A dear friend of mine was a Kamikaze escort pilot with the Japanese Army Air Force. He flew the Ki-43 'Oscar' and later the Ki-84 'Frank' fighters on several escort missions from lower Kyushu to the area of Okinawa in 1945. At the very end of the war he was pressed into service as a Kamikaze pilot himself and flew six missions to Okinawa - each time being forced to return due to thunderstorms en-route. He was oddly saved by the bombing of Hiroshima, where he was burned and in Hospital when the war ended. I painted this piece in his honor in 2006. He had died from Leukemia in 1992. - R. Cole
Signed and numbered.
Ron Cole's depiction of Waco CG-4A assault gliders in Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. This print is signed and numbered. Logo does not appear on this...
I'd heard about these night missions many years ago, from one of my Japanese veteran friends who has long since passed away, and I'd always wanted to paint the scene...