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PBY Catalina Aviation Art Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Roy Cross.
PCK2168. PBY Catalina Aviation Art Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Roy Cross. Items in this pack :
Aviation Print Pack.
Item #1 - Click to view individual item
DHM2024. Flight Out of Hell by Nicolas Trudgian.
On February 15, 1944, a force of B-24s, B-25s and A-20s hammered the heavily defended Japanese base at Kavieng. Several aircraft, however, were forced to ditch; three downed B-25 crews from 345th Bomb Group floating helplessly in life-rafts within a thousand yards of the beach, and the Japanese troops were in no mood to take prisoners. Their only chance of survival was the air-sea rescue PBY Catalina. Nicolas Trudgians dramatic reconstruction depicts Lt. Commander Nathan Gordons PBY Catalina making its final take-off, the intense enemy gunfire from the shore making his mission seemingly impossible. But the young pilot got all 25 men aboard safely home, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for what is one of the bravest actions of the war in the Pacific.
Signed by Lieutenant Commander Nathan Gordon (deceased),
Colonel William J Cavoli (deceased),
Amm John Brately (deceased)
Captain Robert E Lewis, in addition to the artist.
Signed limited edition of 600 prints.
Paper size 33 inches x 24 inches (84cm x 61cm)
Item #2 - Click to view individual item
SPQ5253. Great Catalina Take-Off by Roy Cross.
Image size 15 inches x 24 inches (38cm x 61cm)
Website Price: £ 200.00
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|Signatures on this item|
|*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.|
Amm John Brately (deceased)
*Signature Value : £45 (matted)
|John Bratley was Mechanic on the Catalina PBY "Arkansas Travelor " 08139. Sadly John Bratley died in 2007.
Captain Robert E Lewis
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)
|Capt. William J. Cavoli's navigator on B25 of 345th Group who attacked the heavily defended Japanese base at Kavieng. His aircraft was shot down but he was rescued by Lt Nathan Gordon's Catalina.|
Colonel William J Cavoli (deceased)
*Signature Value : £50 (matted)
|William J. Cavoli was born in Philadelphia, PA on 22nd September 1919. Willaim Cavoli enlisted in the Army Air Corps in July of 1941. He attended basic training at Randolph, AFB, Texas. Cavoli was a pilot on B-25's of 500th Bomb Squadron. He saw service in New Guinea, Northern Solomons, Bismark Archipelago, Southern Philippines, Luzon Western Pacific, China, Ryukyus campaigns and the Air Offensive Against Japan. Captain Willaim J Cavoli pilot of B-25D "Snafu" 41 - 30054 which took off as part of the second wave of bombers over Javieng. Once over the target, Cavoli's B-25 experienced heavy anti-aircraft fire. After dropping their bombs and flying through heavy smoke, his B-25 was hit, setting the right wing on fire. Cavoli prepared to ditch the plane into Kavieng Harbor, without any hydraulic pressure or airspeed indicator. Cavoli's crew were to be rescued after 85 minutes in the water by Nathan Gordons PBY Catalina. After the war, Cavoli remained in the military and served in defense intelligence. He was stationed in Washington, DC, Florida, Rome, Guatemala, and Panama. He retired from the Air Force in June of 1972 as a full Colonel. Sadly Colonel William J. Cavoli died on 19th April 2007.
Lieutenant Commander Nathan Gordon (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40 (matted)
|Lt. (jg) Nathan Gordon made four stall landings in his Black Cat PBY in rough waters of Kavieng Harbor to collect ditched survivors of the strike. Coming under intense enemy fire, he and his crew located and picked up 15 Army fliers shot down during the attack. His actions on this day earned him the Medal of Honor. Born in 1916, Nathan Gordon enlisted in 1941, training in Florida until February 1942, joining VP-34 flying PBY Catalinas. In June 1943 the squadron was posted to Hawaii, and subsequently flew missions over Midway and Tarawa, before moving to Australia on anti-shipping raids, then to Samarai Island, where the squadron acquired the nickname Black Cats. It was from here that Nathan Gordon completed the daring rescue mission for which he received the Medal of Honor. Sadly Nathan Gordon died on 9th September 2008.|
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