Robert Taylor Catalogue


THE EAGLES DIVIDE

The Tribute Proofs
by Robert Taylor

ROBERT TAYLOR The Eagles Divide Graphite Series




P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group clash with Me109’s in close combat as they struggle for air superiority over the heart of Germany, during the desperate days of 1945.

It had begun; the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of Germany and the end of Nazi tyranny was almost within sight but in the skies over Germany the defiant remnants of the Luftwaffe fought on with savage determination.

Ever since the long-range American P-51 escort fighters had first appeared, the skies over the Reich had witnessed grim encounters with the Mustangs taking on the Luftwaffe as they tried to stop the heavy bombers of the USAAF reaching their targets. By early 1945 it was a losing battle, but still the Luftwaffe fought on and, in the resulting maelstrom of combat, the Mustang pilots still had their work cut out against these battle hardened, expert pilots.

Robert Taylor’s superb drawing, the latest in his much-acclaimed Graphite Series, dramatically reconstructs one such clash in early 1945 as P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group have spotted a group of Bf109s heading their way. Without hesitation they dive head-on in an attempt to break-up the enemy formation and for the pilots on both sides the explosive encounter of close combat is suddenly upon them.

Limited edition prints of this classic Robert Taylor Master Drawing have been signed over the last few years by some of the most respected USAAF P-51 and distinguished Luftwaffe pilots who duelled in those merciless skies over Europe. Since signing the prints some of these legendary names have very sadly passed away, making it one of the most collectible editions of recent years.


Each of these amazing Tribute Proofs is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of top P-51 Aces along with some of the most highly decorated and high scoring Luftwaffe Bf109 pilots that flew in WWII. The signatories on this piece amassed a staggering total of more than 1050 victories between them, providing a new benchmark for the serious collector:

Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
Kommandeur III./JG26, Kommodore JG26, General der Jagdflieger, Commander of JV44
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds with 104 victories, all in the West


General JOHANNES STEINHOFF
Staffelkapitän 10./JG26 and 4./JG52. Kommandeur II./JG52, Kommodore JG77 and JG7. JV44
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords with 178 victories

Major GERHARD SCHOPFEL
Kommandeur III./JG26. Kommodore JG26, JG4 and JG6
Knight’s Cross with 40 victories, all in the West

Generalmajor DIETER HRABAK
Kommandeur II./JG54. Kommodore JG52 and JG54
Knight’s Cross with 125 victories

Captain WILLIAM ‘OBEE’ O’BRIEN
357th Fighter Group Mustang Ace with 51/2 victories

Lieutenant Colonel BOB GOEBEL
31st Fighter Group Mustang Ace with 11 victories

Major RICHARD ‘BUD’ PETERSON
357th Fighter Group Mustang Ace with 151/2 victories


Lieutenant General GEORGE G. LOVING Jr
31st Fighter Group Mustang Ace with 5 victories

50 Tribute Proofs with 24 signatures

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