Each print in the Collector's Edition is mounted to full conservation standards to include the original autographs of two highly-regarded veterans who took part in the Doolittle Raid.
Prints are signed by the artist and numbered
100 Limited Editions....$105
25 Collector's Editions (matted)....$275
Double Remarque Editions....$875
Overall matted size: 29 1/2" x 9"
Image size: 25" x 3"
Well-known for the precise quality of his drawings, Richard Taylor’s detailed work Heading for Tokyo commemorates the anniversary of this daring raid. With Lt. Col. Doolittle and part of his strike force already airborne and heading for Japan, the scene depicts a further group of the B-25 force following on towards Tokyo. With limited edition prints of this graphic commemorative piece now released, they are sure to be of great interest to all those with an appreciation of the bravery and fortitude displayed by the valiant Doolittle Raiders.
On 7 December 1941 Japan stunned the world by launching a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Just four months later, on 18 April 1942, 16 U.S. Army Air Force B-25 Mitchell bombers made a daring, retaliatory raid on Tokyo – the first Allied strike on the heart of Imperial Japan. Launching in heavy seas from the carrier USS Hornet, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led his strike force for hundreds of miles across open water to attack military and industrial targets in as many cities as possible, with the capital Tokyo high on the list.
All sixteen bombers made it to Japan and successfully bombed their targets without loss. Knowing they had insufficient fuel to return, and with one plane so low on fuel that the crew decided to head for Vladivostok in Russia where they were interned, the rest flew on to crash-land in China. Most survived to fly and fight again, and Lt. Col. Doolittle was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in planning and leading one of the most audacious raids in the history of air combat.
Matted Signatures (Collector's Edition):
Major General DAVID M. JONES - Pilot & Captain of crew #5
Staff Sergeant DAVID J. THATCHER - Engineer on crew #7