'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" by ROY GRINNELL
Signed by Rex Barber and the Artist
Limited Edition of 1,250: $275
Overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30".
Early on Easter morning, sixteen P-38 Lightings led by John Mitchell
leave the ground of Guadalcanal's Fighter Squadron Two on a mission
to intercept Admiral Yamamoto's aircraft over Bougainville in the Solomon's.
After over two hours flying 420 miles, most of the time at low altitude and
open water, the sixteen P-38s reach Bougainville. Like finding a needle
in a haystackthere's the flight of two Mitsubishi Betty bombers escorted
by six Mitsubishi A6M2Zeros. Lt. Doug Canning broke radio silence with
"Bogies at eleven O'clock high".
The P-38s go on the attack and during a pref encounter, Barber finds
himself about 50 yards behind one of the Bombers and opens fire.
The bomber loses its stabilizerand shutters somewhat. Then a long
burst gets hits to the right engine and along thewing root, then into the
left engine. With it's right engine smoking badly, the Betty snaps to the
left and go's down in the jungle as depicted in the Lithograph above.
As luck would have it, 1st Lt. Rex T. Barber downs the bomber carrying
the Architect of the Pearl Harbor attack Admiral Yamamoto, his fourth victory.
After this action Barber assists in downing the other Bomber and destroys
a Zero which along with several Zeros took off from Kahili airstrip to intercept
the attacking P-38s. With thedowning of the zero Barber becomes an Ace.
Pilot signatures include 1st Lt. Rex T. Barber, along with seven other P-38
pilots who were on the Yamamoto mission, John W. Mitchell, who led the
attack, Besby Holmes, Doug Canning, Lou Kittel, Roger Ames,
Jack Jacobson and Del Goerke, .
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED by ROY GRINNELL(Yamomoto Raid: P-38 Lightning:
Pacific Theater: Rex Barber: Roy Grinnell)@vbader.com/virginiabaderfinearts