MIGHTY EIGHTH - OUTWARD BOUND - QUADRUPEL REMARQUE
Released as one of a pair of prints in 1992 commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the US Air Forces in Britain during WW2, 'Mighty Eighth - Outward Bound' depicts a wonderful scene in 1944 as US Escort Fighters get ready for yet another long Mission into occupied Europe.
The US Heavy Bombers had begun the campaign without escorts and had suffered appalling losses, so the leaders of the Groups of fighters longed for the day when they had the range to escort their charges ALL the way to the target - and home again.
By 1944 they had the range and the P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs were now able to intercept Luftwaffe fighters ahead of the bombers - with the direct result that Bomber losses fell - while Luftwaffe losses increased. This was vital for the success of the opening of the Normandy campaign in June as air superiority had been gained.
Robert has painted a superbly detailed scene featuring the P-47 Thunderbolts of the 78th Fighter Group preparing to take off, while all around are P-51's and Bombers beginning to head out on their next mission.
This fabulous release is Signed by Artist Robert Taylor and SIX outstanding US Fighter Leaders from the 'Mighty Eighth':-
COLONEL HUB ZEMKE
COLONEL GABBY GABRESKI - (US Top scorer in Europe)
COLONEL DON BLAKESLEE
COLONEL ROBERT JOHNSON
MAJOR RICHARD PETERSON
COLONEL BUD MAHURIN
The Print measures 33 x 25 Inches and comes with the CoA
This is an EXTREMELY RARE QUADRUPEL REMARQUE featuring an absolutely wonderful expansive Remarque from Robert depicting a pair of P-47 Thunderbolts getting airborne (see Photos)
An opportunity to acquire a VERY rare piece!!