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Thunderbolt Attack - 22nd February 1944

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P-47D Thunderbolt - Detail from a painting by Graham Turner from Osprey book 'Big Week' 1944
P-47D Thunderbolt - Painting by Graham Turner from Osprey book 'Big Week' 1944 Thunderbolt Attack - 22nd February 1944 Ref: GT-27C

Passing fast and low across Bonn-Hangelar airfield in his powerful P-47D Thunderbolt, Captain Gordon Compton's guns find their target as he strafes a line of Focke Wulf 190s. In the background Major Walter Beckham pulls up having destroyed a line of Junkers 88s.

Compton later recalled - ''As I closed I saw three FW 190s parked close together. I strafed and saw hits on all three, and saw one burst into flames. I pulled up off the target, turning about 90 degrees to the left and heard Major Beckham say that he'd been hit, was on fire and for everyone to get out. I was about 500 feet high at this time and saw tracers coming from every direction, also flak was bursting uncomfortably close, so I hit the deck.' Beckham bailed out of his stricken Thunderbolt and was captured.

Gouache painting by Graham Turner - image size 19"x 13" (48 x 33cm)

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Price: 750.00

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