Headlong into the Clash by Robert Taylor
A POWERFUL NEW EDITION DOCUMENTING ONE OF THE GREATEST AIR BATTLES OF WWII
14 JANUARY 1945 THE LUFTWAFFES FINAL SHOW OF STRENGTH
14 January 1945; and the war was not going well for Germany. The noose was tightening as the Allies, having broken out from their Normandy landings seven months earlier, stood on the banks of the Rhine. On their bomb-cratered airfields the Luftwaffe prepared for the final onslaught during the Defence of the Reich.
Robert Taylor's painting captures a moment during that massive aerial battle as enemy fighters from JG300 and JG301 make a head-on attack through a close formation of B-17s from the 390th Bomb Group near Ludwigslust. But their ever-vigilant P-51 escorts quickly engage the enemy with devastating results.
In the centre of the action Flt Lt Joe Peterburs of the 20th Fighter Group screams past the Bf109G of Lt Bruno Klostermann from II./JG300 who is attempting to penetrate the bomber formation. Peterburs scored a victory over an Fw190 in the ensuing battle, Klostermann, however, will not survive the day.
We are proud that the prints are autographed by iconic USAAF and Luftwaffe veterans who fought during the Defense of the Reich, adding great historical importance to this stunning release. Sadly many of the signatories are no longer with us, giving aviation art connoisseurs a rare opportunity to acquire a remarkable and valuable collectors piece.
Overall Print Size: 32 ¼ wide x 24 high
Image Size: 25 ¾ wide x 16 ½ high
THE LIMITED EDITION (3 SIGS)
Signed by three veterans who fought in this epic battle:
Lt GÜNTHER SINNECKER
Bf109 Ace with JG302 & JG300 / 5 victories
Col JOE PETERBURS
Pilot on P-51s with the 20th FG / 2 victories
T/Sgt WILLIAM STOVALL
Top Turret Gunner on B-17s with the 390th BG
THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION (7 sigs)
Signed by a further four veterans who flew during the Defence of the Reich:
Lt Col LUCKY LOWMAN
Pilot on P-51s with the 20th FG
1st Lt KEN SHARPE
Pilot on B-17s with the 388th BG
Oblt GÜNTHER SEEGER KC
An Ace on Bf109s with JG2 & JG53 / 56 victories
Oblt WALTER WOLFRUM KC
An Ace on Bf109s with JG52 / 137 victories
THE WAR IN EUROPE EDITION (13 sigs)
Each copy is issued with the stunning companion print FIGHTER ESCORT.
Lt Rep Jones and Lt Leo Kearns lead P-51s of the 77th FS, 20th FG from their base at Kings Cliffe on the morning of 14 January 1945.
Each portfolio is signed by a further six veterans who flew during this crucial period.
Fw OSKAR BÖSCH
A Bf109 & Fw190 Ace with JG3 / 18 victories
Lt FRITZ TEGTMEIER KC
A Bf109s & Me262 Ace with JG54 & JG7 / 146 victories
1st Lt LEO CROCE co-Pilot on B-17s with the 398th BG
Col BUD ANDERSON
Legendary Mustang Ace with the 357th FG / 16¼ victories
Lt Col WALTER DRAKE
Pilot on P-51s with the 479th FG / 1 victory
Capt LEO KERNS (companion)
Pilot on P-51s with the 20th FG / 1 victory
200 Limited Edition
75 Collectors Edition
25 Artist Proofs
160 War In Europe Edition
Each print in these editions will be enhanced with a unique and highly collectible original pencil remarque, hand drawn in the lower margin of the print.
10 Double Remarques
THE TRIBUTE EDITION (19 sigs)
With nineteen signatures and an original pencil drawing!
Representing the ultimate in collecting, this exceptional edition comprises all signatures of the War in Europe Edition and is issued with an ORIGINAL PENCIL work specially created by Robert Taylor.
Each drawing is signed two leading Luftwaffe Aces and a famous P-51 Ace who flew in the Defence of the Reich:
GenLt GÜNTHER RALL KC
Flew Bf109s & Fw190s with JG52 & JG300 - the 3rd highest-scoring Ace in history with 275 victories.
Maj HANS-EKKEHARD BOB KC
An Ace who flew Bf109s, Fw190s & Me262s with JG54, JG3 & JV44, scoring 60 victories
Brig Gen ROBIN OLDS
Legendary USAAF Fighter Ace on
P-38s & P-51s with the 479th FG, scoring 17 victories
Each drawing is conservation matted to include the original signatures of a further three famous Luftwaffe & USAAF pilots who fought in the skies over Germany during the final Allied push for victory:
Col HARRY MUMFORD
?A B-17 pilot with the 95th BG who led the first USAAF daylight raid on Berlin.
Gen PAUL DOUGLAS
Flying P-47s with the 368th FG, he scored 8 victories & became one of the most decorated US Aces.
Oblt WALTER SCHUCK KC
Flying Bf109s & Me262s with JG5 & JG7, he scored 206 victories and was finally shot down by Joe Peterburs.
10 Tribute Edition
This stunning edition is reminiscent of Robert's most collectible pieces such as Struggle for Supremacy and Combat over the Reich and we expect it to become another classic.