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World War 2: B24 Little Lulu 'Thad's Last Victory' by VitoSs World War 2: B24 Little Lulu 'Thad's Last Victory' by VitoSs
B-24 (H), "Little Lulu" no. 42-52479 (Red J, 776th Bomb Squadron, 464th Bomb Group, 55th Bombardment Wing, 15th Air Force) was attacked by German fighters and shot down while on a bombing raid, the target of which was an oil refinery in Pardubice in Czechoslovakia. The event occurred near the village Vlcice in the territory of Jindrichuv Hradec (Czechoslovakia) when the bombers were returning to their airbase in Pantanella in Italy on 24 August, 1944. In the picture, Nose Gunner Sgt Thad J. Watson Sr.(KIA) is shooting down an FW-190A8 (W.Nr.681361, II.(Sturm)/JG300 "Wilde Sau", "Yellow 7", the pilot Fw. Hubert Engst) from his nose turret. The radio operator, Sgt John F. D'Amore, was the only survivor of the crew.

illustration for book of 70th anniversary of Bombing Raid to Pardubice. www.facebook.com/cilprodnesnid…
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Does anybody know what became of the German pilot, feldwebel Hubert Engst ?
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Passin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Congratulations, your artwork is amazing, capturing the scene perfectly
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emalterre Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
so great !!!
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AviatorGriffin Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how is this done? it looks amazing
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VitoSs Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
its digital art- I use tablet and photoshop. Here is short tutorial [link] :)
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AviatorGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah ok, cool, it looks like an acctual painting
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B24Mike Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Great artwork! How about a picture of the carnage of 27 Sept 44 when the 35 B-24's of the 445th Bomb Group were jumped by approximately 100 Fw 190-A/8-R3 and 50 Bf 109G fighters in a climbing stern attack. Waves of up to 15 aircraft blew through the 445th's formation and in a savage 6 minute battle, shot down 25 aircraft and so badly damaged the remaining 10 aircraft that only 4 made it back to their base at Tibenham in England. The Kassel Mission Historical Society (website: [link]) was organized by one of the surviving pilots (Bill Dewey) and is dedicated to keeping the memory of that mission alive. You will be able to get more information from Linda Dewey, daughter of the founder.

Mike Simpson
Webmaster & Unit Historian
445th Bomb Group Memorial Association
Http://www.445BG.org
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VitoSs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you for nice comment. About your idea of painting Kassel Mission, Its really interesting but we dont have enought facts to paint scene from this event but if U have an idea of specific situation please contact as (in a note) and describe it... Actually we are working on series of paintings of bombing raid to Pardubice (Czechoslovakia) on 24.8.1944. Now we added another painting from this flight, U can check here [link]
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mattskillman Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
B-24 42-52479 "Little LuLu" was my Grandfather's plane. He served as the first crew that flew the plane. It was the second crew that got shot down. Amazing painting, I will share this with him.
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VitoSs Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, its really interesting. Im glad that you like it and you'll show it to your grandfather. May I ask, how old is he? And could you please tell us the names of the 1st crew (where your grandfather served)?
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mattskillman Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
My grandfather is Carl E. Will and he served with the first crew of Little Lulu (42-52479). He is currently 87 years old. The first crew consisted of: Pilot, John R. Stallings, Sr., Co-pilot, 1st Lt. Dwight D. Baker; Navigator, 1st Lt. William J. Pawlowski; Bombardier, 1st. Lt. Delbert L. Hicok; Engineer, T/Sgt. Garland D. Meyer; Radio Operator, T/Sgt. Carl E. Will; Assistant Engineer, S/Sgt. Nicholas J. Ferrera; Gunner, T/Sgt. Albert A. Warren; Gunner, S/Sgt. Wesley H. Warner and Gunner, S/Sgt. Salvatore J. De Nicola. They were stationed out of Pantenella Italy.
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DMHarris1973 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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tcwoua Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to brilliant gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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FiendOFDA Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow that is amazing. The colors in it is brilliant. I especially like how it looks like the planes are in motion.
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow - fantastic detail and a great perspective. I feel like a crewman in a nearby B-24 watching this in real time!
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macker33 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very cool,must have been very difficult to do.
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AMRiver Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This is fantastically cool, wonderful work I wish I could paint like that!!
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:iconballturretgunner2007:
and if i fall, you gonna fall with me
and if i die, you gonna die with me
i fire my machine guns and shoot you down
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fuloljk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work ;)
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The-Little-Falcon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist
You and your cover drawings againg! i got to say im starting to admire your work , oh and thank U for helping me with my tablet problem now i know what to buy:)
Ps: have you being thinking in making tutorials?
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VitoSs Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks and np. Ah, Im glad I could help ;) Will u go for A5 as me? :)... oh yes I made few tutorials. But not for aircraft paintings. I made some tutorials for scifi and fantasy pictures :D one of the u can see here: [link] It has two parts...
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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Very nice!
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PavelZakarovRomanov Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome u drew this>
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VitoSs Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks :)
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PavelZakarovRomanov Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome sauce i wish i could do that
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are on fire :)
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