DAWN OPERATIONS by Robert Taylor - 15 Signature Copy

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DAWN OPERATIONS By Robert Taylor 

SPECIAL 15 SIGNATURE COPY

Some of the rarest subjects in Robert Taylor's catalogue are those featuring Japanese aircraft from WW2. One of the rarest is 'Dawn Operations', which was released back in 1996 and features a scene on the southern tip of Bougainville. A Mitsubishi F1M2 floatplane - Allied Codename 'Pete' - prepares for it's first Recce flight of the day. The serenity of the scene is shattered by the noisy arrival of a pair of Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters from a nearby Japanese carrier. Out in the bay a couple of japanese cruisers are preparing to sail as the Sun barely rises on the horizon.

This Edition was Signed by THREE veterans of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force:-

SECOND SUB-LIEUTENANT SADAAKI OHNISHI - Flew the F1M2 'Pete' Floatplane

SERGEANT MAJOR TOYOMI TOYOSHIMA - Flew the A6M3 Zero with the Tainan Wing

PILOT 1st CLASS KEIYU TAKAKUWA - Flew the A6M5 Zero with the 203rd Kukotai

This Unique Copy has additionally Signed by a Further TWELVE US veterans from the Pacific Theater:-

COMMANDER DEAN SAMUEL 'DIZ' LAIRD - VF-4 [F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat]

Lt. COMMANDER Joe Draper ROBBINS - VF-6/VF-85 [F6F Hellcat/F4u Corsair]

COMMANDER HAMILTON 'MAC' McWHORTER - VF-9/VF-12 [FIRST F6F Hellcat Ace of WW2]

CAPTAIN STANLEY 'SWEDE' VEJTASA - VS-5/VF-10 [SBD DAUNTLESS & F4F Wildcat]

LT. COMMANDER JAMES EDWARD 'SCHULTZ' DUFFY - VF-15 [F6F Hellcat]

COMMANDER JOHN THEODORE CROSBY - VF-17 [F6F Hellcat]

COMMANDER WILLIS 'BILL' HARDY - VF-17 [F6F Hellcat]

COMMANDER RICHARD 'DICK' MAY - VF-32 [F6F Hellcat]

LT. COLONEL ROGER 'ROG' CONANT USMC - VMF-215 [F4U Corsair]

CAPTAIN NIAL KENNETH CASTLE - 49th FG [P-38 Lightning]

COLONEL JAMES 'JIM' MOOREHEAD - 49th FG [P-38 Lightning]

COLONEL JACK WALKER - 82nd FG [P-38 Lightning]

The Print measures 26.5 x 20 Inches and comes with the Original CoA

*** A TOTAL ONE-OFF FOR THIS EDITION! ***