Watercolor on Strathmore rough Watercolor board, 12.5” x 17.75”
This demonstration aircraft was completed on May 8, 1945 at the end of hostilities in the European theater of World War II. She was originally B-17G-105-VE 44-85718 and is now painted to replicate a noted veteran World War II bomber of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, part of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, based at RAF Molesworth, England.
The aircraft represented was also a B-17G, serial number 42-38050. She was a B-17G-25-DL manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, and flew 112 combat missions with the 303rd Bomb Group. She was accepted by the USAAF in November 1943 and arrived in the group on January 18, 1944, at RAF Molesworth, England. She is one of the few surviving flyable B-17s.