"Bogeys! Eleven O'Clock High" Fine Art by Artist Robert Taylor
"Bogeys! Eleven O'Clock High"
By Artist, Robert Taylor
Limited to 1250 prints
Edition #: 500/1250
Size: 33" x 23.5" (83.8 x 59.7 cm)
COA Not Available
Replacement certificates are available through the publisher
Signed by Colonel John W. Mitchell, Lieutenant Colonel Roger J. Ames, Colonel Rex Barber, Lieutenant Colonel Doug Canning, Captain Delton Goerke, Captain Larry Graebener, Lieutenant Major Julius 'Jack' Jacobson, Lieutenant Colonel Louis R. Kittel, and Artist Robert Taylor.
Zero seven thirty hours of April 13, 1943 saw sixteen P-38 Lightnings depart Henderson Field on the Pacific Island of Guadalcanal. It was no ordinary mission. They were to intercept and shoot down a Japanese bomber carrying the C-in-C of the Imperial Japanese Fleet, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. With the enemy radio codes broken and details of Yamamoto's morale-building tour of the Solomon Islands at hand, Admiral Chester Nimitz had just four days to devise a way of eliminating the man who had masterminded the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. Selected for the task were the P-38s from USAAF's 339th Squadron, led by Major John Mitchell. Flying just feet above the waves, Mitchell had the difficult task of navigating a circuitous route over water to avoid detection during the 420 mile flight, but right on schedule they sighted the coast of the island of Bougainville. The two hour radio silence was broken by Doug Canning, the first to spot the Japanese aircraft, with his famous words, "Bogeys! Eleven o'clock high." Mitchell led twelve P-38s at full throttle to 18,000 feet to provide high cover while Tom Lanphier led the 4-ship attack flight, turning towards the enemy aircraft - two "Betty" bombers escorted by six Zero fighters. In an amazing fire-fight lasting just a few minutes, both bombers were brought down, the second, carrying Yamamoto, crashing into the jungle in a pall of smoke. Rex Barber was credited with striking the coup de grace. The P-38 pilots had accounted also for three escorting Zero fighters when Mitchell radioed, "Mission completed," and they headed home.
This print has been SOLD OUT for years and is only available as a Secondary Market offering.
Never Framed & Stored Flat in Smoke-Free Environment.
About the Artist:
The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularize a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike. He became an instant success.
Robert's aviation paintings are instantly recognizable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!
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