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“Waiting for the Bullets” Print with Signature Plate

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P2134
$189.99

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On December 17th, 1944, over the Ardennes: Lt. Ed Cottrell is in a situation he never dreamed possible. Earlier that morning, Ed and his group were bombing German armor when they were jumped by twenty Me-109s. Ed's engine took damage and oil sprayed. Eight cylinders were gone, but the motor kept running. Ed was limping home when two Me-109s caught up to him. "I was waiting for the bullets to come," Ed recalled. Then the German pilot flashed a signal-it was okay. They must have seen he was helpless, flying blind. When they reached the front lines, the Germans turned back, and Ed kissed the ground upon landing. His group had lost four pilots that day, but thanks to "those two Messerschmitts and the Pratt & Whitney engine," he wasn't the fifth. This Open Edition print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist Gareth Hector and an Ed Cottrell signature card. Print measures 31”w x 19”h and is available for custom framing at wright-bros.com. 

 

LT. COLONEL EDWIN COTTRELL
Ed Cottrell volunteered for the Air Corps as he was already a private pilot. He was assigned to the 48th FG's 493rd FS, operating P-47s out of Cambria airfield in France during the summer 1944. There he went to work flying low-level strafing and dive-bombing attacks. His most memorable mission took place on December 17th, the second day of the Bulge, when Ed’s flight was jumped by 20 Me 109s (one flown by signer Karl-Heinz Bosse) that quickly shot down several of the P-47s. Ed continued to fly close air support missions with his last, number 65, taking place in May. Following VE-Day, Ed returned home and was discharged. In the post-war years, he rejoined the Air Force and retired after 28 years of service.

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On December 17th, 1944, over the Ardennes: Lt. Ed Cottrell is in a situation he never dreamed possible. Earlier that morning, Ed and his group were bombing German armor when they were jumped by twenty Me-109s. Ed's engine took damage and oil sprayed. Eight cylinders were gone, but the motor kept running. Ed was limping home when two Me-109s caught up to him. "I was waiting for the bullets to come," Ed recalled. Then the German pilot flashed a signal-it was okay. They must have seen he was helpless, flying blind. When they reached the front lines, the Germans turned back, and Ed kissed the ground upon landing. His group had lost four pilots that day, but thanks to "those two Messerschmitts and the Pratt & Whitney engine," he wasn't the fifth. This Open Edition print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist Gareth Hector and an Ed Cottrell signature card. Print measures 31”w x 19”h and is available for custom framing at wright-bros.com. 

 

LT. COLONEL EDWIN COTTRELL
Ed Cottrell volunteered for the Air Corps as he was already a private pilot. He was assigned to the 48th FG's 493rd FS, operating P-47s out of Cambria airfield in France during the summer 1944. There he went to work flying low-level strafing and dive-bombing attacks. His most memorable mission took place on December 17th, the second day of the Bulge, when Ed’s flight was jumped by 20 Me 109s (one flown by signer Karl-Heinz Bosse) that quickly shot down several of the P-47s. Ed continued to fly close air support missions with his last, number 65, taking place in May. Following VE-Day, Ed returned home and was discharged. In the post-war years, he rejoined the Air Force and retired after 28 years of service.

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2. please specify frame type, color and with or without matting

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