SCRAMBLE FOR THE MARIANAS By Nicolas Trudgian RARE REMARQUE
On 19 June 1944 Task Force 58 was nearing the Mariana Islands in the Pacific supporting the US Invasion Forces. Unknown to the US airmen and Sailors the Battle of the Phillipine Sea was about to erupt. On that morning US radars began to show large numbers of incoming hostile aircraft and the Carriers, including the USS Lexington, became a frenzy of activity.
Vice Admiral Mitscher ordered all fighters into the air as fast as possible to intercept the massive Japanese air assault, the vast majority of these were the superb F6F Hellcat of the US Navy. Having proved itself more than a match for the much vaunted Mitsubishi A6M Zeke or 'Zero', the Hellcat was now flown by well-trained and highly confident pilots, many of whom were already 'Aces'.
Nick Trudgian's fantastic scene shows the F6F Hellcat of Lt. Alex Vraciu of VF-16 roaring off the deck of the USS Lexington to intercept the Japanese. Already an Ace with 12 victories, Vraciu will shoot down 6 more in the ensuing melee, while many other Hellcat pilots will also score multiple kills. By the end of the day some 360 Japanese aircraft were shot down and the entire debacle named 'the Great Marianas Turkey shoot' - Japanese Naval airpower was never to recover.
This Print was released back in 1994 and was Signed by Artist Nicolas Trudgian and FOUR top F6F Hellcat Aces:-
COMMANDER ALEX VRACIU
CAPTAIN RICHARD 'ZEKE' CORMIER
COMMANDER HAMILTON 'MAC' McWHORTER
CAPTAIN ARMISTEAD 'CHICK' SMITH
This is an EXTREMELY RARE REMARQUE EDITION of which there were only 50. Nick has drawn a Japanese A6M Zero fighter
The Print is in MINT condition and measures 36x24 Inches and comes with the CoA.