"WOLFPACK LEADER DOWNS FIVE"

BY JERRY CRANDALL

Autographed Col. Hubert "Hub" Zemke, Col. Francis "Gabby" Gabreski, Lt. Gen. Gerald Johnson, Lt. Col. Robert S. Johnson, Col. Walker "Bud" Mahurin and Col. Frank Klibbe. Signed and numbered by the artist

L/E of 500

Size: 22 5/8" X 29"

Price: $195


In addition to the artist's signature, each print is co-autographed by six leading 56th Fighter Group Aces all now USAF (ret.): Col. Hubert "Hub" Zemke, Col. Francis "Gabby" Gabreski, Lt. Gen. Gerald Johnson, Lt. Col. Robert S. Johnson, Col. Walker "Bud" Mahurin and Col. Frank Klibbe.

The Painting: As a salute to the 56th Fighter Group historical artist Jerry Crandall has captured Col. David Schilling in his P-47 "Hairless Joe" when he encountered over 100 bogeys 23 Dec. 1944. After multiple vectors, Schilling added 3 Bf 109's and 2 Fw's to his victory tally. This would be recognized as a record day not only for Col. Schilling but for the group as well as they downed 37 E/A in an historic air battle over Bonn Germany.

Schilling assumed command of the 56th after Col. Hub Zemke. He ended the war as a top ace with 22.5 aerial and 10.5 ground victories. This highly respected leader was killed in a 1956 auto accident in England.