In a scene repeated on scores of missions in 1944 and 1945, often over German air space, the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group answer the distress call of a crippled bomber crew of the 15th Air Force. As they are being pursued by a determined Luftwaffe pilot in a Focke Wulf D-9, bent on bringing down the Fortress, the red tailed Tuskegee pilots arrive in the nick of time to break up the attack and escort the grateful bomber crew back home to friendlier skies.
The harrowing encounter for the crew of Jeze Belle is over now, thanks to the dedication and courage of the Tuskegee Airmen, who built an unmatched legacy in the war torn skies over Europe, of never having lost a bomber that they were escorting. Depicted here is 1st Lt Spurgeon Ellington in ‘Lollipoop’, nicknamed after his wife. Ellington was later killed and his widow married singer Nat King Cole. In the background is 2nd Lt George E Hardy in ‘Tall in the Saddle’, of the 99th Fighter Squadron.
~ 2nd Lt. Leo R. Gray
~ 1st Lt. George A. Taylor
Available in the Following Editions:
- 80 Limited Editions, signed by 2 Tuskegee Airmen
- 15 Artist’s Proofs, signed by 2 Tuskegee Airmen
- 30 Studio Editions, signed by the artist
- 10 Giclée on Canvas Lacquered, signed by the artist