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COLONEL FRANCIS S. "GABBY" GABRESKI - PRINTED ART SIGNED IN INK CO-SIGNED BY: JOE MILLICH - HFSID 284139

FRANCIS "GABBY" GABRESKI Signed limited edition 17x11 print of a P-47 Thunderbolt, also signed by artist Joe Milich. Double matted and framed with three photos to an overall size of 22x27 Printed Art signed in ink: "Gabby Gabreski"

Sale Price $960.00

Reg. $1,200.00

Condition: fine condition
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FRANCIS "GABBY" GABRESKI
Signed limited edition 17x11 print of a P-47 Thunderbolt, also signed by artist Joe Milich. Double matted and framed with three photos to an overall size of 22x27
Printed Art signed in ink: "Gabby Gabreski". B/w, 17x11, limited edition portrait of a piloted P-47D Thunderbolt in flight, also signed by the artist: "Milich 172/1000". Matted and enclosed in a silver metal frame to an overall size of 22x27 with three unsigned items: a color illustration of four Thunderbolts flying low over the ground; an unsigned color photo of Gabreski in his cockpit, with 28 painted swastikas to indicate "kills"; and an unsigned b/w photo of Gabreski with his ground crew. FRANCIS S. "GABBY" GABRESKI (1919-2002) ranks as the all-time top U.S. Army Air Force ace. He was one of only seven USAF pilots who was an ace in both WWII and the Korean War. Beginning his career flying sorties against the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, the Polish-speaking pilot started to fly Spitfires in January 1943 with the 315 (Polish) Squadron of the RAF. After a few weeks, Gabreski was assigned to Zemke's 56th Fighter Group, flying P-47 Thunderbolts without seeing any action until August 24, 1943, when he scored his first victory. From then on, he downed 28 enemy aircraft, leading all pilots in the European theatre. After 193 missions, the Air Force was ready to send him home but, shortly before boarding the plane, he discovered that a mission was set for that morning. On July 20, 1944, Gabreski crash-landed during a strafing sortie and hid out for five days. Although he persuaded a Polish-speaking forced laborer to bring food and water, Gabreski was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft I, a German POW camp for the remaining eight months of the war. He returned to military service in the Korean War and shot down six MIG 15s. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, the Air Medal and awards from the French and Polish governments. Artist JOE MILLICH specializes in works of aviation art. Fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style.

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