The Battle for New Year's Day

Nicolas Trudgian





The Battle for New Year's Day Nicolas Trudgian
To commemorate one of the greatest aerial victories of the war in Europe, Nicolas Trudgian has painted the P-51 Mustangs of the 352nd Fighter Group’s ‘Bluenosers’ They rightly earned a place in history for their lightning response to the surprise attack on their airfield at Asch, Belgium by the Luftwaffe at dawn on New Year’s Day 1945.

Asch was one of the targets of a German assault, codenamed ‘Operation Bodenplatte’, on many Allied airfields in the Low Countries that morning. The element of surprise served the Luftwaffe well, except at Asch where the 352nd’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. J. C. Meyer, had the foresight to keep the American pilots at readiness for just such an eventuality. So rapid and courageous was the American response that the German attack was repelled, and the 352nd Fighter Group’s 487th Fighter Squadron was subsequently awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation.

Each print of this Limited Edition has been signed by no fewer than SIX pilots of the 352nd Fighter Group ‘Bluenosers’



Each print of this Limited Edition is signed by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and is counter - signed by no fewer than Six pilots of the 352nd Fighter Group ‘Bluenosers’

The Canvas Giclee Edition is signed by the artist solely, in paint.


Lt Col DONALD S. BRYAN DSC, DFC (2 OLC), Air Medal (14 OLC), DUC

Major ALDEN P. RIGBY Silver Star, Air Medal (7 OLC), DUC


Col WALTER E. STARCK DFC (2 OLC), Air Medal (OLC), Purple Heart, DUC, AFCM

Lt Col CHESTER V. HARKER DFC (1 OLC), Air Medal (10 OLC), DUC


The 352nd "Bluenosers" Veterans
The 352nd "Bluenosers" Veterans

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 28 1/2" x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £120.00
Edition Size - 352

Remarque Edition
UK £265.00
Edition Size - 30

Each print has a unique original pencil drawing added to it by the artist.
30 numbered prints signed by the pilots of 352nd FG.

Canvas Giclee Edition (Rolled)
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 20

20 numbered 36" X 22" canvas reproductions of the original oil painting. Signed by the artist solely, in paint.

Canvas Giclee Edition (Stretched)
UK £330.00

Stretched on wooden stretcher bars ready for framing.Due to weight and extra packaging required for this item we are forced to add an additional carriage charge of £5.00. We do apologise for this. U.K Mainland delivery only for this item.


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