Warbird Art - Hangar Sortie #8 Print by Chris Wawro
New Painting by John Shaw
New Richard Taylor Print "Wounded Warrior"
Like many other missions they had undertaken in the summer of 1944, this one had been particularly cold, tough and dangerous for pilot Harry Seip and the crew of B17G Silver Meteor. The First Lieutenant and his men had set out on that morning, 11 July 1944, from a peaceful Framlingham, on another arduous mission to Munich. With their bomb load dropped the crew headed for home, but the battle-scarred Fortress had been hit more than once, leaving the inner port engine shot out and Silver Meteor had steadily dropped behind the fast-disappearing bomber stream. Things were not looking good for Harry and his crew as the Luftwaffe fighters circled like sharks, closing in for an easy kill. Luckily the enemy pilots were not the only ones that had spotted the ailing Fortress. The P-51s of two of the best Aces in the Eighth Air Force - 'Bud' Anderson and 'Kit' Carson - had also seen the danger and came tearing out of the blue sky into the action. Within minutes the German pilots had fled and the crew of Silver Meteor could breathe a sigh of relief. With these two legendary Aces guiding them home, Harry and his men would survive to fight another day.
Print signed by Bud Anderson and Harry Seip
Artist Jerry Crandall's P-51B "Old Crow"
"The Eyes of Eagles" by Michael Short
"Close Call" Artist Roy Grinnell
"Return to Leiston" by Harley Copic
"Double Trouble" by Raymond Waddey
Bud Anderson Old Crow Limited Edition by Ernie Boyette
"Old Crow" by Terry South
"A Bandit Goes Down" by William S. Phillips
"The Last Mission" by Chuck Long
Artist Joe Milich
Hunter's Crossing by Bill Northrup
"Four from the 357th" by Terry South
Finger Four by Dan Zoernig
Four formation was first used by the Germans during WWI and then
reinvented by the Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War. It was
widely accepted by all nations during WW II as the best formation
for combat. The flight consisted of a leader (#1) and his wingman
(#2) joined by an element leader (#3) and his wingman (#4). The
flight and element leaders are the attackers and the wingman’s job
is to keep their leaders aware of any threat from the rear. Look at
the back of your flattened hand and you can visualize how the
aircraft are generally positioned as well as how the name was
derived. By flying in a more spread out manner the formation was
very maneuverable and provided wider visual coverage by the wingmen
to the rear. For flying in the weather or for show the formation
flew much closer.(Legend for Finger Four courtesy of Colonel
Clarence C.E. “Bud” Anderson, USAF Retired.)
Finger Four depicts four P-51Mustangs from the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group assigned to the 8th Air Force in the ETO. The 357th was best known as the highest scoring unit in the shortest time, 595.5 enemy aircraft destroyed in the air in 14 months. The unique aspect of this illustration is that it displays both the variety of paint schemes and the variants of the Mustangs flown by the Group. Above, Clarence E ‘Bud’ Anderson then a Major is the flight leader (#1) flying a classic P-51D s/n 44-414450 B6-S “Old Crow” in natural aluminum paint scheme. He was a triple ace destroying 16 enemy aircraft in the air.1st Lt John Skara is flying as Andersons wingman (#2) in an early model Mustang with the birdcage canopy painted in a half natural aluminum and half dark green camouflage paint scheme. “Doodlebug” is P-51B s/n 42-106458 B6-Z. Captain William R O’Brien, in the element leader position (#3) is flying a late model Mustang but in a solid dark green camouflage paint scheme. P-51D 44-13522 B6-G was named “Billy’s Bitch.” O’Bee was an ace with 6 aerial victories. 1st Lt William B Overstreet is the (#4) member of the flight as O’Brien’s wingman is flying P-51B s/n 42-103309 B6-O. “Berlin Express” is also in a hybrid pint scheme. This aircraft was equipped with a Malcolm hood. This type canopy was developed by the British to eliminate the birdcage and provide better visibility. Overstreet had 2 confirmed aerial victories.
"Winter of 45"
by Artist Philip West
Old Crow sits on it's hardstand at Leiston Airfield, England, during the Winter of 1945. Crew Chief, S/Sgt Melvin "Schunny" Schueneman and Armorer SGT Leon Zimmermann, make final preparations for Bud Anderson to launch on another combat mission. Please visit SWA Fine Arts Publishers for information about this and other great art prints. Print displayed thanks to Sean Whyte and Philip West.