Three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Colin Kelly managed to get his B-17 off the ground with a partial bomb load, and attacked the Japanese heavy cruiser Ashigara off the coast of Luzon. On his return to Clark Field, his aircraft was intercepted by a group of Zeros led by Saburo Sakai. With his aircraft badly damaged and on fire, Kelly remained at the controls while his crew bailed out. Seconds later the crippled B-17 exploded, Colin Kelly became America's first World War II aviation hero, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and a legend was born.
Overall size: 25" x 33"
Available in the following editions
Signed by two crew members of Colin Kelly's B-17 (companion signed by Sburo Sakai)
Master Sergeant Jmes E. Halkyard
Staff Sergeant Robert E. Altman
Saburo Sakai (companion)
The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero of 64 victory Japanese fighter ace Saburo Sakai. Signed by: Saburo Sakai. (18" x 13")