We think this is one of the finest action portrayals of an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber ever published; with perforated dive flaps fully extended, you can almost feel the redoubtable Dauntless shuddering as it hurtles down almost vertically upon the already burning flight deck of the Japanese carrier Akagi to deliver the coup-de-grace during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. As the ever watchful rear gunner scans the sky behind for enemy fighters, the artist treats us to a fantastic pilot’s-eye view that few of us will ever experience!
Some of the most famous pilots of them all flew at the Battle of Midway, and this superb piece was signed by no less than six such men. Legendary SBD pilots Dick Best and Bob Elder were two; there was also Bill Esders who flew TBD-1 torpedo bombers at Midway; Marion Carl, the celebrated first US Marine Corps Ace of World War II who ended his combat career with 18½ air victories, and Scott McClusky with 14 air victories; and finally the exceedingly rare signature of Captain Jack Reid, pilot of the PBY-5 Catalina who first sighted the Japanese fleet and signaled the start of the Battle of Midway.
THE LIMITED EDITION
This classic Robert Taylor artwork is a rare and unique collector’s piece that combines one of the best artistic depictions of an SBD Dauntless ever painted, with the signatures of six courageous pilots who played such a significant role in the Battle of Midway. It provides a lasting reminder of a mighty victory in the Pacific.
Lieutenant Commander DICK BEST
Captain ROBERT ELDER
Major General MARION CARL
Commander BILL ESDERS
Captain SCOTT MCCUSKEY
Captain JACK REID
THE PUBLISHER PROOF
Each Publisher Proof is issued with a companion pencil print: EYES OF THE PACIFIC. This companion has also been signed by Captain Jack Reid.