8.20am on the morning of the 18th April 1942, Colonel “Jimmy” Doolittle opens the throttle to full power to launch his B-25 down the heaving deck of the carrier USS Hornet into a 27 knot gale. His mission, to lead a bomber strike at the very heart of Imperial Japan.
Flying their sixteen-bomber force on a long distance one-way mission, the Doolittle Raiders completed the first strike on Imperial Japan since the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. Together, they completed one of the most audacious air raids in aviation history.
This dramatic print was reproduced from the original working drawing that Robert produced in preparation for his painting of the same title.
In tribute to the men that bravely carried out this iconic mission the prints are individually numbered and signed by the artist, along with five of the legendary Doolittle Raiders:
Lt. Colonel RICHARD COLE – Jimmy Doolittle’s Co-Pilot, Crew #1 – Target Tokyo
Staff Sergeant DAVID THATCHER – Flight Engineer/Gunner, Crew #7 – Target Tokyo
Major General DAVID JONES – Pilot, Crew #5 – Target Tokyo
Major THOMAS GRIFFIN – Navigator, Crew #9 -Target Tokyo
Master Sergeant EDWIN HORTON Jr – Flight Engineer/Gunner, Crew #10 – Target Tokyo
Lieutenant Colonel EDWARD J. SAYLOR – Navigator / Bombardier, Crew #15 – Target Kobe
This historic edition is the perfect opportunity for aviation art collectors and autograph hunters alike to acquire a stunning piece carrying authentic autographs of the iconic Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.