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* LIMITED EDITION GICLEE FINE ART PRINT (published by MarkChurms.com): INDIVIDUALLY PRINTED AND UV PROTECTED ON HIGH QUALITY ARTISTS WATERCOLOR PAPER. SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY ARTIST MARK CHURMS (WITH SIGNED CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY).
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: World War Two United States Navy Battlewagon, BB-38, engages Japanese kamikaze airplanes (Vals), at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Pacific Theatre of WW2.
SEE LARGE PICTURE Click Here - SEE CLOSE-UP DETAIL Click Here (large image may take a moment to open) DETAILED DESCRIPTION: U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA BB38, 1944 - REIGN OF FIRE! Under warm, overcast, tropical skies, the old Navy Battlewagon, U.S.S. Pennsylvania steams "all ahead two-thirds" through light seas of the land locked Leyte Gulf. Only hours after the decisive nighttime surface action at Surigao Strait, the ship is again at General Quarters. This time the threat is from the air. At 8:12 am, ten Japanese Vals, intent on revenge, drop from cloud cover and press home suicidal attacks on U.S. warships assembled in the Gulf. There is but one defense against these young determined pilots: the absolute destruction of their warplanes by concentrated anti-aircraft fire. Shots burst out in every direction, tracer and flak fill the air. In an impressive display of firepower, the gunners of the "Mighty Penn" blast four attacking planes from the sky in less than five minutes! With secondary and anti-aircraft batteries in action, the noise and vibrations are so violent that the crew gives the warship a new nickname, "Old Falling Apart!"
The Japanese air attacks continue until November 1 and begin to slacken off. "The Pennsy" can count ten kills and yet still more badly damaged enemy aircraft. From October 18 until November 25 she remains in these waters; completing thirty-seven days of fire support missions and enduring over one hundred air-raid alerts, including numerous Kamikaze attacks. Old Pennsy, a survivor of Pearl Harbor and Naval Unit Citation recipient, is the first of the American battleships to enter Leyte Gulf and the last to leave, after fulfilling her important role in the Philippines Campaign. She later survives a torpedo attack at the end of W.W.II and post-war Atomic Bomb tests in the Pacific. Finally, because of radioactivity, she is scuttled just one month short of her 33rd anniversary in February, 1947. Dedicated to the memory of sailors and shipmates of "The Mighty Penn" 1915-1947. CUSTOMER QUOTES: "I wanted to let you know that your pictures have been hanging in our library where many visitors have seen them and enjoyed them. Thanks again." J. JUDGE (Hampton Roads Naval Museum) battleships, warships, naval U.S.N - World War II, Naval History Masterpiece Giclee Canvas Reproductions and Fine Art Prints (on quality paper stock) by artist Mark Churms are available for purchase from this website at MarkChurms.com.
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