357th Fighter Group aces Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson guide their P-51 Mustangs, Glamorous Glen III and Old Crow through the Swiss Alps, on January 14th 1945. Flying as wing men on an uneventful bomber escort – the last mission of their second tour – the two left formation and took off for some aerial sight seeing.
It was their final mission and intelligence had told Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson that their bomber escort mission would be uneventful, with no resistance expected from the Luftwaffe, so the two left formation and took off for some aerial sightseeing. Having flown over a thousand miles, they returned low level to their base at Leiston only to discover that the 357th had just returned from its most successful combat of the war, having shot down 55 enemy aircraft. It was a record for one day’s action in the Eighth Air Force and the two legendary Aces had missed it all!
In this majestic painting combining his love of landscape with aviation, Gerald Coulson depicts one of the most remarkable escapades of the war.
The print is personally signed by the artist and the two great Aces depicted:
Colonel CLARENCE E. “BUD” ANDERSON – 16¼ victories
Brigadier General CHARLES E. “CHUCK” YEAGER – 11½ victories
This copy has been conservation framed in our studio to include the original autographs of four more 357th Fighter Group Aces:
Captain WILLIAM “OBEE” O’BRIEN – 5½ victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT SCHIMANSKI – 6 victories
Major RICHARD “BUD” PETERSON – 15½ victories
Major LEONARD “KIT” CARSON – 18½ victories
The signatories included amassed over 73 victories between them.
Published in 2004, this stunning limited edition records one of the most remarkable escapades of WWII and has been sold out since its release. We now seldom seen with these now and the remarkable signatures in this stunning collectors piece make it perfect for WWII enthusiasts and autograph collectors alike.