Artist's Proofs and Special Editions
Artist's Proofs are the first few good prints off the press, personally "proofed" for quality by the artist and signed as an exclusive sub edition of the main run of a limited edition print run. They are given the notation "AP" and then an edition number such as 1/10. Traditionally, a small exclusive sub-edition, APs usually comprise 10% of the limited edition, for example If there are 100LE prints there will be 10AP prints. For more art definitions please see the Glossary.
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Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition: size 10. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 7. Overall print size: 19" x 26".
Lt. Ralph "Kidd" Hofer of the 334th FS 4th FG rolls out behind an Me109G-6 flown by Uffz. Heinz Kunz of 6./JG11 on 28th of May 1944. In moments the109 dove into the ground streaming glycol. Thus the "Kidd" claimed his 15th and last air-to-air victory of the war. In the painting Lt. Hofer is flying his assigned aircraft P-51B 42-106924. Equipped with a Malcolm hood, QP-L is nicknamed "Salem Representative".
Gruppenkommandeur Anton "Toni" Hackl of III./JG 11 banks his Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 over a formation of American B-17s from the 381st Bomb Group on 11 January 1944. Hackl shot down two B-17s over Oschersleben that day. The 381st BG lost eight B-17s on the mission. Major Hackl ended the war with a total of 192 confirmed victories, 34 of which were 4-engine bombers.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size 35. Overall print size: 22" x 28".
Major George E. Preddy, Jr. of the 487th FS, 352nd FG turns his attention towards a Bf-109G-6 from 1./JG 300 as it streaks through a formation of B-17 bombers from the 100th BG. Preddy was flying his P-51D-5NA Mustang "Cripes A' Mighty 3rd". APs SOLD OUT. Some Limited Edition prints still available
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 10. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 5.Overall print size: 22" x 28".
George Preddy went down in history as the world's the top scoring P-51 Mustang ace. He scored 23.833 aerial victories while flying the P-51 out of a total of 26.833. He also scored five ground victories.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 40. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 5. Overall print size: 22" x 28". Each print is co-signed by Two-War ace John Bolt.
Lt. John Bolt and Maj. Henry Miller of VMF-214 as they begin a dive in their F4U Corsairs onto a formation of Japanese Zekes. The action took place over Saint George’s Channel on December 23, 1943. In the ensuing air battle Lt. Bolt shot down two Zekes and Maj. Miller accounted for one. This Fighter sweep was flown in conjunction with a bomber strike on the Japanese forces at Rabaul and netted the Black Sheep Squadron a total of 11 Zekes and 2 Tonys. The two Zekes claimed by Lt. Bolt that day raised his total to five confirmed victories. His final score for WWII was six. Bolt went on the fly in the Korean War where he added six MiGs to his tally making him the only Marine Jet Ace and the Navy's only Two-War Ace. Col. Bolt received three DFCs and the Navy cross. He received the Navy Cross the second highest award in the Navy for actions on July 11 1953 when, low on fuel he lead his flight in an attack on MiG 15s. The flight shot down four MiGs and Bolt shot down two of them.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 10. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 7. Overall print size: 22" x 36". Each print is co-signed by three RAF Eagle Squadron pilots.
This print was released in conjunction with the American Eagle Squadrons' induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio on July 19, 2002. The prints are signed and numbered by the artist and co-signed by three of the original Eagle Squadron members Jim Gray, Bill Edwards and Art Roscoe. This is an extremely small edition of a historically significant subject.
121 Eagle Squadron is depicted over Dieppe on August 19, 1942 during their first sortie of the day 0840-1030. Pictured from bottom to top are: F/Lt W.J. Daley AV-D (AA841) Sgt George Carpenter AV-I (P8339) P/O G.B. Fetrow AV-P (BM401) P/O E.B. Smith AV-W (AB423). The Eagle Squadrons were made up of American pilots who joined the RAF in order to fight the Nazis before the USA was involved in WWII. The Dieppe Raid in which so many Canadian soldiers lost their lives marked the first and only action in which all three Eagle Squadrons, 71, 121 and 133, operated together. In September of 1942 the three squadrons were officially turned over by the RAF to the fledgling 8th Air Force and became the famous 4th Fighter Group.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 50. Prints remaining as of 5 November 2018: 5. Overall print size: 22" x 28".
In an epic battle on January 1, 1945, Captain William T. Whisner flying his assigned P-51D downs an Me-109 after a head-on pass despite having been hit in the oil tank and wings. This was Capt. Whisner's fourth victory for the day, bringing his total to 15.5. Whisner also flew F-86s in the Korean War, shooting down 5.5 MiGs making him one of a handful of American fighter pilots who became aces in two wars.
Co-signed by famed Tuskegee Airman, Charles P. Bailey, Lem Custus, George Hardy, Edward T. Hall, Connie Nappier, Spann Watson & Bert Wilson.
"The Shepherd" features "My Buddy" a P-51C assigned to 1st Lt. Charles P. Bailey of the 99th FS, 332nd FG, as he keeps watch over a squadron of B-24s from the 451st BG flying over the Alps en route to Germany. The 99th FS was the original unit of "Tuskegee Airmen" -- the first all black fighter pilot squadron in the U.S. Army Air Force. Lt. Bailey flew a total of 133 missions in the MTO. He scored two confirmed aerial victories, received the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross on May 12, 1945.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 30. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 27. Overall print size: 22" x 28". Each print is co-signed by Bobby Gibbes, Bruce Watson and Ted Sly.
Deputy Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes leading No. 457 Squadron RAAF on a sortie over a tropical island. The Mk VIII Spitfires of the "Grey Nurse" Squadron were based at Morotai island in the Halmaheras in mid 1945. Flying on Gibbes' wing is F/L Ted Sly in ZP-Q while S/L Bruce Watson leads another section in ZP-W. No. 457 Squadron was formed in the United Kingdom in June of 1941 and saw combat on the Channel front before being withdrawn and sent to Australia in mid 1942 to deal with the Japanese which had been bombing the Australian mainland since February of that year. Together with Nos. 54 and 452 Squadrons, 457 Squadron became part of No. 1 Fighter Wing under the command of the legendary Wing Commander Clive Caldwell.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 35. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 15. Overall print size: 22" x 28". Each print is co-signed by Don Bryan.
Captain Don Bryan of the 328th FS, 352nd FG rolls out behind an Arado 234 "Blitz" bomber flown by Hauptman Hirshberger of 6./KG 76. The action took place on the afternoon of March 14, 1945. While returning from escorting B-26 and A-26 medium bombers, Bryan spotted the AR-234 making a bombing run on the pontoon bridge at Remagen. To compensate for the jet’s superior speed, Capt. Bryan positioned his P-51 Mustang so that the German jet would have to fly toward him after his attack. The Arado was Bryan’s 13th and final air-to-air victory of WWII.
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 40. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 30. Overall print size: 22" x 28". Each print is co-signed by RAF Mosquito pilot, Eric Loveland.
RAF Flying Officer Eric Loveland of 68 Squadron stalks a JU-88 intruder in his NF30 Mosquito with navigator Jack Duffy on the night of 16-17 March 1945. The German intruders were attacking airfields in East Anglia in March of 1945 as part of their last ditch effort in the waning war. In the moonlit sky and with the help of radar, Loveland was able to connect his gunfire with the JU-88. Confirmation was not possible since the encounter was at night and over the water, so Loveland was awarded a probable kill for his hit on the JU-88. Records show that these Luftwaffe raids were over by the end of March, so Loveland and Duffy chased away one of the last Nazi intruders to attack England during the war.
Captain Ed Heller of the 486th FS, 352nd FG, closes on the tail of an Focke Wulf FW-190D from II./JG 301 on 2 March 1945 in his P-51D Mustang "HELL-ER BUST". The "Bluenosers" arrived on the scene as the German fighters were making their move on B-17s from the 398th BG as the bombers make a turn over their target. Heller made ace with this his fifth victory. He finished the war with 5.5 aerial kills and was the top strafer of the 352nd FG with 16.5 ground victories. Ed Heller also flew combat missions with the 51st FIW in Korea where he was credited with the destruction of 3.5 MiGs before being shot down over China on January 23, 1953.