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Allies in Arms

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Allies in Arms by John Shaw
100 Signed & Numbered prints...$295.00
110 Collector’s Edition with seven signatures...$395.00
20 Artist Proofs with seven signatures...$445.00   
Overall Print Size: 33 â…›" x 24 ¾"      
Image Size: 26 ½" x 17 ½"
All prints in the editions are individually numbered and personally hand-signed by the artist along with two B-17 veterans and legendary RAF Ace “Johnnie” Johnson:

The highest scoring RAF Ace of WWII and the top Allied Ace in Europe – with 38 victories
Lieutenant Colonel IRVIN POFF 3 Air Medals
B-17 Pilot with the 2nd Bomb Group, 15th Air Force from Foggia, Italy

First Lieutenant KEN SHARP 3 Air Medals
B-17 Pilot with the 388th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force from RAF Knettishall in Suffolk, England

With all the signatures of the Main Edition, these prints are additionally signed by a B-17 veteran and three Spitfire Aces who flew with the Canadian Wing:

First Lieutenant CHARLES "NORM" STEVENS DFC, 4 Air medals
Bombadier on B-17s with the 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force from Polebrook, Northamptonshire
Canadian Spitfire Ace with 92 Sqn RAF and 127 Canadian Wing RCAF - 16½ victories
Canadian Spitfire Ace with 403 Sqn RCAF - total of 9 victories in WWII and Korea

Lieutenant General DON LAUBMAN DFC*
Canadian Spitfire Ace with 412 Sqn & 402 Sqn RCAF - 15 victories

Legendary Wing Leader "Johnnie" Johnson, the highest scoring RAF Ace of WWII, leads the Spitfires of No. 144 (Canadian) Wing during the weeks following D-Day.  Having picked up a formation of USAAF B-17s returning from a bombing mission to Germany, the Canadian Wing's Spitfire Mk IXs stay with the American bombers to fend off attacks from prowling Luftwaffe fighters.

During the first phases of World War II, the possibility that Hitler’s Axis forces would prevail seemed great...only the combined efforts of freedom-loving nations cooperating with maximum effort could defeat this spreading evil.

Following D-day in June ’44, the tide began to turn; Over 130,000 troops from more than eight Allied countries including Britain, the United States, Canada and other Commonwealth nations, landed on Normandy’s beaches in the first 24 hours. These nations combined to drive Nazi forces from France, paving the way to eventual surrender, and their firm alliance in the air was finally beginning to wither Goering’s Luftwaffe. 

Around the clock bombing of Germany had begun one year before, from British precision bombers at night, and American B-17s and B-24s by day and Allied fighters played a critical role. USAAF and RAF fighters would routinely work together in this incredible effort, the latter of which were comprised of pilots not only from Britain, but also Commonwealth nations including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and others.

The solidarity of these nations ultimately brought an end to the tyranny that threatened the world during history’s greatest conflict.
The Inspiration Behind the Painting

The painting was inspired in part by quotes from Johnnie’s classic 1956 memoir “Wing Leader”. Having read the book a number of times I was moved by a particular passage that stuck in my mind.
I’d seen few photographs or artwork of the Spitfire and B-17 Fortress flying together, but the idea of depicting these two great warbirds in the same scene absolutely fascinated me, and immediately brought to mind the way the Allies worked together during the crucial days of the War. Johnnie had a great affection for the B-17, so this seemed a natural fit, and an appropriate choice of aircraft to feature in this scene.

- John D. Shaw


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