To Hell and Back by Anthony Saunders
ANNOUNCING AN OUTSTANDING NEW EDITION COMMEMORATING THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC BOMBING RAID ON THE PLOESTI OILFIELDS, 1 AUGUST 1943
Flying at low-level over the Astra Romana oil refinery, Lt James Merrick of the 98th Bomb Group powers his B-24 Lil De-icer through the pall of burning debris as time-delayed bombs, dropped in error by a previous Group, explode beneath them. With any hope of surprise now lost, and taking heavy losses in the process, the crews of the 98th bravely hold their bombers on course.
Allied planners knew that just over a third of all Germanys oil came from a single source the oil fields at Ploesti, far to the east of deepest Romania. If the oilfields and refineries at Ploesti could be destroyed, then Hitlers armies would be dealt a savage blow from which they might never recover.
Anthony Saunders dramatic new painting, specially commissioned to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Operation Tidal Wave, pays tribute to the heroes who flew the epic Ploesti mission.
The Ploesti Raid was one of the costliest operations carried out by the USAAF during World War II, it was also the day that the airmen of the United States proved their unswerving determination in the face of the gravest danger. To honor the crews who took part, each print is personally signed by three veterans who flew on the Ploesti mission:
Captain CHARLES D. CAVIT
Captain ANDREW W. OPSATA
Technical Sergeant RICHARD E. TUTTLE
The signing of this edition by these veterans has helped to make this one of the most accurate and memorable portrayals of the Ploesti raid. Their contribution gives even greater meaning to this commemorative edition, providing enthusiasts with a historic and valuable collectors piece.
THE REMARQUE EDITIONS
There is probably no better way to own a piece of original artwork than by acquiring one of the beautifully hand drawn pencil remarques created by Anthony Saunders, widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and exciting aviation artists at work today.
These unique pencil drawings of B-24s, all relevant to the Ploesti Raid, will be skilfully created in the margin of each print. You may have a specific request - such as a particular aircraft or Bomb Group if so, please let us know early when placing your order and we will do our best to help.
There are two Remarqued editions to choose from: the first, consisting of 25 copies, will comprise of a single pencil drawing.
The second edition is even more exclusive and just 10 copies will be issued. Each will consist of a much larger DOUBLE size drawing approximately 10 wide and are packed with detailed content.
TO HELL AND BACK
350 signed & numbered
25 Artist Proofs
10 Double Remarques
Overall Print Size: 30½" wide x 23½" high Image Size: 24" wide x 16" high
Acid Free Permanent Paper