THE MIGHTY EIGHTH OUTWARD BOUND – Double Remarque (Secondary Market Copy)
by Robert Taylor
One of a pair (the other being Mighty Eighth – Coming Home) within Robert Taylor’s Golden Anniversary Series, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the American Air Forces in Europe.
The USAAF arrived in England in 1942 to join the RAF with one aim: The destruction of Nazi Germany. With a doctrine of high altitude daytime bombing, initially with sparse fighter protection, the Eighth Air Force went forth into battle. But the determined fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, together with the fearsome anti-aircraft guns of the ground defences took a heavy toll. It quickly became obvious that fighter would be required to play a decisive role in the campaign. And this they did.
Under great Flight Commanders such as Hub Zemke and Don Blakeslee, the Eighth continually developed and honed their tactics, and it was only a matter of time before this mighty force achieved priceless domination of the skies over Europe. It is on record that the fighters probably made the biggest single contribution to the ultimate victory in the air war in Europe.
Robert Taylor’s spectacular painting features the fighters of the Eighth in a busy scene on a wartime airfield in England, as the fighter squadrons prepare for mission to Germany. The redoubtable P-47 Thunderbolts start-up and taxi out for take-off, while overhead P-51s climb out to join the bomber force, already en-route to the target. The scene is set in 1944, and the early model P-47s and P51s have already seen two years hard combat.
This print is signed by 6 distinguished pilots who flew with the Mighty Eighth:
Major Richard Peterson
Colonel ‘Gabby’ Gabreski
Colonel ‘Bud’ Mahurin
Colonel Robert Johnson
Colonel Don Blakeslee
Colonel ‘Hub’ Zemke
In addition this unique copy has also been signed by:
Captain Frank McCauley 56th FG
Lieutenant William Hartshorn 56th FG
33” wide x 25” high
This secondary market print has it’s original Certificate of Authenticity. The print is in extremely good condition, having been stored flat and out of sunlight since purchase.
Full details on all the signatories and where they were collected will be provided.