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April Fool by Jack Fellows
April Fool
by Jack Fellows
Height: 24”
Width: 36”
Framed/Unframed: Framed
Medium: Oil
Support: Canvas
Copyright Date: 2002
Price: Permanent Collection, National Museum of Naval Aviation


Second Lieutenant Warner Chapman flew as hard and as well as any of the intrepid marine aviators of VNF-221. On 1 April 1943, these Wildcat pilots, flying local combat air patrol and air strikes from Guadalcanal, were scrambled to repulse a gaggle of enemy attackers. In a dogfight over the Russell Islands in the Solomons, marine pilots downed ten A6M Zeros plus one D3A Val in engagements that lasted for three agonizing hours. Here a Japanese navy pilot is depicted playing the fool as he looped his aircraft in front of Chapman who promptly shot him down.


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