“Close Call” by Roy Grinnell

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Open Edition Print: $70
Signed Artist Proof Edition: $200
Fine Art Giclee Paper or Canvas Edition: 16"x24" $275
Fine Art Giclee Paper or Canvas Edition: 24"x36" $485

In early 1942, a lone B-17E of the 435th Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group on a reconnaissance mission near Bougainville is forced down to the deck by weather. Popping out of the overcast sky, pilot John Wallace Fields, navigator Hulet Hornbeck and crew found themselves flying directly down the centerline of a Japanese man-o-war which immediately opened fire.

This dramatic image showing the Flying Fortress narrowly evading both the enemy fire and the resulting water geysers evokes the desperate circumstances into which American airmen were repeatedly thrust in the dark early days of World War II.

B-17 print was signed by the 2001 inductees into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame, CAF, Midland, Texas including 19th BG Pilot John Wallace Fields, Navigator, Hulet Hornbeck, also Col. Bud Anderson, "Hap" Halloran and Col. Ralph Parr