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Checkertail Clan (Artist Special Reserve)

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THE CHECKERTAIL CLAN
Artist Special Reserve Edition
by Nicolas Trudgian

Overall Print Size: 27" x 19"

Edition Size: 60

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There was no mistaking the 356th Fighter Group. Their reputation preceded them, the brightly colored checkerboard tails of their P-51 Mustangs signaling a calling card most Luftwaffe pilots hated to see. By May 1944, based in Italy, the 325th were escorting the heavy bombing missions deep into Romania, France, Germany, and Austria.

Escorting B-24s to bomb the airfield at Markersdorf in Austria, August 1944, the 325th tangled with a group of Fw190 fighters, the scene depicted in Trudgian’s "THE CHECKERTAIL CLAN. " The ensuing dogfight spiraled down below the mountain peaks as Herky Green led the Checkertails in a high speed, low-level chase through a spectacular Austrian mountain pass.

Herky nails one Fw190. Behind him his P-51 pilots will take out the two Fw190s off his starboard wing. When all is done this day the 325th will be credited with fifteen enemy fighters destroyed.

Signed by artist only.