The second (see Air Superiority) in the collection of limited editions commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the conclusion of World War II.
The 357th Fighter Group was thrown into action soon after arriving in England in February 1944. Being the first fighter group equipped with P-51 Mustangs, great things were expected of them, and they didn’t disappoint: in the final year of the was they achieved a faster rate of air victories than any other group I the 8th Air Force, and shot down in a single mission in excess of 50 during a great air battle on 14 January, 1945.
Serving primarily as fighter escorts, the 357th provided penetration, target, and withdrawal support for the bombers attacking strategic objectives in occupied Europe, and played a major part in the 8th Air Force’s first attack on Berlin on 6 march 1944. They also conducted fighter sweeps, strafing and dive bombing missions, attacking enemy airfields, bridges, fuel dumps, and numerous other ground targets. They took part in the Normandy invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, ad the airborne assault across the Rhine.
The 357th spawned a raft of air Aces, including Lit Carson, Bid Anderson, John England, and Robert Foy – all triple Aces. Among the Aces of the 357th was also a determined young pilot who, in spite of being shot down on his eighth mission and, with the aid of the French Resistance, evaded capture to return and fly combat, and who would end the war with 44½ air victories, This intrepid aviator would later become the first pilot to fly faster then the speed of sound in level flight, and a legend in aviation history: Chuck Yeager.
Robert Taylor’s new painting provides a wonderful study of the p-51 D Mustang. On the hands of Chuck Yeager, and in company with other P-51s of the 357th Fighter Group, ‘Glamorous Glen III’ heads out from Leiston, Suffolk, over the unmistakable countryside of East Anglia, as they race to the bomber rendezvous point, and onwards to Germany. An aviation painting of panoramic proportion that relives the spirit that pervaded throughout the US fighter groups in their quest to overcome the Luftwaffe and the German war machine, over 60 years ago.
This outstanding new edition - the companion to Air Superiority - is signed by prominent pilots of the 357th Fighter Group
Overall print size: 30¼ " x 24"
Major James McLane
Edition size: 450 -
The Victory in Europe Edition
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