"...and the Oscar goes to "Florida Cracker"" by Roy Grinnell
A limited edition of 100 Signed & Numbered Giclees on canvas or heavy paper. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Choose from the following Giclee sizes in your choice of either heavy fine art paper or canvas:
12" x 18"..............$175
16" x 24"..............$265
20" x 30"..............$375
Since the return to the Philippines, the U.S. invasion forces were under constant attack by air. 1st Lt. Joseph M. Forster moved to the Tacloban Airbase, Leyte Island in the Philippines along with his group, the 475th FG, 432nd FS, on November 2, 1944, the same day Forster made Ace. On November 8, Forster and his wingman Lt. Walter Freeman were in the air at dawn from a mat strip in poor weather with towering clouds that rose from the deck as far as anyone could see. Almost immediately, Lt. Forster noted flak bursts near Dulag. Investigating, he spotted a lone Nakajima Ki.43 Oscar and gave chase. Just as the Oscar entered the clouds over the Catmon Mountains, Forster fired in deflection and scored hits. Following the Oscar into the clouds, he scored additional hits. As he and Lt. Freeman rolled out of the cloud base, on each side of the mountain, they observed the Oscar falling out, engulfed in flames and slamming into the jungle. Lt. Forster had just scored victory number 6 in dismal weather conditions! He finished the war with 9 victories, 3 probables, and 1 damaged.