HEADLONG INTO THE CLASH
by Robert Taylor
A POWERFUL NEW EDITION DOCUMENTING ONE OF THE GREATEST AIR BATTLES OF WWII
14 JANUARY 1945 – THE LUFTWAFFE’S FINAL SHOW OF STRENGTH
14 January 1945; and the war was not going well for Germany. The noose was tightening as the Allies, having broken out from their Normandy landings seven months earlier, stood on the banks of the Rhine. On their bomb-cratered airfields the Luftwaffe prepared for the final onslaught during the Defence of the Reich.
Robert Taylor's painting captures a moment during that massive aerial battle as enemy fighters from JG300 and JG301 make a head-on attack through a close formation of B-17s from the 390th Bomb Group near Ludwigslust. But their ever-vigilant P-51 escorts quickly engage the enemy with devastating results.
In the centre of the action Flt Lt Joe Peterburs of the 20th Fighter Group screams past the Bf109G of Lt Bruno Klostermann from II./JG300 who is attempting to penetrate the bomber formation. Peterburs scored a victory over an Fw190 in the ensuing battle, Klostermann, however, will not survive the day.
We are proud that the prints are autographed by iconic USAAF and Luftwaffe veterans who fought during the Defense of the Reich, adding great historical importance to this stunning release. Sadly many of the signatories are no longer with us, giving aviation art connoisseurs a rare opportunity to acquire a remarkable and valuable collector’s piece.
Overall Print Size: 32 ¼” wide x 24” high
THE LIMITED EDITION (3 SIGS)
Signed by three veterans who fought in this epic battle:
Lt GÜNTHER SINNECKER
Col JOE PETERBURS
T/Sgt WILLIAM STOVALL
THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION (7 sigs)
Signed by a further four veterans who flew during the Defence of the Reich:
Lt Col ‘LUCKY’ LOWMAN
1st Lt KEN SHARPE
Oblt GÜNTHER SEEGER KC
Oblt WALTER WOLFRUM KC
THE WAR IN EUROPE EDITION (13 sigs)
Each copy is issued with the stunning companion print FIGHTER ESCORT.
Lt Rep Jones and Lt Leo Kearns lead P-51s of the 77th FS, 20th FG from their base at Kings Cliffe on the morning of 14 January 1945.
Each portfolio is signed by a further six veterans who flew during this crucial period.
Fw OSKAR BÖSCH
Lt FRITZ TEGTMEIER KC
1st Lt LEO CROCE co-Pilot on B-17s with the 398th BG
Lt Col WALTER DRAKE
Capt LEO KERNS (companion)
200 Limited Edition
Each print in these editions will be enhanced with a unique and highly collectible original pencil remarque, hand drawn in the lower margin of the print.
THE TRIBUTE EDITION (19 sigs)
With nineteen signatures and an original pencil drawing!
Representing the ultimate in collecting, this exceptional edition comprises all signatures of the War in Europe Edition and is issued with an ORIGINAL PENCIL work specially created by Robert Taylor.
Each drawing is signed two leading Luftwaffe Aces and a famous P-51 Ace who flew in the Defence of the Reich:
GenLt GÜNTHER RALL KC
Maj HANS-EKKEHARD BOB KC
Brig Gen ROBIN OLDS
Each drawing is conservation matted to include the original signatures of a further three famous Luftwaffe & USAAF pilots who fought in the skies over Germany during the final Allied push for victory:
Col HARRY MUMFORD
Gen PAUL DOUGLAS
Oblt WALTER SCHUCK KC
10 Tribute Edition
This stunning edition is reminiscent of Robert's most collectible pieces
such as Struggle for Supremacy and Combat over the Reich and we expect
it to become another classic.
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