TWO PRINT FRAMED PORTFOLIO
As the USAAF’s mighty B-29 Superfortresses relentlessly pounded the Imperial Japanese war machine, few Japanese fighter interceptors could match these high-flying super bombers. The heavily armed Superfortresses, the largest and fastest piston-engined bomber in World War II, were slowly grinding Japan’s industrial cities and factories to dust.
Increasingly desperate to counter the threat, the Japanese Air Force turned vainly for salvation to the Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki. Codenamed Tojo by the Allies, the high performance interceptor was designed for speed and high altitude, could climb quickly to 37,000 ft, and was one of the very few Japanese aircraft that could challenge the fearsome Superfortresses.
The main print is personally autographed by the artist and three veterans of the Pacific War who flew B-29s in the assault on mainland Japan:
Lieutenant Colonel RALPH NUTTER
Colonel JAMES PATTILLO
Captain BEN ROBERTSON
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES
This copy has been returned to Richard’s studio to be further enhanced with two original pencil remarques, specially created in the border of the print. The pair are conservation framed and include the original autograph of the legendary Japanese Fighter Ace – the “Sky Samurai,”:
Navy Lieutenant SABURO SAKAI – 64 aerial victories
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