December 7, 1944-three years to the day from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor-was also an important date in the chronology of World War II. On that day, the US Army’s 77th Division made a landing at Ormoc Bay on the western shore of Leyte in the Philippines. Coincidently, the Japanese were attempting to land their 68th Independent Brigade 35 miles to the south at San Isidro Bay. Thus, both opposing air forces were up in force and ready for action.One pilot would stand out that day-he was Colonel Charles MacDonald, Commander of the 475th Fighter Group under General Kenny’s Fifth Fighter Command. In two sorties, Colonel MacDonald, flying his now famous P-38L, “Putt Putt Maru,” gained three victories, running his score to 20. This painting depicts one of these victories over a Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden, known as a “Jack” to allied pilots. Colonel MacDonald would ultimately record 28 victories.EDITION: 1000 Signed/numbered by Mike Machat and Charles MacDonald. SIZE: 18” x 24”
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