325th Fighter Group P-51 Mustang

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Print Size: 31" x 19"
All prints sold unframed

"Alpine Eagles"
May 1945 - Germany

a fine art print by John D. Shaw

We made it. The feeling in the air was electric when American troops reached Berchtesgaden, Germany in early May 1945. Once, these Alps were “Flak Alley,” a threatening “Alpine Redoubt.” But now the war in Europe is won and this storybook land is again a playground.

As the paratroopers of Easy Company, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne tour the newly-liberated “Eagle’s Nest,” the flyboys of the 325th Fighter Group, the famed “Checkertail Clan,” buzz past with a wave.

Peace will take some getting used to. The sound of gunfire has been replaced by the pop of champagne bottles and the pilots can now soar without looking over their shoulders. Victory is here—finally. And the party has just begun.

Only 100 numbered prints, signed by artist
John D. Shaw and 11 WWII veterans including:

- "Checkertail Clan" Aces & Silver Star
recipients
Barrie Davis & Art Fiedler!

- E-Company favorites Earl McClung
(the first American in the Eagle's Nest),
Babe Heffron & Al Mampre!

- Plus SIX MORE decorated veterans of the ETO!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- Photos of 101st paratroopers (including Maj. Winters) celebrating VE-Day in Berchtesgaden.

- Symbolic of the war loot taken home by our
G.I.s is a replica Gebirgsjäger edelweiss patch.
- 506th PIR & 101st Airborne pins
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" facts

 

All prints are sold unframed

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Only 190 numbered prints
, signed by artist
John D. Shaw and 20 WWII veterans.

ALSO INCLUDES:
- Photos of 101st paratroopers celebrating VE-Day.

- Symbolic of the war loot taken home by our G.I.s is a replica Gebirgsjäger patch.
- 506th & 101st Airborne pins
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art"

All prints are sold unframed

An Artist Reserve edition of 100 prints and 45 canvas giclees exist.
A Signer Proof edition exists for print signers and helpers.
   
An irreplaceable collection of rare signatures from the
heroes who fought to liberate Europe during World War II . . .
Frank Bolek
22-year-old P-51 pilot
317th FS, 325th FG
Shot down a Bf 109 in the "Checkertail Clan's" final aerial dogfight of WWII.
Watch Frank at the start
of this news clip.
Don Burgett
Able Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded three times. Author of "Currahee!" "Seven Roads to Hell" & more!
Buck Compton
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), officer, veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star, author of "Call of Duty"
Thomas Batey
Pilot of P-51
"Shirley Jean"
319th FS, 325th FG
DFC, Air Medal w/4 clusters
Watch Tom in the second half of this news clip.
Ron Dove
P-51 pilot "King Richard VI" 318th FS, 325th FG
1 Aerial Victory
DFC, Air Medal w/4 clusters, planned missions for all MTO fighter groups
G.B. Edwards
Pilot of P-51 "Alp Scalper"
317th FS, 325th FG
3 Aerial Victories
Group Ops Officer
2 DFCs, Air Medal w/8 clusters
Ed Doss
Crew Chief
319th FS, 325th FG
Serviced P-40s, P-47s, and P-51s during more than 500 combat missions, spanning
1943 - 1945.
Barrie Davis
Pilot of P-51 "Bee"
317th FS, 325th FG
Ace with 6 victories
Silver Star, DFC,
Air Medal w/13 clusters
Reunited with enemy
pilot in 2010
Art Fiedler
Pilot of P-51 "Helen"
317th FS, 325th FG
Ace with 8 victories
Silver Star, DFC with Oak Leaf Cluster,
Air Medal w/22 clusters

Brad Freeman
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded in attack on Foy. Part of the 2nd Platoon's mortar squad under Don Malarkey & Bill Guarnere.

G.I. Gillette
Pilot of P-51 "Betty Lou"
334th FS, 4th FG
3 Victories in the air
1.5 on the ground
DFC with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal w/4clusters, flew the Russian Shuttle mission

"Wild Bill" Guarnere
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star
Author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends"
Babe Heffron
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, captured German General Theodor Tolsdorff, author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends"
Don Jakeway
H-Company (508th PIR, 82nd Airborne), landed near Ste. Mere Eglise on D-Day, fought in Market Garden until wounded by artillery. Returned for the Battle of the Bulge where he was shot through the lung by a sniper.
Clancy Lyall
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Abn.), D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded three times, featured in David Webster's book "Parachute Infantry"

Don Malarkey
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Author of "Easy Company Soldier"

Al Mampre
Medic attached to Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), Market Garden & Battle of the Bulge. At Eindhoven, Al saved the life of Lt. Brewer, shot by a sniper. The same sniper would wound Al.
Earl McClung
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge & beyond. 3rd Platoon's First Scout & the first American to reach the Eagle's Nest
Ray Nagell
B-Battery, 321st Glider Field Artillery Bn., 101st Abn., fought in Normandy, landed by WACO glider during Market Garden, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and beyond.
Richard Rohleder
320th Glider Field Artillery Bn., 82nd Abn., rode a glider into Market Garden, fought in the Battle of the Bulge (where his unit fired more than 18,000 rounds!) and beyond.
Les Underwood
3rd Armored Division
"Spearhead" tanker
19-year-old Sherman tank gunner & M26 Pershing commander. Fought from Normandy, through France, Belgium, the Battle of the Bulge, Cologne, and across the Rhine to the Elbe River.
Elijah Whytsell
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), jumped on Market Garden as part of 1st Platoon, alongside Clancy Lyall, Floyd Talbert, David Webster & more. Wounded by artillery in Holland.
J.B. Stokes
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), 2nd Platoon, veteran of D-Day, jumped alongside Malarkey, Compton, Guarnere, Freeman & more as part of Stick 70, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge.
John D. Shaw
JOHN D. SHAW
John D. Shaw has pursued his art and graphics career since 1985 and is a veteran of both the fine art and commercial art fields. As an illustrator, Shaw created artwork for clients such as Lucas Films Ltd., Kellogg's, and Major League Baseball. Shaw's work took a new emphasis in 1993, when he began creating paintings with a historical theme.

Shaw’s artwork hangs in the collection of President Bush ’41, President Bush ’43, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, and private collections worldwide. His art has adorned the covers of magazines like Private Pilot's Aviation Art Gallery, World War II, World War II History, Aviation History, and our own publication, Valor.

Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
The distinguished veterans who made this print possible.