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Chance Encounter by Robert Taylor.

Chance Encounter by Robert Taylor.

December 7, 1941 was, said President Roosevelt a day of infamy. The surprise attack by Japanese aircraft on that fateful day, brought America into a war that was to become global. The Japanese airstrike was the first of many attacks that day against America and other Allied Forces in the Pacific. Within a few days the British capital ships Prince of Wales and Repulse were sunk, the Japanese had landed on the coast of Malaya, Guam was seized, Hong Kong taken, and landings were made in the American held Philippines. In those first grim days of the Pacific War one territory after another quickly fell to the Japanese onrush - resistance, though heroic, was almost futile as the unprepared Allies were simply overwhelmed. Retaliating as best they could, Allied Forces hit back wherever possible and one of the first successes was by Dutch Forces on 23 December, just 16 days after Pearl Harbor. A Japanese invasion fleet had been spotted steaming south towards British Borneo. Royal Netherlands Navy submarine K XIV, alerted to their position, was heading west in order to make an interception. But the Japanese changed course on to an easterly heading during the night and made for the beaches off Ktiching - the opposite direction to that of the submarine. However a patrolling Dornier 24 of the Royal Netherlands Navy sighted the fleet on its new course, and by a remarkable chance encounter also spotted the submarine on the surface, and immediately signalled the location, course and speed of the convoy. The submarine quickly engaged the Japanese in the shallow waters off the landing beach head, causing chaos amongst the fleet. Two ships were sunk and another two severely damaged. The Dornier, despite being heavily engaged by Pete floatplanes from a Japanese heavy cruiser, managed to return safely to base.
Item Code : DHM2129Chance Encounter by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
PRINTSigned limited edition of 450 prints.

Paper size 27 inches x 19 inches (69cm x 48cm) Kommer, Vlieger Paul
Schooten, Geradus Gerard van
Nieuwenhuizen, Julius Red van
Ende, Hendrik Hank van den
Scholte, Eelke Bob
+ Artist : Robert Taylor

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Other editions of this item : Chance Encounter by Robert Taylor DHM2129
Limited edition of artist proofs. Paper size 27 inches x 19 inches (69cm x 48cm) Kommer, Vlieger Paul
Schooten, Geradus Gerard van
Nieuwenhuizen, Julius Red van
Ende, Hendrik Hank van den
Scholte, Eelke Bob
+ Artist : Robert Taylor

Signature(s) value alone : 175
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Signatures on this item

Kapitein-Leitenant ter Zee KMR b.d. Julius Red van Nieuwenhuizen
*Signature Value : £40

Born in Tjilarjap (Java), Red van Nietiwentruizen joined the R.NI.N.s Naval Academy in 1937 and was commissioned in April, 1940. He first saw action a few weeks later when the Germans invaded the Netherlands, his ship managing to escape to England. Subsequently he was posted to the Netherlands East Indies on board Hr.Ms.K XIV operating-----Surabaya (Java). During the Chance Encounter with the Donier on 23 December, 1941, he was officer of the watch on the bridge, and in the subsequent night action was in charge of the aft torpedo room. He remained on board K XIV throughout the war, becoming first lieutenant and completing 28 combat patrols.

Leitenant ter Zee SD 20C b.d. Hendrik Henk van den Ende
*Signature Value : £35

Born on 30 April, 1917, Henk van den Ende joined the R.NI.N. in May 1934. Posted to join submarine K XIV, by December, 1941 he was Korporaal Torpedomaker, an NCO in the submarines torpedo rooms. Henk served on board the K XIV for the entire duration of the war - completing a total of 28 war patrols. He was awarded the Bronzen Kruis for his service. He retired from the Navy in 1973.

Luitenant ter Zee VK 20C b.d. Eelke Bob Scholte
*Signature Value : £35

Bob Scholte joined the R.NI.N. in September, 1936 as Tichtmatroos. In December, 1941 he was serving in the K XIV as Konstabelmaat (a gunnery position whose old job tide went back to the 17th century). Bobs action station was as part of the crew of the 88ram. deck gun. During the night action on 23 December he was part of the team reloading the torpedo tubes. He served on the K XIV until September, 1943, when he was transferred to another R.NI.N. submarine. He completed more than 15 combat patrols in total and was awarded the Bronzen Kruis.

Luitenant ter Zee VK 20C b.d. Gerardus Gerard van Schooten
*Signature Value : £30

Gerard van Schooten joined the R. NI. N. in 1936 as a Leerling Miegmigmaker derde klas (apprentice mechanic) but by December, 1941 was a korporaal boordwerkluigkundigelmitraileurschutter (Corporal, Flight Engineer/air gunner), and flew 76 combat missions in the Dormer 24 and PBY Catalinas. He was awarded the Miegerskruis for his actions in the Chance Encounter and was twice awarded the Bronzen Kruis; firstly for bravery under fire during a Japanese air raid on the sea plane base at Surabaya. Secondly on his last flight when, spotting a Japanese invasion fleet heading for Java, his PBY Catalina was attacked by six Zeros, shot down and crash-landed in the sea. The last to leave the plane, he took control of the wounded and tried - unsuccessfully - to evade capture. For the remainder of the war Gerard was in a Japanese prison camp in Java, using his technical skills to make artificial limbs for the mutilated Allied POWs. He also succeeded in making a radio (punishable by instant death), which he hid in a prisoners wooden leg. He is the highest decorated NCO in the R.NI.N. Air Service.

Oud Adjudand Onderofficier Vlieger Paul Kommer
*Signature Value : £35

Paul Kommer joined the R.NI.N. in August 1940 as Teerling Onderofficier Mieger. In December 1941 he was Korporaal Mieger, flying the Dornier 24 as co-pilot on the Chance Encounter operation, one of his 50 war time combat patrols. After the eventual capitulation of the Netherlands East ladies, he became a prisoner of war and was sent to work in the coal mines in Japan. When war was over he had somehow survived, but he weighed just 94lbs, nearly half of his normal body weight. After the war he flew PBYs with the R.NI.N. and later became an instructor.
The Aircraft :
Do24The Dutch Navy required a replacement aircraft for their ageing Dornier Wals and Dornier Flugzeugwerke designed the Do24 flying boat. It was an all-metal monoplane with a broad-beamed hull and stabilising sponsons. The aircraft was powered by three wing-mounted radial engines. The first six Do24s were built in Germany with one other being built under licence in the Netherlands by Aviolanda. Aviolanda only completed 25 aircraft before the German occupation. The Luftwaffe were interested in the aircraft and the company produced a further 11 aircraft powered by Wright Cyclone engines, but later models used the BMW Bramo 323R-2. A further 159 Do24s were built in the Netherlands during the occupation, most under the designation Do24T-1. According to Dornier records, some 12,000 people were rescued by Do24s during its flying career. A total of 279 were built among several factories from 1937-1945.
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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