Aircraft – SBD Dauntless
Tactically the Battle of the
Coral Sea may have indicated a Japanese success, but strategically it
was an American victory. The capture of Port Moresby had been thwarted,
and for the first time the march of the Japanese forces throughout the
Southwest Pacific was halted.
Portrayed in Robert Taylor’s painting is the sinking of the Shóhó.
Leading one of the SBD Dauntless dive bomb squadrons from the carrier
Lexington, Commander Weldon Hamilton spotted the Shóhó at
1040 on the morning of May 4th 1942, the Japanese carrier’s fate
was sealed. Within minutes the full force of the Lexington’s torpedo
and dive-bomber aircraft, aided by the Yorktown’s attack group,
hit the Shóhó.
Seen in Robert Taylor’s spectacular rendition are the Lexington’s
SBD Dauntless dive-bombers climbing out following delivery of their successful
bombing attack, more SDBs follow them in while below the Devastator torpedo
bombers swoop in to deliver their lethal cargo.
Signed in pencil by the artist Robert Taylor and five SBD Dauntless pilots
who flew in action in the Pacific; Commander Harold L Buell, Captain Ben
Preston, Commander Joe Riley, Captain Arthur J Shultz, Captain ‘Link’
Lawrence G Trayner.
Overall print size: 33¼ inches wide x 23½ inches high
signed and numbered prints with five signatures
50 Artist’s Proofs with five signatures
Five additional signatures, making a total of ten signatures, appear on
print nos. 1 – 350:
Lt. Commander Dick Best, Captain Bill Christie, Captain Robert Elder,
Commander Harry A Fredrickson, Captain Stanley W Vejtasa.
signed and numbered prints with ten signatures
35 Artist’s Proofs with ten signatures
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