As the deck of the USS Hornet heaved under a mounting sea, sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers under the command of Colonel James Doolittle lifted off into the wind.
It was the morning of Monday, 18 April 1942 and, taking a final look at the carrier rapidly disappearing into the distance, the B-25s headed west on what each of the five man crews knew was a one-way ride. With luck they might make it to Nationalist China but first they had an important mission to complete – destination Tokyo!
THE LIMITED EDITION
Along with artist Richard Taylor every print is personally hand signed by THREE veterans that took part in the Doolittle Raid. Every print in every edition is issued with the companion print USS HORNET, personally signed by a veteran of the Hornet that was involved in the Raid.
Lieutenant Colonel RICHARD E. COLE – Jimmy Doolittle’s Co-Pilot, Crew #1 – Target Tokyo
Staff Sergeant DAVID J. THATCHER – Flight Engineer/Gunner, Crew #7 – Target Tokyo
Lieutenant Colonel EDWARD J. SAYLOR – Flight Engineer /Gunner, Crew #15 – Target Kobe
Aviation Machinist 1st Class GEORGE H. MAYNOR – Plane Captain on deck for the Raiders departure
THE COLLECTORS TRIBUTE & REMARQUE EDITIONS
Every print in these exclusive editions is additionally signed by another legendary Doolittle Raider, creating an outstanding FIVE signature collectors portfolio.
Major THOMAS C. GRIFFIN – Navigator / Bombardier, Crew #9 -Target Tokyo
THE DOOLITTLE TOKYO RAIDERS TRIBUTE EDITION
This NINE signature three-piece edition is issued with a unique and highly prized ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Richard Taylor, creating a historic three piece portfolio Each drawing is conservation matted to include Museum quality reproduction US pilots wings, Doolittle Raiders pin and the original pencil signatures of a further four Doolittle Raiders:
Brigadier General EVERETT W. HOLSTROM
Major HOWARD A. SESSLER
Captain J. ROYDEN STORK
Major GRIFFITH P. WILLIAMS