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Tactical Support by Richard Taylor.


Tactical Support by Richard Taylor.

With bright yellow spinners and distinctive twin-booms glinting in the June sunshine, two P-38 Lockheed Lightnings of the USAAFs 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group hurtle low over Pegasus Bridge as they race across the Normandy landscape shortly after the D-Day landings, June 1944. Flying from their base at Kings Cliffe in Cambridgeshire they have today been tasked to support the advancing allied forces; they will strafe and bomb the enemy lines, destroying enemy communications, armour and ground targets, causing as much chaos and disruption as they can. Dangerous work, these low-level missions, but tasks that the tough P-38 pilots relish. A few days before, the bridge below had witnessed a very different scene. The first action on D-Day happened here when, moments after midnight on the night of 5th - 6th June, three gliders swooped silently from the sky to land within yards of their target - this vital road bridge across the Caen canal. Major John Howard and men of the 6th British Airborne Division were to seize and hold this strategic point. After a brief but furious fire-fight the stunned German defenders were overwhelmed and the bridge captured. The Invasion of France had begun, and for the Germans it was the beginning of the end. Hitlers much vaunted armies had begun their slow bitter retreat to the end that was the burning hell of Berlin. When it came to hammering German ground forces in the days after D-Day, Lockheeds outstanding P-38 Lightning gained an awesome reputation. Richard Taylors evocative new painting recreates the scene over Pegasus Bridge shortly after D-Day as a pair of P-38 Lightnings thunder inland in support of the advancing allied armies. Below, signs of the recent action are still plainly visible as trucks and their exhausted drivers hasten back to the beach-head to collect reinforcements.
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 350 prints.

Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm) Kunkle, James
Willis, William
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Veterans Edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm) Rayner, Titch
True, William
Boyle, Peter B
Pope, William
Kunkle, James
Willis, William
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Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm) Rayner, Titch
True, William
Boyle, Peter B
Pope, William
Kunkle, James
Willis, William
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PRINTVeterans Edition of 25 remarques. Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm) Rayner, Titch
True, William
Boyle, Peter B
Pope, William
Kunkle, James
Willis, William
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PRINT Veterans Edition of 10 double remarques. Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm) Rayner, Titch
True, William
Boyle, Peter B
Pope, William
Kunkle, James
Willis, William
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Captain James Kunkle
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Before he was eighteen and could join up, Kunkle had a job with Lockheed assembling P-38 wing sections, but as soon as he was old enough he enlisted for pilot training. In May 1944 he joined the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group at Andover, England. His first mission was an armed reconnaissance across the Channel after D-Day. In July the squadron flew to an airfield on Omaha Beach, and flew air-support missions that devastated the German 7th Army at Falaise. He was shot down after a dog-fight with Fw190s and Me109s but managed to bail out over American lines. He later became a test pilot.


Lieutenant Colonel William Willis
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William Willis joined the service in October 1942. Posted overseas to England, he flew P-38s with the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group. Based at Wormingford, the Group was equipped with P-38 Lightnings, which they were flying over Normandy at the time of the D-Day invasion. Shortly after they were converted to P-51s, on which Willis went to Berlin on a strafing mission.

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LightningDesigned by Kelly Johnson the P38 made its maiden flight on the 27th January 1939 and introduced into service in 1941. they cost $134,284 at the time each and a total of 10,037 were built. The Lockheed P-38 was introduced as a inceptor fighter but soon proved a valuable long range bomber escort for the 8thUS Air Force's B-17 and-24 bombers as they bombed targets further into Germany.

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