"PUTTING LOUIS THE LOUSE OUT OF BUSINESS" by JACK FELLOWS
Limited Edition of 199 Giclee Prints: $195
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Image Size: 17.5" x 14"
Paper Size: 23.5" x 20"
Plane Type: P-38 Lightning & F4U Corsair
Elements of the assemblage of Allied aircraft that sortied from
Guadalcanal during the war are seen here in a cooperative effort to
eradicate a nocturnal pest known as "Louie the Louse". Such aircraft, whether
US Navy USMC, or USAAF were referred to collectively as the Cactus Air
Force, particularly during the period between August and December of 1942.
Here, we see a P-38 flown by 13th USAAF Lt. Rex T. Barber, 347th Fighter
Group, 339th Fighter Squadron and an F-4U-1 Corsair flown by USMC pilot,
Lt. Eben "Ben" Dale, VMF-124, as they attack a group of Japanese Navy
floatplanes at anchor in the Faisi-Poporang seaplane anchorage located in
the Shortland Island Group, Northern Solomons. The targets of this March 29,
1943 early-morning raid had been launching night-harassment missions to
the Henderson Field area of Guadalcanal (Allied code name: CACTUS) on a
nightly basis, keeping the Allied personnel assigned to the Island awake, and
thus degrading their combat effectiveness. Although the raid was a success
with no losses, Barber was fortunate to return, having lost three feet of his
left wingtip on the radio antenna mast of a Japanese Navy destroyer-escorttype
patrol craft which he had subsequently strafed on the return flight to
CACTUS. After April, 1943 the Cactus Air Force was referred to as AirSols.
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