Combat Over the Reich, a rare Robert Taylor limited edition print featuring Me262s of JG7. Signed by five of the Luftwaffe's most respected Aces who flew the Me262 during WW2.
Approaching their target at the oil refinery at Zwickau, 60 miles south west of Dresden, the 452nd Bomb Group's B-17 Fortresses were bounced by 28 Me262 jets from JG 7. Screaming in from the six o’clock position, the jet pilots singled out the 3rd division just as they began their bombing run. The crew of a B-17 Fortress desperately defend their unwieldy bomber against the determined, high-speed attack by the Me262 jet interceptors. Closing at almost three times the speed of their targets, each Me262 pilot has just fractions of a second to find his mark. The B-17 gunners have milliseconds to return their fire. Each interception is over in the blinking of an eye.
Robert Taylor's brilliantly constructed and magnificently painted composition, portrays with stunning beauty the awesome reality of aerial engagement that was commonplace in the skies above Europe during World War II. In this brief, poignant cameo, the outcome is indecisive: The B-17 has lost part of its tailplane which will make handling difficult on the way home. But its gunners, undeterred by the fearsome attack, are laying a wall of lead in the path of the enemy jet. The Luftwaffe pilot will be lucky to escape unscathed. In the distance more Me262s are diving into the fray, but shortly, 8th Air Force fighters will storm into the arena. The Fortress crews will not be short of guardians on the return journey to England. Adding irreplaceable credence and collectability, each print is endorsed with the individual original signatures of Luftwaffe Aces who flew the Me262 during the final defence of Germany.
Combat Over the Reich by Robert Taylor - The Signatories
This print is signed by 5 legendary Me262 Aces:
Obert Hermann Buchner
Leutnant Viktor Petermann
Hauptmann Ernst-Wilheln Reinert
Major Wener Roell
Major Erich Rudorffer
Overall size 36 x 24 inches.
Photo of the actual print supplied by the seller.
Combat Over the Reich by Robert Taylor
This print was purchased directly from Robert Taylor’s publishers the Military Gallery, upon its release in the year 2000. It was acquired with long term investment in mind and accordingly has been stored flat and dark in a high quality acid-free browser sleeve since new. It has never been framed. It is supplied with the original Certificate of Authenticity.
£400 or offers.
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This print can be shipped to a UK address or collected direct from the seller who is located in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, in this event the high quality browser sleeve will be included in the price.
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