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Clash over the Ore
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Clash over the Ore

September 11th 1944 would see a concerted effort by the 8th Air Force to strike yet another crippling blow to the Reich’s industrial heartland, one of the units at the forefront of this mission would be the ‘Bloody’ 100th Bomb Group. As they flew over the Ore region bordering Germany and Czechoslovakia the B-17s were intercepted by the Sturmbocks of second gruppe, Jg-4.

The result was chaos in the skies as Focke Wulfs darted in amongst the heavies while the Mustang escorts raced to aid the beleaguered bombers. Jg-4 would go on to claim nearly forty kills. However, they too would take a severe beating. Second gruppe would lose twelve pilots and a third of their overall strength, while the Bf-109 escorts of third gruppe would see nine of their comrades not return.
Overall it was a hard day for the ‘Bloody 100th’, despite this, the steady attrition inflicted on the Luftwaffe that day would add yet another nail in the Reich’s coffin.

My painting depicts a split second meeting between a B-17 and one of the attacking Fw-190s. I wanted to catch some of the humanity in the moment, and to forge a fleeting connection between the main participants. Hence we see the Fortress crew peering up at their fleeing assailant, the dorsal gunner quick with his reactions takes a chunk out of the sturmbock’s wing. Below the action a 339th P-51 stalks the damaged 190 waiting for his opportunity to pounce on the crippled aircraft.
I kept the outcome of this encounter open, however, listed among the Jg-4 losses that day was ‘Blue 6’ piloted by Josef Tussner. He would be one of the lucky ones though, belly landing his heavily damaged aircraft the wounded Tussner lived to see another day.
I like to think my B-17 crew made it back too, although the aircraft is not based on a particular example from the day’s fighting.

Painting is 100cm x 60cm oil on canvas. Private collection.

 

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Awesome! Love the shadow of the Mustang on the contrail below it. thumbsup

I cook corn....

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Nice work Gareth. Great depiction of the classic Mighty Eighth/Luftwaffe duel in the air over Europe.

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Thanks guys, much appreciated

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Beautiful!  Great composition and nice level of detail.

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Cheers Guss, very kind of you.

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My print of this arrived yesterday – glide on canvas – super – one of just two aviation art print purchases for me this entire year.  Great work Gareth!!!

 

email him directly or via his website to place an order, it was super fast service from the UK to US

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I think this is the painting which made the biggest impression upon me when I recently joined the forum…

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Its a great piece Gareth, beautiful work !

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 Nice work,but where’s the tube of MG131 on 190?

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