Berlin Express Arrives in Paris" Len Krenzler P-51 Art

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  • Sold Date: Jul 13, 2011
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WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND COUNTRY WWII Aviation Art with Extreme Detail and Real ACTION! THE ARTIST - LEN KRENZLER Len Krenzler was born and grew up in Alberta, Canada flying small aircraft with his father. He has a lifelong obsession with aircraft of all types but military fighters have always been his key interest. He received his diploma in Aeronautical Engineering in 1992 and has since enjoyed a career in technical illustration. Over the years he has collected a huge assortment of books, diagrams and pictures of fighter aircraft which he uses to research his subjects. After many years of bringing engineering diagrams to life and with a keen interest in fighter aircraft he has decided to enter the aviation art arena with a new style of artwork. Not wanting to try to do what has already been done before by great artists, Len strives to create artwork that is a little different from the norm in aviation art. His goal is to try to pack as much close up explosive action into a single image as possible and thereby capture a rare and instantaneous moment in history with as much photo-realism as possible. He hopes his images are enjoyed not only by collectors and aviation enthusiasts but even more by people who may not have had any particular interest before but can enjoy the nail biting action and excitement portrayed and perhaps imagine themselves in the hero’s seat traveling hundreds of miles per hour, engine roaring and fire flying. Months of hard work and near obsession go into creating the painstaking details of the scene and Len’s patient wife Songsil, helps with the research and marketing of each edition. Len takes every opportunity to learn new techniques and skills that can be applied to aviation art. He is always delighted to hear from those who enjoy his artwork and welcomes any feedback or criticism in hopes that the next image can be even better. Len Krenzler Signed and numbered Limited Edition Chromira Print "Berlin Express Arrives in Paris" Bill Overstreet in his P51C Mustang the "Berlin Express" chases an ME109G under the Eiffel Tower - Spring of 1944

When you have Bill Overstreet on your tail, not even a daring maneuver such as flying right under the Eiffel tower is going to save you, as this ME109 pilot discovered the hard way. In the spring of 1944, Bill Overstreet of the famous 357th FG was hot on the tail of a German ME109G. The pilot of the 109 flew right over Paris where German anti-aircraft artillery was heavy, probably in hopes they would solve his problem by eliminating Bill and his P51C named the “Berlin Express”. Bill persisted through intense flak closing the gap with the enemy fighter. Already hit in the engine, as a last resort the ME109 pilot aimed his aircraft toward the imposing Eiffel tower and in a breathtaking maneuver flew right under it. Even this was not enough to shake Bill as he followed right behind scoring several more hits in the process. The German ME109 crashed moments later and Bill escaped the heavy flak around Paris by flying low and full throttle over the river.

Here is the encounter described in Bill's own words:

"I had followed this 109 from the bombers when most of the German fighters left. We had a running dogfight and I got some hits about 1500 feet, He then led me over Paris where Many guns were aimed at me. As soon as he was disabled, I ducked down just over the river (smaller target for the Germans ). Followed the river until I was away from Paris." - Bill
When asked what was around the tower at the time, Bill said, “I'm not sure, I was a little busy.” Quite understandable!

Many thanks to Bill Overstreet for his help on this project and the kind of story pilots dream of – Len Krenzler

This 20” x 24” Chromira acid-free archival paper print Limited Edition of 195 is individually signed and numbered by the artist and signed on the plate by Bill Overstreet, 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group . This print is also available in the following formats: 20”x24” Chromira Print Artist Poofs - Edition Size of 19: SOL...