"NUMBER 20 FOR JOE" by ROY GRINNELL
Limited edition of1250 : $175
Size: 24" x 30"
SIGNED BY JOE FOSS, MOH
Eight Marine Corps F4F-4 Wildcats lifted off of Fighter One,
a coral strip southeast of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal,
on the morning of 12 November 1942. Led by Maine Captain
Joe Foss, who had scrambled his flight minutes earlier in
response to intelligence that a Japanese force had taken
off beyond Bougainville, the stubby little Grumman fighters
climbed out to level off at 29,000 feet.
After orbiting for 45 minutes, Foss spotted a formation of 31
Betty bombers over the east point of Florida Island, at least
20,000 feet below. "Let's go gang", Foss called to his flight as
he did a wingover and pushed into a full-throttle dive.
Coming down almost vertically above the bombers at
over 500 miles per hour, Foss opened up. As he flashed past,
he could see smoke streaming from the bomber's engines.
With a gut-wrenching pull-up, he climbed above the formation
and repeated the diving attack, knocking down his second
Betty of the day. A few minutes later, Captain Foss encountered
a Mitsubishi Zero, which he shot down for his 22nd victory in
30 days of combat.
Number 20 for Joe" is hand signed by the legendary
Wildcat Ace Joe Foss, VMF-121, and artist Roy Grinnell.
The image depicts Capt. Foss's 20th and 21st victories near
Guadacanal, November 12, 1942. He finished the war with
26 victories and was the recipient of the Medal of Honor.
NUMBER 20 FOR JOE by ROY GRINNELL(Pacific Theater: F-4F Wildcat: Joe Foss:)@vbader.com