Headlong Into The Clash

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Headlong Into The Clash Robert Taylor

A POWERFUL LIMITED EDITION DOCUMENTING ONE OF THE GREATEST AIR BATTLES OF WWII

14 January 1945; and the war was not going well for Germany. The noose was tightening as American, British and Canadian armies, having broken out from their Normandy landings seven months earlier, stood on the banks of the Rhine. In the east vast numbers of Russians were driving relentlessly towards Berlin. On their bomb-cratered airfields the Luftwaffe prepared for the final onslaught during the Defense of the Reich.

Despite the shock of Operation Bodenplatte on New Year’s Eve – the Luftwaffe’s unexpected yet unsuccessful attempt to wipe out the Allied air forces on their advanced airfields in the Low Countries – Germany had all but surrendered air superiority to the Allies. Today, therefore, was yet another gamble as they assembled some 200 fighters to counter nearly 900 Eighth Air Force bombers, and almost as many fighter escorts, tasked with destroying oil refineries, storage depots and other strategic targets in central Germany. For the Luftwaffe the day was to end in retreat and disaster; they lost 161 fighters, the highest number ever recorded. Never again would the once mighty Jagdverbänd rise in strength to challenge the Mighty Eighth.

Few artists can capture the ferocity of an aerial battle with the skill and ability of Robert Taylor, and this breath-taking painting will undoubtedly rank as one of the pinnacles in his long and distinguished career. He captures a moment during that massive aerial battle in January 1945 near Ludwigslust in northern Germany, as enemy fighters from JG300 and JG301 make a head-on attack through a close formation of B-17s from the 390th Bomb Group who are heading to bomb Magdeburg. But their ever-vigilant P-51 escorts are aware of the threat and quickly engage the enemy with devastating results.

In the centre of the action Flt Lt Joe Peterburs of the 20th Fighter Group screams past the Bf109G of Lt Bruno Klostermann from II./JG300 who is attempting to penetrate the bomber formation. Peterburs claimed an Fw190 during the battle, Klostermann, however, will not survive the day.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE SIGNATURES

THE LIMITED EDITION
Signed by three veterans who fought in this epic battle:

Lt GÜNTHER SINNECKER
Bf109 Ace with JG302 & JG300 / 5 victories

Col JOE PETERBURS
Pilot on P-51s with the 20th FG / 2 victories

T/Sgt WILLIAM STOVALL
Top Turret Gunner on B-17s with the 390th BG


THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
(7 signatures)
Signed by a further four veterans who flew during the Defense of the Reich:

Lt Col ‘LUCKY’ LOWMAN
Pilot on P-51s with the 20th FG

1st Lt KEN SHARPE
Pilot on B-17s with the 388th BG

Oblt GÜNTHER SEEGER KC
An Ace on Bf109s with JG2 & JG53 / 56 victories

Oblt WALTER WOLFRUM KC
An Ace on Bf109s with JG52 / 137 victories


THE WAR IN EUROPE EDITION (13 signatures)
Also issued with the stunning companion print FIGHTER ESCORT.

Each portfolio is signed by a further six veterans who flew during this crucial period:

Fw OSKAR BÖSCH
A Bf109s & Fw190s Ace with JG3 / 18 victories

Lt FRITZ TEGTMEIER KC
An Ace on Bf109s & Me262s with JG54 & JG7 / 146 victories

1st Lt LEO CROCE
Co-Pilot on B-17s with 398th BG

Col ‘BUD’ ANDERSON
An Ace on P-51s with the 357th FG / 16¼ victories

Lt Col WALTER DRAKE
Pilot on P-51s with the 479th FG / 1 victory

Capt LEO KERNS (companion)
Pilot on P-51s with the 20th FG / 1 victory

 

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 32 ¼” wide x 24” high (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Limited Edition
UK £195.00
Edition Size - 400

The Collectors Edition
UK £285.00
Edition Size - 350

The War In Europe Edition
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 25

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