"BIG BEAUTIFUL DOLL"
BY STAN STOKES
L/E of 950. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 22" x 26"
One of the very few fighter pilots in World War II to achieve "ace" status
in both the Pacific and European Theaters, John Landers is remembered as a
skilled warrior and capable combat commander. Flying P-40s in the South
Pacific with the 5th Air Force, he achieved six aerial victories, then was
sent to England in 1944, where he flew with the 55th and 357th Fighter
Groups and commanded the 78th F.G. He ended the war with 14 1/2 victories.
His P-51 "Big Beautiful Doll" was one of the most colorfully-painted
Mustangs; her paint scheme has been reproduced on many models and is
captured in this beautiful composition by Stan Stokes.