Almost Quittin’ Time

 

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By early 1945, the air war over Germany had turned in favor of the allies. Though months of tough fighting remained, long range fighters like the P-51 Mustang and the continued pounding by American Bombers were ushering in the end game for the Germans.

In this painting, 78th Fighter Group P-51’s are escorting home B-17 Flying Fortresses. The primary Mustang, WZ-S was named, “Sherman Was Right” by her pilot 1Lt. Frank E. Oiler. The name was inspired by a famous speech given by Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman where he spoke of “war being hell.” The second mustang in the scene WZ-H was named Mischievous Nell and flown by Capt. James Farmer. Unfortunately WZ-S was lost on March 4th 1945. The ship was flown that day by 2Lt. Louis Hereford on an escort mission to Augsberg.

The B-17s in Rick’s painting are from the 303rd Bomb Group based at Molesworth, England. As the formation nears the coast of England at the end of the day. the Mustangs will peel off and head for their home at Duxford, England. Though everyone has to remain vigilant, the crews are mindful that it is “almost quittin’ time” for the day………and hopefully soon for the air war.

Almost Quittin’ Time is available in two versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Size is 10″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 78 prints is $165
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 10″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered canvas is $345

Teammates

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During WWII, the U.S. Army Air Corps was the most dashing and sought out service branch that a young man could join. There was a certain romanticism of taking the war to the enemy, high above the ground in the unique flying machines of the day.

The Air Corps also took the highest casualties of the war. While British bombers struck Germany by night, American bombers attacked the Reich during daylight hours and many were shot down by German flack and fighters.  It wasn’t until the P-51 Mustang entered combat in the summer of 1944 that bomber crews had escort fighters that could guard them all the way to the targets in Germany and back to the safety of England.

In this painting , a damaged, Consolidated B-24 Liberator is on a lonely journey back to its base. The damage to the airplane has slowed it down and as the rest of the formation pulled ahead and is now out of sight.  The Liberator crew is on their own still in danger from the enemy. All of the sudden a P-51 Mustang  appears and pulls up in front of the wounded bird giving the crew something to ease their nerves. The escort fighters were called “little friends” by the bomber crews and although the missions of the airplanes were very different they were non-the-less, Teammates!

Teammates now available as a limited edition print OR canvas.

Print on heavy archival stock:

  • Premium Print: 12″ x 30″ signed and numbered limited edition of only 150 prints signed and numbered:  $245 
Limited edition canvas:
  • Premium Full Sized Canvas: 16″ x 40″  (same size as original oil painting) – only 50 signed and numbered limited editions available at only $495

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Grand Canyon Lightning

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Two Lockheed P-38 Lightnings outrun a summer thunderstorm as they fly below the weather and over the majestic landscape of the Grand Canyon.

The P-38 was manufactured by Lockheed aircraft company in Burbank, California during World War II. The airplane flew with Army Air Corps units in both the Pacific and European theaters. These particular Lightnings are on a ferry flight to the US East Coast to then be shipped by sea to fight against Nazi Germany. The lead airplane in the painting is P-38-L serial number 44-24630 and would serve with the 367th Fighter Group in France in 1944. The airplane became the personal mount of the units commanding officer, Colonel (Later General) Edwin S. Chickering.

Prints on heavy archival stock in two sizes:

  • Premium Print: 12″ x 25″ signed and numbered limited edition of 100 is $175
Limited edition rolled canvas in two sizes:
  • Canvas: 18″ x 36″  signed and numbered limited edition of 50 is $495
  • Premium Enhanced Full Sized Canvas:  24″ x 48″ (same as original painting) – only 10 signed, numbered, and artist enhanced limited edition available at $975

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Heading Home Reflections

Heading Home Reflections

Two weary pilots, heading home after a tough mission, are treated to God’s pallet as the sun’s fading light paints the sky. This piece evokes a feeling of peace in the midst of war.

The Corsair was one of the most celebrated fighter/bomber aircraft in the Pacific theater. As well as being a tough adversary in air-to air combat against Japanese fighters, the airplane could also be used as a dive bomber and fitted with rockets became a perfect choice for supporting troops on the ground. The airplane performed so well during World War II that it was carried over and used in the Korean War. The F-4U was made famous in the 70’s TV show Baa Baa Black Sheep which depicted the story of Marine flying ace, Gregory “Pappy” Boington. The famed Navy Ace, Ira Kepford, of VF-17, the Jolly Rogers, flew the plane in scoring many of his aerial victories as well. The two F-4U Corsairs depicted in this painting by Rick Herter were from the Second Marine Air Division, based at Kadena airfield on the island of Okinawa late in the war.

This NEW canvas edition is very limited. The limited edition paper version of this print has been sold out and only available on the secondary market. Each canvas is printed to order and inspected before being signed and numbered by the artist.

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Image Area 14″ x 21″
 
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Solitude Over the Grandure

A lone P-51 Mustang makes a solitary cross-country flight above the mighty and expansive Grand Canyon. At the end of WWII, hundreds of Mustangs, along with numerous other types of war surplus aircraft, made similar flights. These flights took the once noble and gallant war machines to the aircraft graveyards of the southwestern United States. Once there, these airplanes that led the allies to victory became material for the welders cutting torch. Who knows how many a pilot shed a bittersweet tear as he flew his beloved aircraft over the wondrous beauty of the Grand Canyon on its last flight.


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Solitude Over the Grandure

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      • 8″ x 20″

 

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Railroaded

The P-51 Mustang has been called the finest fighter aircraft of WWII. This P-51 just caught a German train in the open and he and his wingman sweep in for the attack. The print is countersigned by Col. Don Blakeslee along with one of the most famous aircraft nose artists of WWII, Mr. Don Allan. Col. Blakeslee, while being a high scoring ace and commander of the Fourth Fighter Group, holds the record for the most combat hours flown by any American during the war.

Signatures:

  • Colonel Don BLAKESLEE – WWII Ace
  • Don ALLAN – One of the most famous aircraft nose artists of WWII

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  • 28″ x 18″

 


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Heritage Flight

Two of America’s most enduring symbols of freedom, the B-25 Mitchell and the B-17 Flying Fortress pass in review. From Japan to Germany, these winged eagles carried their crews and country to victory.

 

Depicted are the B-17 “Liberty Belle”, which is still flying today (see www.LibertyFoundation.org), and B-25s “Heavenly Body” (top) and “Executive Sweet” (bottom).

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  • Overall size: 20″ x 28″
  • Image size: 15″ x 25″

 


Double Over Berlin

On December 5, 1944, then Major Don Strait was leading three other Mustangs as part of an escort of B-17s on a raid to Berlin. Strait had already scored four victories and at the time was the Commanding Officer of the 361st Fighter Squadron of the 356th Fighter Group. As the B-17s below dropped their bombs, Strait and his squadron mates were met with a frightening sight – out of the sun and with the advantage of altitude, over 20 FW-190s and Bf109s pounced on the escorting P-51s.

Strait closed his eyes as all of the fighters merged into a small sliver of sky, fearing he was about to die in a mid-air collision. Realizing he was still very much alive, he could not believe the sight in front of him. Two of the pursuing Focke Wulfs were now the hunted as he was behind the Germans. A quick burst into the wingman of the two ship and the 190 erupted in flames and smoke.

Expecting the leader to split-S and dive for the ground, Strait was once again surprised. The German turned into Straits’ line of flight and the Mustang’s guns found their mark. Donald Strait scored his 5th and 6th victories ushering him into the history books as an 8th Air Force Ace.

Major Strait finished the war with 13.5 aerial kills. He served in the United States Air Force until the 1970’s retiring as a Major General. Rick Herter was personally commissioned to create this painting to hang in General Strait’s home.

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The Color of Courage

“In the summer of 2008, I received a call from a film director for George Lucas. Mr. Lucas wanted to film a movie dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. Out of those conversations for possible involvement in the film, this painting began.

The Tuskegee Airmen began as a WW II experiment in integrating African-American soldiers into the cockpits of combat aircraft. Many in the white command structure of the armed forces thought this was a foolhardy idea because they thought that these men had neither the mental capability to learn to fly or the courage needed in combat. Were it not for orders from President Roosevelt himself, one of the greatest stories of WW II would have never been written.

The Tuskegee Airmen went on to achieve such notable success in the skies over Italy and Europe that bomber squadrons commanded by white officers would request that the unit specifically be used to escort them through the dangerous skies above Germany.

In this painting, one of the Tuskegee Airmen flying his red-tailed Mustang, gives chase fast and low to a German Focke-Wulf 190. The Red Tails, as they were called, destroyed close to 300 enemy aircraft and had the lowest bomber escort loss rate of any American air unit during the war.

I have used some artist’s license in the creation of this piece. Historically the Red Tails had several low level chases that led to aerial kills and those kills inspired my painting. But those victories were in the summer and fall of 1944 flying the earlier “B” model Mustangs. The unit transitioned into the “D” model in late 1944. Though my painting does not portray an actual specific event, I chose to paint the “D” for it’s more striking lines, giving chase over a full foliage landscape which probably would not have been found during the late war operation of the airplane in the hands of the Red Tails. I think it makes for a more dramatic and colorful work of art and I hope you enjoy it.” ~Rick Herter

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  • Image size: 16″ x 22″

 


Bent Wing Sonata

Bent Wing Sonata Aviation ArtThough not a specific event, Bent Wing Sonata by Rick Herter, typifies air combat action in the South Pacific during WWII. As American Army Air Corp B-24 Liberators leave the target area, they are met by their regular aerial foe, the Japanese Zero. On this day the Liberator crews have some added safety in the form of U.S. Navy Corsairs from VF-17 the Jolly Rogers.

A Zero has just been struck and the pilot struggles to free himself from the smoking aircraft. The victorious Corsair pilot takes in the scene as he flys by. The Navy pilot’s sense of victory and jubilation is tempered though because he knows that the nature of air combat is fickle. Though today he is the victor, tomorrow the role may be reversed. Today we’ll drink a toast but tomorrow the song and dance will begin anew.

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Image size: 23 ” x 25 ”

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