Americans gave us the best they had, and they gave us everything
we needed as and when the need arose… they were the
bravest of the brave, and I know that I am speaking for my
own bomber crews when I pay this tribute.
Sir Arthur Harris
bitter experience and heavy losses, RAF Bomber Command had
all but forsaken daylight bombing in favor of night operations,
but their American allies thought otherwise. Ever since the
USAAF had arrived in England it had continued to hone its
skill of bombing by day. Churchill, however, remained skeptical.
Until, that is, January 1943 when at the Casablanca conference,
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill decided to pursue a united bomber offensive
directed against Germany itself. Brigadier Ira C. Eaker proposed
that “if the RAF continues night bombing, and we bomb
by day, we shall bomb them around the clock and the devil
shall get no rest.”
heroics of the American bomber crews were already legend but
now, flying much of the trip over Germany without escort,
the cost was heavy. As soon as their P-47 and P-38 escorts
turned for home low on fuel, the Luftwaffe pounced. The American
airmen were forced to endure a savage onslaught not only from
enemy fighters, but some of the heaviest flak imaginable.
Missions such as Schweinfurt, Regensburg and Ploesti have
gone down in history as testament to their bravery.
in early 1944 a new fighter emerged – the long-range
P-51 Mustang – one of the finest piston-engine fighters
ever made. The massed formations of Fortresses and Liberators
now had protection anywhere over Germany, and especially the
capital of the Reich – Berlin. And one of the foremost
close escort units of the war was the 332nd Fighter Group
– the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Made up of African American
pilots, this renowned unit earned a formidable reputation
for protecting their bombers and became one of the most highly
respected fighter groups of World War Two..
early 1945 what remained of the Luftwaffe continued a stubborn
resistance, typified in Anthony Saunders’ majestic painting.
In one of their last massed attacks of the war, a group of
25 Messerschmitt Me262s, predominately from JG7, engage a
formation of Boeing B-17s from the 483rd Bomb Group during
a mission to attack the Daimler-Benz tank factory in Berlin
on 24 March 1945. Luckily for the bombers, their fighter escort,
P-51 Mustangs from the 332nd Fighter Group – the Red
Tails – were on hand to intervene, quickly dispatching
three of the German jets in the combat that ensued.
raid was the longest bombing mission ever undertaken by the
US Fifteenth Air Force during World War Two – a 1,600
mile round trip involving a gruelling ten-hour mission from
their bases in southern Italy, crossing the Alps twice. With
insufficient fuel to make it back to base, the crews knew
that on their return they would have to land their Boeing
B-17s on any friendly Allied airfield in northern Italy they
great authenticity to this superb release, the prints are
personally autographed by iconic veterans of both the US 15th
and 8th Air Forces who fought for Allied victory in Europe
during World War Two. It is of great significance that this
historic edition is also endorsed with the signatures of two
iconic Tuskegee P-51 Mustang Pilots, allowing enthusiasts
the opportunity to acquire an important collector’s
Each print is individually numbered and signed by artist Anthony
Saunders along with two highly-regarded B-17 aircrew and two
famous P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Pilots.
Lt Col HARRY STEWART
Jr. 301st FS, 332nd FG
He flew 43 combat missions and scored 3 victories on a single
Lt Col ROBERT FRIEND
301st FS, 332nd FG
One of the original Tuskegee pilots, he completed 142 combat
SSgt DOUGLAS WARD
301st BG, 15th AF & 305th BG, 8th AF
Flying 37 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner he was often escorted
by the Red Tails
SSgt RICHARD KAMINSKI
457th BG, 8th AF
Completed 15 daylight missions as a Waist Gunner on B-17s
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