B-24J, 34th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
Original oil on panel, 17.5" x 32", framed,
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Summer 1944, and 13 hours aloft. This B-24 wounded
over the continent in the assault on Hitler's brutal Reich, makes for
England's shore, home safety and rest . . .
And, . . . as it was in a time far away, then so it is today,
a ground crew waits patiently for their aircraft's return . . .
. . “Home Again” was created after the “Dies Area” Day of Judgment was published. It is a complimentary work designed to honor the crews of the 34th Bomb Group prior to their transition to the B-17.
. . . I felt it necessary to present in this work a reality that when our aircraft were wounded in combat, the crew could make it home. All was not lost.
. . . So too must the maintenance men on the flight line be remembered.
. . ..They waited for their charge to come home. Some did not make it, but when the long wait was rewarded by the sound of returning aircraft, . . . What a relief that was. I know the feeling, I was in maintenance for my time
in the United States Air Force in the 50’s and 60’s. The wait is still the same no matter the era. Missing man formations are a challenge to this day.