OPEN ASSAULT (Secondary Market Copy)
by Robert Taylor
The Junkers Ju 87 Sturzkampfbomber, known to the British simply as the Stuka, had already acquired a deadly reputation across Europe, its siren screaming as the ungainly dive-bomber struck terror into the hearts of those below. In 1940 its pilots crossed the Channel with their grim-looking aircraft to terrorise the southern towns and ports of England. Robert Taylor’s memorable painting ‘Open Assault’, depicts Hurricanes of 501 Squadron attacking a force of Ju 87 Stukas as they dive-bomb naval vessels and installations in the port of Dover on 29 July 1940. High explosive bombs detonate within the sheltered anchorage as escorting Bf 109s from JG51 race in to protect their lumbering charges. Four Stukas and two Me 109s are despatched, for the loss of just one RAF aircraft.
Overall print size: 33” wide x 25¼” high
Prints of this epic encounter have been signed by RAF and Luftwaffe veterans of the Battle of Britain, and Luftwaffe Stuka pilots, providing aviation enthusiasts with a collectors gem.
THE COLLECTORS EDITION ARTIST PROOF
The SIX signature Collectors Edition is signed by the following veterans of the Battle of Britain:
Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD AFC
Leutnant WILHELM NOLLER
Squadron Leader TONY PICKERING
Squadron Leader DOUGLAS NICHOLLS DFC
Major ERIC RUDORFFER
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER
This collectable copy of The Collector’s Edition Artist Proof, also has an additional SEVEN veteran signatures, making this a unique 13 signature copy of this highly regarded print. (Additional signatures of Tom Neil, Bob Foster, Ken Wilkinson, Alec Gray, Joan Fanshawe, Terry Clark & Terence Kane).
The print comes with it’s original Certificate of Authenticity and full details on all the signatories and where they were collected. It is in extremely good condition, having been stored flat and out of sunlight since purchase.
Edition Size – 25