THREATENING SKIES by Richard Taylor - DOUBLE REMARQUE EDITION
As the USAAF's mighty B-29 Superfortresses relentlessly pounded the Imperial japanese war machine, few japanese interceptors could match these high-flying super bombers.
Increasingly desperate to counter the threat, the japanese Army Air Force looked to the radical Nakajima Ki44 Shoki or 'Tojo' to the Allies. This fighter was different to the usual Japanese fighters of the time - heavy, with four cannon armament and a quite impressive climb rate, the Ki44 was thrown into action against the B-29's despite the doubts of it's pilots.
Richard Taylor's 'Threatening Skies' depicts an encounter between the two protagonists on 19 February 1945, as the B-29's approach the japanese mainland they are attacked by a force of Ki44's - the Superfortress gunners fill the air with bullets. A total of ten B-29's fell victim to the pugnacious little fighters.
In honour of the courage of the B-29 crews that fought in the final stages of the Pacific War, each print has been signed by THREE B-29 aircrew:-
Lieutenant Colonel RALPH NUTTER
Colonel JAMES PATTILLO
Captain BEN ROBERTSON
THIS IS A RARE DOUBLE REMARQUE BY RICHARD TAYLOR
He has chosen to illustrate the B-29 'Dina Might' flown by Captain Bill Pitts of the 504th BG, 421st BS at it's home airfield - North Field, Tinian. Pitts himself was shot down on 26th June 1945 into the sea. Incredibly, he and the surviving crew were actually rescued by the Submarine USS Springer!
The Edition also comes with a superb companion Print 'INTO THE SUN' featuring a pair of Nakajima Ki44 'Shoki' or 'Tojo' fighters of the 70th Sentai prepare to get into attacking position against an oncoming B-29 raid. One of the very few prints published to feature solely Japanese aircraft.
The Print has been superbly Framed and conservation mounted by Aces High Gallery complete with Museum quality replicas of the 20th Air Force Patch and the US Air Medal.
A superb Piece for collectors of Richard Taylor's work.
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