"FIFTH VICTORY" by ROY GRINNELL
Signed by WWI Ace Lt. Douglas Campbell: $175
Intermittent dense clouds and strong winds had curtailed most flying
between the Meuse and Moselle on 31 May, 1918. Nevertheless,
Lt. Douglas Campbell and Lt. Eastman, of the 94th Aero Squadron,
managed to get airborne in their Nieuport 28s. Near Lironville, shortly
after 8:00AM, they encountered two German Rumpler observation
planes at 2500 meters. The two Nieuports separated, Campbell taking
one Rumpler and Eastman the other. Then began a twisting, turning
game of cat-and-mouse, the Rumpler turning to evade Campbell’s
Nieuport, with the Nieuport maneuvering to close in, and yet avoid
the deadly fire of the German observer’s ring mounted gun.
Within five minutes, the desperate German had exhausted his
ammunition and Campbell had moved in for the kill. As he turned
his Nieuport in toward the Rumpler, Campbell watched as the observer
stood up in his seat and tore his maps apart, obviously to avoid their
falling into enemy hands. Campbell wrote later of the combat, “The gunner
was a true sport. He tore up his map and stood up to take his medicine.”
As the bits of paper fluttered downward, Campbell attacked with his single
Vicker’s gun. The Rumpler rolled over and dived straight into the ground.
Hand signed by WWI Ace DOUGLAS CAMPBELL and artist ROY GRINNELL
The overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30".
1250 Signed and Numbered limited edition lithographs. $175
FIFTH VICTORY by ROY GRINNELL (WWI):Douglas Campbell@vbader.com/virginiabaderfinearts.