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Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor

As the war in mainland Europe entered its final, bloody phase, the German Armies defending Berlin fought on with a savage, yet hopeless determination, slowly disintegrating before the mighty weapon of war unleashed against them. What remained of the Luftwaffe was mercilessly pounded from the air, their airfields hammered relentlessly. Aircraft, fuel, spare parts, ammunition and pilots were all in short supply but still they fought on in defence of the Reich. And pivotal in this bitter struggle were the highly advanced jet fighters of the Luftwaffe, and in particular the legendary Me262.

Determined to obliterate the Luftwaffe jets once and for all, on 10 April 1945 just over thirteen hundred bombers attacked the airfields in force; but the jet fighters were already airborne, and waiting. As the bomber stream turned and slowly headed west for home, a powerful unit of nearly fifty Me262s pounced on them from the rear, out of the high cirrus clouds. Suddenly the clear air was alive with cannon fire as the Luftwaffe jets screamed into the attack. It was a desperate gamble and a few Fortresses in the outer elements were quickly hit before the ever alert, escorting P51 s could join the fray and dive on the jets in hot pursuit.

Once again Robert Taylor has created a powerful reconstruction of events as they happened that day, and it is easy to see why he has become the unrivalled master of aviation art. With seemingly effortless skill he portrays the B17s of the First Air Division with the sun glinting on their fuselages and streaming contrails in the cold clear air as they turn for home. Several Me262s have already torn through the massed formation, but even as they look to escape from the wrath of the Fortresses' gunners, a P51 from the escorting 356th Fighter Group has quickly spotted his target and presses home his attack. The hunter becomes the hunted as the Mustang pilot, Wayne Gatlin, skilfully positions himself behind the Me262 ready for the kill, one of a score of Luftwaffe jets downed in the encounter by the men of the Eighth.

 

Jets Hunters - The Signatories

All copies are signed by three distinguished P-51 pilots:
Major General WAYNE C. GATLIN

On 10 April 1945 he destroyed the Me262 jet portrayed in the main painting immediately damaging another.
Squadron Leader JUREK MENCEL
Downed an Me262 whilst flying a Mustang III on 9 April 1945
Colonel JOE PETERBURS
Shot down the Me262 of Walter Schuck, on the 10th April, 1945.

The Pilots’ Edition comes with the Companion Print Black November Day and is additionally signed by:
Lieutenant Colonel DON CUMMINGS
Colonel ART JEFFREY
 Captain WAYNE L. COLEMAN
 Lieutenant Colonel HUIE LAMB
 The companion drawing is signed by five of the Luftwaffe’s iconic Me262 pilots:
Major ERICH RUDORFFER
JG7 with 12 victories in the jet – 222 victories in total
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
JG7 with 8 victories in the jet – 206 victories in total
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
EJG2 & JV44 – 60 victories in total
Feldwebel ERNST GIEFING
JG 7 with 2 victories in the jet – 6 victories in total.
Leutnant NORBERT HANNIG
JG7 – 42 victories in total
The Pilots’ Edition Artist Proofs are additionally signed by:
Major General EDWARD GILLER
Captain CLAYTON ‘KELLY’ GROSS


The Jet Hunters’ Edition is additionally signed by:
Major URBAN DREW
Lieutenant Colonel DON BRYAN
 Lieutenant Colonel RALPH DELGADO
First Lieutenant STEPHEN ANANIAN
Captain JOHN FITCH
The companion drawing Black November Day is additionally signed by:
Leutnant JORG CZYPIONKA
Me262 Night-Fighter with NJG 11 – a total of 2 victories in the jet.
 
The Tribute Edition includes a matted version of the Companion Print with the additional matted signatures of:
Captain WALTER GROCE (main print)
Captain ROSCOE BROWN (main print)
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
General JOHANNES ‘MACKY’ STEINHOFF
Generalleutnant WALTER KRUPINSKI
 Leutnant ALFRED AMBS
 Hauptmann GEORG CSURUSKY

The Ace of Aces Edition includes a matted original drawing and the additional matted signatures of:
Oberfeldwebel HERMANN BUCHNER
Leutnant VIKTOR PETERMANN
Major ERICH RUDORFFER
Major WERNER ROELL
 Major ERNST-WILHELM REINERT
Major WALTER NOWOTNY
Brigadier General CHARLES E. YEAGER
 Generalleutnant GERHARD BARKHORN
 Leutnant HERBERT KAISER
 Leutnant GOTTFRIED FÄHRMANN
 Leutnant FRITZ TEGTMEIR
 Obereleutnant HEINER HAEFFNER
Captain ROBERT P WINKS
Captain CHARLES E. WEAVER
 

Black November Day by Robert Taylor

Black November Day

Companion Print with certain editions.

Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor

400 Limited Edition with 3 signatures
200 Pilots’ Edition with 12 signatures
25 Artist Proofs with 14 signatures
150 Jet Hunters Pilots’ Edition with 12 signatures
20 Tribute Edition with 27 signatures
5 Ace of Aces Edition with original drawing and 41 signatures.

Overall size 35” x 25”.  Companion Print size 25” x 17.5”
 

£   200
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£  3950
 

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