This gorgeous portrait of one of the Second World War's most iconic aircraft is a freeform original, painted not for a package or a calendar, but simply because Koike-san wanted to. The protagonist here is none other than "A Bit o' Lace," one of the most celebrated B-17s to ever fly. "Lace" was a character in a popular wartime comic strip designed for enlisted men called "Terry and the Pirates." Clearly the commander of this aircraft was a fan! Though "Memphis Belle" gets a lot of attention, specifically because it was flown back to the USA for war bond sales promotions during the war, "A Bit o' Lace" boasts a far more impressive combat record; between June 1944 and April 1945, the plane and her crew completed an incredible 83 (some sources say 84) combat missions over Europe.
This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board. The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 50cm x 28cm.