Like many other missions they had undertaken in the summer of 1944, this one had been particularly cold, tough and dangerous for pilot Harry Seip and the crew of B17G Silver Meteor. The First Lieutenant and his men had set out on that morning, 11 July 1944, from a peaceful Framlingham, on another arduous mission to Munich.
With their bomb load dropped the crew headed for home, but the battle-scarred Fortress had been hit more than once, leaving the inner port engine shot out and Silver Meteor had steadily dropped behind the fast-disappearing bomber stream. Things were not looking good for Harry and his crew as the Luftwaffe fighters circled like sharks, closing in for an easy kill.
Luckily the enemy pilots were not the only ones that had spotted the ailing Fortress. The P-51s of two of the best Aces in the Eighth Air Force – “Bud” Anderson and “Kit” Carson – had also seen the danger and came tearing out of the blue sky into the action. Within minutes the German pilots had fled and the crew of Silver Meteor could breathe a sigh of relief. With these two legendary Aces guiding them home, Harry and his men would survive to fight another day.
This remarkable event lived vividly in the memory of Harry Seip since the War and he was always thankful to Bud Anderson for saving his life and those of his men. Unfortunately, these two outstanding heroes were never able to meet, but thanks to this edition both came come together to add authenticity to this remarkable story by personally signing the prints.
THE REMARQUE EDITION
Along with artist Richard Taylor, every print in each edition is personally signed by the principal veterans in this moving story, Harry Seip and ‘Bud’ Anderson and we are honored a further five P-51 Mustang Aces have autographed the print:
Colonel CLARENCE E “BUD” ANDERSON
First Lieutenant HARRY SEIP
Captain JAMES L. BROOKS
Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST
Colonel ART FIEDLER
Colonel STEVE PISANOS
Captain CLINTON DEWITT BURDICK
NINE SIGNATURE FRAMED COLLECTORS PIECE
This copy has been custom framed to include the additional autographs of:
Major LEONARD “KIT” CARSON – Fighter Ace with 18½ victories
Colonel WILLIAM R. LAWLEY JR – B-17 Pilot and Medal of Honor recipient
This is the perfect piece for any aviation art collector or WWII enthusiast.