Print Size 19" x 24¾" Lithograph ---- 1200 Print Limited Edition signed by 4 Tuskegee Fighter Pilots and the Artist. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Captain Wendell O. Pruitt
302 F.S./332nd F.G. (3 victories)
Captain O. Pruitt, considered one of the 332nds best pilots, was credited with shooting down 2 Bf 109s, He-111, and destroying eleven on the ground. On June, 25 flying P-47s Captain Pruitt, and Lieutenant Gwynne Pierson, jointly sank a German destroyer using only the machine guns of their aircraft. This was the only such sinking in the entire war, and a most important victory for the Tuskegee Airmen. Pruitt won the Distinguished Flying Cross with seven clusters. After serving a successful combat tour in Italy, he was sent back to the States and assigned as an instructor in Tuskegee, Alabama. After failing to be reassigned back to his old outfit for a second tour, its ironic this pilot ended his days in a training accident, his AT-6 failing to pull out of low altitude roll. It was April 26th, 1945, that both he and his student were killed......just days before World War 2 ended. A public housing project (Pruitt-Igoe) was named in his honor after his death.