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In one of their last massed attacks of
the war, a group of 25 Me262s, predominately from JG7,
engage a formation of B-17s from the 483rd Bomb Group
during a mission to attack the Daimler-Benz tank factory in
Berlin on 24 March 1945. Luckily for the bombers, their
fighter escort, Mustangs from the 332nd Fighter Group – the
Red Tails – were on hand to intervene, quickly dispatching
three of the German jets in the combat that ensued.
The raid was the longest bombing mission ever undertaken
by the US Fifteenth Air Force during World War II – a 1,600
mile round trip involving a grueling ten-hour mission from
their bases in southern Italy, crossing the Alps twice. With
insufficient fuel to make it back to base, the crews knew that
on their return, they would have to land their B-17s on any
friendly Allied airfield in northern Italy they could find.
Adding great authenticity to this superb release, the prints
are personally autographed by iconic veterans of both the
US 15th and 8th Air Forces who fought for Allied victory
in Europe during WWII. It is of great significance that this historic edition is also endorsed with the signatures of
two iconic Tuskegee P-51 pilots, allowing enthusiasts the
opportunity to acquire an important collector’s piece.
HARRY STEWART Jr. - 301st FS, 332nd FG, 15th AF - He flew 43 combat missions and scored 3 victories on a single mission.
ROBERT FRIEND - 301st FS, 332nd FG, 15th AF - One of the original Tuskegee pilots, he completed 142 combat missions.
DOUGLAS WARD - 301st BG, 15th AF & 305th BG, 8th AF - Flying 37 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner he was often escorted by the Red Tails.
RICHARD ‘DICK’ KAMINSKI - 457th BG, 8th AF - Completed 15 daylight missions as a Waist Gunner on B-17s over Europe.