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Heaven Can Wait by Nicolas Trudgian.- Anthony Saunders Aviation and Naval Art
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Heaven Can Wait by Nicolas Trudgian.


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.
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Item Code : DHM2592Heaven Can Wait by Nicolas Trudgian. - This Edition
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Print paper size 30.5 inches x 24 inches (77cm x 61cm) Cervantes, Henry Hank
Hempy, Harry M
Keenan, Joseph Joe
Mack, James
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Hempy, Harry M
Keenan, Joseph Joe
Mack, James
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Signatures on this item
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The signature of Cpt Harry M Hempy

Cpt Harry M Hempy
*Signature Value : £40

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.
The signature of Lt Col Henry Hank Cervantes

Lt Col Henry Hank Cervantes
*Signature Value : £45

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.
The signature of Stf Sgt Joseph Joe Keenan

Stf Sgt Joseph Joe Keenan
*Signature Value : £40

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.
The signature of Tech Sgt James Mack

Tech Sgt James Mack
*Signature Value : £40

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.
The Aircraft :
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Flying FortressIn the mid-1930s engineers at Boeing suggested the possibility of designing a modern long-range monoplane bomber to the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1934 the USAAC issued Circular 35-26 that outlined specifications for a new bomber that was to have a minimum payload of 2000 pounds, a cruising speed in excess of 200-MPH, and a range of at least 2000 miles. Boeing produced a prototype at its own expense, the model 299, which first flew in July of 1935. The 299 was a long-range bomber based largely on the Model 247 airliner. The Model 299 had several advanced features including an all-metal wing, an enclosed cockpit, retractable landing gear, a fully enclosed bomb bay with electrically operated doors, and cowled engines. With gun blisters glistening everywhere, a newsman covering the unveiling coined the term Flying Fortress to describe the new aircraft. After a few initial test flights the 299 flew off to Wright Field setting a speed record with an average speed of 232-mph. At Wright Field the 299 bettered its competition in almost all respects. However, an unfortunate crash of the prototype in October of 1935 resulted in the Army awarding its primary production contract to Douglas Aircraft for its DB-1 (B-18.) The Army did order 13 test models of the 299 in January 1936, and designated the new plane the Y1B-17. Early work on the B-17 was plagued by many difficulties, including the crash of the first Y1B-17 on its third flight, and nearly bankrupted the Company. Minor quantities of the B-17B, B-17C, and B-17D variants were built, and about 100 of these aircraft were in service at the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. In fact a number of unarmed B-17s flew into the War at the time of the Japanese attack. The German Blitzkrieg in Europe resulted in accelerated aircraft production in America. The B-17E was the first truly heavily armed variant and made its initial flight in September of 1941. B-17Es cost $298,000 each and more than 500 were delivered. The B-17F and B-17G were the truly mass-produced wartime versions of the Flying Fortress. More than 3,400 B-17Fs and more than 8,600 B-17Gs would be produced. The American daylight strategic bombing campaign against Germany was a major factor in the Allies winning the War in Europe. This campaign was largely flown by B-17 Flying Fortresses (12,677 built) and B-24 Liberators (18,188 built.) The B-17 bases were closer to London than those of the B-24, so B-17s received a disproportionate share of wartime publicity. The first mission in Europe with the B-17 was an Eighth Air Force flight of 12 B-17Es on August 12, 1942. Thousands more missions, with as many as 1000 aircraft on a single mission would follow over the next 2 years, virtually decimating all German war making facilities and plants. The B-17 could take a lot of damage and keep on flying, and it was loved by the crews for bringing them home despite extensive battle damage. Following WW II, B-17s would see some action in Korea, and in the 1948 Israel War. There are only 14 flyable B-17s in operation today and a total of 43 complete airframes

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