Bats out of Hell, by Jack Fellows

Bats out of Hell, by Jack Fellows

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On 6 April 1945, 499th Bomb Squadron, 345th Bomb Group pilot Lieutenant Francis Thompson dove his bat-nosed North American B-25J Mitchell toward an IJN Kaiboken-class frigate, Coast Defense Vessel No. 134, in the Formosa Strait 30 miles southwest of Amoy. Thompson, piloting one of 24 B-25's managed only to strafe in this low altitude, mast-height, daylight attack as he was crowded out by his wingman who scored a near miss and did probable damage to the frigate's stern, and by the explosion of a delay-fus 500-pound bomb that had been dropped by the flight leader. Here Thompson pulled out of his attack in the fast and furious battle-a harrowing example of the dangerous missions that took the lives of 700 men from the four squadrons of the 345th.

Print margin include 5TH USAAF AND 345 Bomb Group Air Apaches badges and highly-detailed port-side profile of the pictured 499th Bomb Squadron B-25J-22 Serial No. 4-429600

Plane Type: B-25 Mitchell

Signatures: 
Signed by the Artist

Overall Print Size: 
29" X 24"

Edition Size: 
199 Limited Edition Giclee Prints
10 Artist Proofs on Canvas

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    On 6 April 1945, 499th Bomb Squadron, 345th Bomb Group pilot Lieutenant Francis Thompson dove his bat-nosed North American B-25J Mitchell toward an IJN Kaiboken-class frigate, Coast Defense Vessel No. 134, in the Formosa Strait 30 miles southwest of Amoy. Thompson, piloting one of 24 B-25's managed only to strafe in this low altitude, mast-height, daylight attack as he was crowded out by his wingman who scored a near miss and did probable damage to the frigate's stern, and by the explosion of a delay-fus 500-pound bomb that had been dropped by the flight leader. Here Thompson pulled out of his attack in the fast and furious battle-a harrowing example of the dangerous missions that took the lives of 700 men from the four squadrons of the 345th.

    Print margin include 5TH USAAF AND 345 Bomb Group Air Apaches badges and highly-detailed port-side profile of the pictured 499th Bomb Squadron B-25J-22 Serial No. 4-429600

    Plane Type: B-25 Mitchell

    Signatures: 
    Signed by the Artist

    Overall Print Size: 
    29" X 24"

    Edition Size: 
    199 Limited Edition Giclee Prints
    10 Artist Proofs on Canvas

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