ATTACK ON THE HIEI
by Robert Taylor
Aircraft –F4F Wildcat
of Guadalcanal Friday, November 13th, 1942. Marine pilot, Captain Joe
Foss was to assess the damage to US navel ships following the previous
night’s bitter naval engagement. As the morning sun streaked across
the sound between Savo and Guadalcanal, Foss viewed the wreckage of one
of the most ferocious close combat navel actions of the war. But what
caught the young pilot’s eye was a badly damaged Japanese battleship.
Protected by three destroyers, the ‘Hiei’ offered the Cactus
flyers a prize they could not allow to escape.
Overall print size: 33¼ inches wide x 23½ inches high.
Joseph J. Foss, USMC
Roger Haberman, USMC
William B. Freedman, USMC
"Boot" Furlow, USMC
Edition size -50 Signed and numbered
*Each Millenium Proof is
issued with a matching numbered copy of Robert Taylor’s superb pencil
drawing Corsair Recovery. T HE OVERALL PRINT SIZE IS 18" X 18"
and individually signed by two Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Aces. Depicted
is the Royal Navy carrier HMS Formidable, recovering F4U Corsairs of 1841
Squadron following an attack against Japanese airfields and coastal shipping
in July, 1945. Formidable formed part of Admiral Halsey’s 3rd Fleet
in the Pacific. The main Corsair in the drawing is that of Lt. Robert
Gray who later sank the Japanese destroyer Amalasa and was posthumously
awarded the Victoria Cross.
Lt. Colonel Ronnie Hay, Royal Marines DSO DSC*. Ronnie Hay joined the Royal Marines in 1935 and volunteered to fly with the Flet Air Arm. In 1940 he joined 801 Squadron flying Skuas on HMS Ark Royal for the Norwegian Campaign, claiming his first victory on his first operational sortie. He took part in the operations covering the Dunkirk beaches and flew Fulmars with 808 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. By the time Ark Royal was sunk in 1941, he had a further 7 victories . In 1944 he became Wing Leader of 47 Naval Wing flying Corsairs aboard HMS Victorious in the Far East where his tally climbed. His final score was 13 victories.
Don Sheppard RCNVR. Canadian Don Sheppard joined the RNVR Fleet
Air Arm in December 1941. Joining the carrier HMS Victorious he flew with
1836 Sqn on the first successful strike against the German battleship
Tirpitz on April 3rd 1944. Remaining with 1836 Sqn he transferred to the
RCNVR at this time. In June Victorious sailed for the Indian Ocean, where
he flew Corsairs under Ronnie Hay RM, becoming an Ace. Later he flew in
the Pacific off Okinawa.
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