Struggle for Supremacy

Robert Taylor


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Robert Taylor
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Struggle for Supremacy Robert Taylor

At the beginning of 1945 it was plain that Germany would lose the war. The incessant air raids were inexorably destroying the Nazi war machine reducing supplies to the front lines to a crawl. Yet Germany fought doggedly on. Its fighter pilots had known nothing different since 1939 - many of those still surviving had flown five years of combat virtually without a break.
If the Allies were controlling the skies nobody had told the seasoned Luftwaffe pilots who continued to intercept the massed daylight raids with great determination. The long range capabilities of the 8th Air Forces may have allowed fighter escort all the way to the target and back, but the heavy bombers were still being knocked down in numbers, and the American fighter pilots had their work cut out every time the German fighters appeared.

Robert Taylor's first edition for 2001 dramatically reconstructs a typical aerial contest on a day in January 1945. P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group, escorting a heavy bomber raid deep into enemy territory, have engaged a strong force of Luftwaffe Me109s. A massive dog fight has developed high over the Rhine, drawing the interceptors away from the bomber force - a partial victory in itself. But the battle is by no means over.

As Captain Robert Foy of the 363rd Squadron engages one of the Me109s in a daring head-on pass, P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group climb to give support. Ominously, more Luftwaffe fighters are joining the fray from the right. The action is painted, as only Robert Taylor can, in a peerless cloudscape, giving huge distance and depth to what is a classic World War II air combat picture.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2001

Edition Size : 600 Signed and Numbered Prints.

Signatories :

Signed by the artist and four US 8th Air Force fighter Aces and three Luftwaffe Aces who flew and fought in the skies over Germany during World War II

Colonel C. E. 'Bud' ANDERSON
Lt Col EARNEST. E. BANKEY
Colonel DONALD CUMMINGS
Colonel WALKER 'Bud' MAHURIN
Generalleutant GUNTHER RALL
Oberfeldwebel HELMUT RUFFLER
Hauptmann HANS WEIK

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 32 1/4" x 24" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £ POA
Edition Size - 600

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