It was the morning of Monday, 18 April 1942 and, taking a final look at the carrier rapidly disappearing into the distance, the B-25s headed west on what each of the five man crews knew was a one-way ride. With luck they might make it to Nationalist China but first they had an important mission to complete - destination Tokyo! Richard Taylor’s powerful painting depicts the scene immediately after the Raiders had carried out their mission. One of the last B- 25 Mitchell's, having successfully bombed its target, makes its escape towards mainland China. As the navigator sets the new course, their path takes them close to targets hit by other Raiders, dark columns of smoke rising rapidly from the burning oil and carnage below.
Issued with a copy of Richards pencil print, USS Hornet, every one of these historic two print portfolio's is personally signed by Doolittle Raiders and a crewmember of the USS Hornet during the raid. This will prove to be one of the most important editions in Richard Taylor's growing portfolio, providing what could be one of the final opportunities to acquire a limited edition signed by the last surviving veterans of the legendary Doolittle Raiders.
Along with artist Richard Taylor every print is personally hand signed by THREE veterans that took part in the Doolittle Raid:
- Lieutenant Colonel RICHARD E. COLE - the co-pilot of General Doolittle’s aircraft, B-25 #1 which attacked the city of Tokyo
- Staff Sergeant DAVID J. THATCHER - the Flight engineer and gunner on B-25 #9 which attacked Tokyo Bay in the town of Kawasaki
- Master Sergeant EDWARD J. SAYLOR - the Navigator and Bombardier on B-25 #15 which bombed targets in Kobe
- Aviation Machinist 1st Class GEORGE H. MAYNOR (copmanion print) - as Plane Captain he was directly involved with the B-25’s and was on the flight deck when the Raiders took off
B-25 MitchellOverall Print Size:
29" x 20 1/2"Edition Size:
250 Limited Edition
Companion Print - USS Hornet:The aircraft carrier USS Hornet heads through the heavy swell of the Pacific in April 1942. A short time later B-25’s of the legendary Doolittle Raiders will launch from the Leaving deck of this mighty ship - destination Tokyo!
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