Approaching their target at the oil refinery at Zwickau, 60 miles south west of Dresden, the 452nd Bomb Group's B-17 Fortresses were bounced by 28 Me262 jets from JG 7. Screaming in from the six o’clock position, the jet pilots singled out the 3rd division just as they began their bombing run. The crew of a B-17 Fortress desperately defend their unwieldy bomber against the determined, high-speed attack by the Me262 jet interceptors. Closing at almost three times the speed of their targets, each Me262 pilot has just fractions of a second to find his mark. The B17 gunners have milliseconds to return their fire. Each interception is over in the blinking of an eye.
Robert Taylor's brilliantly constructed and magnificently painted composition, portrays with stunning beauty the awesome reality of aerial engagement that was commonplace in the skies above Europe during World War II. In this brief, poignant cameo, the outcome is indecisive: The B-17 has lost part of its tailplane which will make handling difficult on the way home. But its gunners, undeterred by the fearsome attack, are laying a wall of lead in the path of the enemy jet. The Luftwaffe pilot will be lucky to escape unscathed. In the distance more Me262s are diving into the fray, but shortly, 8th Air Force fighters will storm into the arena. The Fortress crews will not be short of guardians on the return journey to England. Adding irreplaceable credence and collectability, each print is endorsed with the individual original signatures of Luftwaffe Aces who flew the Me262 during the final defence of Germany.