TOWARDS THE BITTER END
by Robert Taylor
AN OUTSTANDING NEW RELEASE COMMEMORATING ONE OF THE MOST EPIC BATTLES OF WWII
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.
THE LIMITED EDITION
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 JOE McPHAIL USMC / 2 victories
Lt Col LYLE BRADLEY USMC
Capt PHILIP De GROOT USMC
1st Lt CLINT FLADLAND USMC
Lt Col WILLIAM LUCAS USMC
Col BRUCE PORTER USMC / 5 victories
Lt Col DARRELL SMITH USMC
25 Artist Proofs
Cdr DEAN LAIRD USN / Hellcat Ace with 5 ¾ victories
Sgt HARRY MOMI US Army / Tank Commander
Cdr DONALD SCHMAHL USN / served on Okinawa
SN MIKE WONDERLICH USN / served on the USS Hazelwood
These SEVENTEEN signature editions are signed by a further
two veterans of the Okinawa Campaign:
CMSgt LLOYD DEFFENBAUGH USAAC
QM JIM PICKERING USN
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