A 4th Fighter Group P-51 Mustang flown by Major Gerald Montgomery pulls up after strafing a German locomotive in the Rhine valley. Montgomery was a native of Dallas Texas and when he began his combat caerre he flew a P-47 Thunderbolt named ‘Texas.’ In this painting Monty is flying the aircraft he finished the war with. His P-51 was named ‘Sizzlin Liz’ and by the end of his combat tour he was credited with the destruction of 14.5 enemy aircraft.
This particular print was countersigned by one of World War II’s greatest fighter aces and combat leaders, Col. Don Blakeslee. Blakeslee commanded the 4th FG, scored 15.5 aerial victories and flew more combat missions and hours than any other fighter pilot of the war. Col. Blakeslee was also, Monty’s commanding officer. Also signing the print was the war’s greatest nose artist, SSgt. Don Allen. Mr. Allen’s work was so prolific and well known that the U.S. Air Force Museum had a retrospective of his work in 2005. S/Sgt. Allen is credited with over fifty designs during his war years. Allen painted the name on the nose of Monty’s ship.
Toward the end of the war when the Luftwaffe were hard to find, American fighter aircraft became more active in attacking ground targets like trains, airfields, and other vehicles.
“Railroaded” is available as a signed Limited-Edition Print. Each print is also countersigned by Col. Don Blakeslee and SSgt. Don Allen.
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