on Board, 16" x 8"
A S-3B of VS-22, Vidar 703,
Bu159767, flying from the USS Theodore Roosevelt
aircraft was lost in the Mediterranean Sea 4th Feb 1997. While chasing
an Israeli submarine during a night exercise south of Cyprus it is
believed they got too low in appalling weather conditions and dug a
wing tip into the water when turning back onto the sub.
Weems the pilot, LCDR Ehlers the CO-TAC, LT Eyre the TACCO, and AW3
Wendy Potter the SENSO were all killed in the crash.
painting is in their memory and is a gift for PJ Imhof
June 2011 I spent an enjoyable and terrific week at the
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola. During my stay I meet up
with PJ, a volunteer at the museum and he was incredible generous with
both his time and offers of help during my stay.
Ehlers was his Son in Law.