The Hunter Becomes the Hunted by William S Phillips features P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group.
Target: Berlin. It was March 6, 1944 and B-17s and B-24s of the US 8th Air Forces’ 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions streamed into a ninety four mile wave to attack Berlin. Among the massed bombers, the 100th Bomb Group (H) manned 20 B-17s flying at 21,000 feet, 200 miles west of Berlin. There, twenty one Fw-190s bored in with deadly accuracy, downing fifteen Flying Fortresses into the fields below. Half of the crew members aboard the fallen bombers perished; the rest were imprisoned. Recklessly, one Focke-Wulf pilot, Oberleutnant Wolfgang Kretschmer, turned to attack the remaining B-17s alone and he, in turn, became the target of eight escorting P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group, the 'Wolf Pack' led by Colonel Hub Zemke. Fighters dove and shot him down. Although injured and badly burned, Oberleutnant Kretschmer survived. It was the worst single day of air warfare for the 8th Air Force. Sixty nine U.S. heavy bombers and eleven escort fighters were lost.
But air warfare was about the bold acts of individuals who risked their lives daily and 'The Hunter Becomes the Hunted' conveys how quickly the fates of war can turn.
The Hunter Becomes the Hunted by William S Phillips, is signed by 4 distinguished veterans of those historic battles over Germany:
Oberleutnant Wolfgang Kretschmer
1st Lieutenant Robert Shoens
Technical Sgt. Harold Stearns
Colonel Hub Zemke.
This spectacular print sold out many years ago and is difficult to find on the secondary market.
Condition - this print has previous been framed and there is a strip of tape along the top edge of the back of the print, it has caused a noticeable ridge in the top 15-20 mm of the white border (the border is 38 mm in total) which is visible from the front of the print. Fortunately the print was not on display for very long and there is no evidence of fading - the image area is in perfect condition and the fault would be concealed by framing. This would be ideal for someone wanting a modestly priced example of this magnificent print for framing and display.
It comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Normal price for a perfect example of this print would be around £500.
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William S Phillips
32 x 16 inches overall including borders.
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