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In early 1944, P-47D's of the 325th Fighter Group were flying bomber escort missions from their base in Foggia, Italy. In this painting Lt. Col. Robert L. Baseler, flying his personal mount #88 "Big Stud" leads a flight of three aircraft from the 317th Fighter Squadron providing bomber escort for a raid on the rail marshalling yards in Rome. The other aircraft depicted were flown by 1st Lt. Cecil O. Dean in #17, 1st Lt. George P. Novotny in #27 "Ruthless Ruthie / Lady Jane VI, and 2nd Lt. Edsel Paulkin in #33 "Little Sir Echo." I have wanted to paint the aircraft of the "Checkertail Clan" ever since the Museum of Flight in Seattle opened the Personal Courage Wing and put their P-47D on display in Col. Baseler's markings.


*This original work is available for purchase. Acrylic on canvas.Painting size in inches: 24 x 30. Contact Steve Cox by thephone number listed on this website for more information. Please reference "Big Stud."


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Big Stud

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