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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.…
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Does anybody know what became of the German pilot, feldwebel Hubert Engst ?
Passin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Congratulations, your artwork is amazing, capturing the scene perfectly
emalterre Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
so great !!!
AviatorGriffin Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how is this done? it looks amazing
VitoSs Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
its digital art- I use tablet and photoshop. Here is short tutorial [link] :)
AviatorGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah ok, cool, it looks like an acctual painting
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
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]
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.
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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