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4 of 5 on the 6th

$95.00

April 6, 1945: Lt(jg) Willis Hardy of VF-17, from the USS Hornet, was among the numerous Hellcats launched to counter Kikusui, the first of the massive kamikaze raids sent to destroy the Task Force off Okinawa. While flying RAPCAP over the Radar Picket ships north of Okinawa, Hardy and his wingman shot down 2 escort and 4 Kamikaze aircraft. At about sunset they were vectored to intercept a pair of suicide aircraft (Yokusuka D4Y4-Judy) that were stalking a burning picket. This realistic depiction shows the destruction of the first Judy after Hardy flamed it, just before it crashed into the sea with a violent explosion. With one operable gun left, Bill dispatched Judy #2 after dark, thus earning him the prestigious Navy Cross medal for this his 5th and final victory of the day, followed by his very first night carrier landing.

300 Limited Edition S&N fine art prints signed by Hellcat Ace Bill Hardy and Roy Grinnell
Size: 17" x 22" - $95.00

100 S&N fine art giclees (Artist only signed) on heavy art paper or canvas are available in the following sizes and price ranges:
12x18 - $175.00
16x24 - $265.00
20x30 - $375.00

A Deadly Game of Chicken

$95.00

B-17's are outbound headed for home, about 40 miles North of their target, Bizerte, Tunisia. It is about noon, March 23, 1943. Captain Darrell Welch is in command of the twelve ship escort from the 1st FG, 27th FS. Two Me109 G-4's make an attack on the rear ships of one flight. Captain Welch turns into them and Oberleutnant Wolfgang Dreifke, of JG 53, finds himself head to head with Welch who hits him very hard with the 4 โ€“ 50's and 20mm of the P-38, forcing Dreifke to leave a burning airplane as the outcome from this "deadly game of chicken." This is Darrell's 2nd victory. The following day, he takes command of the 27th FS. He will finish the war with 5 confirmed victories over the Mediterranean in Sky Ranger.

300 S&N numbered fine art prints, in acid free sleeve
signed by P-38 Ace Darrell Welch and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 Artist S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

A Shot of Old Crow

$175.00

April 11, 1944. Capt. Clarence "Bud" Anderson was flying his P-51B "Old Crow" west of Hanover, Germany. Anderson flew lead for "Chambers White" flight. On this escort mission, Anderson got his 2nd kill. A head on pass with a Me-109 resulted in Anderson getting many hits on the l09's nose. Anderson stated, "I fired short bursts. I could see incendiaries bursting all over the front of the l09. The propeller flew off. The engine cowling blew off. Then off came the canopy and out came the pilot." Behind Anderson was 1st Lt. Ed Simpson flying Chamber's White #3. He confirmed Anderson's victory.

300 limited edition S&N fine art prints, in acid free sleeve
signed by "P-51 Ace Bud" Anderson and Roy Grinnell
Size: 17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Crazy MiG

$95.00
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The date was July 15, 1953, mid-morning over Sakchu, Korea. Captain Clyde Curtin, 4th Fighter Group, 335th Fighter Squadron, has just checked his six and has spotted a lone Russian MiG-15 diving in to attack from the side. Curtin is part of a 4 ship flight of F-86's in a line-abreast formation. The MiG was at a 3 o'clock high position, and the driver started an attack on Clyde's F-86. Instinctively, throttle to idle, dive brakes, deployed, Clyde causes the surprised MiG-15 to overshoot, passing just in front of him. When Curtin jerked the throttle and deployed the speed brakes he turned towards the path that the MiG was going to take. Without looking through the gun sight, the trigger is pulled and this "Crazy MiG" is destroyed, all in split seconds with not even enough time to warn his flight! This is Clyde's 3rd victory. He will finish his tour in Korea with 5 kills and Ace status.

300 fine art prints S&N by F-86 Ace Clyde Curtin and Artist Roy Grinnell,
Size: 17x22 $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

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Dean's Tight Spot

$95.00

April 28, 1945. Three Corsairs from Marine Squadron VMF-221, flying off the USS Bunker Hill, are assigned CAP to the west of Okinawa. Directed north, they encountered approximately 25 fighters covering a flight of Kamikazes approximately 120 miles north of Okinawa and west of Kikai Shima. 1st Lt. Dean Caswell finds himself in a head-on flight with a KI.61 Hein (Tony). In the split seconds that follow, Dean's wingman McManus yells that there is a "Zero" on your tail." Caswell sees the tracers flying past him all around from behind, and he fires all 6 50-cal's at the Tony in front of him. Net results are, the Tony explodes in front of him and McManus has shot off the Zero from behind! In that air battle, Dean was credited with three kills and three probables. Incredibly, Dean discovered later that the pilot of the Tony survived. Dean Caswell will finish the war with 7 confirmed Victories. He will remain in the Marine Corps as a career officer with two tours in the Korean War, a short tour in Vietnam, and an F-4 Air Group in the USA.

300 S&N fine art prints, signed by Ace Dean Caswell and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Down on the Deck

$95.00
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December 4, 1952
Major Robinson Risner from the 336 FIS flying an F-86E was escorting some fighter-bombers near Sinuiju, Korea. Risner's flight met 4 MiG-15's head on. Combat ensued and MiG's started to run. Risner fired a short burst at the tail-end Charlie. Risner's ammo hit the MiG's canopy and it shattered away. The MiG and Risner descended to ground level, right on the deck. The MiG threw out his speed brakes. Now they were wing tip to wing tip. Risner looked right at the pilot as they flashed over the river bed. Risner's wingman yelled "hit him," "get him." The MiG pilot looked over at Risner and shook his fist, his oxygen mask was torn off when the canopy was shot away. The MiG pilot led Risner right onto the Tak Tung Kau airfield 35 miles inside China and was hoping that Risner would be shot down at the air field. Risner got the damaged MiG and it disintegrated everywhere as it hit the ground at the air field. This was Risner's 7th victory. Major Risner ended his tour in Korea with 8 victories.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints, signed by F-86 Ace Robbie Risner and Roy Grinnell in acid free sleeve
Size: 17 x 22
Price: $95.00

100 S&N fine art giclees are also available of this image on either canvas or heavy art paper, Artist signed, in the following sizes and price ranges:
12x18 - $175.00
16x24 - $265.00
20x30 - $375.00

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First Victory of the "Screamin' Kid"

$95.00

Mission No. 7, 21 August 1943, escorting bombers to Wewak Island area, 1st St. John Loisel, 475 FG, 432 FS, was number 3 of Clover White Flight. Approaching Wewak, Clover leader said "Drop tanks." The flight dropped tanks to 9,000 feet. The flight saw P-38's and enemy aircraft at distance straight ahead. After combat with a Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony, 2 Mitsubishi A6M Zeros, and a twin engine fighter, Loisel made a head-on pass with another Tony. Loisel saw the right wing of Tony peeling off in large pieces and believed one piece struck Lt. Lucas' wing. Loisel claimed this Tony as his first victory. Loisel got one more that day. He claimed two Tony's definitely destroyed for the Screamin' Kid." Loisel completed the war with 11 victories. He retired as a Colonel.

300 Limited Edition S&N fine art prints, signed by P-38 Ace John Loisel and Roy Grinnell
Size: 17" x 22" - $95.00

100 S&N (Artist signed) fine art giclees on heavy art paper or canvas
are available in the following sizes and price ranges:
12x18 - $175.00
16x24 - $265.00
20x30 - $375.00

Flash's Splashes

$95.00

October 26, 1942, The Battle of Santa Cruz. The Japanese have deployed major land and naval forces to retake Henderson Field and Guadalcanal. Included are 4 carriers and 199 carrier based aircraft. Opposing is Task Force 61, carriers Hornet and Enterprise, and 136 aircraft. Today, Ensign Donald "Flash" Gordon is flying an F4F-4 Wildcat off the Enterprise with VF-10. The entire morning has been a bloody brawl between the opposing air groups. Ens. Gordon, while flying CAP at around 0940, encounters a formation of Kate's attempting to torpedo Hornet, who has already been badly hit. "Flash" disrupts this attack by flaming 2 of the Kate's and damaging a 3rd. For the American's the day ended a strategic victory as Henderson Field is not retaken, but with the loss of Hornet, a damaged Enterprise and the loss of 24 aircrew. Japan, the tactical victor, never recovered from the loss of her 148 experienced aircrew. Donald "Flash" Gordon will finish the war with 5 victories, 1 probable, and 2 damaged.

300 Limited Edition S&N lithographs signed by Ace Donald "Flash" Gordon and Roy Grinnell
Size: 17" x 22" - $95.00

100 S&N fine art giclees (Artist only signed) on heavy art paper or canvas
are available in the following sizes and price ranges:
12x18 - $175.00
16x24 - $265.00
20x30 - $375.00

I'll Be Darned!

$95.00

1/Lt. Frank L. Gailer, Jr โ€“ 363FS, 357 FG1/Lt Gailer's double victory on November 27, 1944,was near Magdeburg, Germany Two FW-190 A-8's were Lt. Gailer's Fourth and Fifth Victories, giving him Ace Status. The two FW-190's were from JG-300.

300 S&N fine art prints, signed by P-51 Ace Frank Gailer and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N (Artist only) Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Lightning Strikes a Komet

$95.00

July 29, 1944, near Wesermunde. 'She Has-Ta' of the 100th BG is in bad shape trying to get home. Capt. Art Jeffrey of the 479th FG has found the bomber and is near idle providing cover and helping navigate a course to safety. Checking his '6', Art spots what turns out to be a Me-163 Komet trying to attack the crippled bomber from behind. Turning into the rocket, Art breaks up the attack and then pursues with full power. Hits are seen to register all over the Komet, and Art heads home to England. "She Has-Ta' continues on making it to the North Sea, ditching with the loss of one crewman, the others POW's for the duration. Art is credited 60 years later by navigator Bob Fulkerson for saving the lives of this 100th BG crew.

This was the first victory over the Me-163 Komet and the only one scored in the P-38 Lightning. It is Art's 2nd kill. At the end of his combat tour, Art Jeffrey, age 26, was a Lt. Colonel in command of the 434th Fighter Squadron. He was the 479th Fighter Group's top scoring ace with 14 confirmed aerial victories.

300 fine art prints S&N by P-38 Capt. Art Jeffrey and Artist Roy Grinnell,
Size: 17x22 $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

One for My Dad

$75.00

1st Lt. James Morris, while under intense flak over a German airfield, downs a FW-190 A/7 flown by Otto Hummel. It is February 8, 1944. Flying a low level sweep on this day with the 20th FG, 77th FS, Lt. Morris brings down a total of 4 German fighters and destroys one locomotive. Three days later, he becomes the first P-38 Ace in the ETO, downing an Me-109. James will finish the war with 7.33 victories, but is himself shot down near Leipzig and made a POW on July 7, 1944.

300 S&N fine art prints

Please note that Ace Jim Morris was unable to sign the print, at the time of the signing, and therefore authorized his signature to be printed on each Gold Star print.

It is hand signed by Artist Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $75.00 (reduced price)

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Out of the Mist

$95.00

Southwest of Hankow, China, on May 6, 1944, Col. David Lee "Tex" Hill led a group of fighters from the 23rd F.G. over Tungting Lake. Flying the second P-51B with the name of "Bullfrog," Tex was fighting in a dense mist. This eerie fog made it difficult to recognize the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar." Finally, a chance came from the six o'clock position. Bullets blasted into the enemy aircraft. Fire broke out in the Oscar's engine, and the right wing tore apart. The fateful enemy spun down, out of control, into Lake Tungting. This was Tex Hill's final victory, making this a most memorable day. The "Bullfrog" was Mazie Hill's nickname, but, that's another story! David Lee "Tex" Hill finished the war with 15.25 victories.

150 S&N limited edition fine art prints,
Signed by David Lee "Tex" Hill and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

Note: to the best of our knowledge this is the last print that "Tex" signed before he "headed west"

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Sabre to the Rescue

$95.00
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September 28, 1952. American F-84s are attacking targets in North Korea, about 30 miles south of the Yalu River. Lt. "Chick" Cleveland is leading the close cover with four F-86 Sabre jets at Angels 7. Undetected out of nowhere, the Americans are jumped by a flight of three MiG-15s determined to get to the F-84s. Chick yells "Drop tanks and go buster," and the fight is on! Cleveland accelerates and gains to close range on the lead MiG, who is scoring hits on an F-84 that is scoring hits on a truck convoy! Chick fires his six .50 cals, and the MiG leader is instantly riddled, slowing, and on fire. Firing again to ensure the victory, Cleveland's MiG is soon a fireball on a hillside below. This is Chick's 4th confirmed kill at the time. With the MiG leader gone, the other two MiGs bolt for home. The action was fortuitous as the F-84 pilot was able to limp home with his badly damaged jet to Kimpo to fight another day. Lt. Cleveland will complete his tour of duty in Korea with 4 confirmed victories and 2 probables. It would take more than 50 years and research in Soviet archives to finally confirm that one probable on September 21 was in fact a confirmed victory, making Chick the 40th Korean War Jet Ace.

150 fine art prints S&N by F-84 Lt. "Chick" Cleveland and Artist Roy Grinnell,
Size: 17x22 $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

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Slow But Deadly

$95.00

Over the Coral Sea, May 8, 1942. Flying SBD-3 Black Ten of VS-5 off the USS Yorktown, Lt. Stanley (Swede) W. Vejtasa and his radioman/gunner 3rd Class Frank B. Wood, are on anti-torpedo patrol. A Zero makes a head-on pass, just missing with 20mm tracers passing to the left side of the SBD. Constantly turning into the Zero, violently skidding and slipping the SBD, Swede keeps from getting hit while finally hitting and flaming the Zero with return fire. Two other Zero's challenge, and are also defeated, all between 1114 and 1140. Swede achieved Ace status on October 26, 1942 with VF-10 and finished the war with 10.25 confirmed victories.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints signed by Ace Swede Vejtasa and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Solid Citizen to the Rescue

$95.00

"SOLID CITIZEN" ...TO THE RESCUE! Lt. Richard H. (Dick) Fleischer, in his P-47D-2, is scrambled 27 Dec 1943 with Blue Flight, 340 FS, 348th FG to intercept what turned out to be 12 Vals. The dive-bombers were harassing US PT Boats operating off the SW coast of New Britain Island near Arawe. Spotting the dive-bombers, Dick called them out, dropped tanks, then dove in to intercept. "Coming in fast, throttled back to come up from under at about a 20 degree angle" as the Vals were heading to attack the PT Boats. The 1st Val was shot down with hits to the engine and right wing. A wingover and 4 second burst got #2, both confirmed by the Navy. A 3rd Val was fired at, but uncertain on the outcome. Only 4 Vals made it home. Dick will finish the war with 6 victories.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints signed by Ace Swede Vejtasa and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Sure Shot "Shorty"

$95.00

March 15, 1944. The 56th FG is on a mission deep into Germany. Over Dummer Lake, near Soligen, the group encountered between 75 and 90 enemy fighters, mostly Me-109's, and some FW-190's. Lt. Robert J. "Shorty" Rankin, flying a P-47 named "Wicked Wacker Weegie" was quickly engaged in combat with the FW's and l09's.

Rankin recorded one exciting victory this day; "I was on the tail of a l09 in a fast dive. The 109 could not break away as the P-47's 8-50 cals. rammed away as we dove over the lake area. In the steep dive, smoke and flame was beginning to pour from the l09. I started to pass the 109 and saw it trying to break away, dropping its auxiliary fuel tank."

On this day Rankin was credited with 2 victories, his 2nd and 3rd, plus a probable and one damaged Me-109. He will finish WWII with 10 victories, all while flying with the 61st SQ of the 56th FG.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints signed by Robert "Shorty" Rankin and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

The Little Ambassador Speaks

$95.00

On June 13, 1944, Lt. James Empey of the 5th FS, 52nd FG was flying his P-51B named "Little Ambassador" east of Munich Germany in the 4th slot of Blue Flight. Empey spotted a JU-88 below him and dove to attack. Making continuous passes on the German aircraft, avoiding enemy tracers, Empey finally saw strikes on the JU-88's engine and cockpit. The Mustang was never hit. Lt. Empey saw his fourth victory crash and burn. Lt. Empey became an Ace with five victories on June 25, 1944.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints, signed by P-51 Ace Jim Empey and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Too Hot to Handle

$95.00

In 1945, the war was coming to the Japanese mainland. The carrier Essex was off the coast of Japan. On February 16th, a flight of VF-4's "Red Rippers" from the Essex was on fighter sweep over the Tokyo area. Lt. Dean "Diz" Laird flying his F6F-5 spotted a flight of Mitsubishi KI-21-11 (Sally's) from the Hamamatsu Army Flying School. "Diz" was on the attack, severely damaging one, and spotting another bomber ahead of him. After blasting away with the Hellcat's six wing guns, Diz saw the second "Sally" bomber burst into flames. The bomber's cockpit and interior were completely enflamed. "Diz" flew up alongside the Sally and watched in dismay as three of the crew bailed out. They had no parachutes, something "Diz" Laird will forever have embedded in his memory. "Diz" Laird became the only Navy Ace to have victories over Germany and Japan. "Diz" finished the war with 5.75 victories.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints, signed by Ace Diz Laird and Artist Roy Grinnell,
Overall Size: 17x22 $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Too Hot to Handle

$95.00

In 1945, the war was coming to the Japanese mainland. The carrier Essex was off the coast of Japan. On February 16th, a flight of VF-4's "Red Rippers" from the Essex was on fighter sweep over the Tokyo area. Lt. Dean "Diz" Laird flying his F6F-5 spotted a flight of Mitsubishi KI-21-11 (Sally's) from the Hamamatsu Army Flying School. "Diz" was on the attack, severely damaging one, and spotting another bomber ahead of him. After blasting away with the Hellcat's six wing guns, Diz saw the second "Sally" bomber burst into flames. The bomber's cockpit and interior were completely enflamed. "Diz" flew up alongside the Sally and watched in dismay as three of the crew bailed out. They had no parachutes, something "Diz" Laird will forever have embedded in his memory. "Diz" Laird became the only Navy Ace to have victories over Germany and Japan. "Diz" finished the war with 5.75 victories.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints, signed by Ace Diz Laird and Artist Roy Grinnell,
Overall Size: 17x22 $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Two Against Seventy โ€“ No Problem!

$95.00

11 May, 1944, the 354th FG was escorting heavies - target Saarbrucken. 1st Lt. Clayton Kelly Gross leading Green flight , 355th FS, was weaving on the right side of one section of B-17s. He spotted a large formation of ME-109s a few thousand feet above and right and paralleling the bomber course. With wingman Billie D. Harris he began a climb to a position behind the enemy fighters. 'Checking Six' he discovered a second group of EA trailing bringing the total to an estimated 70. Slowing and watching the second group pass over without observing him, they then climbed into a position very close to the enemy rear, "Two into Seventy - Lets get 'em". Gross and Harris both flamed the first targets and moved to other targets. Their tracers and probable radio chatter by the victims caused the entire group to break up. Gross then hit a second victim who bailed out. An enemy attack diverted! Kelly will finish the mission with 2 victories and 1 probable and the war with 6 victories, 1 probable, and 4 damaged.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints, signed by P-51 Ace Kelly Gross, and Artist Roy Grinnell.

Overall Size: 17x22 $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Two Zeros for Barbara Ann

$95.00

1/Lt. George Chandler, 339FS, 347FG On November 8, 1943, 1/Lt. Chandler flying a P-38H over Bougainville, Empress Augusta Bay, added his second and third victories downing two Mitsubishi Zero 52's, The Zero's were from a base at Rabaul.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints signed by P-38 Ace George Chandler and Roy Grinnell.
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N (Artist signed only) giclees on canvas or heavy paper are available in the following sizes and price ranges:
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

Yoshino's Fatal Mistake

$95.00

June 9. 1942. American bombers are on a raid from Port Moresby to Lae, New Guinea. They are escorted by P-400's of the 35FG, 39FS. 1st Lt. Jack Jones is on his first combat mission. The Japanese decide to engage the bomber formation in force and a large fight erupts just north of Cape Ward Hunt. 15 Victory Ace Warrant Officer Satoshi Yoshino, from Tainan Kokutai, sees Jones coming down after him. Satoshi goes vertical in his Zero as he knows any American that follows will stall first, and add to his list of victories. Jack, coming out of a dive, watches Yoshino climb and Jones follows him into the vertical. Jack's dive momentum keeps him from stalling, and he fires at the Zero with 50 cal. and 20mm fire. As Jones fly's past his First Victory, Satoshi, not wearing a parachute, climbs out of his smoking cockpit. Satoshi, looking up at his victor, heads for the ocean below in his final act. Jack will finish his combat tour with 5 Victories, his first in the P-400, and 4 in a P-38.

300 S&N limited edition fine art prints signed by Ace Jack Jones and Roy Grinnell
17 x 22 - $95.00

100 S&N Giclees on canvas or heavy paper
12 x 18 - $175.00
16 x 24 - $265.00
20 x 30 - $375.00

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