Only 25 Canvas Giclée Proofs will be issued in this new Robert Taylor edition, and each one will be individually signed by the artist Robert Taylor in oil paint. All THIRTEEN of the veterans whose signatures appear on the Collectors Edition paper print will individually sign the unique Presentation Certificate issued with each Giclee Canvas Proof.
To replicate the artist's original painting so faithfully, each print is individually worked by a specialist master printer laying down solid colour on canvas, so that only the experienced eye can distinguish them from the original.
So life-like is the result it is necessary for us to imprint the words "this is a giclee print reproduction" on the reverse of the canvas to ensure they are never mistaken for the original.
Of these remarkable state-of-the-art Giclee Canvas Proofs, Robert Taylor has this to say:
"These giclee prints are about as near to the original painting in colour and texture as it is
possible to achieve in reproduced format. I am deeply impressed."
THE DOOLITTLE TRIBUTE EDITION
Issued with an ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Robert Taylor
This outstanding EIGHTEEN signature edition is a wonderful opportunity to invest in a truly memorable tribute to the airmen involved in the historic Doolittle Raid. These courageous flyers represent the outstanding courage shown by the thousands of men who fought and flew in the Pacific during World War II. With all the signatures and components of the Commemorative Proofs, this special Tribute Edition is issued accompanied by an original pencil drawing, skillfully drawn by Robert Taylor. Each of these magnificent drawings has been conservation matted to include the following five additional signatures, including that of General 'JIMMY' H. DOOLITTLE!
General JAMES H. DOOLITTLE MOH
General 'Jimmy' Doolittle *s lifetime spanned the entire era of aviation from the Wright Brothers to astronauts landing on the moon. An Army pilot at 17, he took to dare-devil stunt-flying, air racing, and record breaking. With a Doctorate in aeronautical sciences, he helped pioneer instrument flying, and the development of high-octane aviation fuel. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he masterminded and led the historic raid on Tokyo, for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Promoted to General, he commanded the air war over Italy and North Africa, later taking command of the entire US Eighth Air Force in Europe. In a lifetime packed with adventure, 'Jimmy' Doolittle was truly one of the 20* Century's great heroes.
Brigadier General EVERETT W. HOLSTROM
Having already sunk the first Japanese submarine on 24 December 1941, Everett Holstrom was the Captain and pilot of Plane #4, Encountering stiff resistance from Japanese fighters, the guns and turrets of his aircraft were put out of action. Flying on to China, he and his crew bailed out, landing by parachute at night hi a driving rain storm. After three days he was picked up by Chinese partisans who helped him escape to free China.
Colonel HOWARD A. SESSLER
Howard Sessler was Navigator and Bombardier on Plane #15 captained by pilot Don Smith. They attacked and bombed targets in Kobe, and ditched in die sea just off the coast of China. Chinese guerillas helped them through the Japanese lines to Chungking, and then home through India and across the South Atlantic.
Captain J. ROYDEN STORK
Co-pilot of Plane #10 that attacked the Japan Special Steel Company and an enemy airfied, Royden Stork was also the Photographic Officer on the raid with cameras installed in each bomb bay. Bailing out over China he knocked himself out on landing. Regaining consciousness he waited for dawn, and was befriended by a local magistrate who helped him escape. Later he flew with the 10th Air Force in India, flying missions over Japanese territory until it was discovered that the Japanese had put a $5,000 reward on all who had participated in the Tokyo Raid.
Major GRIFFITH P. WILLIAMS
Co-pilot of Plane #15 assigned to attack waterfront targets in the city of Kobe. After thee attack they crash-landed in the sea off the coast of China, coming ashore, with the aid of life-vests, on a small Chinese island where they made contact with Chinese resistance fighters who guided them out of Japanese held territory. Eventually he was picked up by a US army transport plane for return to the US.
15 Doolittle Tribute Proofs US$ 2895
Approximate image size of each drawing: 11 5/8 " wide x 7"high
THE DAY NOW DAWNS
by Robert Taylor
Specially commissioned by the Military Gallery, this stunning and historically accurate pencil drawing
by Robert Taylor, has been released as a signed companion print. With all the signatures of the Limited
Edition, these Commemorative Proofs are also signed by an additional eight veterans, making a total of
THIRTEEN signatures in this remarkable edition.
THE ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES
2nd Lieutenant WILLIAM L. BIRCH (Main print) William Birch was the Bombadier on William Farrows B-25 - Plane #11. Their task was to bomb the fuel tank factory at Nagoya before flying on to China. After bailing out he was one of the eight Raiders captured by the Japanese.
Colonel WlLLIAM M. BOWER (Companion print) Captain and pilot of the Plane #12 that attacked and bombed the Yokosuka auto-factory in Yokohama. Flying on to China, he and his crew bailed out and found Loyalist Chinese forces to escort them to safety. He was later Group Commanding Officer of the 428th BS, 310th Bomb Group, and the 57th Bomb Wing.
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT L. KITE (Companion print) Co-pilot onPlane #16 that attacked the Nagoya fuel tank factory before flying on to China. He bailed but ran into Japanese soldiers and was captured. Eight Doohttle Raiders were captured, taken to Tokyo, where six months later three were executed. Two years later one died from starvation. Robert returned to the US at the end of war.
Lieutenant Colonel FRANK. A. KAPPELER (Main print) Joining the US Navy in 1936, Frank Kappeler transferred over to the Air Corps as a navigator in 1941. On the Tokyo raid he was Navigator on Plane #11. He remained in China until August 1942, after which he was reassigned to Europe for the remainder of the war.
TUNG-SHENG LIU (Main print)
Aged 24, Tung-Sheng Liu was a local Chinese citizen who helped one of the Doolittle crews evade capture by the Japanese. He acted as interpreter between the raiders and sympathetic Chinese, and after 10 days of travel, he and his friends were able to deliver the crew safely to Chungking. After the war in 1946, Liu was invited by the Raiders to become an official 'Honorary' Doolittle Raider.
Lieutenant Colonel CHASE J. NIELSON (Companion print) Chase Nielsen was the Navigator on Plane #6 that bombed a steel mill north of Tokyo, but bailing out over China after the raid he was captured by the Japanese forces and spent the next 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war.
Captain CHARLES J. OZUK Jr (Companion print) Charles Ozuk was the Navigator on Plane #3, piloted by Robert Gray, which flew through heavy AA fire to bomb industrial areas of Tokyo and straffe a military barracks before flying on to China. After bailing out they were assisted by local Chinese to reach safety. Charles remained in the Chinese theatre to fly bombing missions.
Master Sergeant EDWARD J. SAYLOR (Companion print) Engineer on Plane #15, that attacked waterfront targets in Kobe. They crash-landed in the sea just off the coast of the Chinese mainland, swimming ashore. Helped by fishermen and Resistance fighters, they evaded capture to reach the safety of the Chinese lines.
THE DOOLITTLE COMMEMORATIVE PROOFS
issued with signed companion print 'The Day Now Dawns'
300 signed & numbered prints with THIRTEEN signatures
Companion print overall size: 16 1/2 " wide x 14 3/4 "high
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