THREATENING SKIES - Framed Collectors Piece
As the USAAF's mighty B-29 Superfortresses relentlessly pounded the Imperial Japanese war machine, few Japanese fighter interceptors could match these high-flying super bombers. The heavily armed Superfortresses, the largest and fastest piston-engined bomber in World War II, were slowly grinding Japan's industrial cities and factories to dust.
Richard Taylor's painting recreates an encounter on 19 February 1945. As dawn breaks over the Pacific, a determined force of Japanese Ki-44's launch a surprise attack on a large formation of USAAF B-29 Superfortresses as they approach the Japanese mainland. B-29 gunners let rip as one fighter flashes past, with a second fighter closing at high speed.
Chunks of the B-29's port wing and aileron have been taken out in the initial attack, and with another Japanese fighter fast on its tail, the outcome of this particular encounter hangs in the balance. A total of ten Superfortresses fell victim that day.
The print is issued with the companion print INTO THE SUN, featuring the matted signature of a fearless Japanese Ace who flew during World War II:
- Navy Lieutenant SABURO SAKAI
The main print features a Remarque of the Ki-44 Aircraft, and the signatures of SIX B-29 pilots, all of whom flew in the Pacific War:
- Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Nutter
- Colonel James Pattillo
- Captain Ben Robertson
- Colonel RAY BRASHEAR
- Brigadier General Henry Huglin
- Lieutenant Chester Marshall
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