THE ROYCE RAID
by Richard Taylor
In early April 1942, under the command of General Ralph Royce, and almost
a week before the Doolittle raid —seven B-25C Mitchells and three
B-17 Fortresses of the 5th Air Force, lifted off from their base in Australia
and headed for the staging field at Del Monte on Mindanao, in
Richard Taylor’s new painting shows one of Royce’s 5th Air
Force B-25C Mitchells taking off from the Del Monte on the island of Mindanao
on Sunday 12th April 1942, en-route to hit the harbour and shipping targets
at Cebu. In the three days of Royce’s raids, the Mitchells flew
over twenty sorties, sinking and seriously damaging three Japanese transport
ships, and shooting down three enemy fighters. In a triumph of surprise
aerial strikes, all seven B-25s and their crews returned safely to base.
Every print in this new limited edition is authenticated by:
Vernon Main is one of only two surviving veterans of the Royce mission,
and is joined in signing each print by the artist Richard Taylor.
Overall Print Size: 35.5" x 23.25"
In the short period of time that Richard Taylor has been published by
the Military Gallery, his pencil remarques have evolved into highly skilled
pieces of original art. More and more detailed, these beautiful hand-crafted
drawings are quickly growing to be appreciated by collectors, and are
becoming increasingly in high demand. Two highly restricted remarque editions
will be issued, all with drawings comprehensively researched and relating
to the B25 Mitchellsof the 5th Air Force; the first limited to 25 copies,
will each have an ORIGINAL pencil drawing elegantly hand drawn by Richard
Taylor. The second, restricted to just TEN COPIES, will be issued with
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