Our aviation tattoo for today on Tattoos In Flight features two of the most famous foes of the air war over Europe in World War II — the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber that was made famous for its use in the daylight strategic bombing campaigns and its aggressor the famous fighter of the German Luftwaffe, the Messerschmitt Bf-109. Brazilian tattoo artist Marcelo Marzari created the colorful upper arm half sleeve tattoo.
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The sight of these two aircraft fighting against each other, though most likely in a far less artistic manner, would have been a common sight over Occupied France and Germany in early 1944 as the bombers of the 8th Air Force and 15th Air Force of the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed at bases scattered around England pushed hard in their daylight strategic bombing campaigns, preparing for the famous “Big Week” raids and the first attacks to hit the German capital Berlin shortly after. The Messerschmitt Bf-109, along with the Focke Wulf FW-190, was one of the front line fighters used by the Luftwaffe to intercept the Allied bomber formations. Though the Bf-109 was considered to be a challenge to fly, it was deadly in the hands of an experienced pilot. In fact, the highest-scoring fighter ace in the history of aerial combat, Major Erich Hartmann of the German Luftwaffe, flew nearly all of his 352 aerial victories flying the Bf-109 in combat.
Thanks to one of our fans on the Tattoos In Flight Facebook page, we were able to find out about this detailed and colorful half sleeve tattoo by Brazilian tattoo artist Marcelo Marzari, an artist working with Color Up Tattoo in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. We’re always glad to uncover amazing tattoo work from other countries and glad we found this fantastic World War II aviation tattoo!
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