Autographed by Phillip Ardrey, John Brooks III, William Cameron and Albert Shower.
L/E of 1000. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 36 1/4" x 24 1/2"
WARBIRD LEGENDS SERIES
The lucky ones came home, and as the familiar coastline of England became visible from their cockpits, they could relax for the first time and dare to think beyond today.
Nicolas Trudgian's new painting, the first in his new Warbird Legends Series, shows B-24 Liberators returning from a typical daylight raid. Approaching their base as the perilous mission nears completion, they fly low over an East Anglian village, nestling at the head of an estuary. Below, as an amphibian disembarks aircrew rescued following ditching in the North Sea, villagers gaze upwards in friendly admiration.
Seen are the B-24s of 329th Bomber Squadron (P.P.F.) of the 93rd Bomb Group. Known as the 'Traveling Circus', the 93rd B.G. was the oldest serving B-24 Group, and flew more missions than any other in the Eighth Air Force.
Conferring great significance upon this emotive print issue, four well-known and distinguished B-24 pilots have joined the artist in signing each print in the edition. Printed to the meticulously high standards that have helped make these prints the most sought-after in the world, Nicolas Trudgian's latest edition provides collectors with superb value.
Phillip Ardrey joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 becoming a flight instructor. In September 1941 he was posted to the 546th Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group. He first saw action in Europe in the late Spring of 1943. Flying with the 389th, he took part in the Ploesti raid, his Group totally destroying the refinery at Campina. Phillip Ardrey commanded the 546th Squadron, 389th B.G., flew a total of 27 combat missions, serving in the Middle Eastern and European Theaters, and took part in the D-Day invasions of Normandy.
Brigadier General JOHN BROOKS III
Colonel WILLIAM CAMERON
Colonel ALBERT SHOWER