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Original Nicolas Trudgian oil painting on canvas.
22" x 42"
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B-24 Liberators returning from a typical daylight raid fly low over an East Anglian village, nestling at the head of an estuary. Below, as an amphibian disembarks an aircrew rescued following ditching in the North Sea, villagers gaze upwards in friendly admiration.
These B-24s are from the 329th Bomber Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group. Known as the "Traveling Circus", the 93rd B.G. was the oldest serving B-24 Group, and flew more missions than any other in the Eighth Air Force.
Signed on back by:
Major General PHILLIP ARDREY - Phillip Ardrey joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 becoming a flight instructor. In September 1941 he was posted to the 546th Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group. He first saw action in Europe in the late Spring of 1943. Flying with the 389th, he took part in the Ploesti raid, his Group totally destroying the refinery at Campina. Phillip Ardrey commanded the 546th Squadron, 389th B.G., flew a total of 27 combat missions, serving in the Middle Eastern and European Theaters, and took part in the D-Day invasions of Normandy.
Brigadier General JOHN BROOKS III - After training, John Brooks joined the 328th Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, equipped with B-24 Liberators, and was later posted to England with the 389th B.G. In July 1943 he led 17 airplanes on the Ploesti attack and was awarded the Silver Star. After a complete combat tour in B-24s John Brooks completed two combat tours flying P-51s, being one of the few pilots who flew bombers and fighters in combat. He served in Europe and North Africa continuously from May 1943 to June 1945.
Colonel WILLIAM CAMERON - In 1942 Bill Cameron joined the 67th Squadron in the 44th Bomb Group with whom he flew all his 38 combat missions. He first saw combat in November of 1942. Described by General Leon Johnson as "one of the best combat leaders we had in World War Two", Bill Cameron was the pilot of 'Buzzin Bear' on the legendary Ploesti raid. His was the only aircrew who came over to Europe with 44th B.G. and returned with them at the end of the war.
Colonel ALBERT SHOWER - After graduation at the Military Academy in 1935, Al Shower joined the 467th Bomb Group, equipped with B-24s. After taking command he transferred the Group to England in 1944, and became the only Group Commander in the Eighth Air Force to bring a Group to Europe and command it until the end of hostilities. His dedication and leadership on 30 missions gave the 467th Bomb Group's B-24s the best overall standing for bombing accuracy in the Eighth Air Force. He
later flew B-29s and was Deputy Commander, Far East Bomber Command.