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Showdown Over Berriere

Showdown Over Berriere

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A flight of P-51s from the 353rd Fighter Squadron, operating out of Criqueville, France, was patrolling the skies over Berriere on 29 June, 1944. Newcomer 1st Lt. Kenneth Dahlberg was flying "Beantown Banshee," a P-51B "borrowed" from another 353rd pilot. Shortly after 1400 hours they encountered a large number of yellow-nosed Focke Wulf 190s. As the two formations meshed into one swirling mass of Mustangs and Focke-Wulfs, a '190 curved in on the tail of Dahlberg's flight leader. Dahlberg slid in behind the black-crossed fighter and fired a burst that caused the German to break off. Dahlberg stayed with his opponent in a twisting, turning combat, each trying to maneuver into position to get a hit, as they spiraled down to almost tree-top level. Finally Dahlberg scored a crucial burst and the Focke-Wulf dove into the ground. Lt. Dahlberg later described the German pilot as "my most formidable air opponent of the war." The print measures 24"x30" and is signed by the pilot and the artist, Roy Grinnell.

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