Flying Fortress Trade Discount Aviation Print Pack.
DPK0485. Flying Fortress Trade Discount Aviation Print Pack. Items in this pack :
Aviation Print Pack.
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RT2. Thunderheads Over Ridgewell by Robert Taylor.
In the early days of the USAAF daylight bombing campaign, before the arrival of long-range fighter escorts, rarely was a mission flown without Luftwaffe interception and the ever-present barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The Eighth Air Force crews literally fought their way through swarms of enemy fighters and thick flak to hit their targets, then fought their way home again. Seldom a formation returned without losses and casualties, but inexorably the American bomb groups struck deeper and deeper into enemy territory. Bomber crews lucky enough to survive a complete tour were few and far between. They knew this when they arrived in England at the start of their tour, and the awesome task they faced banded the flyers together like brothers. They flew and fought for each other, their country and liberty with determination and a camaraderie that only those who went through the experience could fully appreciate. In his tribute to the USAAF bomber crews, Robert Taylor has selected the 381st Bomb Group to represent, and pay tribute to all those who flew the perilous daylight raids out of bases in England into the heavily defended skies above enemy occupied Europe. Roberts emotive painting shows 381st Bomb Group B-17 Fortresses returning to Ridgewell on a summer afternoon in 1944 during a period when the Group reached the peak of it effectiveness- for several months it was the top ranked outfit in the Eighth. Between June 1943 and the end of hostilities the 381st completed 297 combat missions, hit almost every important target in German hands and was credited with the destruction of 223 enemy aircraft. One aircraft, more than any other, came to symbolise the great bombing campaign of the USAAF in Europe during World War Two, and in his spectacular new painting Robert Taylor captures the magnificence of Boeings legendary B-17 Flying Fortress. In his inimitable style the artist brings to life an exact wartime scene, a battle-damaged aircraft making apparent the fearsome task tackled daily by those who flew the hazardous missions to occupied Europe during the greatest air war ever fought.
Signed by Captain Turner G Brashear,
Major Edward A Klein
First Lieutenant Vincent J Peters.
Aircrew Edition. Signed limited edition of 400 prints.
Image size 25 inches x 16 inches (64cm x 41cm)
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DHM416. Berlin Bound by Anthony Saunders.
In 1944 Berlin was probably the most defended city in the world. The Luftwaffe had kept what reserves it had for planes to defend Berlin. On March 6th, 1944, The USAAF were involved in the massive air raid on Berlin, 69 B17s were lost - but the Luftwaffe lost 160 planes. Whereas the US 8th Air Force could recover from these aircraft losses, the German Luftwaffe could not. By the end of the war, the 8th Air Force and the Royal Air Force had destroyed 70% of Berlin.
Signed limited edition of 2500 prints.
Image size 12 inches x 8 inches (31cm x 20cm)
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DHM1473. Safe Pastures by Mark Postlethwaite.
B-17G 42-37755 NV-A 325th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group from Poddington crash landing in Switzerland on 25th February 1944 after sustaining damage over enemy territory after a raid on Augsburg and Stuttgart.
Few Copies Available
Signed limited edition of 500 prints.
Image size 33.5cm x 50.5cm.
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DHM1724. Last One Home by Ivan Berryman.
A pair of P51D Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, escort a damaged B17G Flying Fortress of the 381st Bomb Group back to its home base of Ridgewell, England, during the Autumn of 1944.
Signed limited edition of 1150 prints.
Image size 17 inches x 12 inches (43cm x 31cm)
Website Price: £ 310.00
To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £765.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £455
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