"Return of the Pub" comes with each PP and AP edition, and is signed by veterans listed below! (3 for PP, 2 for AP)
Signed by the artist and numbered
100 General Editions (signed by artist only)....Sold out
400 Victory Editions....Sold out
150 Artist's Proofs....Sold out
125 Publisher Proofs....Sold out
Print Size: 32" x 22.5"
PP & AP include "Return of the Pub" black and white print signed by John Shaw and three (PP) or two (AP) veteran signatures (see below).
PP & AP also includes a metal skin relic from a B-17 that flew combat over Germany!
All editions (except General) include a ready to frame photo of Brown & Stigler.
Encountering a mortally-wounded B-17 limping back to England, Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler anticipated an easy kill and another opportunity to avenge his brother's death at the opening of WWII. As he approached the virtually helpless American plane, however, he saw the faces of the dead and wounded crewmen. Then, Stigler's eyes met those of pilot Charles Brown. Despite the potentially severe consequences of letting an enemy plane escape, Stigler felt that he had to answer a higher call of honor . . . mercy.
Expecting the worst at any moment, Brown marveled as the enemy Bf-109 stuck with him to the North Sea. His adversary then saluted and veered away, allowing the astonished Brown to journey safely home. With this encounter engraved into the minds of both pilots for decades after the war's end, the two men remarkably located one another in 1990. In the years that followed, their friendship developed to the point where Stigler considered Brown to be as precious as the brother he had lost.
Charlie BROWN - 29 mission B-17 pilot, recipient of the Air Force Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor)