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Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor.


Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor.

On 10th April 1945, thirteen hundred bombers of the Mighty Eighth set out to destroy the last of the Luftwaffe's jet force. But, unknown to the bomber crews and their fighter escort, the enemy jets were already airborne and waiting to spring their deadly trap. As the war in mainland Europe entered its final, bloody phase, the German Armies defending Berlin fought on with a savage determination, slowly disintegrating before the mighty weapon of war unleashed against them. What remained of the Luftwaffe was mercilessly pounded from the air, their airfields hammered relentlessly. Aircraft, fuel, spare parts, ammunition and pilots all in short supply but still they fought on, with deadly effect. At the forefront of the German offensive and pivotal during the defence of the Reich, were the highly advanced jet fighters of the Luftwaffe, and in particular the legendary Me262. B17s of the First Air Division with streaming contrails in the cold clear air as they turn for home. Several Me262s have already torn through the massed formation, but a P-51 from the escorting 356th Fighter Group has quickly spotted his target and presses home his attack. The hunter becomes the hunted as the Mustang pilot, Wayne Gatlin, skillfully positions himself behind the Me262 ready for the kill. Throughout the final stages of the war there were many examples of the determination and skill of Allied pilots flying slower piston-engined fighters triumphing over the cream of the Luftwaffe in their highly advanced but often temperamental jet fighters.
Item Code : DHM6092Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 400 prints.

Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
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Other editions of this item : Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor. DHM6092
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Pilot's edition of 25 artist proofs.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£80 Off!
Supplied with one or more free art prints!
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PRINTPilot's edition of 200 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRINTJet Hunters' edition of 150 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
Drew, Urban
Bryan, Donald
Delgado, Ralph
Ananian, Stephen
Fitch, John
Czypionka, Jorg (companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRINTTribute edition of 35 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day, matted to include extra signatures.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
Drew, Urban
Bryan, Donald
Delgado, Ralph
Ananian, Stephen
Fitch, John
Czypionka, Jorg (companion print)
Groce, Walter
Brown, Roscoe
Galland, Adolf (matted on companion print)
Steinhoff, Johannes (matted on companion print)
Krupinski, Walter (matted on companion print)
Ambs, Alfred (matted on companion print)
Csurusky, Georg (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRINTAce of Aces edition of 5 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day, matted to include extra signatures, and a companion original drawing with 5 signatures and 9 additional matted signatures.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
Drew, Urban
Bryan, Donald
Delgado, Ralph
Ananian, Stephen
Fitch, John
Czypionka, Jorg (companion print)
Groce, Walter
Brown, Roscoe
Galland, Adolf (matted on companion print)
Steinhoff, Johannes (matted on companion print)
Krupinski, Walter (matted on companion print)
Ambs, Alfred (matted on companion print)
Csurusky, Georg (matted on companion print)
Buchner, Hermann (companion print)
Petermann, Viktor (companion print)
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Roell, Werner (companion print)
Reinert, Ernst Wilhelm (companion print)
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Nowotny, Walter (matted on companion print)
Yeager, Charles E (matted on companion print)
Barkhorn, Gerhard (matted on companion print)
Kaiser, Herbert (matted on companion print)
Fahrmann, Gottfried (matted on companion print)
Tegtmeier, Fritz (matted on companion print)
Haeffner, Heiner (matted on companion print)
Winks, Robert P (matted on companion print)
Weaver, Charles E (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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Signatures on this item
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Flt Lt Joseph Peterburs
Joe Peterburs enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on the 30th of November, 1942 and was called to active duty as an Aviation Cadet on 26th January, 1943. On 15th April, 1944 after a rigorous flying training program, he received his pilots wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. After graduation he flew the P-40N and A-24 during combat replacement training. On 6th November, 1944 Lt. Peterburs arrived in England and was assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group. He was 19 years old. The unit was equipped with the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft and he quickly checked out in a P-51B and accumulated about 20 hours in the B, C and D models before flying combat. He flew many memorable missions, the 49th and last of which was the most exciting. On this mission, 10 April, 1945, Joe Peterburs shot down German Ace Walter Schuck in his Me262 turbo jet. Later that day Joe Peterburs was also shot down by enemy ground fire while strafing an airfield. He was captured, escaped and fought with a Russian tank unit to the battle of Wittenberg on the Elbe.


Major General Wayne C Gatlin
Wayne Gatlin flew with the 360th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group based at Martlesham Heath. From September 1944 he undertook 55 combat missions before the end of the war, six in P-47s and the rest in P-51Ds. On 10 April 1945 he destroyed an Me262 jet before immediately damaging another.


Sqn Ldr Jurek Mencel DFC, KM*** AFM***
Flying with the French Air Force he fought in the Battle of France but was hospitalised after breaking his back in a crash in mid-1940. Returning to operations with 317 Polish Sqn, his first mission was on Spitfires escorting the RAF Bombers taking part in the engagement that lead to the German ‘Channel Dash’. He flew Spitfires throughout the Normandy Invasion also flying Hurricanes and Mustangs with 308 and 309 Sqn’s scoring victories against Me109's and Me108's and on the 9th April 1945 he shot down an Me262 Jet over Hamburg.
The Aircraft :
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MustangThe ubiquitous North American P-51 Mustang, which many consider to be the best all-around fighter of WW II, owes its origins to the British Air Ministry. Following Britains entry into WW II in 1939, the RAF was interested in purchasing additional fighter aircraft from American sources, particularly the Curtiss P-40. Curtiss, which was busy, was unable to guarantee timely delivery so the British approached North American Aviation as a possible second source for the P-40. North American chose to propose its own fighter design which would use the same Allison engine as the P-40. Utilizing new laminar flow wings, the North American fighter was expected to have performance better than the P-40. Developed in record time the new aircraft was designated as a Mustang I by the Brits, whereas the USAAF ordered two for evaluation which were designated XP-51 Apaches. Intrigued with the possibility of using this aircraft also as a dive bomber, North American proposed this to the USAAF which decided to order 500 of the P-51 aircraft to be modified for dive bombing use. Designated as the A-36 Invader, this version of the Mustang utilized dive flaps, and bomb racks under each wing. Some reinforcing of the structural members was also required because of the G-forces to be encountered in dive bombing. A-36s entered combat service with the USAAF prior to any P-51s. In early 1943 the 86th and 27th Fighter Bomber Groups of the 12th Air Force began flying A-36s out of Northern Africa. Despite some early problems with instability caused by the dive flaps, the A-36 was effective in light bombing and strafing roles. It was not, however, capable of dog fighting with German fighters, especially at higher altitudes. Despite these drawbacks one USAAF pilot, Captain Michael T. Russo, who served with the 16th Bomb Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, was credited with five confirmed aerial victories in the A-36, thereby becoming the first mustang ace.
Artist Details : Robert Taylor
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Robert Taylor

The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularise a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike . He became an instant success. As a boy, Robert seemed always to have a pencil in his hand. Aware of his natural gift from an early age, he never considered a career beyond art, and with unwavering focus, set out to achieve his goal. Leaving school at fifteen, he has never worked outside the world of art. After two years at the Bath School of Art he landed a job as an apprentice picture framer with an art gallery in Bath, the city where Robert has lived and worked all his life. Already competent with water-colours the young apprentice took every opportunity to study the works of other artists and, after trying his hand at oils, quickly determined he could paint to the same standard as much of the art it was his job to frame. Soon the gallery was selling his paintings, and the owner, recognising Roberts talent, promoted him to the busy picture-restoring department. Here, he repaired and restored all manner of paintings and drawings, the expertise he developed becoming the foundation of his career as a professional artist. Picture restoration is an exacting skill, requiring the ability to emulate the techniques of other painters so as to render the damaged area of the work undetectable. After a decade of diligent application, Robert became one of the most capable picture restorers outside London. Today he attributes his versatility to the years he spent painstakingly working on the paintings of others artists. After fifteen years at the gallery, by chance he was introduced to Pat Barnard, whose military publishing business happened also to be located in the city of Bath. When offered the chance to become a full-time painter, Robert leapt at the opportunity. Within a few months of becoming a professional artist, he saw his first works in print. Roberts early career was devoted to maritime paintings, and he achieved early success with his prints of naval subjects, one of his admirers being Lord Louis Mountbatten. He exhibited successfully at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and soon his popularity attracted the attention of the media. Following a major feature on his work in a leading national daily newspaper he was invited to appear in a BBC Television programme. This led to a string of commissions for the Fleet Air Arm Museum who, understandably, wanted aircraft in their maritime paintings. It was the start of Roberts career as an aviation artist. Fascinated since childhood by the big, powerful machines that man has invented, switching from one type of hardware to another has never troubled him. Being an artist of the old school, Robert tackled the subject of painting aircraft with the same gusto as with his large, action-packed maritime pictures - big compositions supported by powerful and dramatic skies, painted on large canvases. It was a formula new to the aviation art genre, at the time not used to such sweeping canvases, but one that came naturally to an artist whose approach appeared to have origins in an earlier classical period. Roberts aviation paintings are instantly recognisable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real! Roberts aviation works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early 1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe. His one-man exhibition at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC was hailed as the most popular art exhibition ever held there. His paintings hang in many of the worlds great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world. A family man with strong Christian values, Robert devotes most of what little spare time he has to his home life. Married to Mary for thirty five years, they have five children, all now grown up. Neither fame nor fortune has turned his head. He is the same easy-going, gentle character he was when setting out on his painting career all those years ago, but now with a confidence that comes with the knowledge that he has mastered his profession.

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