Museum Quality Fine Art Reproductions
LtCol John J. Capolino, USMCR (1896-1973)
Accession Number: 92-10-49
Original work: Pastel
Original size: 29 by 19.75 inches

In the late 1920s, the Marine Corps assigned Capolino the task of creating a series of paintings that illustrated Marine Corps aviation. This painting depicts a Marine DH-9A light bomber locked in a swirling dog fight with a German fighter over a coast line, likely near German submarine bases located in Belgium. The exposed Marine gunner/observer returns fire with his flexible-mount machine guns while the pilot dives the DH-9A to evade the attacking enemy. When the 1st Marine Aviation Force arrived in France, they did not have aircraft of their own, so they traded American-built Liberty aircraft engines for English-built DH-9A airframes. By the end of World War I, the four squadrons of the 1st Marine Aviation Force flew a mixture of 20 English DH-9As and 16 American-built DH-4s.

Reproduction Size: Contact us for exact size
If not indicated, the average reproduction is approximately 20x26 inches. All reproductions are custom printed and can be printed/framed to various sizes. We are happy to quote various options. Contact Us
Print Materials Custom Frame Shop