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    Sale 5371

    Christie's Interiors

    25 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 243

    John A. Stewart (b.1951)

    The Italian liner Rex under the surveillance of two B-17's

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    John A. Stewart (b.1951)
    The Italian liner Rex under the surveillance of two B-17's
    signed 'J. Stewart' (lower right)
    watercolour and bodycolour
    26¾ x 38¾ in. (68 x 98.4 cm.)


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    On 12th May 1938 three Army B-17 crews intercepted the Italian ocean liner Rex in the Atlantic Ocean 700 miles from U.S. shores, demonstrating the potential of long-range bombers in coastal defence. Challenged by the U.S. Navy, for fear of losing control of extended sea operations, the U.S. Army Air Corps were restricted to within 100 miles of the coast.

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