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Brown (B-17F) / Stigler (Bf-109G) Set

Brown (B-17F) / Stigler (Bf-109G) Set
Brown (B-17F) / Stigler (Bf-109G) Set
Brown (B-17F) / Stigler (Bf-109G) Set
Brown (B-17F) / Stigler (Bf-109G) Set
Brown (B-17F) / Stigler (Bf-109G) Set
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All metal, hand-painted and ready to hang! Each Panel Size: approx 18" x 40"Sold as a set only. PLEASE ALLOW FROM 3-8 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY Please read the artist's disclosure: "Based on my research, ...  >Read More
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All metal, hand-painted and ready to hang!

Each Panel Size: approx 18" x 40"

Sold as a set only.

PLEASE ALLOW FROM 3-8 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY

Please read the artist's disclosure:

"Based on my research, this is what I've concluded on the markings on these two planes and its now famous heroic mission on Dec 20, 1943 with Charlie Brown's "Ye Olde Pub" and Franz Stigler's "Yellow 2" Bf-109G-6...

I've looked at all available nose art photos in the 379BG and none - repeat, NONE had any nose art/name above the windows. That space is usually reserved for a row of bomb missions. Likely due to its visibility from the ground - I know this from doing the CAFs "Texas Raiders" recently when I painted the bombs up there. All favored below the windows and in cases, also had mission scoreboard there. Its the last thing they would have seen before climbing up the door hatch which is also located in that nose area.

In the book "A Higher Call", on page 164 Charlie describes looking at the nose art at dawn, noticed its painted red gothic letters with white outline. This was his first time in this plane, first time as a Captain and his 2nd mission of the war. The B-17 already was a veteran with 14 prior missions. Were those missions painted above the windows??

Stigler flew many 109s in JG-27 and at least 2 G-6s. White 12 when he was in N. Africa (Tan camo version) and this one. The "Dash" was likely because the "wavy line" didn't appear in that group until spring of '44.

Also, his personal emblem art "Eva" was not on the plane until sometime mid/late '44 when he married Eva. In full disclosure, I took the liberty to add it for aesthetic purposes in producing these panels as a set...

On page 220, Charlie described "Airmen milling around the plane examining the damage with awe snapping pictures" - prior to Charlie returning to his home base. "Ye Olde Pub" would not fly in combat again... If it were not for the gallant heroism of the German pilot (Stigler) escorting the heavily damaged 17, and not shooting it down, this story would never have been told.

Even with the top brass keeping a lid on this encounter, withholding dully earned medals, photos being taken, 14 prior missions, I believe some of those photos are out there to put a definitive ID on what the markings and damage were on this Fortress and will surface at some point. Perhaps subsequent photos were "confiscated" as to not let the US public know of this event. But all the time (14 missions) before this event? Has to be some...

Artists renditions depicted with various versions of nose art, colors, fuselage color codes and tail codes...

I contend that the name is how (or similar) it should have looked. White fuselage codes (as it was practiced on most of the OD scheme. Insignia Blue "K" (as per SD110 directive on squadron codes), yellow s/n and radio call letter "S"... Yes some fuselage codes were in lo-vis Neutral Gray later.

Two things of note on the restored and modified from G to and F B-17 (ex: "Madras Maiden"), The tail marking are "crooked" and not properly lined up with the "Chord" of the a/c as specified by the T.O. on paint markings. The group code "K" is the wrong color. There are other minute details off, but I digress...

2nd is a 2003 interview with Mike Fuller at Stigler's home where Stigler shows his Galland panel (which I produce) and claims it to be "original" given to him by Galland himself... How about that for an endorsement!!!"

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