured. He would spend the next 18 months at Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Poland as a prisoner of war. When 2nd Lt Brunson Bolin returned after the war he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Air Medal for his service to our nation. After the war, he took a job with Delta Air Lines.
The signature of Leo Thuring

Leo Thuring
*Signature Value : £10 (matted)

Schoolmaster, Aesch, Switzerland. Was at the scene as B-17 Flying Fortress "Lazy Baby" came down and assisted the crew out of the aircraft.


The signature of Lt Edward Dienhart

Lt Edward Dienhart
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Pilot of B-17 Flying Fortress "Lazy Baby".


The signature of S/Sgt Christy Zullo

S/Sgt Christy Zullo
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Waist Gunner of B-17 Flying Fortress "Lazy Baby".


The signature of S/Sgt Raymond Baus

S/Sgt Raymond Baus
*Signature Value : £15 (matted)

Ball Turret Gunner of B-17 Flying Fortress "Lazy Baby".


The signature of S/Sgt Robert Cinibulk

S/Sgt Robert Cinibulk
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Waist Gunner of B-17 Flying Fortress "Lazy Baby".

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