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Corsair Aircraft Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian and Brian Bateman.- Aviation Art Prints .com
DHM2047. Battle for the Islands by Nicolas Trudgian. <p> Corsairs of VMF 121 provide close air support to the US landings on Rendova, June 30, 1943. Fiercely contested, the invasion force was heavily attacked by Zero fighters and Mitsubishi G4M1 Betty bombers, flying from their base at Rabaul. Dog-fighting at tree-top height, VMF 121 Corsairs rip into a bunch of Betty bombers as they try to make their escape following their attack on shipping. On fire, the Betty in the foreground is doomed, and will shortly become one of 19 Japanese aircraft accounted for by VMF 121. Other Marine fighter units brought the total this day to a staggering 58 enemy aircraft destroyed. <b><p> Signed by Colonel Robert M Baker, <br>Colonel Robert Bruce Porter (deceased)<br> and<br> Colonel James E Swett (deceased), in addition to the artist. <p> Signed limited edition of 600 prints. <p> Paper size 36 inches x 22 inches (91cm x 56cm)
DHM1875. Topaz One at Twilight by Brian Bateman. <p> Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, June 1945.  It was early evening at this tropical airdrome. The brilliant sun was setting, the air was hot and humid with a faint pall of propeller dust hanging over the field, giving the place an unusual softness. It was time for the planes at Yontan to start departing for their missions. While the day fighters came in to end daylight operations, the night fighters were only beginning theirs.  The sunsets in the Pacific are truly things with soul. The violence of their color is incredible. They splatter the sky and the clouds glow with a surging beauty. The ocean blends into the horizon, and palm trees silhouette themselves dramatically against the fiery West. The noiseless peace that sometimes comes just before dusk hung over the airdrome. Men talked in low tones about the nights missions.  The night fighter pilots are eager to get into the humid night sky. As they take off, one by one they are vectored to their positions, where they will spend the evening patrolling these zones. There have been few aces with the Marine night fighters. These men are a special breed, with their mounts named after loved ones back home or a city or town. The name of this F6F5N was Black Death, a fitting name for the role in which it was used. Black Death was one of a few F6F5Ns that was fitted with the cannon, with this particular plane having flame dampeners for better concealment. One of these elite night fighter Marine aces was Bruce Porter. Bruce was credited with 5 confirmed kills and was one of only a handful to have a rare double kill at night!  Bruce flew the Corsair in Guadalcanal as well as the Hellcat later in the war.   Topaz One at Twilight depicts one of Bruce Porters missions while commanding VMF(N) 542 based in Okinawa in 1945. The brilliance of a Pacific sunset is captured by the artist as the men and their machines hurl into the dark unknown skies, protecting the fleet below as they anchor in the harbor. The ships lie lazy, almost peaceful in the evening mist, but there is the ever-present danger of the gut wrenching kamikaze attacks which are becoming ever more frequent as Japan continues her death throes. Soon the war will be a memory, and once again the Pacific can share its brilliance with the world at peace. <b><p>Signed by Colonel Bruce Porter USMC (deceased). <p>Signed limited edition of 250 prints.  <p>Image size 26 inches x 21 inches (66cm x 53cm)

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Corsair Aircraft Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian and Brian Bateman.

PCK2656. Corsair Aircraft Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian and Brian Bateman.

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DHM2047. Battle for the Islands by Nicolas Trudgian.

Corsairs of VMF 121 provide close air support to the US landings on Rendova, June 30, 1943. Fiercely contested, the invasion force was heavily attacked by Zero fighters and Mitsubishi G4M1 Betty bombers, flying from their base at Rabaul. Dog-fighting at tree-top height, VMF 121 Corsairs rip into a bunch of Betty bombers as they try to make their escape following their attack on shipping. On fire, the Betty in the foreground is doomed, and will shortly become one of 19 Japanese aircraft accounted for by VMF 121. Other Marine fighter units brought the total this day to a staggering 58 enemy aircraft destroyed.

Signed by Colonel Robert M Baker,
Colonel Robert Bruce Porter (deceased)
and
Colonel James E Swett (deceased), in addition to the artist.

Signed limited edition of 600 prints.

Paper size 36 inches x 22 inches (91cm x 56cm)


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DHM1875. Topaz One at Twilight by Brian Bateman.

Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, June 1945. It was early evening at this tropical airdrome. The brilliant sun was setting, the air was hot and humid with a faint pall of propeller dust hanging over the field, giving the place an unusual softness. It was time for the planes at Yontan to start departing for their missions. While the day fighters came in to end daylight operations, the night fighters were only beginning theirs. The sunsets in the Pacific are truly things with soul. The violence of their color is incredible. They splatter the sky and the clouds glow with a surging beauty. The ocean blends into the horizon, and palm trees silhouette themselves dramatically against the fiery West. The noiseless peace that sometimes comes just before dusk hung over the airdrome. Men talked in low tones about the nights missions. The night fighter pilots are eager to get into the humid night sky. As they take off, one by one they are vectored to their positions, where they will spend the evening patrolling these zones. There have been few aces with the Marine night fighters. These men are a special breed, with their mounts named after loved ones back home or a city or town. The name of this F6F5N was Black Death, a fitting name for the role in which it was used. Black Death was one of a few F6F5Ns that was fitted with the cannon, with this particular plane having flame dampeners for better concealment. One of these elite night fighter Marine aces was Bruce Porter. Bruce was credited with 5 confirmed kills and was one of only a handful to have a rare double kill at night! Bruce flew the Corsair in Guadalcanal as well as the Hellcat later in the war. Topaz One at Twilight depicts one of Bruce Porters missions while commanding VMF(N) 542 based in Okinawa in 1945. The brilliance of a Pacific sunset is captured by the artist as the men and their machines hurl into the dark unknown skies, protecting the fleet below as they anchor in the harbor. The ships lie lazy, almost peaceful in the evening mist, but there is the ever-present danger of the gut wrenching kamikaze attacks which are becoming ever more frequent as Japan continues her death throes. Soon the war will be a memory, and once again the Pacific can share its brilliance with the world at peace.

Signed by Colonel Bruce Porter USMC (deceased).

Signed limited edition of 250 prints.

Image size 26 inches x 21 inches (66cm x 53cm)


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*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.
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The signature of Colonel Bruce Porter USMC (deceased)

Colonel Bruce Porter USMC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40 (matted)

After a tour in the Pacific, Bruce joined VMF 121 in 1943 at Guadalcanal and soon downed 4 Zeros. He served tours with VMF (N) 511 (first all-Marine carrier squadron) and later VMF (N) 533. He helped lead that squadron on one of the longest over-water flights of WWII for a single engined aircraft - flying from the Marshall-Gilbert islands to Saipan-Iwo Jima. On June 15, 1945 he scored a double night victory at Okinawa, making him an Ace. He was probably the only Marine pilot to gain two or more kills in both the Corsair and Hellcat; and became only one of six Marines to score a double or triple kill in one mission. Sadly, Bruce Porter died 20th April 2009.


The signature of Colonel James E Swett USMC MOH (deceased)

Colonel James E Swett USMC MOH (deceased)
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

Jim Swett became one of the top-scoring F4U Aces, with 15.5 victories in 94 missions in the Corsair, but he had already earned himself the Congressional Medal of Honor piloting the F4F Wildcat before switching to the F4U. Leading a four plane section with VMF 221 on April 7, 1942 he shot down no fewer than 7 Japanese Val dive-bombers in an engagement over Tulagi Harbor, before taking a hit himself, and ditching in the sea. In all Jim Swett flew 211 combat missions, 94 in F4U Corsairs, made 120 carrier launches and recoveries, and in addition to his Medal of Honor, was awarded 6 DFCs and 2 Purple Hearts. Sadly, Jim Swett died on 18th January 2009.


The signature of Colonel Robert M Baker USMC

Colonel Robert M Baker USMC
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Bob Baker joined the Marine Corps in 1941 and first saw combat in the Pacific theater in February 1942. By the summer of 1943 he was flying F4Us with VMF 121 over the Solomons. On June 30 he downed three Zeros in one fight. Two days later he and three of his flight were attacked by a large force of over forty Zeros, Baker shot down two in the action to become an Ace. For these actions he was awarded the DFC. He fought at Rendova, also Guadalcanal and Munda.
Signatures on item 2
*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.
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The signature of Colonel Bruce Porter USMC (deceased)

Colonel Bruce Porter USMC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40 (matted)

After a tour in the Pacific, Bruce joined VMF 121 in 1943 at Guadalcanal and soon downed 4 Zeros. He served tours with VMF (N) 511 (first all-Marine carrier squadron) and later VMF (N) 533. He helped lead that squadron on one of the longest over-water flights of WWII for a single engined aircraft - flying from the Marshall-Gilbert islands to Saipan-Iwo Jima. On June 15, 1945 he scored a double night victory at Okinawa, making him an Ace. He was probably the only Marine pilot to gain two or more kills in both the Corsair and Hellcat; and became only one of six Marines to score a double or triple kill in one mission. Sadly, Bruce Porter died 20th April 2009.

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Updates made to Aircrew database for : : Airframes updated
New victory claim added : Fw190 claimed on 24th June 1943 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.302 Sqn RAF
412th Fighter Squadron added to the squadrons database.
Wellington Mk.IC L7811 of No.149 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 8th November 1941 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.317 Sqn RAF
Whitley Mk.V T4322 of No.58 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Warrant Officer David Fraser added to aircrew database :
Was on his 4th Operation as a Rear Gunner with 115 Sqn on Wellingtons when he was shot down by night fighters on a raid to Hamburg on 10th May 1941. He then spent 4 years as a Prisoner of War.
Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1084 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Wellington was damaged by a night-fighter and crash-landed at Narborough in Norfolk.)
Hoy added to aircrew database.
Sergeant Robert Freeland added to aircrew database :
Killed aged 22 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of John and Marion Freeland, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
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