"THERE WENT NUMBER TEN" by ROY GRINNELL
Signed by "Boots" Blesse
Signed Limited Edition: $150
Major "Boots" Blesse was in a tight spot. This mission on
3 October 1952 was his 123rd, two away from the end of
his tour. With nine victories to his credit, he was the
leading ace in Korea.
But now, over North Korea and 200 miles away from home base
at Kimpo, he was sweating out making it home with the 1,100
pounds of fuel he had left. Minutes earlier, he and his wingman
had been attacked by four MiG-15s. In the dogfight that followed
Blesse had damaged one MiG, forcing two to break off.
Sending his wingman home to safety, he then out maneuvered
the remaining two MiGs and headed home himself. Climbing
out he caught a glimpse of a MiG-15 crossing left to right in front
of him. He looked at his fuel gage and thought, "Hell it's a toss-up
anyway. Why not?" and turned into the MiG. Closing to 600 feet,
he fired until the MiG started burning and the pilot ejected.
"There went number ten," Blesse thought, but now he was
down to 900 pounds of fuel.
Calling "Dumbo," the rescue flying boat that was on station for
such emergencies, Blesse made for the coast. His F-86 flamed
out at 13,000 feet, but his glide put him across the North Korean
coast at 3,000 feet and he ejected. "Dumbo" landed alongside his
dinghy and flew him back to Kimpo. The next day the leading ace
was at a press conference in Japan and then on his way home.
Hand signed by Ace Frederick Blesse and artist Roy Grinnell.
Overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30".
1250 Signed and Numbered limited edition lithographs. $150
THERE WENT NUMBER TEN by ROY GRINNELL (F-86 Sabre: Boots Blesse: Korean War)@vbader.com