HELLCAT FURY - Framed Collectors Piece
16 / 17 February 1944 – TRUK, SOUTH PACIFIC
Truk, the small atoll in the South Pacific, was the major anchorage for the Japanese Fleet. Comprising a magnificent harbor and four heavily defended airfields, it was thought impregnable by the US forces as they fought their way up through the Pacific. But on 16-17 February 1944 a violent two-day aerial assault by carrierborne aircraft of Task Force 58 exploded the myth. In just two days the US Navy flyers sunk over 200,000 tons of Japanese naval shipping and destroyed an estimated 275 enemy aircraft, totally eliminating all effectiveness of the Japanese base. Light as the US Navy losses were only 25 aircraft failed to return the battle for Truk was ferocious.
In this superb painting Robert brings to life the scenario that was crucial to Admiral Spruance’s forceful drive through the Central Pacific. The once feared Japanese base at Truk is being reduced to a statistic of war. Hellcats of VF6 hurtle across the lagoon at masthead height with guns blazing, creating havoc as they tear into the enemy positions below. Seen in the foreground is the F6F-3 of Lt. Alex Vracui, subsequently to become one of the Navy’s top guns. This exhilarating work dramatically conveys the awesome conditions endured day after day by the pilots of the US Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific.
‘The Pacific Fleet has returned at Truk the visit made by the Japanese Fleet at Pearl Harbor…’
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
Included in this two-print portfolio is a matching-numbered companion print PACIFIC PIRATE. Both have been expertly framed to full conservation standards to include museum quality replica US Navy pilot wings and have been signed by a combined total of NINE Hellcat pilots and Aces:
- Commander Willis E. Hardy
- Commander Hamilton McWhorter
- Commander Alex Vraciu
- Commander John 'Ted' Crosby
- Colonel 'Archie' Donahue
- Lieutenant Commander Fred 'Buck' Dungan
- Lieutenant Commander James E. Duffy
- Captain John R. Strane
- Commander Ed 'Wendy' Wendorf
- Framed Prints
- 38.5 x 28.25 inches
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