"SAFE HAVEN"

BY NICOLAS TRUDGIAN

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"

Price: $150

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WARBIRD LEGENDS SERIES

Schweinfurt, Danzig, St. Nazaire, Wilhemshaven, Münster, Berlin - names that set pulses racing as Eighth Air Force crews were briefed for the day's target. Some had been before. For others it was a new and daunting challenge. All knew it meant barrages of flak, swarms of enemy fighters, sub-zero temperatures, possible capture, injury - or the unthinkable. But all gathered their kit, and went.

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.


THE SIGNATURES

Major General PHILLIP ARDREY
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
After training, John Brooks joined the 328th Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, equipped with B-24 Liberators, and was later posted to England with the 389th B.G. In July 1943 he led 17 airplanes on the Ploesti attack and was awarded the Silver Star. After a complete combat tour in B-24s John Brooks completed two combat tours flying P-51s, being one of the few pilots who flew bombers and fighters in combat. He served in Europe and North Africa continuously from May 1943 to June 1945.

Colonel WILLIAM CAMERON
In 1942 Bill Cameron joined the 67th Squadron in the 44th Bomb Group with whom he flew all his 38 combat missions. He first saw combat in November of 1942. Described by General Leon Johnson as "one of the best combat leaders we had in World War Two", Bill Cameron was the pilot of 'Buzzin Bear' on the legendary Ploesti raid. His was the only aircrew who came over to Europe with 44th B.G. and returned with them at the end of the war.

Colonel ALBERT SHOWER
After graduation at the Military Academy in 1935, Al Shower joined the 467th Bomb Group, equipped with B-24s. After taking command he transferred the Group to England in 1944, and became the only Group Commander in the Eighth Air Force to bring a Group to Europe and command it until the end of hostilities. His dedication and leadership on 30 missions gave the 467th Bomb Group's B-24s the best overall standing for bombing accuracy in the Eighth Air Force. He later flew B-29s and was Deputy Commander, Far East Bomber Command.