History off the Burma Banshees: the 80th Fighter Group. The “Ghost Skull” marked these ships in contrast to the P40’s traditional shark jaw. The 80th FG waged an air domination campaign to secure the skies against any and all Japanese opposition and were successful in their task. The 80th launched 18,873 planes on 4,719 missions and destroyed over 200 bridges, successful ground area denial against the Japanese building forward bases and downed 80 Japanese aircraft in the air and on the ground. A successful record for the waning days of WWII. The groups official unit moto was “Angeles on our Wings” as the fighter group was regulated to flying air cover missions to supply transports due to the P40’s high altitude performance but unofficially, they called themselves “Angels from Hell”. The 80th is known for resisting changing over to the P-47 for the simple fact the P-40 rugged high altitude capabilities and you could shot parts of the body and the engine, and it would keep on flying, sometimes better performing minus handfuls of sheet metal. Illustrated is a P40N Warhawk of the 80th FG, USAAF, 89th FS Burma Banshees, Red 12.
About the Nose Art: The illustration includes the block unit nose art that is different than the main ships which is due to all the planes in the group no two skulls were the same. Each nose piece was hand done without a template with distinctive differences of white sclera, bloodshot eyes, tongues and blood with no two alike and that is represented here in this illustration and print.
About this Print: This print measures 24” by 12” and is rendered in 12 colors on heavy white print stock and is the variant dusk edition in muted olive drab and orange tones. Each print comes signed, dated and numbered. There is only 01/25 to 25/25 pieces in this edition in this color combination. Each print ships rolled in a bottom and top sheet of smooth craft paper for protection. White margins are the same in all the Warbirds series to give greater framing options.