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One for the Big Friends

$175.00

American Fighter Aces Series

Lt. Col. Francis S. Gabreski, Operations Officer of the 56th Fighter Group, took off from the Group's base at Boxted, England, before noon on 30 January 1944 leading three squadrons of P-47s to rendezvous with B-17s on a bombing mission to Germany. Heading east over the North Sea, they climbed to 23,000 feet. At 1320, over Lingen, Germany, Gabreski sighted a formation of Me-210 twin-engine fighters below at 12,000 feet and signaled his section to the attack. As the P-47s bored in on the German formation, the Me-210s dove into a dense cloud bank. Playing a cat-and-mouse game with the German fighters, Gabreski and his wingman, Lt. Frank Klibbe, orbited at 10,000 feet, waiting for the Germans to come out of the clouds.

Finally, as Gabreski described it, "A lone Me-210 came up through the overcast. Being dead astern 5,000 feet above, I went into my dive with throttle wide open. It was just a matter of seconds before I was within 1,500 yards at 5,000 feet. I commenced firing from dead astern at 1,200 yards. Upon closing to nought feet, the armor piercing ammunition was seen penetrating the fuselage, right wing, and engine. Breaking off over the top of the Me-210, the right engine was seen burning and trailing gray smoke. When last seen, the aircraft entered a cloud going down at a 45-degree angle.

"Gabby" would score 28 victories in WWII and an additional 6 in the Korean War while flying the F-86 Sabre (print is numbered/limited edition and comes with COA).

This fine art lithograph is hand signed by legendary P-47 Ace "Gabby" Gabreski
Size: 24 x 30 - 1240 S&N prints - $175.00