of the 75th B.S., 42nd B.G., 13th A.A.F.
Print has a descriptive
border with photos
of "Nasty Nancy's" Nose-Art and 13th
Army Air Corps "Crusaders" Crest.
Limited Edition Giclee Prints
Printed on museum
quality archival paper with an overall size of 18" x 24"
10 April, 1945, the 42nd Bomb Group’s Mission #48 was assigned to the men
of B-25J "Nasty Nancy". Their job was to fly a
racetrack route at 10,000’ over the city of Saigon, in broad daylight and lure
Japanese fighters into a brawl. Japanese fighter
groups stationed near Saigon
had been taking a continuous
toll on allied aircraft operating in the area. The
plan was to lure the fighters into a trap using one lone B-25 as bait, the
battle-weary "Nasty Nancy".
Waiting high above "Nasty Nancy" in the thin cloud cover
were American P-38’s poised to attack when the call sign "Little
friends, Come Down and Play" was given. The ensuing battle saw "Nasty
Nancy’s" tail gunner, William Outlaw (right) duel
approaching fighters with his .45 caliber pistol after the jamming of his heavy
machine guns. Many of the Japanese fell for the ruse and a considerable
number were subsequently shot from the sky. The crewmen of "Nasty
Nancy" were officially credited with 4 kills, and lived to tell the
tale of this wild "Shoot-Out Over Saigon".
Copyright 2014 Randy Green.
know that your art is invaluable. It is more than brushstrokes on
canvas - you’ve assembled a patchwork of the lives of some incredible
young men...men who were too modest or heroic to articulate their
experiences in that dreadful conflict. Many, like my grandfather,
are lost to the ages. Their families know little about their role
in that world-wide struggle. Your work has opened so many doors to
so many families, giving us clues to the boys they were and the men they
And we are richer for it.”
CNN On-Air Meteorologist
Reynolds' Grandfather, Lt. William Miles Wolf, Jr., flew "Nasty
Nancy" while assigned to the 13th AAF in the Pacific Theatre.
Crew Photo courtesy of Tom Gipe
Decal Image courtesy of themodellingnews.com