By any military standards, it was difficult to imagine the Supreme Commander of the largest air force of the time, piloting himself over the battlefront during the opening hours of one of history’s greatest military operations. But Jimmy Doolittle was no ordinary commander.
Hero of the famous 1942 raid on Tokyo, Jimmy Doolittle always led from the front. By 6 June 1944 he was in command of the US 8th Air Force and wanted to see for himself how the battle was going. And that’s exactly what he did. Piloting a P-38 across the beaches for two hours he returned to base, racing over to General Eisenhower’s headquarters to provide the first report the Supreme Allied Commander received, beating his own intelligence channels by several hours.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print in Robert Taylor’s evocative limited edition, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, is signed by no less than FIVE top P-38 fighter pilots who flew combat during the Allied Invasion of Europe 1944 – 1945:
Colonel HUBERT M. CHILDRESS
Lieutenant Colonel FRANK D. HURLBUT – 9 victories
First Lieutenant RICHARD OSTRONIK
First Lieutenant MEL ROALSVIG
Colonel RICHARD WILLSIE – 3 victories
THE PORTFOLIO EDITION ARTIST PROOFS & REMARQUES
Each copy of Doolittle’s D-Day is issued with the companion pencil print ‘DOUBLE TROUBLE’. As well as the signatures in the limited edition, the main print is additionally signed by one of the most famous Aces of World War II:
Brigadier General ROBIN OLDS – 17 victories (Ace in the P-38 and P-51)
THE GICLÉE STUDIO PROOFS ON CANVAS
Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, each Canvas Proof is printed directly on to fine canvas creating the look and feel of an original painting. Each canvas is fully authorized and personally signed by the artist, stamped on the back, hand numbered and titled.
Stretched canvas size: 38″ wide x 20″ high