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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. Items in this pack :
Aviation Print Pack.
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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.
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
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,
2nd Lt Brunson Bolin,
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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