WOLFPACK LEADER DOWNS FIVE Col. David Schilling’s Thunderbolt “Hairless Joe” – Artist’s Proof
The AP denotes Artist's Proof, from the private collection of the artist. These are the first 50 - 100 prints
off the press once the artist has approved the color. As a result, these are highly collectible editions and
cost a bit more than the limited edition signed and numbered editions.
Image size 18 3/4" X 26 1/4" with margins, 22 5/8" X 29 1/4" overall
Signed and numbered: 950, Artist's Proofs 56
In addition to the artist’s signature, each print is co-autographed by six leading 56th Fighter Group Aces all now USAF (ret.); Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, Col. Francis “Gabby” Gabreski, Lt. Gen. Gerald Johnson, Lt. Col. Robert S. Johnson, Col. Walker “Bud” Mahurin and Col. Frank Klibbe.
As his salute to the 56th Fighter group, historical artist Jerry Crandall has captured Col. David Schilling in his P-47 “Hairless Joe” when he encountered over 100 bogeys 23 Dec. 1944. After multiple vectors, Schilling added 3 Bf 109s and 2 Fw 190s to his victory tally. This would be recognized as a record day not only for Col. Schilling but for the group as well as they downed 37 E/A in an historic air battle over Bonn, Germany.
Schilling assumed command of the 56th after Col. Hub Zemke. He ended the war as a top ace with 22.5 aerial and 10.5 ground victories. This highly respected leader was killed in a 1956 auto accident in England.
Captured with incredible detail and accuracy, this highly accurate historic print honors Col. Schilling and all members of the famed 56th!