Blue Nose by Richard Taylor

Blue Nose by Richard Taylor

In early July 1943, a few days after landing in Scotland aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth, the 352nd Fighter Group arrived at their new home - the former RAF airfield at Bodney. Originally equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts, in April 1944 they transitioned to P-51 Mustangs, and their distinctive blue painted noses soon became familiar sights in the Norfolk skies.

Richard Taylor’s beautiful painting Blue Nose! portrays the P-51s of the 328th Fighter Squadron high above towering cumulus clouds over East Anglia in November 1944. Led by Major George Preddy, the P-51 pilots prepare to escort a large formation of B-17s on yet another arduous long range mission to Germany

Overall Size: 17¾” wide x 14¾” high Image Size: 13¾” wide x 9¾” high

The edition is personally signed by some of the most prominent and highly regarded pilots in the 352nd Fighter Group.

Joining artist Richard Taylor, each print has been individually signed in pencil by TWO highly regarded P-51 Mustang pilots who flew in combat with the 352nd Fighter Group.

Alden Rigby deployed to England in 1944 and was assigned to the 487th FS, 352nd Fighter Group from July 1944 till March 1945. During this time, he took part in 76 combat missions in P-5 Is, destroying 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, including several on 1 Jan 1945 during the German attack of Operation Bodenplatte.

First Lieutenant ROY WANDA
Sailing for Europe in December 1944, Roy was assigned to (he 486th Fighter Squadron and flew the first of his 31 combat missions on 8 February 1945. On one of these, in March 1945, he was lucky to survive when an 88mm flak shell went straight through the wing of his P-51 Danny Boy without exploding!

In addition to the two signatures of the Limited Edition, the THREE signature Artist Proofs and Remarques have also been signed by an outstanding 352nd Fighter Group Pilot:

Hill Pattillo was assigned to the 487th FS, 352nd Fighter Group and flew 135 combat missions in P-51 Mustangs from November 1944 until he was shot down over Germany in April 1945 and taken as a PoW until liberated on 2 May 1945. Bill was credited with destroying 1 Me-262 jet in aerial combat plus another 6 enemy aircraft on the ground. After the war he flew with the first USAF Thunderbird team. Following a highly distinguished post¬war career he retired from the Air Force as a General.

Edition Size - 450 - Limited Edition - 2 signatures -
Edition Size - 35 - Artist Proof - 3 signature -
Edition Size - 15 - Remarque - 3 signature -