"Departure From El Hamma"

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  A Stinson liaison plane takes off from the roadway at El Hamma, Africa, after landing an Allied officer with his observation of enemy maneuvers north of the area. When the U.S. went to war, the civilian lightplane went to war also.       The Stinsons, Pipers, Aeronacas, and Taylorcrafts which used to buzz around the local airports found a job for themselves as "flying jeeps" with the artillery, mechanized cavalry and infantry. Their value lay in their extremely slow rate of speed, which permitted them to hover over their troops just behind the front lines and direct troop and tank movements and local artillery fire by radio. This 8 1/2" x 11" print is limited to just 50.

  Each print is signed and numbered by US Army Veteran Douglas Curtiss.

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