Just before daybreak on the 14th April 1945, Consolidated B-24H Liberator 'Hookem Cow' took off in dark, foggy conditions from Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk, England (Station 123) on what was only her second combat mission to Pointe De Grave, France. Due to the heavier payload the Hookem Cow would be flying with a reduced crew of seven. The crew (enlisted) drew cards to see who would take the gunners slot. The high card being the winner. Sgt Don C. Neville drew the high card for this mission.
Not long after take-off, engine number two caught fire and the plane struggled to maintain altitude and crashed down range, coming to rest in a farmers garden near the village of Hainford, Norfolk, England. Five of the crew tragically lost their lives and others sustained injuries.
The 'Hookem Cow' (#42-95120) belonged to the 458th Bomb Group, 754th squadron of the USAAF and this scene is a dedication to her legacy and crew(s); remembering their service, bravery and in particular a tribute to the five men who tragically lost their lives.
Title: Totten Crew
Print method: Giclee
Number of prints in the edition: 100
Paper size: 19"x14.75"
Image size: 16.5"x11.75"
Paper size: 26.375"x20.5"
Image size: 23.375"x16.5"
Individually artist signed: Yes
Certificate of authenticity: Yes
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Robert Neville –
Just like the layers on a brush in the hands of an artist the painting "Totten Crew" by Matthew Emeny has its own personal layers (meaning). An estimated 26,000 airmen lost their lives during the Air War over Europe, and during a time when our history is being rewritten or removed this portrait pays homage to the courage of those "Bomber Boys" from all points on the compass during WWII. Robert Neville "...And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, and the temple of his gods?".