|Through the Pass|
|Size 19 x 27|
|Military Aviation Art
combat with Luftwaffe fighters over southern Germany, a pair of 82nd FG
P-38s return to their bases south of the Alps using the mountain
passes for a low level route into Italy.
the winter of 1944/45 the 15th U.S. Air Force fought its way further north
into Germany from its bases in Italy over the Alps, a massive mountain
range which separates the northern and the southern parts of Europe like a
giant barrier, thus making an impressive natural wall of defense.
was across these mountains that the pilots of the 82nd Fighter Group flew
on a day-to-day basis in a succcessful effort to establish air superiority
over the southern parts of the Reich, thus preparing the way for the
Allied ground forces. These missions were extremely dangerous due to the
alpine terrain. Often, when bad weather blocked the escape routes back to
Italy, or particularly when the planes had been exposed to hostile fire
resulting in a further reduction of the fighters´ performance at
altitude, the only way for the pilot to survive was to bail out over enemy
territory. Therefore it was considered crucial for the fighter pilots to
familiarize themselves as best as they could with the geographical
features of this mountain range in order to find their way back to base
through the mountain passes should that situation arise.
by the artist.