The Giclee Studio Proof - on Canvas
By Robert Taylor
DOOLITTLE’S D-DAY – 6 June 1944 – By Robert Taylor
By any military standards, it is difficult to imagine the Supreme Commander of the largest airforce of the day, piloting himself over the battlefront during the early moments of one of history’s greatest military operations. But General Jimmy Doolittle was no ordinary commander.
Already awarded America’s highest decoration for valour, General Doolittle was, by the summer of ’44 in command of the American 8th Air Force. On the morning of 6th June, D-Day, he dispatched 1350 bombers together with its entire fighter force to attack enemy ground installations near the beachheads.
Sitting around waiting for intelligence reports was not Jimmy Doolittle’s
style. He was going to see for himself what was happening! With Pat Partridge
as wingman, they took off flying P-38 Lightnings - chosen for their distinctive
profile in the hopes they would deter friendly fire – and climbed
above the overcast. Having observed the 8th Air Force’s operations
at first hand, as they turned for home, Doolittle spotted a hole in the
clouds, flick rolled through it and disappeared beneath the cloud layer.
Beneath the clouds Doolittle saw “the most impressive and unforgettable sight I could have possibly imagined”. As some 5000 ships of all shapes and sizes landed 176,000 troops on the enemy-held beaches of Northern France, Doolittle flew up and down the battlefront assessing how the invasion was progressing, and after a two and a half hour sortie, headed back to base.
After landing, Doolittle hurried over to General Eisenhower’s headquarters to provide the first intelligence report Eisenhower received (beating his own intelligence information by several hours).
In his inimitable way, Robert Taylor has recreated the image of General Doolittle’s memorable flight over the Normandy beaches on the morning of 6th June 1944. A superb study of one of World War II’s great fighter aircraft being flown by one of history’s greatest aviators. A true collectors piece.
We are delighted that on the historic occasion of the 70th Anniversary,
the most advanced high-definition Giclée technology has allowed
us to faithfully replicate these iconic paintings onto canvas, creating
Museum Collectors items that will provide history enthusiasts with outstanding
pieces to be treasured for a lifetime.
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