THE ACES SERIES PART II
Dominating the skies over Germany, P-51s of the 4th Fighter Group – The Eagles – sweep across the cloud tops, their pilots scanning the distant horizon for any signs of the Luftwaffe. They are ready for trouble should the enemy decide to chance their luck. . . .
Formed in September 1942 from the RAF Eagle Squadrons, the Fourth Fighter Group was the oldest fighter unit in the Eighth Air Force; Under the command of the legendary Don Blakeslee, described as “probably the best fighter leader of the war”, the combined air and ground victories notched up by “The Eagles” during World War II surpassed any other fighter group. They were the first to penetrate German air space, and the first to engage the Luftwaffe over Berlin. Hermann Goering later remarked “When I saw those Mustangs over Berlin, I knew that the war was lost.”
It is fitting therefore that Robert Taylor has chosen the Fourth Fighter Group for his classic painting to represent all the pilots who flew P-51s with the USAAF.
The first release in this series, Horrido!, was a tribute to the Luftwaffe Aces of WWII and was a huge success, completely selling out. Just like Horrido! each print in Eagles on the Rampage is personally signed by ten Aces. The signatories in this outstanding edition include some of the most famous Mustang pilots to fly in the European Theater during World War II, creating a historic collectors’ edition which may never be surpassed.
Each print has been individually hand-signed by ten USAAF Aces who flew Mustangs in Europe during World War II and amassed almost ONE HUNDRED VICTORIES between them:
Major General DONALD J STRAIT – 356th Fighter Group / 13 ½ victories
Colonel STEVE PISANOS – 4th Fighter Group / 10 victories
Lieutenant General GEORGE G. LOVING, JR. – 31st Fighter Group / 5 victories
Colonel CLARENCE E “BUD” ANDERSON – 357th Fighter Group / 16 ¼ victories
Captain JAMES L. BROOKS – 31st Fighter Group / 13 victories
Colonel DONALD CUMMINGS– 38th Fighter Group / 6 ½ victories
Colonel BARRIE S. DAVIS – 325th Fighter Group / 6 victories
Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST– 10th Photo Recon Group / 14 ½ victories
Colonel ART FIEDLER – 325th Fighter Group / 8 victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT A. KARR – 52nd Fighter Group / 6 victories
THE MATTED SIGNATURES
Our expert framers have custom framed the print to conservation standards, to include the additional signatures of six American Mustang Aces:
Lieutenant Colonel BOB GOEBEL – 31st Fighter Group / 11 victories
Colonel HERSCHEL “HERKY” GREEN – 4th Fighter Group / 18 victories
Captain CHARLES E. WEAVER – 357th Fighter Group/ 8 victories
Brigadier General FRANK L GAILER – 357th Fighter Group / 5 ½ aerial victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT G SCHIMANSKI – 357th Fighter Group/ 6 air victories
Brigadier General ROBIN OLDS – 479th Fighter Group / 17 victories
The signatories in this special piece scored more than ONE HUNDRED SIXTY VICTORIES between them, making this a perfect collectors item for WWII enthusiasts and autograph hunters alike.