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|Military Aviation Art
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.
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.
(On a separate strip, ready for matting)
2nd Lt. Leo R. Gray flew with the 100th Squadron. He arrived at Ramitelli, Italy, in March of 1945 and accumulated 15 missions to his credit. One time, he and his wingman encountered two 262 jets, but they flew off when the two Mustangs let go of their wing tanks. He flew P-40's, P-47's and P-51 Mustangs in combat. He retired at a Lt. Colonel.
1st. Lt. George A. Taylor has 120 combat missions in the Aircobra over Naples Harbor and the Anzio beach-head. He flew missions to southern France, southern Germany and the Ploesti oil fields, Romania, in the P-51 Mustang. He was in the 100th. Fighter Squadron.