"Almost Home" Signed Print (unframed)

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Signed by 6 WWII Black Thursday Veterans

Created by renowned aviation artist Gil Cohen, this limited edition Signed Print is a tribute to the pilots and crewmen who flew and fought aboard the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. Signed by six WWII veterans who participated in Black Thursday, one of the greatest air battles in WWII history. The six signatures include Charles Huber, top turret gunner, 385th Bomb Group; Pete Mullinax, pilot of “Bucket of Bolts,” 94th Bomb Group; J...Read more

Signed by 6 WWII Black Thursday Veterans

Created by renowned aviation artist Gil Cohen, this limited edition Signed Print is a tribute to the pilots and crewmen who flew and fought aboard the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. Signed by six WWII veterans who participated in Black Thursday, one of the greatest air battles in WWII history. The six signatures include Charles Huber, top turret gunner, 385th Bomb Group; Pete Mullinax, pilot of “Bucket of Bolts,” 94th Bomb Group; Jay Coberly, bombardier on “Bucket of Bolts,” 94th Bomb Group; Louis Bridda, waist gunner on “La Paloma,” 305th Bomb Group; Earl Baker, waist gunner, 384th Bomb Group and John Noack, pilot of “Bless ‘Em All,” 306th Bomb Group. Print has also been numbered and autographed by the artist and includes a Certificate of Authenticity with a detailed story about the print and Black Thursday. Print measures about 32”w x 24.5”h.

The Black Thursday Story
At dawn, on October 14, 1943, in foul weather, the 8th Army Air Force, also known as the Mighty 8th, dispatched 291 B-17 bombers to the town of Schweinfurt, Germany, a flight of some 800 miles. Since this city was vital to the ball bearing industry, it was at the top of the list of strategic targets for the allied forces and had already received a first attack on August 17, 1943. The bombers were initially protected by friendly fighter escort, which were forced to turn back about half way to the targets. Arriving at the target, the bombers were attacked by an estimated 1,100 enemy fighters firing cannon and large caliber rockets manned by the German Luftwaffenhelfer (LWH) or flak-helpers. The vicious attacks were continued and repulsed until the bombers reached the English Channel on the return flight to England. The battle brought great loss to both sides. Sixty heavy bombers and 600 airmen perished. Many lost their lives in the burning, badly damaged, crashed planes. Many became prisoners of war. Fifteen additional aircraft were so damaged they could never fly again. On the ground, 276 people died and countless more were injured. Consequently, October 14, 1943 - Mission 115, became known as "Black Thursday" in American military history and one of the greatest air battles of World War II." - Courtesy of the 2nd Schweinfurt Memorial Association

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This is a great tribute to the World War II pilots by a wonderful artist. The signing by the veterans makes it even more meaningful.
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What is the size of the B-17 Almost Home print...?
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BEST ANSWER: 32"w x 24.5"h.