Commemorating the historic Doolittle Raid, 18 April 1942
On 7 December 1941 Japan stunned the world by launching a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Just four months later, on 18 April 1942, 16 U.S. Army Air Force B-25 Mitchell bombers made a daring, retaliatory raid on Tokyo – the first Allied strike on the heart of Imperial Japan. Launching in heavy seas from the carrier USS Hornet, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led his strike force for hundreds of miles across open water to attack military and industrial targets in as many cities as possible, with the capital Tokyo high on the list.
All sixteen bombers made it to Japan and successfully bombed their targets without loss. Knowing they had insufficient fuel to return, and with one plane so low on fuel that the crew decided to head for Vladivostok in Russia where they were interned, the rest flew on to crash-land in China. Most survived to fly and fight again, and Lt. Col. Doolittle was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in planning and leading one of the most audacious raids in the history of air combat.
Approx. Matted Size: 29 ½” wide x 9” high
Image Size: 25” wide x 3” high
Well-known for the precise quality of his drawings, Richard Taylor’s detailed work Heading for Tokyo commemorates the anniversary of this daring raid. With Lt. Col. Doolittle and part of his strike force already airborne and heading for Japan, the scene depicts a further group of the B-25 force following on towards Tokyo. With limited edition prints of this graphic commemorative piece now released, they are sure to be of great interest to all those with an appreciation of the bravery and fortitude displayed by the valiant Doolittle Raiders.
The Limited Edition
Each print is exclusively hand-numbered and personally signed by the artist Richard Taylor.
The Collector’s Edition
Each print in this restricted edition is mounted to full conservation standards to include the original autographs of two highly-regarded veterans who took part in the Doolittle Raid:
Major General DAVID M. JONES
Pilot & Captain of crew #5
Staff Sergeant DAVID J. THATCHER
Engineer on crew #7
Upgrade to include a Remarque
Every copy can be upgraded to include an original Remarque or Double Remarque by Richard in the lower margin of the print, creating a completely unique piece.