When in December 1943 the 325th Fighter Group, the Checkertail Clan, had moved into south-eastern Italy they were soon escorting American bombers on long range missions deep into occupied Europe. In two years of air combat the Checkertails soon became one of the crack units in the Fifteenth Air Force, destroying a staggering 537 enemy aircraft in the air, and accounting for many more on the ground.
Returning to base after an arduous escort mission, Captain Art Fiedler leads a flight of P-51 Mustangs from the 325th Fighter Group – the Checkertail Clan – through the Po Valley in northern Italy seeking out targets of opportunity among the retreating Axis forces, July 1944.
This painting has been personally autographed on the reverse of the canvas by four iconic Mustang Pilots including the subject of the painting, Art Fiedler:
Colonel ART FIEDLER (8 victories)
Captain ROBERT “PUNCHY”POWELL (5 victories)
First Lieutenant STEPHEN ANANIAN (4 victories)
Lieutenant Colonel DONALD S BRYAN (13½ victories)
Originals by Anthony don’t often become available but we have recently acquired this outstanding painting, giving serious collectors a great opportunity to own an important original work.
THE LIMITED EDITION
This piece was also produced as a limited edition print, hand signed by the veterans that have signed the canvas – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION