The Battle For Asch by Nicolas Trudgian


Inspired by the personal account of Major Alden Rigby of the 487th FS, 352nd Fighter Group, his Mustang is depicted during the epic battle of Asch airfield in Belgium at dawn on the 1st January 1945. The Luftwaffe’s ‘Operation Bodenplatte, the simultaneous attacks of airfields in the Low Countries, came as such a surprise that few of the allied units could respond in time.  The 487th Fighter Squadron at Asch were an exception and twelve P51s managed to scramble and put up a magnificent flight. Before Alden had fully retracted his landing gear he shot down one of the enemy FW190’s which was in pursuit of a fellow Mustang.  In the following 25 minutes of furious combat Alden shot down a further three of the raiders, becoming an Ace in  the process, and for this action he later received the Silver Star. In total, the Mustangs destroyed 24 of the attacking aircraft and the 487th FS was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation.

Limited edition of only 130 world wide

Signed by Major Alden Rigby

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