"EYES OF THE EIGHTH"

BY GIL COHEN

L/E of 850. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 39 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Price: $125


This most recent in a fine series, by celebrated historical artist Gil Cohen, sheds further light upon the activities of the Eighth Air Force during WWII, in particular those extraordinary assignments carried out by the men of the 25th Bomb Group.

The artist takes us back in time to a remote place in the English countryside: Station 376 at Watton. The activities that take place here are classified secret. The missions flown by the young airmen of the 25th BG are clandestine affairs, often carried out under the cloak of night under circumstances of extreme danger.

As we look at this wonderful painting, we have a sense of our own participation in the busy preparations to which we are witness. Still wet from a brief rainshower that has passed through the area, the tarmac is bathed in the fading colors of twilight. It will soon be dark.

The damp air sends a shiver through the crew chief as he goes through his check list to make sure the DeHavilland Mosquito Mk XVI is in prime operating condition for tonight's mission.

The secret mission upon which these airmen are about to embark, will take them deep into the heart of Nazi Germany. They will fly alone and unarmed with stealth and speed as their only defense. The photographs they will bring back will be crucial to briefings for future bombing missions.

Collectors with a passionate interest in the history of the air war in Europe will certainty appreciate this extraordinary work of art. It is truly a breathtaking image!