Thunderheads Over Ridgewell

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Thunderheads Over Ridgewell Robert Taylor

In the early days of the USAAF daylight bombing campaign, before the arrival of long-range fighter escorts, rarely was a mission flown without Luftwaffe interception, and the ever-present barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The Eighth Air Force crews literally fought their way through swarms of enemy fighters and thick flak to hit their targets, then fought their way home again. Seldom a formation returned without losses and casualties, but inexorably the American bomb groups struck deeper and deeper into enemy territory.


Bomber crews lucky enough to survive a complete tour were few and far between. They knew this when they arrived in England at the start of their tour, and the awesome task they faced banded the flyers together like brothers. They flew and fought for each other, their country, and liberty , with determination and a camaraderie that only those who went through the experience could fully appreciate.

In his tribute to the USAAF bomber crews, Robert Taylor has selected the 381st Bomb Group to represent, and pay tribute to all those who flew the perilous daylight raids out of bases in England into the heavily defended skies above enemy occupied Europe.
Robert's emotive painting shows 381st Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortresses returning to Ridgewell on a summer afternoon in 1944 during a period when the Group reached the peak of its effectiveness - for several months it was the top ranked outfit in the Eighth. Between June 1943 and the end of hostilities the 381st completed 297 combat missions, hit almost every important target in German hands, and was credited with the destruction of 223 enemy aircraft.


One aircraft, more than any other, came to symbolize the great daylight bombing campaign of the USAAF in Europe during World War Two, and in his spectacular new painting Robert Taylor captures the magnificence of Boeing's legendary B-17 Flying Fortress. In his inimitable style the artist brings to life an exact wartime scene, a battle-damaged aircraft making apparent the fearsome task tackled daily by those who flew the hazardous missions to occupied Europe during the greatest air war ever fought.

 

PRINT DETAILS

The second in a new collector Portfolio of Limited Editions by Robert Taylor commemorating the great Air Commands of the Second World War- published in part to support the American Air Museum, Duxford, England.

THE AIRCREW EDITION

Joining the artist Robert Taylor, each print is signed by Three distinguished crew who flew the B-17 Flying Fortress with the 381st Bomb Group during World War Two.

Captain TURNER G. BRASHER
Major EDWARD A. KLEIN
First Lieutenant VINCENT J. PETERS

THE MIGHTY EIGHTH EDITION

With all the signatures of the Aircrew Edition, the Mighty Eighth Edition is accompanied with the matching numbered companion pencil print entitled "Another Mission Completed"

Another Mission Completed Robert Taylor
Another Mission Completed.Size 16 1/2" x 11 5/8"

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 31 3/4" x 23 1/2" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Aircrew Edition Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 400

The Mighty Eighth Edition
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 250

Artist Proof
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

Remarque
UK £525.00
Edition Size - 25

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