Following the attack against Admiral Ozawa’s Japanese carrier fleet on June 20, 1944, Admiral Mitscher defies all rules of naval engagement: In total darkness, with the ever-present danger of enemy submarines, he orders every ship in his Task Force 58 to switch on lights to guide over 100 returning carrier-borne aircraft, all desperately low on fuel. Amid the confusion, unable to get a landing slot aboard the USS Lexington, and now out of fuel, a pilot and his gunner scramble from their ditched SB2B Curtiss Helldiver, as a Fletcher class destroyer maneuvers to make the pick up.
Four aircrew who were personally involved in the “Mission Beyond Darkness” joined Robert Taylor in signing this historically important edition.
Captain DONALD GORDON USN – 6 victories
Air Gunner JAMES CURRY
Lieutenant RALPH YAUSSI USNR
Commander ALEX VRACIU USN – 19 victories
This is an unique and historic piece carrying outstanding US Navy signatures and the perfect piece for history enthusiasts and autograph hunters alike.
This framed copy has been conservation matted to include the original autographs of the following Pacific Ace fighter pilots:
Lieutenant Colonel ATHUR ROGER CONANT – USMC Corsair Ace / 6 victories
Captain RICHARD “ZEKE” CORMIER – USMC Hellcat Ace / 8 victories
Colonel JIM SWETT Medal of Honor – USMC Wildcat Ace / 15 ½ victories
Lieutenant Colonel KEN WALSH Medal of Honor – USMC Corsair Ace / 21 victories