SKIPPER – HOME AT LAST
by Robert Taylor
There is a brief moment of calm as B-17 ‘Skipper’ of the 367th Squadron, 306th Bomb Group returns to base at Thurleigh in East Anglia after another grueling daytime mission over occupied Europe, January 1945. One of the longest-serving Flying Fortresses of the war, ‘Skipper’ completed over 100 combat missions despite suffering from battle damage in late 1944.
Robert’s superb graphite edition acts as a lasting tribute to the brave aircrew of the USAAF who flew the mighty B-17 in combat during WWII.
Overall print size: 21 ½” wide x 15 ½” high
Each print has been personally autographed by four prominent veterans who flew Flying Fortresses in combat over Europe including KEMP MCLAUGHLIN who was the lead pilot on the second Schweinfurt mission and ROBERT SHOENS who took part in the first USAAF daylight bombing raid to Berlin:
Brigadier General J. KEMP MCLAUGHLIN
Pilot / 92nd BG / Lead pilot on the Schweinfurt raid
Captain ROBERT SHOENS
Pilot / 100th BG / Took part in the first USAAF daylight mission to Berlin
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT KLEYLA
Bombardier / 91st BG / Flew some of the first 8th AF missions of the war
Lieutenant Colonel RALPH NUTTER
Navigator / 305th BG / General Curtis Lemay’s Navigator