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Frank Wootton - LAST COMBAT OF THE RED BARON -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          LAST COMBAT OF THE RED BARON
by Frank Wootton

$185.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 28"w x 19 1/4"h.
Published: September 1993


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In this image, Captain Roy Brown attacks Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the

"Red Baron," on April 21, 1918. The battle took place over France, between Sailly-le-Sec and Le Hamel. W. R. May, on his first sortie, left the battle on Brown's instructions. Richthofen, who had been waiting for someone to withdraw from the dogfight, went in hot pursuit of May. Brown followed, firing at the red triplane. Brown saw his bullets rake the side of the triplane. He saw the pilot turn around, look back and then collapse in his seat.

The triplane flew on, slipping and staggering and dropped to a rough landing alongside some trenches manned by Australian troops. Richthofen, who claimed 80 victims, had himself fallen just 11 days short of his 26th birthday. The Allies buried him with honors due to his rank. Seven years later, his body was disinterred and taken to Germany for a hero's burial.


Frank Wootton
The late Frank Wootton can be credited with giving aviation art a bold new direction, transforming the genre from illustration to fine art. A gifted young artist when WWII broke out, Wootton volunteered for the Royal Air Force, but was invited by the commander-in-chief of the Allied Air Forces to accept a special duty commission as official war artist to the R.A.F. and Royal Canadian Air Force. Thus, between 1939 and 1945, Wootton painted the conflict from the front lines of France to remote airstrips in Southeast Asia. His aerial scenes brilliantly recreated the threat of enemy fire, the split- second maneuvers of fighter planes and the triumph of victory. After the war, Wootton’s paintings gained international recognition. His works hang in major aviation museums throughout the world, and he has painted numerous state occasions involving the R.A.F. and the Royal Family. In 1983 some fifty of his paintings were exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Following his death, Wootton remains one the aviation’s most widely respected artists.

 

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