Limited and numbered lithograph of original painting by Rick Herter called “Strange Bedfellows”. The lithograph is hand signed by both the artist, Rick Herter and WWII Ace Fredric Arnold. In addition to his autograph, hand drawn cartoon by Fredric Arnold. This particular print is beautifully framed with USSAF pilot’s wings inserted into the mat and measures approximately 36″ (W) x 24” (L). Note: There is a small amount of dust particles seen between the acrylic and matting, however, this is easily and inexpensively corrected by a professional framing shop.
Award winning aviation artist, Rich Herter, captures one of the most unique and ironic incidents in World War II aviation history when a Messerschmidtt Me109 flying low over the Mediterranean Sea, with fuel levels nearly exhausted, accepts a P-38 escort flown by Fredric Arnold to an American airfield based in Sicily.
Fredric Arnold was a P-38 Fighter Pilot in World War II and served with the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, based at Chateau dun du Rommel, Algeria, March through June 1943 and Mateur, Tunisia, June through July 1943. Fredric completed fifty combat missions in North Africa, destroying seven enemy aircraft, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf clusters.
The works of artist Rick Herter are in public and private collections throughout the world. Herter in known for his extraordinary paintings of War Scenes including Operations Desert Storm and his work is on permanent display in the Pentagon. A truly fantastic piece for any WW2 aviation collector.