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Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor

Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor (F6F)
Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor (F6F)
Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor (F6F)
Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor (F6F)
Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor (F6F)
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The fifth and final edition in Robert Taylor's acclaimed Band of Brothers Portfolio, commemorating the great Air Commands of WWII. Truk, the small atoll in the South Pacific, was the major anchorage ...  >Read More
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Accompanies the "War in the Pacific" edition. This 12" x 15 1/2" companion print "Pacific Pirate" is signed by F4U Corsair Ace, Archie Donahue.
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This matching numbered print of "Dauntless Over the Yorktown" accompanies the Portfolio Publisher's Proof Edition! This 15" x 19" companion print is signed by Dauntless pilot Stanley Vejtasa.
Prints are signed by the artist and numbered

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  • 450 Aces Editions....$320 (Limited availability)
  • 300 The War in the Pacific Editions...$450 (Limited availability)
  • 25 The War in the Pacific Artist's Proofs....$625 (Limited availability)
  • 75 Portfolio Publisher's Proofs....Sold out
  • 25 The War in the Pacific Remarque Editions....Sold out

  • 35" x 24"
  • The fifth and final edition in Robert Taylor's acclaimed Band of Brothers Portfolio, commemorating the great Air Commands of WWII.

    Truk, the small atoll in the South Pacific, was the major anchorage for the Japanese Fleet. Comprising a magnificent harbor and four heavily defended airfields, it was thought impregnable by the US forces as they fought their way up through the Pacific. But on 16-17 February 1944 a violent two-day aerial assault by carrier-borne aircraft of Task Force 58 exploded the myth. In just two days the US Navy flyers sunk over 200,000 tons of Japanese naval shipping and destroyed an estimated 275 enemy aircraft, totally eliminating all effectiveness of the Japanese base. Light as the US Navy losses were only 25 aircraft failed to return the battle for Truk was ferocious. The ground installations, ships, and airfield batteries put up intense anti-aircraft fire against the attacking American aircraft, while Zeros did their best to repel the onslaught. The air above the atoll became a maelstrom of flak, tracer, flying lead and shrapnel, while below huge explosions rocked the ground as ammo and fuel dumps were hit, fires raged, and the acrid smoke of battle pervaded the entire area. In this important new painting, his first featuring the F6F Hellcat, Robert Taylor brings to life the scenario that was crucial to Admiral Spruance's forceful drive through the Central Pacific. The once feared Japanese base at Truk is being reduced to a statistic of war. Hellcats of VF-6 hurtle across the lagoon at masthead height with guns blazing, creating havoc as they tear into the enemy positions below. Seen in the foreground is the F6F-3 of Lt. Alex Vracui, subsequently to become one of the Navy's top guns. This exhilarating new work dramatically conveys the awesome conditions endured day after day by the pilots of the US Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific. With prints signed by a host of US Navy Aces, including the first F6F Hellcat Ace of World War II, Robert has created a limited edition print that will take pride of place in many discerning print collections.

    Signatures:

    THE ACES EDITION: Signed by THREE US Navy Hellcat Aces

  • Commander WILLIS E. HARDY USN
  • Commander HAMILTON McWHORTER USN
  • Commander ALEX VRACIU USN

    THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC EDITION: Issued with a matching numbered pilot signed copy of Robert Taylor's 'PACIFIC PIRATE' companion print: and the main print signed by additional FIVE Hellcat pilots, a total of NINE signatures.
  • Commander JOHN "TED" CROSBY USN
  • Colonel ARCHIE G DONAHUE USMC
  • Lt. Commander FRED "BUCK" DUNGAN USN
  • Lt. Commander JAMES E DUFFY USN
  • Captain JOHN R STRANE USN
  • Commander ED "WENDY" WENDORF USN

    THE PORTFOLIO PUBLISHERS PROOFS: With all the components of "War in the Pacific Edition", but the main print is also signed by Jim Swett MOH and Bruce Porter. This edition only is issued with the collector drawing "DAUNTLESS OVER THE YORKTOWN" signed by a leading Dauntless pilot. A total of TWELVE signatures.
  • Colonel BRUCE PORTER USMC
  • Colonel JAMES E. SWETT USMC MOH
  • Captain STANLEY "SWEDE" VEJTASA USN (Companion Print)
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