Adding considerable historic significance, each Collector's Edition and Artist's Proof has been mounted to full conservation standards to include the original and authentic autographs of TWO highly regarded air crew who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force.
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Almost 80 years since the first elements of the U.S. Eighth Air Force arrived in England and to remember the courage and sacrifice made by the thousands of airmen who served with the ‘Mighty Eighth’, artist Anthony Saunders has painted a beautiful piece worthy of the occasion. Entitled Return to Ridgewell, Anthony has selected the iconic B-17s from the 381st Bomb Group to represent all who flew and fought with the Eighth Air Force. They are seen returning from a long and arduous mission to Munich on 11 July 1944 and completing a last gentle turn low over the peaceful banks of the River Stour, they prepare to land at their home base nearby at Ridgewell. In the foreground is ‘Rotherhithe’s Revenge’, a B-17G from the 533rd Bomb Squadron that survived the war after completing a total of 122 combat missions.
Limited Edition: Each print has been signed by the artist.
Matted Collector's Editions and Artist's Proofs:
First Lieutenant LEONARD L. SPIVEY - Navigator – 535th Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group
Captain ALVIN H. BROWN - Pilot – 412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group