"SCHWEINFURT AGAIN"

BY KEITH FERRIS

L/E of 1000. Signed and numbered by the artist. "Thunder Bird's" nose art reproduced in margin.

Size: 16" x 27"

L/E Price: $195


Keith Ferris' Schweinfurt Again never fails to get attention at the Royal Air Force Museum in London, England, where it is displayed as part of the joint American Society of Aviation Artists/British Guild of Aviation Artists Exhibition. The exhibition honors the brave young Americans who fought and gave their lives in the air war of World War II. "I wanted to honor the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and men who flew that aircraft," says Ferris. "They faced constant danger over targets like Schweinfurt, which had claimed 163 bombers on missions previous to the one pictured here."

Thankfully, neither men nor aircraft of the 303rd Bomb Group were lost on this October 9, 1944, mission. In fact, the foreground B-17 named Thunder Bird, pictured here on her 80th mission, would go on to complete 116 missions before her 1945 retirement.