B-17 "Ye Olde Pub" profile by Jim Laurier
Artist Jim Laurier’s hyper-realistic profile depicts the B-17 “Ye Olde Pub” as it appeared at the start of December 20, 1943. During that day’s mission to Bremen, “Ye Olde Pub” was heavily-damaged by flak and fighters. In an act of mercy, Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler spared the resilient bomber, allowing for its return to England. “Ye Olde Pub” was repaired by April 1944 and ferried back to America, its service complete.
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Open-edition, hand-signed in fade-resistant marker by two WWII airmen who flew in the 379th BG, the same group as the "Ye Olde Pub": Roland Martin, 19-year-old B-17 pilot of "Iron Maiden" who was shot down on the Black Thursday Schweinfurt raid and Hugh McGinty, B-17 tail gunner in "The Blue Blazing Blizzard" who flew at the same time as Charlie Brown! Includes COA.
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Open-edition, bearing no autographs.
The autographed version is hand-signed by the following 379th Bomb Group aviators:
379th Bomb Group, 525th Squadron, 19-year-old B-17 pilot of "The Iron Maiden." Believed to be the youngest B-17 captain in the 8th Air Force at the time of his shoot down on "Black Thursday," the infamous 2nd Schweinfurt raid.
379th Bomb Group, 524th Squadron, B-17 tail gunner on the "The Blue Blazing Blizzard." Hugh flew on several of the same missions as Lt. Charlie Brown and the "Quiet Ones."
Watch "Ye Olde Pub" pilot Charlie Brown describe his encounter with Stigler in this CBS report.