The Tribute Edition is issued with a beautiful original pencil drawing which is personally signed by two Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots who flew Corsairs at the Battle of Okinawa and is conservation matted to include the highly-prized signatures of three of the greatest USMC Aces who flew Corsairs at Okinawa.
Prints are signed by the artist and numbered
400 Limited Editions....$325
200 Collectors Editions....$435
25 Collectors Edition Artists Proofs....$615
110 Okinawa Veterans Editions....$635
15 Remarque Editions....Sold out
Overall size: 32 1/4" x 24"
Image size: 25 3/4" x 16 1/4"
Tribute drawing appx. mat size: 20" x 14"
Flying from USS Bunker Hill, F4U Corsairs from VMF-221 assault Japanese positions defending the island of Okinawa, April 1945. Leading the charge, USMC Pilot Lt Dean Caswell climbs away from the target after delivering a blistering rocket attack on a coastal installation.
Following a long and bitter campaign to retake the Japanese held islands in the Pacific, the Americans had finally capturing Iwo Jima. Now the Allies turned their attention to the island of Okinawa, a province of Japan itself and the place from which the invasion of Japan must be launched.
In one of the most powerful paintings of Robert Taylor's distinguished career, the prints in this outstanding edition are personally signed by legendary Pilots and Aces who flew Corsairs during the assault of Okinawa, creating a unique collectors piece. Parts of the edition are also autographed by US Army and Navy veterans who fought at Okinawa giving enthusiasts the rare opportunity to acquire a remarkable historic account of one of the greatest battles of WWII, and an important piece to be cherished for generations to come.
Limited Edition (2 Signatures):
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two distinguished Pilots who flew F4U Corsairs at Okinawa, including the Ace who is depicted in this dramatic piece:
Col. Dean CASWELL, USMC - 7 Victories
Col. Joe McPHAIL, USMC - 2 Victories
Collector's Edition (10 Signatures):
Each print in this TEN signature edition is additionally signed by eight Corsair Pilots who flew in combat during the Battle of Okinawa:
Col Jim SWETT, MOH, USMC - 15 1/2 Victories
Col Bruce PORTER, USMC - 5 Victories
LtCol William R. LUCAS, USMC
Capt Phillip J De GROOT, USMC
LtCdr Tom McBRIDE, USN
LtCol Lyle BRADLEY, USMC
LtCol Darryl SMITH, USMC
1stLt Clint FLADLAND, USMC
Okinawa Veterans Edition (15 Signatures):
To commemorate all those who took part in the most bitter campaign of the Pacific War, we are honored to announce that each print in this FIFTEEN signature edition has also been signed by five further veterans who fought at Okinawa:
Cmdr Willis “Bill” HARDY, USN - Hellcat Ace with 6 ½ victories
Cmdr Dean “Diz” LAIRD, USN - Hellcat Ace with 5 ¾ victories
Cdr Donald SCHMAHL, USN - Served on Okinawa
Sgt Harry MOMI, US Army - Tank Commander
SN Mike WONDERLICH, USN - Served on the USS Hazelwood
Remarque Editions (17 Signatures):
These SEVENTEEN signature editions are signed by a further two veterans of the Okinawa Campaign:
CMSgt Lloyd DEFFENBAUGH, USAAC
QM Jim PICKERING, USN
Tribute Editions (22 Signatures):
With all the signatures of the Remarque Editions every print is issued with a beautiful original pencil drawing which is personally signed by two Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots who flew Corsairs at the Battle of Okinawa. Plus, each drawing is conservation matted to include the highly-prized signatures of three of the greatest USMC Aces who flew Corsairs at Okinawa:
Col Jefferson DE BLANC, MOH, USMC - 9 victories (Matted)
Col Archie DONAHUE, USMC - 14 victories (Matted)
LtCol Ken WALSH, MOH, USMC - 21 victories (Matted)
S/Lt Chris CARTLEDGE DSC RN - Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot
Lt Keith QUILTER DSC RN - Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot