The first in a collection of limited editions commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the conclusion of World War II.
In April 1945, with the War virtually over, P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group sweep unopposed at low level through the beautiful Rhine valley. This is the first release in a pair of prints paying tribute the USAAF in Europe 1942 – 1945 and once again Robert Taylor has produced a classic painting reminiscent of some of his most collectible releases.
Joining artist Robert Taylor, this print was signed by TWELVE highly prominent Aces from the 357th Fighter Group.
Colonel CLARENCE E “BUD” ANDERSON – 16 ¼ victories
Brigadier General FRANK L GAILER – 5 ½ victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT G SCHIMANSKI – 6 victories
Captain ROBERT P WINKS – 5 ½ victories
First Lieutenant JOSEPH BLACK – 28 combat missions including a massive escort raid to Berlin
First Lieutenant RAYMOND T CONLIN – Flew 71 missions, including D-Day and Market Garden
Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM W FOARD – Took part in all of the Squadron’s main escort raids
First Lieutenant DALE E KARGER – 7 ½ victories, third youngest American Ace
Major JOHN A KIRLA– 11 ½ victories
Captain WILLIAM B OVERSTREET– Flew 50 combat missions over Berlin, Leipzeig and other cities
Colonel ARVAL J ROBERSON – 6 victories in 76 combat missions
First Lieutenant JOHN SKARA – Wingman to Bud Anderson