World War II Warbirds 2018 Calendar
World War II Warbirds 2018 brings together the drama of flight and
the climactic action of war in the air through the art of Robert
Perry. Airplanes featured here range from P-51D Mustangs of
the 352nd Fighter Group, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D “Dora” in a
head-on battle over Germany, a Heinkel He219 defending Berlin,
the B-26 Marauder “Susie-Q” strafing the flight deck of Akagi,
and an Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik flying close air support in 1944.
Don’t miss the action!
Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 World War II Warbirds wall calendar opens to 13 x 19 inches.
About the Artist
Robert D. Perry, a long time WWII aviation enthusiast, digital artist, animator, and graphic designer, specializes in digital media to produce dramatic, original WWII aviation artwork. Robert's work has been commissioned by museums, model kit makers, historical documentary film makers, and animation studios.
Aircraft and missions featured in the 2018 calendar include:
The 91st Bomb Group, known as the “Ragged Irregulars,” flying a mission to Ludwigshaven, Germany on December 30, 1943. The ball turret gunner of “Dame Satan II,” Sgt. Harvey G. Landis, downed an attacking Bf 109. “Queenie” would have her No. 3 engine shot out on this mission, but returned home safely.
The P-51D Mustangs of the 352nd Fighter Group included “Cripes A’Mighty 3rd,” flown by leading P-51 ace George Preddy, and “Ex-Lax,” flown by Cyril Doleac. The 352nd was known as the “Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney”.
A near collision during a head-on battle between “Dora,” a Focke-Wulf Fw 190D, and a P-51D Mustang over Germany in 1944.
“Uhu,” a Heinkel He219 is defending the night skies over Berlin, Germany against British Lancaster heavy bombers in 1944.
Against the Odds
Led by Lt. Richard Best of VB-6, three American aircraft have just completed a dive-bombing run on the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. The airplanes delivered two near misses, but one direct hit by Best penetrated to the hangar deck. The firestorm of fully fueled B5N bombers exploding forced the scuttling of the carrier.
B-26 Marauder bombers fitted with torpedoes attacking the Japanese fleet during the Battle of Midway. First Lieutenant James Muri piloting “Susie-Q” released his torpedo from an altitude of 150 feet. In a last-second decision as he attempted to avoid heavy anti-aircraft fire, Muri turned and flew down the length of the flight deck of his target, his gunners strafing as they buzzed the deck of the aircraft carrier Akagi at low altitude.
Flying low, the 13th Air Force, 424th BS, 307th BG, known as “The Long Rangers,” attacked a Japanese tanker moored on a river in Banjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia, on July 3, 1945. This image is based on a description of the mission by Flight Engineer Roger Ellis, who saw it from the top turret of the B-24 M.
Suzy-Q leading the 44th Bomb Group over the Columbia-Aquila Refinery during the low-level B-24 raid on the Ploiesti, Romania oil refineries on August 1, 1943.
The British Bristol Blenheim light bombers flown by the Free French Air Force in North Africa were no match for the Messerschmitt fighters of the German Luftwaffe.
Albert Espenlaub in White 11 and Eduard Neumann of I. Gruppe/JG 27 (Jagdeschwader 27) flying Messerschmitt Bf109F4s on patrol over the Libyan dessert in late 1941.
The very rugged Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft, known as the “Flying Tank,” providing close air support in late 1944.
Ace Nicky Barr and Rex Wilson of No. 3 squadron taking off from their North African airfield on December 9, 1941 in P-40 Tomahawks of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This would be Wilson’s last mission.