Overall Print Size: 24 x 17 inches Edition: 50 Subject: P-51 Mustangs and Bf109s in combat.
It had begun; the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of Germany and the end of Nazi tyranny was almost within sight but in the skies over Germany the defiant remnants of the Luftwaffe fought on with savage determination. Ever since the long-range American P-51 escort fighters had first appeared, the skies over the Reich had witnessed grim encounters with the Mustangs taking on the Luftwaffe as they tried to stop the heavy bombers of the USAAF reaching their targets. By early 1945 it was a losing battle, but still the Luftwaffe fought on and, in the resulting maelstrom of combat, the Mustang pilots still had their work cut out against these battle hardened, expert pilots
Robert Taylor’s superb drawing, part of his much-acclaimed Graphite Series, dramatically reconstructs one such clash in early 1945 as P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group have spotted a group of Bf109s heading their way. Without hesitation they dive head-on in an attempt to break-up the enemy formation and for the pilots on both sides the explosive encounter of close combat is suddenly upon them.
Each print in Robert Taylor's Limited Edition, The Eagles Divide (Aces Edition), is signed by the following combat veterans:
Colonel CLARENCE ‘BUD’ ANDERSON - 357th Fighter Group Ace with 161/4 victories Captain WILLIAM ‘BILL’ OVERSTREET - 357th Fighter Group Ace with 5 victories Leutnant HUGO BROCH - Knight’s Cross with 81 victories Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM - Knight’s Cross with 137 victories.