TOWARDS THE HOME FIRES
by Robert Taylor
THE WORLD’S PREMIER AVIATION ARTIST COMMEMORATES ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED AMERICAN FIGHTER ACES IN HISTORY
As the New Year of 1945 dawned, the snow had already spread to blanket the southern half of England. The festivities of Christmas had passed and the relentless pounding of German cities and industrial targets continued unabated. On every front Hitler’s once-fabled armies were in full retreat. The endgame was now in play.
Recalling that final harsh winter of the war Robert has painted one of the finest scenes of his illustrious career in a stunning tribute to Robin Olds, one of the legendary Aces who took part in the great aerial assault launched on Germany by the US Eighth Air Force.
With dusk approaching, Robin Olds, flying his P-51K Scat VI, leads a flight of Mustangs of the 434th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group low over the historic estuary town of Maldon in Essex as they head home to their base at Wattisham, 14 February 1945. The mission saw Olds add three more German fighters to his tally south of Berlin, making him one of the foremost Aces of the unit.
Overall print size: 32 ¾”wide x 24 ¼” high
Image size: 26” wide x 17⅔” high
Destined to become one of Robert’s classic pieces, it is of great historical significance that Robin Olds has signed part of the edition. The prints are also autographed by pilots that flew alongside him on those arduous missions, giving even greater meaning to this release and creating a remarkable and valuable collector’s piece.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Robert Taylor in signing every print is a highly-distinguished P-51 fighter pilot who flew with Robin Olds:
Lieutenant Colonel WALTER M. DRAKE
479th FG / 1 victory
THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Each print in this THREE signature edition is additionally signed by the legendary Robin Olds along with a further Mustang pilot who flew with the 479th Fighter Group:
Brigadier-General ROBIN OLDS
479th FG / 17 victories
First Lieutenant JAMES E. FROLKING