The Fourth Fighter Group, based at RAF Debden in England, was one of World War II’s finest outfits. Originally comprised of American “Eagle” Squadron pilots, the young men who enlisted in the Royal Air Force prior to the U.S. entry into the war, the Fourth would produce some of the greatest aces in history. Leading and inspiring this group was its illustrious commander, Colonel Donald J.M. Blakeslee. With more credited victories than a triple ace (in fact, many of his contemporaries maintained he’d probably gotten twice his credited score), Blakeslee was one of the rare ones to whom keeping track of the number of ‘kills’ was not important. He exhibited
consistent brilliant leadership and by war’s end had flown more combat hours than any U.S. pilot. Considered by many to be the U.S.’s greatest Fighter Group commander, Blakeslee’s Debden Eagles officially achieved the highest official number of enemy aircraft destroyed in Europe during World War II.
Overall size: 33" x 27"
Available in the following editions
Signed by Don Blakeslee
Signed by Don Blakeslee and an additional 18 4th FG personnel
Out of a total edition of 850, 200 prints are designated 'Special edition'
The Special edition signatures
Col. Donald J.M. Blakeslee - C.O. - 4th FG
Donald E. Allen - 334th Sqdn. Crew Chief
Vincent J. Baietti - 334th Sqdn. Tech Sgt.
Robert O. Baumgart - 335th Sqdn. Crew Chief - Radio Specialist