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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 10, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

Up for auction is this 1000 pice Jigsaw puzzle drawn by aviation artist Robert Taylor titled "Return of the Belle". This puzzle was designed, produced, and manufactured in 1998 by Fink & Company, 102 South Hazel Street, Hope Arkanas, USA, 71801. Made right in the good old USA.

Robert Taylor's artwork is know around the world. He is an avaition and marine artist. Some of his best works are World War II subjects.

This puzzle comes to you unopened still in the factory shrink wrap. It also comes with a tube of "FIX PUZZLE GLUE". It measures 26.75 X 19 ins. and is 1000 pieces. The picture on the cover features the return of The Memphis Belle coming in low to land at her base in England. The scene is in the countryside with two men, one on a bike, and two dogs, underneath. This is a puzzle you can be proud to complete and show.

Return of the Belle

One aircraft perhaps more than any other came to symbolize The American Eight Air Force's campaign in Europe during WWII -The Memphis Belle. Skippered aptain Bob Morgan. She was the first B-17 in the 91st Bomb Group to complete the prescribed tour of 25 missions, and returned home to the United State4s with a crew that had been decorated 51 times.

Between November 1st and May 17th 1942/43, Bob Morgan and his crew hit targets in Germany, France and belgium. nRunning the gauntlet of the aggressive enemy fighters. They flew against the Focke-Wulf plant at Bremen, The Locks at St. Nazare, and Brest, docks and shipbuilding installations at Wilhelmshaven, railway yards at Rouen, submarine pens and power houses at Lorent, and aircraft works at Antwerp. They flew through all the flak thye anti-aircraft batteries could throw up at them and fought running aerial battles with ME 109s and FW 190s. But with a ration of luck and unrelenting teamwork, they always got their ship home.

Once the Belle returned riddled with machine gun bullets, another time with most of her tail shot away; in all German guns destroyed a wing, a tail, and five engines, but the ground crews kept her flying and her aircrew kept taking her back for more.

Robert Taylor's outstanding painting depicts this afmous aircraft returning from one of her early missions over occupied Europe on a late autumn day in 1942. Set in the 'Constable-Like' countryside of Cambridgeshire, This magnificent avaition paing conveys all the atmosp of the period, nportraying an engaging view of the mighty Memphis Belle on a final approach to her base in Bassingbourne.

A very nice puzzle at a very nice price.

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