EAGLES ON THE RAMPAGE by ROBERT TAYLOR
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EAGLES ON THE RAMPAGE by Robert Taylor

Dominating the skies over Germany, P-51s of the 4th Fighter Group – The Eagles - sweep across the cloud tops, their pilots scanning the distant horizon for any signs of the Luftwaffe. They are ready for trouble should the enemy decide to chance their luck. . . . . .Formed in September 1942 from the RAF Eagle Squadrons, the Fourth Fighter Group was the oldest fighter unit in the Eighth Air Force; Under the command of Don Blakeslee, described as ‘probably the best fighter leader of the war’, the combined air and ground victories notched up by ‘The Eagles’ during World War II surpassed any other fighter group. They were the first to penetrate German air space, and the first to engage the Luftwaffe over Berlin. Hermann Goering later remarked ‘When I saw those Mustangs over Berlin, I knew that the war was lost’.

Overall Print Size: 30½” wide x 26¾” high

It is fitting therefore that Robert Taylor has chosen the Fourth Fighter Group for his classic new painting Eagles on the Rampage to represent all the pilots who flew P-51s with the USAAF.

Following on from the great success of Roberts previous piece Horrido! which was a tribute to the Luftwaffe Aces of WWII - each print in this outstanding edition is signed by some of the most famous Mustang pilots that flew in the European Theatre during World War II. Every signatory in the edition has reached Ace status, creating a historic new collectors’ edition which may never be surpassed.

THE AMERICAN ACES EDITION US $320
Edition Size - 600
THE ARTIST PROOFS US $565.
Edition Size - 25

THE AMERICAN ACES EDITION Each print has been individually hand-signed by TEN of the USAAF’s Aces who flew Mustangs in Europe during World War II. Together they clocked up many thousands of hours flying P-51s on operational combat missions, and amassed almost ONE HUNDRED VICTORIES between them:

Colonel CLARENCE ‘BUD’ ANDERSON 16¼ victories
Captain JAMES BROOKS 13 victories
Lieutenant Colonel DONALD CUMMINGS 6½ victories
Colonel BARRIE S. DAVIS 6 victories
Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST 13 victories
Colonel ARTHUR ‘ART’ FIEDLER 8 victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT ‘BOB’ KARR 6 victories
Lieutenant General GEORGE G. LOVING 5 victories
Colonel STEVE PISANOS 10 victories
Major General DONALD STRAIT 13½ victories


THE EAGLES EDITION This SIXTEEN signature edition is a rare gem in the world of collecting, carrying the signatures of some of the most significant American P-51 Aces in Europe. Featuring all the signatures of the Aces Edition, each of the fifteen Eagles Edition prints is issued with a unique ORIGINAL pencil drawing, specially commissioned by the Military Gallery from artist Robert Taylor; each drawing is personally signed by two further P-51 Aces, including the legendary leader of the 4th Fighter Group Don Blakeslee, and is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of a further four Mustang Aces:

Captain CLINTON DeWITT BURDICK 5½ victories (signed original drawing) Colonel DON BLAKESLEE 14½ victories (signed original drawing) Colonel GERALD BROWN 5 victories (matted signature) Colonel ERNEST ‘ERNIE’ BANKEY 11½ victories (matted signature) Colonel HERSCHEL ‘HERKY’ GREEN 18 victories (matted signature) Brigadier General ROBIN OLDS 17 victories (matted signature)

THE EAGLES EDITION TRIBUTE PROOFS Exclusively limited to just FIVE pieces worldwide, this is one of the most special editions to be released by the Military Gallery and is destined for greatness. With all the components of the Eagles Edition, the original drawing is a classic Masterwork, larger and more elaborate and something to treasure in its own right. The drawing is signed by a further four Mustang Aces and conservation matted to include the signatures of a further five legendary P-51 Aces. The TWENTY-FIVE signatories in the Tribute Edition amassed almost 265 victories between them:

Major BILL ALLEN 5 victories (signed original drawing) Lieutanant Colonel LAWRENCE POWELL 5½ victories (signed original drawing) Major URBAN ‘BEN’ DREW 6 victories (signed original drawing) Brigadier General FRANK GAILER 5½ victories (signed original drawing)
Lt Colonel DONALD ‘DON’ BRYAN 131/3 victories (matted signature) Major LEONARD ‘KIT’ CARSON 18½ victories (matted signature)
Major JAMES GOODSON 15 victories (matted signature)
Major RICHARD ‘BUD’ PETERSON 15½ victories (matted signature) Brigadier General CHARLES YEAGER 11½ victories (matted signature)




EAGLES ON THE RAMPAGE by ROBERT TAYLOR: (p-51 Mustang: 8th Airforce: Bud Anderson: Clyde East)@vbader.com

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