FLIGHT OUT OF HELL

$345.00

A dramatic piece paying tribute to the bravery of the PBY Catalina crews in the Pacific Theater
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600Limited Edition $345.00 With four outstanding signatures
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Description

On February 15, 1944, a force of B-24s, B-25s and A-20s hammered the heavily defended Japanese base at Kavieng. Several aircraft, however, were forced to ditch; three downed B-25 crews from 345th Bomb Group floating helplessly in life-rafts within a thousand yards of the beach, and the Japanese troops were in no mood to take prisoners. Their only chance of survival was the air-sea rescue PBY Catalina.

Nicolas Trudgian’s dramatic reconstruction depicts Lt. Commander Nathan Gordon’s PBY Catalina making its final take-off, the intense enemy gunfire from the shore making his mission seemingly impossible. But the young pilot got all 25 men aboard safely home, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for what is regarded as one of the bravest actions of the war in the Pacific.

THE SIGNATURES

Each print is signed by Medal of Honor recipient Nathan Gordon and THREE of his aircrew that were involved in this historic mission.

Lieutenant Commander NATHAN GORDON Medal of Honor
Colonel WILLIAM J. CAVIOLI
AMM JOHN BRATELY
Captain ROBERT E. LEWIS

This historic piece is seldom available these days but the perfect choice for aviation art collectors and WWII enthusiasts.

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Overall Print Size

33 x 23 inches

Release Date

1996

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