"THE CHECKERTAIL CLAN"
Autographed by Maj. Robert M. Barkey, Col. Arthur C. Fiedler and Maj. Herky Green.
L/E of 600. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 27 x 19"
There was no mistaking the 325th Fighter Group. Their reputations preceded them: the brightly-colored checkerboard tails of their P-51 Mustangs signaled a calling card most Luftwaffe pilots hated to see. By May, 1944, the 325th, based in Italy, were escorting American heavy bombers on missions deep into Rumania, France, Germany and Austria.
Escorting B-24s to bomb the airfield at Markersdorf, Austria, in August, 1944, the 325th tangled with a group of FW-190 fighters in this scene depicted in Nicolas Trudgian's latest painting. The ensuing dogfight spiraled down below the mountain peaks as Herky Green led the Checkertails in a high-speed, low-level chase through a spectacular Austrian mountain pass.
Herky nails one FW-190. Behind him, his P-51 pilots will take out the two FW-190s off his right wing. When all is done this day, the 325th will be credited with 15 enemy fighters destroyed.