Autographed by Larry Blumer, Joseph A. Dobrowolski, Robert C. Milliken and Dick Willsie.
L/E of 1000. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 33 1/2" x 24 1/2"
WARBIRD LEGENDS SERIES
One of the primary tasks of the Fighter Groups of the 9th and 15th Air Forces during that crucial phase of the war was to impede supplies heading for the various battle fronts, and this vital role was something for which P-38 pilots gained an admirable reputation.
Based in 1944 at Andover, in the southern counties of England, 485 Squadron, of the 370th Fighter Group, were in the thick of these dangerous low-level attack rmssions during that tumultuous episode of the war, and their pilots were typical of the many who racked up big scores of ground attack victories in the European Theater.
Nicolas Trudgian's new painting LIGHTNING ENCOUNTER recreates a typical scenano, with P-38 Lightings launching a surprise attack on a German freight train as it winds its way through the hills in northern France. Caught by the P-38 pilots as it crosses a viaduct - previously damaged by Resistance saboteurs - the train will be lucky to make its destination. Already some of the wagons are on fire, the locomotive has taken some hits, and there are three more Lightnings on the way into the attack.
Yet again this highly popular artist has painted an action-packed picture, full of accurate and exciting detail, that vividly encapsulates a few awesome moments of an air war fought so desperately fifty years ago. Superb fine art prints, each individually signed by four distinguished P-38 Lightning pilots who flew in Europe, are available signed by Nicolas Trudgian, and consecutively numbered, making this a collectors piece.
Arriving in Europe in the months before D-Day, Larry Blumer first saw combat in April 44. In August 1944, heavily outnumbered, he shot down 5 Fw190 in 15 minutes. Commanding 393rd Fighter Squadron he flew chase support missions for the U.S. 1st and 3rd Armies, on one occasion taking on the 17th Panzer Division on his own. Losing a wing and engine in the encounter he crashed and had to crawl for 6 hours back to the British lines. Larry Blumer flew over 100 combat missions and was credited with 7 air victories.
Lieutenant Colonel JOSEPH A. DOBROWOLSKI
First Lieutenant ROBERT C MILLIKEN
Colonel DICK WILLSIE