INTO THE TEETH OF THE WIND
by Robert Taylor
It was a simple plan with a single objective, yet impossibly difficult and fraught with danger at every step. Within four short months of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Hornet would sail to within range of the Japanese coast and launch sixteen heavily-laden B-25 bombers, never previously flown off the deck of a carrier, to make a daring strike against major Japanese cities. With each aircraft weighed down by a ton of bombs and fuel to fly 2400 miles, take-off would be marginal; landing a twin engine bomber back on the short deck, impossible. The crews would have to fly on towards China and make the best they could of survival.
At 8:00am on the morning of 18 April, 1942 Admiral Halsey flashed a message
to Hornet to launch aircraft; the klaxon aboard ship boomed ‘Army
pilots, man your planes! “In worsening weather, and with mountainous
waves sending spray over the bow, Hornet ~s’ deck was a hive of
activity as the crews ran to their aircraft. By 8:20, with engines warmed
and magnetos checked, mission leader Lieutenant-
Inspired by his many meetings with survivors of the raid, Robert Taylor
has created a wonderfully faithful recreation of the scene as Jimmy Doolittle
lifts his heavily laden B-25 off the deck. Fifteen gallant crews, with
engines turning, are lined up and ready to follow. These gallant “Doolittle
Tokyo Raiders” struck the first blow to the very heart of the Japanese
Empire, puffing fear into the minds of the nation’s leaders, causing
the Japanese to divert aircraft and equipment from offensive operations
to the defence of their homeland. A tiny raid by the standards of what
was to come, but massively important in the context of the war in the
Pacific. Another Robert Taylor masterpiece.
550 Signed and numbered prints
THE COMMEMORATIVE PROOFS
Lieutenant Colonel FRANK A. KAPPELAR
Mr TUNG - SHENG LIU
The Day Now Dawns - 07:00hrs aboard the USS Hornet 18 April 1942. This stunning and historically accurate pencil drawing print by Robert Taylor, has been released as a signed companion print. Overall print size 16½"x 14¾"
300 Commemorative Proofs
THE GICLEE CANVAS EDITION
25 Giclee Canvas Proofs
THE DOOLITTLE TRIBUTE PROOFS (subject to availability)
General JAMES H. DOOLITTLE (matted)
Original Robert Taylor Drawing - conservation mounted to include the above 5 signatures including that of General Jimmy H Doolittle. Overall size 17¾"x 14½"
15 Doolittle Tribute Proofs
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