Limited Edition of 550 : $175
Artist Proof Edition of 50 : $245
On November 21, 1944, the 8th Air Force launched 995 B-17 Flying Fortresses and 366 B-24 Liberators with the petroleum facilities near Merseburg, Germany as their primary target. After releasing their bombs over the target, “Nine-O-Nine” and “Outhouse Mouse”, two B-17Gs from the 91st Bomb Group, are seen flying over the Holland coastline as they head back towards their base at Bassingbourn, England.
Escorting the two bombers are three aces from the 352nd Fighter Group; Major George Preddy (26.83 air-to-air) in “Cripes A’ Mighty”, Lt. Col. John C Meyers (24 air-to-air) in “Petie 3rd”, and Capt. Bill Whisner (15.5 air-to-air) in “Moonbeam McSwine”. These three aces ‘wiggle’ their wings to notify the bomber pilots that the “little friends” are leaving the formation. Capt. Bill Whisner, having shot down six enemy fighters during the mission, breaks away from the bombers to take the lead and head for their base at Bodney, England. It’s this moment that the painting captures.
Limited Edition 550 hand signed and numbered lithographs (38" x 26").
Each Limited Edition lithograph is hand signed by 13 pilots and aircrew
from the 352nd FG and 91st BG. Includes two 352nd FG Aces,
Donald Bryan (13.34), and Alden Rigby (5), three POWs and two B-17 nose artists.
Artist Proofs 50 hand signed and numbered.
Each Artist Proof lithograph is signed by 15 pilots and aircrew
from the 352nd FG and 91st BG, five P-51 Mustang pilots and ten
B-17 pilots and aircrew.
Size 38" x 26"
FULL HOUSE - ACES HIGH by JOHN DOUGHTY (P-51 Mustang: B-17 Flying Fortress: 352nd FG: 91st BG:)@vbader.com