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Craig Kodera - THE LOST SQUADRON -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Craig Kodera

Original Retail Price $275.00
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Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 29"w x 8 3/4"h.
Published: September 1996

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In July 1942, America was making every effort to enter the air war raging over Europe. Departing from the United States, in what was called "Operation Bolero," a pair of B-17 Flying Fortresses flew in formation with six brand-new Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. Winging their way through frost-filled skies en route to England, the tiny armada became hopelessly lost. The planes ran low on fuel and were forced to land on Greenland's ice cap. Miraculously, all of the crew survived the belly landings.

Even more miraculously, one of the aircraft was recovered almost fifty years later from under some two hundred feet of ice.

Countersigned by Brad McManus, pilot of one of the P-38s and Roy Shoffner, leader of the Lost Squadron recovery expedition.

Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.


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