Thunderheads Over Ridgewell
by Robert Taylor
In the early days of the USAAF daylight bombing campaign, before the arrival of long-range fighter escorts, rarely was a mission flown without Luftwaffe interception, and the ever-present barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The Eighth Air Force crews literally fought their way through swarms of enemy fighters and thick flak to hit their targets, then fought their way home again. Seldom a formation returned without losses and casualties, but inexorably the American bomb groups struck deeper and deeper into enemy territory.
Bomber crews lucky enough to survive a complete tour were few and far
between. They knew this when they arrived in England at the start of their
tour, and the awesome task they faced banded the flyers together like
brothers. They flew and fought for each other, their country, and liberty
, with determination and a camaraderie that only those who went through
the experience could fully appreciate.
One aircraft, more than any other, came to symbolize the great daylight bombing campaign of the USAAF in Europe during World War Two, and in his spectacular new painting Robert Taylor captures the magnificence of Boeing's legendary B-17 Flying Fortress. In his inimitable style the artist brings to life an exact wartime scene, a battle-damaged aircraft making apparent the fearsome task tackled daily by those who flew the hazardous missions to occupied Europe during the greatest air war ever fought.
Overall print size: 32"x 23"
Signed by the artist and three highly respected pilots and crew who flew B17s with the 381st BG at Ridgewell during WWII
Captain TURNER G. BRASHER
400 Signed and Numbered THE MIGHTY EIGHTH EDITION
250 Signed and Numbered prints plus companion pencil drawing
print "ANOTHER MISSION COMPLETED" -
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