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War Weary by Jack Fellows
War Weary
by Jack Fellows

Edition: 199 + 10 artist's proofs
Overall size: 24'' x 34.5''
Image size: 17.5'' x 28.5''
Secondary imagery: 5 USAAF badge; 345TH Bomb Group badge; Title and text block; Artist's signature and print number.

Price: $175 + S&H $14 U.S. / $45 International

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Original Art
Height: 20"
Width: 30"
Framed/Unframed: unframed
Medium: oil
Support: panel
Copyright Date: 1995
Price: $9,375.00


Combat aircraft are a little like racehorses….they can only go around the track a certain amount of times before they are worn out. An airplane that has attained an advanced state of decrepitude, such that it is no longer considered safe for combat missions is considered to be “war-weary”. In the Southwest Pacific Theater of operations, consignment of worn-out aircraft to the boneyard was an unaffordable luxury in 1944, for utility was still to be squeezed out of an airplane which could still wheeze down the runway and struggle into the air, and enough optimists could be found to fly her.

stinsonIn the painting, a war weary B-25D with over 100 combat missions to its credit, “Wolf Pack”, retired to utility flights by the 498th Bomb Squadron, 345th Bomb Group, drops into the Ramu River valley in the jungles of western New Guinea, September 11, 1944, after losing an engine. The B-25 was unable to maintain level flight on the remaining engine, so a controlled crash-landing in the valley, an area known to be inhabited by cannibals, became a necessity. Pilot Lt. John Fabale, and co-pilot Lt. Harrison Beardsley managed to land in a swamp without any injuries to themselves or the crew. After a five-day odyssey through the jungle, the crew arrived at an Allied jungle outpost, whereupon they were airlifted the rest of the way out by L-5 Stinson liaison aircraft. Many aircraft and their crews simply vanished into the jungles of New Guinea, never to be seen again, as the weather and the uncertainties of flight in aircraft which have mechanical failure as a recurring theme, took their toll on optimist and pessimist, alike.

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