Hellcat Fury

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Hellcat Fury Robert Taylor
Truk, the small atoll the South Pacific, was the major anchorage for the Japanese Fleet. Comprising a magnificent harbor and four heavily defended airfields, it was thought impregnable by the US forces as they fought their way up through the Pacific. But on 16-17 February 1944 a violent two-day aerial assault by carrier - borne aircraft of Task Force 58 exploded the myth. In just two days the US Navy flyers sunk over 200,000 tons of Japanese naval shipping and destroyed an estimated 275 enemy aircraft" totally eliminating all effectiveness of the Japanese base. Light as the US Navy losses were - only 25 aircraft failed to return the battle for Truk was ferocious.

The ground installations, ships, and airfield batteries put up intense anti- aircraft fire against the attacking American aircraft, while Zeros did their best to repel the onslaught. The air above the atoll became a maelstrom of flak, tracer, flying lead and shrapnel, while below huge explosions rocked the ground as ammo and fuel dumps were hit, fires raged, and the acrid smoke of battle pervaded the entire area.

In this important new painting, his first featuring the F6F Hellcat, Robert Taylor brings to life the scenario that was crucial to Admiral Spruance's forceful drive through the Central Pacific. The once feared Japanese base at Truk is being reduced to a statistic of war. Hellcats of VF6 hurtle across the lagoon at masthead height with guns blazing, creating havoc as they tear into the enemy positions below. Seen in the foreground is the F6F-3 of Lt. Alex Vraciu, subsequently to become one of the Navy's top guns. This exhilarating new work dramatically conveys the awesome conditions endured day after day by the pilots of the US Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific.

With prints signed by a host of US Navy Aces, including the first F6F Hellcat Ace of World War Two, Robert has created a limited edition print that will take pride of place in many discerning print collections.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE ACES EDITION numbered 1-450
Comprising main print, signed by THREE US Navy Hellcat Aces

Commander WILLIS E. HARDY USN
Commander HAMILTON McWHORTER USN
Commander ALEX VRACIU USN

THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC EDITION numbered 1-300
Issued with a matching numbered pilot signed copy of Robert Taylor’s ‘Pacific Pirate’
companion print: and the main print signed by additional FIVE Hellcat pilots, a total of
NINE signatures.


Commander JOHN ‘TED’ CROSBY USN
Colonel ARCHIE G DONAHUE USMC
Lt. Commander FRED ‘BUCK’ DUNGAN USN
Lt. Commander JAMES E DUFFY USN
Captain JOHN R STRANE USN
Commander ED ‘WENDY’ WENDORF USN

Pacific Pirate Robert Taylor
Pacific Pirate Print size 15 1/2"x 12"

THE PORTFOLIO PUBLISHERS PROOFS numbered 1-75

With all the components of ‘War in the Pacific Edition’, but the main print is also signed
by Jim Swett MOH and Bruce Porter. This edition only is issued with the collector drawing
‘DAUNTLESS OVER THE YORKTOWN’ signed by a leading Dauntless pilot. A total of
TWELVE signatures.

Colonel BRUCE PORTER USMC
Colonel JAMES E. SWETT USMC MOH
Captain STANLEY ‘SWEDE’ VEJTASA USN ( Companion Print)

Dauntless over the Yorktown Robert Taylor
Dauntless over the Yorktown Print size 19 3/4"x 15"


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 34 5/8"x 24" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Aces Edition
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 450

The War in the Pacific Edition
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 300

War in the Pacific Artist Proofs
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

Portfolio Publishers Proofs
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

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