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(same size as Eagle's Nest)
Angels From Above
a fine art print by Matt Hall
The first release in our NEW 65th Anniversary series!
September 17, 1944 . . . In sun-swept skies, the C-47s of 9th Troop Carrier Command deliver their fighting cargo, the paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions above Holland’s soft drop zones. Deemed “Operation Market Garden,” the finest American, British, and Polish Airborne forces led the charge to enter Germany through Holland and to liberate the Dutch people after four years of Nazi occupation. However, fierce enemy resistance and blunders by high command would see the brave Airborne troops stopped short of the Rhine but, not before they liberated part of Holland and earned the name: “The Angels from Above.”

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220 prints
, individually numbered and autographed by artist Matt Hall & 7 of the Market Garden veterans below!

Also includes an 82nd Airborne & 101st Airborne
pin to frame with your print!

Informative Certificate of Authenticity

C-47 during Operation Market Garden
(All prints are sold unframed.)
C-47s during Operation Market Garden

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190 prints, individually numbered and autographed by artist Matt Hall & 12 Market Garden veterans!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- A metal piece of an 81st Squadron C-47 (depicted in "Angels from Above") that flew on D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne re-supply, and the Berlin Airlift. Perfect to frame with your print!
- 82nd Airborne & 101st Airborne pins to frame with your print!

- Informative Certificate of Authenticity

(All prints are sold unframed.)
C-47s during Operation Market Garden
SOLD OUT
Contact us for secondary market availability


170 prints
, individually numbered and autographed by artist Matt Hall & 16 Market Garden veterans!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- A metal piece of an 81st Squadron C-47 (depicted in "Angels from Above") that flew on D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne re-supply, and the Berlin Airlift. Perfect to frame with your print!
- 82nd Airborne & 101st Airborne pins to frame with your print!

- Informative Certificate of Authenticity

(All prints are sold unframed.)
A 100 print Gallery Edition (limited-edition, unsigned) is available and sold only at special events to fund the veterans' travel overseas.
Representing the "All American"
82nd Airborne
Representing the
Troop Carrier Aircrews

James "Maggie" Megellas -
H Company, 504th PIR
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he most decorated 82nd Airborne officer in history and current MOH nominee!

H. Don Zimmerman
H Company, 504th PIR
Fought in Sicily, Naples, Anzio, Holland (crossed the Waal river), the Ardennes & Central Europe. Received 3 Purple Hearts!

Ben Kendig - D-Day & Market Garden C-47 pilot
& Squadron Commander
(see bio & photos below)

Russell Hennickee- D-Day & Market Garden C-47 pilot, 98th Troop Carrier Squadron

Representing the 101st Airborne: "Band of Brothers," E-Co., 506th PIR
Joe Lesniewski

Buck Compton

"Wild Bill" Guarnere
Forrest Guth
"Babe" Heffron
Clancy Lyall
Don Malarkey
Earl McClung
Frank Perconte

Buck Taylor

Representing the 101st Airborne: Fellow "Screaming Eagles"
Raymond Skully
G-Co., 506th PIR
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Joe Drago
Co. A, 326th AB Engineer, Gliderman
82nd Airborne veteran James Megellas
INTRODUCING NEW PP SIGNER
BEN KENDIG

The C-47 Squadron Commander who dropped
GENERAL GAVIN
Commander of the 82nd Airborne during Market Garden!

In 1941, at the age of 20, Ben Kendig entered flying school. By 1943, he was the Ops Officer for the 44th Squadron, 316th TCG. He flew paratroopers in the Operation Husky paradrop over Sicily and again on D-Day before becoming the Commanding Officer of the 44th Troop Carrier Squadron.

For Market Garden, General Gavin selected Kendig to be his pilot for the jump. After flying the major operations to date, Kendig wanted to try his hand at flying fighters so he became a P-38 recon pilot and Squadron Commander, a position he held until the end of the war.

For his combat flying, Kendig received the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, nine unit citations, and perhaps his most impressive honor - reaching the lofty rank of Lieutenant Colonel at age 23!

Top: General Gavin confers with Kendig prior to the Market Garden mission. Top Right: Lt. Col. Ben Kendig. Below Right: A P-38 from Kendig's squadron. Below Left: General Gavin. Middle Left: A photo Kendig took of his squadron prior to taking off for Market Garden.

“Angels from Above” was developed with the input of 82nd, 101st, and 9th Troop Carrier historians and veterans, among them, “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron (pictured above) of the Band of Brothers. Bill and Babe fought in Holland in 1944, returned in 1954, and have been going back ever since. In fact, they named Matt‘s painting. Here is the history behind “Angels from Above.”

Babe Heffron: “Now I’m not going to tell you what to do, because this is your thing, but you may want to call this picture “Angels from Above?”

Wild Bill Guarnere: “Babe‘s right, that’s what the Dutch called us. September 17 was a Sunday, they were coming out of church, they looked up, and there were the planes and the paratroopers coming to liberate them. “Angels from Above, that’s a good one Babe!”

Wild Bill and Babe today

1. “Going to Holland we flew in C-47s, with P-38 fighters trailing us for safety . . . once we got close to the drop zone, we heard occasional bursts of antiaircraft fire, but not much . . . we had been told the Germans used windmills to hide their antiaircraft batteries, and sure as hell they did. Right away a couple P-38s that were escorting us flew straight under the tail of our plane right for the windmill. They blasted it . . .” – Babe Heffron, E-Co, 506th PIR, 101st ABN

2. “One of the problems on our minds at this dramatic moment was the fact that our C-47s still did not have the self-sealing gas tanks that we had been promised. Not enough of them were yet delivered; therefore only the squadron and group leaders had them.” - Martin Wolfe, 81st Squadron, 436th TCG

3. “I was flying at various times through clouds so thick I could see only about fifteen to twenty feet of tow rope in front of me. Then we would break out into the clear for a minute or so, only to find ourselves back in clouds again…after several repeats of this we did finally break into the clear and had a good flight until we passed over the German lines.” – Gale Ammerman, 81st Squadron, 436th TCG, glider pilot who landed near the Son drop zone.

4. “Generally the parapacks were coded Red for Ammo, Blue for water, and Green for Rations. The parapacks were released first and then the troopers went.” – C-47 pilot Bud Berry. 91st Squadron, 439th TCG

5. We jumped from 1,200 feet, which is pretty high for a combat jump, but the area was supposed to be quiet. We were glad to go out that high because that meant there was no major threat in the area. – Babe Heffron

6. “The only danger I personally felt was the need to get off the drop zone as quickly as possible in order to prevent getting hit with falling equipment. Since the drop zone was so concentrated---the entire 506th used a single DZ---it was literally raining equipment: helmets, guns, and other bundles.” ---Dick Winters, E-Co, 506th PIR, 101st ABN

7. All of us in the 81st Squadron made it back . . . others in the 53rd TC Wing had not been so lucky. Sixteen planes were shot down and fourteen badly damaged. Two of those lost were from our sister squadron, the 79th Troop Carrier Squadron. Many crew members, unable to jump, were dead; others were missing. – Martin Wolfe

Artist Matt Hall
MATT HALL
Valor Studios is proud to announce a new artist in our family of masters---Matt Hall---who formerly worked as an Art Director for Dream Works under the master visionary, Steven Spielberg!

Matt’s journey to Hollywood began in Missouri, as a teen, when by chance he met leading Western Artist Bob Tommy, who just moved from Texas. Tommy encouraged Matt to try his hand at painting, and, upon seeing Matt’s “natural talent,” he became Matt’s mentor, teaching him the technique he had amassed from a lifetime of work.

In college, Matt studied classical painting then broadened his abilities after graduation, by working for an architectural firm (architectural renders), a greeting card

company (painting landscapes and still life), and a television production company (painting animation backgrounds). It was there that Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks company found him, and lured he and his new bride, Michele, a Texas small town girl to Hollywood.

There, Matt rose through the ranks at Dreamworks, painting concept art for movies and video games. When Steven Spielberg had an idea brewing about the Battle for Iwo Jima, Matt painted an “epic concept” for him. Spielberg’s idea later became the film,

Matt Hall was requested to do a painting for President George W. Bush, showing the F-102s of the Texas ANG. Photo courtesy of the White House.

Flags of Our Fathers. Eventually, Matt was named Franchise Art Director for Dreamworks’ Medal of Honor video games series, one credited with generating interest in WWII history among young people.

Matt grew as an artist through Spielberg’s critiques of his work. They were “actually fun” according to Matt, because Spielberg was enthusiastic about what he liked, and when there was something he didn’t like, he balanced that “hard critique” with a re-emphasis of what was positive and how it could be enhanced.

Matt Hall's painting The Pledge

“I also learned from Steven Spielberg the value of listening to my ‘creative instincts’” Matt explained. “A lot of times, marketing dictates if an idea will be well-received, but Spielberg would often fly against the grain, if he believed in an idea. There was a time when the marketing guys said ‘WWII is done and dead,” but Spielberg followed his instincts and passion and made Saving Private Ryan!”

Matt soon discovered that he, too, possessed a deep-seeded passion to tell the stories of America’s war heroes when Dreamworks put him on a new assignment, to paint a painting a month for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Working from just a citation and a portrait of a long-deceased recipient, Matt brought their stories back to life. There, he discovered his calling, but he couldn’t act on it. That was just an assignment. He was a concept artist.

Then, in summer 2008, Matt underwent brain surgery to remove a growth behind his eye. He had an epiphany. “It was a wake-up call for me that we don’t really know how long we have on earth,“ Matt explained. “That got me thinking, ‘What kind of legacy will my art leave to the world?’ Will it tell a story of something important? Will it be something people will appreciate 50 or 100 years from now? It was tough to look in mirror and say ‘maybe not’ since the art I was doing would be locked away in a vault once it served its purpose.

Valor Studios had long followed Matt’s career and approached him after his surgery, with an offer to publish his work, if Matt would paint the heroes of military past and present. The timing couldn’t have been better, and Matt heartily agreed.

“It was an epiphany on a lot of levels,“ he explained, “Spiritually, artistically, and career-wise. Like that leap of faith when I went to paint for Hollywood, I decided to follow my passion and paint the stories of men whose legacies need to be preserved.”

With the release of “Angels from Above,” Matt’s first limited-edition print with Valor Studios, one can safely conclude that, Matt’s “creative instincts,” like those of the great Steven Spielberg, are on time, on target!__

Matt Hall signs "Angels from Above" prints.
Valor Studios and Matt Hall wish to thank the following for their assistance with this project: Rich Riley, Bud Berry, Jan Bos, Mark Durivage, James Fenelon, Robin Gillert, Bob James, Richard McQuiston, Tom Thomas, Paul Woodadge and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible.