Alcohol Busters

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Alcohol Busters

Limited Edition of 199 Giclee prints

Signed and numbered by the artist

Image Size: 22.5″ x 17″

Paper Size: 28.5″ x 24″

On April 2, 1945, Maj. Joseph B. Bilitzke, C.O. of the 388th Squadron, depicted here at upper left in his plane, BABY BLITZ II, led the 388th and 389th Squadrons, 312th Bomb Group from Mangaldan, Philippines, in an attack on the railroad yards and the fuel alcohol plant at Shinei, Formosa. This was a prime target for two reasons: the alcohol plant produced butanol, used in making aviation fuel and acetone for explosives, and Shinei was a major railroad hub for that part of Formosa. Bilitzke's wingmen were 2/Lt. Dale C. Fritzel, flying the A-20H SWEET LEILANI at lower right, and 2/Lt. Robert J. Dicker, at top middle in tail letter “D.” When the strafers were finished, the alcohol plant was covered in thick black smoke. Coming off the target, the planes continued to strafe traffic on a bridge over the adjacent river. The mission lasted six hours, close to the maximum range for the A-20. Attacks such as this by the Fifth Air Force strafer units significantly degraded Japanese war-making capabilities on the island. This artwork is published in our book Rampage of the Roarin' 20's.

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Support: Epson Enhanced Matte.

Color printing: Giclee with Epson K-3 lightfast 100% pigment-based inks.

Signed, numbered, annotated, color-profiled, and printed individually by the artist, copyright IHRA.

All Limited Edition Prints come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

All giclee prints are mailed in double walled mailing tubes and are sent via USPS Priority Mail.

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