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The Battle for New Years Day by Nicolas Trudgian (Original)
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Original Nicolas Trudgian oil painting on canvas.
36" x 22"
Immaculate painting. Has never been hung.
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To commemorate one of the greatest aerial victories of the war in Europe, Nicolas Trudgian painted the 352nd Fighter Group's "Bluenosers" earning 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.
Lt Col Donald S. BRYAN - DSC, DFC (2 OLC), Air Medal (14 OLC), DUC
1st Lt. Richard CREAMER - Air Medal (5 OLC), PUC (1 OLC)
Lt Gen Sanford "Sandy" MOATS - DSC, DSM (1 OLC), LM, DFC (1 OLC), Air Medal (11 OLC), JSCM, AFCM (2 OLC), Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm, and the Spanish Grand Cross of the Order of the Aeronautical Merit with white device.
Capt Robert "Punchy" POWELL - DFC (2 OLC), Air Medal (3 OLC), DUC
Major Alden P. RIGBY - Silver Star, Air Medal (7 OLC), DUC