Richard Taylor’s powerful painting depicts the scene immediately after the Raiders had carried out their mission. One of the last B- 25 Mitchell’s, having successfully bombed its target, makes its escape towards mainland China. As the navigator sets the new course, their path takes them close to targets hit by other Raiders, dark columns of smoke rising rapidly from the burning oil and carnage below.
Issued with a copy of Richards pencil print, USS Hornet, every one of these historic two print portfolio’s is personally signed by Doolittle Raiders and a crewmember of the USS Hornet during the raid, giving collector’s one of the final opportunities to acquire a limited edition autographed by up to five of the legendary Doolittle Raiders.
The main print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist along with four veterans that flew on the famous Doolittle Raid on that fateful day in April 1942:
Lt. Col. RICHARD COLE – Jimmy Doolittle’s Co-Pilot, Crew #1 – Target Tokyo
S/Sgt DAVID THATCHER – Flight Engineer/Gunner, Crew #7 – Target Tokyo
MSgt. EDWARD SAYLOR – Flight Engineer /Gunner, Crew #15 – Target Kobe
Major THOMAS GRIFFIN – Navigator / Bombardier, Crew #9 -Target Tokyo
Each print in every edition is issued with the companion pencil print USS HORNET which is also personally signed by a veteran of the Hornet that was involved in the Raid.
Aviation Machinist 1st Class GEORGE MAYNOR – Plane Captain on deck for the Raiders departure
The print has been conservation matted and framed to include the original autographs of four more Doolittle Raiders:
Maj. Gen. DAVID JONES – Pilot, Crew #5 – Target Tokyo
Col HENRY POTTER – Jimmy Doolittle’s Navigator, Crew #1 – Target Tokyo
S/Sgt REV JACOB DeSHAZER – Bombardier, Crew #16 – Target Nagoya
Lt. Col. CHASE NIELSON – Navigator / Bombardier, Crew #6 – Target Tokyo
This stunning piece has proved to be one of the most popular in Richard Taylor’s portfolio making it ideal for collectors of Doolittle Raiders subjects and autograph hunters alike: