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Robert Taylor


Jet Hunters Jet Hunter's Edition

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Item#:  78364

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On 10 April 1945 thirteen hundred bombers of the Mighty Eighth set out to destroy the last of the LuftwaffeÆs 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.

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THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in has been signed by three, highly-distinguished veterans who belong to that small, talented band of Allied fighter pilots to have scored a victory over a jet.

Major General WAYNE C. GATLIN
On 10 April 1945 he destroyed the Me262 jet portrayed in the main painting immediately damaging another.

Squadron Leader JUREK MENCEL
Downed an Me262 whilst flying a Mustang III on 9 April 1945

Colonel JOE PETERBURS
Shot down the Me262 of Walter Schuck, on the 10th April, 1945.

THE PILOTSÆ EDITION
This outstanding TWELVE signature edition is issued with the magnificent pencil companion print Black November Day and the main print is additionally signed by a further four pilots who scored victories over German jets:

Lieutenant Colonel DON CUMMINGS
One of only two fighter pilots to shoot down two Me262Æs during WWII on 25 Feb 1945 u 6? victories in total.

Colonel ART JEFFREY
The first Pilot ever to score a victory over a jet when he downed an Me163 on 29 July 1944 u 14 victories in total.

Captain WAYNE L. COLEMAN
Destroyed an Me262 on 31 March 1945 u 4 victories in total.

Lieutenant Colonel HUIE LAMB
Shot down an Me262 on 15 October 1944 and then an Arado 234 Blitz-Bomber on 19th March 1945 u 2 victories in total.

The companion drawing is signed by five of the LuftwaffeÆs iconic Me262 pilots:

Major ERICH RUDORFFER
JG7 with 12 victories in the jet u 222 victories in total

Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
JG7 with 8 victories in the jet u 206 victories in total

Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
EJG2 & JV44 u 60 victories in total

Feldwebel ERNST GIEFING
JG 7 with 2 victories in the jet u 6 victories in total.

Leutnant NORBERT HANNIG
JG7 u 42 victories in total

THE ARTIST PROOFS
With all the components of the Pilots Edition the main print in the strictly limited Artists Proofs are additionally signed by two USAAF Fighter Pilots who scored victories over German jets, creating an outstanding FOURTEEN signature edition:

Major General EDWARD GILLER
Destroyed an Me262 on 9 April 1945 u 3 victories in total

Captain CLAYTON æKELLYÆ GROSS
Shot down an Me262 on 14 April 1945 u 6 victories in total.

THE JET HUNTERSÆ EDITION
Issued with all the components of the Artist Proofs, this TWENTY signature edition has been additionally signed by an Me262 night-fighter pilot and seven P-51 pilots, all with victories over Luftwaffe jets:

Major URBAN DREW
The fourth pilot ever to shoot down an Me262 and one of only two pilots to destroy two, on 7 October 1944 u 6 victories in total.

Lieutenant Colonel DON BRYAN
Destroyed an Arado 234 jet on 14 March 1945 u 13? victories in total.

Lieutenant Colonel RALPH DELGADO
Shot down an Me262 on 2 March 1945

First Lieutenant STEPHEN ANANIAN
Downed an Me262 on 9 Feb 1945 u 4 victories in total.

Captain JOHN FITCH
Downed an Me262 on the 18th November 1944.

The companion drawing Black November Day is additionally signed by:

Leutnant JORG CZYPIONKA
Me262 Night-Fighter with NJG 11 u a total of 2 victories in the jet.

THE TRIBUTE EDITION
This incredible TWENTY-EIGHT signature edition contains all the elements found in the Jet HuntersÆ Edition, but the main print is further signed by two P-51 pilots that scored victories over the Me262 jet.

Captain WALTER GROCE
Shot down an Me262 on 1 Nov 1944 u 3? victories in total.

Captain ROSCOE BROWN
The Tuskegee pilot downed an Me262 0n 24th March 1945 u 2 victories in total.

In addition the companion print is beautifully conservation matted to include museum quality cloth Luftwaffe pilotÆs wings along with the original autographs of FIVE of the LuftwaffeÆs top pilots that flew jets during WWII:

Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
JV44 with 7 victories in the Me262 u 104 victories in total

General JOHANNES æMACKYÆ STEINHOFF
JG7 & JV44 with 6 jet victories u 178 victories in total.

Generalleutnant WALTER KRUPINSKI
JV44 with 2 victories in the Me262 u 197 victories in total.

Leutnant ALFRED AMBS
JG7 with 7 victories in the jet u 7 victories in total.

Hauptmann GEORG CSURUSKY
KG51 with 68 missions in the Me262 fighter-bomber.

THE ACE OF ACES EDITION

This outstanding FORTY ONE SIGNATURE, matching-numbered, three-piece set comprises all the components of the Tribute Edition - the main print JET HUNTERS with all sixteen signatories and the matted companion drawing BLACK NOVEMBER DAY with all twelve signatures; However, included in this totally exclusive set is a highly sought after ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Robert Taylor featuring the P-51 and Me262 in combat.


Each one of these original drawings is unique in composition, and has been PERSONALLY signed by five of the foremost exponents of the Me262, all of them recipients of the coveted Knights Cross.

Oberfeldwebel HERMANN BUCHNER
JG7 with 12 victories in the jet u 58 air victories and 46 tanks in total.

Leutnant VIKTOR PETERMANN
JG7 in the Me262 u 64 victories in total

Major ERICH RUDORFFER
JG7 with 12 victories in the jet u 222 victories in total

Major WERNER ROELL
JV44 u destroyed many tanks and a Soviet Battle Cruiser.

Major ERNST-WILHELM REINERT
JG7 u 174 victories in total.

Each original drawing is conservation matted to include a museum quality miniature Knights cross and USAAF pilotsÆ wings, along with the original signatures of six Luftwaffe pilots who flew the Me262 in combat, including the rare autographs of two of WWIIÆs greatest Aces. Finishing off this outstanding piece are three further P-51 Aces who scored victories against the jet:

THE MATTED SIGNATURES

Major WALTER NOWOTNY
Formed Kommando Nowotny, with 3 victories in the jet u 258 victories in total.

Brigadier General CHARLES E. YEAGER
Downed an Me262 on Nov 6th 1944 & damaged two others u 11? victories in total.

Generalleutnant GERHARD BARKHORN
JV44 u the second highest scoring fighter Ace in history with 301 victories.

Leutnant HERBERT KAISER
JV44 u 68 victories in total

Leutnant GOTTFRIED F?HRMANN
JV44 with one jet victory & SteinhoffÆs long time wingman.

Leutnant FRITZ TEGTMEIR
JG7 u 146 victories in total.

Obereleutnant HEINER HAEFFNER
JG7 with 58 combat missions in the Me262.

Captain ROBERT P WINKS
Downed an Me262 on 15 January 1945 u 5? victories in total.

Captain CHARLES E. WEAVER
Destroyed an Me262 on 18 April 1945 u 8 victories in total


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