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The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor. (AP)


The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor. (AP)

P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group clash with Me109s in close combat as they struggle for air superiority over the heart of Germany, during the desperate days of 1945. It had begun - the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of Germany and the end of Nazi tyranny was almost within sight but in the skies over Germany the defiant remnants of the Luftwaffe fought on with savage determination. Ever since the long-range American P-51 escort fighters had first appeared, the skies over the Reich had witnessed grim encounters with the Mustangs taking on the Luftwaffe as they tried to stop the heavy bombers of the USAAF reaching their targets. By early 1945 it was a losing battle, but still the Luftwaffe fought on and, in the resulting maelstrom of combat, the Mustang pilots still had their work cut out against these battle hardened, expert pilots. Robert Taylor's superb drawing dramatically reconstructs one such clash in early 1945 as P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group have spotted a group of Bf109s heading their way. Without hesitation they dive head-on in an attempt to break-up the enemy formation and for the pilots on both sides the explosive encounter of close combat is suddenly upon them. Limited edition prints of this classic Robert Taylor Master Drawing have been signed over the last few years by some of the most respected USAAF P-51 and distinguished Luftwaffe pilots who duelled in those merciless skies over Europe. Since signing the prints some of these legendary names have very sadly passed away, making it one of the most collectible editions of recent years.
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Item Code : DHM6289APThe Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor. (AP) - This Edition
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Overall size 22.5 inches x 16 inches (57cm x 41cm) Overstreet, William B
Anderson, C E Bud
Broch, Hugo
Wolfrum, Walter
Rall, Gunther
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor.DHM6289
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 150 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Overall size 22.5 inches x 16 inches (57cm x 41cm) Overstreet, William B
Anderson, C E Bud
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £95
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PRINTAces edition of 50 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Overall size 22.5 inches x 16 inches (57cm x 41cm) Overstreet, William B
Anderson, C E Bud
Broch, Hugo
Wolfrum, Walter
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £210
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PRINTFighter Pilots edition of 50 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Overall size 22.5 inches x 16 inches (57cm x 41cm) Overstreet, William B
Anderson, C E Bud
Broch, Hugo
Wolfrum, Walter
Czypionka, Jorg
Brooks, Jim
East, Clyde B
Fiedler, Arthur C
Peterburs, Joseph
Schulze, Kurt
White, Clint
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £480
£200.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTCollectors edition of 50 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Overall size 22.5 inches x 16 inches (57cm x 41cm) Overstreet, William B
Anderson, C E Bud
Broch, Hugo
Wolfrum, Walter
Rall, Gunther
Czypionka, Jorg
Brooks, Jim
East, Clyde B
Fiedler, Arthur C
Peterburs, Joseph
Schulze, Kurt
White, Clint
Nordenholtz, Gunther
Axthammer, Erich
Drees, Gustav
Oesterhelt, Johannes
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £735
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PRESENTATIONTribute Proof edition of 50 prints.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Overall size 22.5 inches x 16 inches (57cm x 41cm) Overstreet, William B
Anderson, C E Bud
Broch, Hugo
Wolfrum, Walter
Rall, Gunther
Czypionka, Jorg
Brooks, Jim
East, Clyde B
Fiedler, Arthur C
Peterburs, Joseph
Schulze, Kurt
White, Clint
Nordenholtz, Gunther
Axthammer, Erich
Drees, Gustav
Oesterhelt, Johannes
Galland, Adolf
Steinhoff, Johannes
Schopfel, Gerhard
Hrabak, Dieter
OBrien, William R
Peterson, Richard Bud
Goebel, Bob
Loving, George
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £1145
£495.00VIEW EDITION...

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MustangThe ubiquitous North American P-51 Mustang, which many consider to be the best all-around fighter of WW II, owes its origins to the British Air Ministry. Following Britains entry into WW II in 1939, the RAF was interested in purchasing additional fighter aircraft from American sources, particularly the Curtiss P-40. Curtiss, which was busy, was unable to guarantee timely delivery so the British approached North American Aviation as a possible second source for the P-40. North American chose to propose its own fighter design which would use the same Allison engine as the P-40. Utilizing new laminar flow wings, the North American fighter was expected to have performance better than the P-40. Developed in record time the new aircraft was designated as a Mustang I by the Brits, whereas the USAAF ordered two for evaluation which were designated XP-51 Apaches. Intrigued with the possibility of using this aircraft also as a dive bomber, North American proposed this to the USAAF which decided to order 500 of the P-51 aircraft to be modified for dive bombing use. Designated as the A-36 Invader, this version of the Mustang utilized dive flaps, and bomb racks under each wing. Some reinforcing of the structural members was also required because of the G-forces to be encountered in dive bombing. A-36s entered combat service with the USAAF prior to any P-51s. In early 1943 the 86th and 27th Fighter Bomber Groups of the 12th Air Force began flying A-36s out of Northern Africa. Despite some early problems with instability caused by the dive flaps, the A-36 was effective in light bombing and strafing roles. It was not, however, capable of dog fighting with German fighters, especially at higher altitudes. Despite these drawbacks one USAAF pilot, Captain Michael T. Russo, who served with the 16th Bomb Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, was credited with five confirmed aerial victories in the A-36, thereby becoming the first mustang ace.
Me109Willy Messerschmitt designed the BF109 during the early 1930s. The Bf109 was one of the first all metal monocoque construction fighters with a closed canopy and retractable undercarriage. The engine of the Me109 was a V12 aero engine which was liquid-cooled. The Bf109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and flew to the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons. During the Battle of Britian the Bf109 was used in the role of an escort fighter, a role for which it was not designed for, and it was also used as a fighter bomber. During the last days of May 1940 Robert Stanford-Tuck, the RAF ace, got the chance to fly an Me109 which they had rebuilt after it had crash landed. Stanford-Tuck found out that the Me109 was a wonderful little plane, it was slightly faster than the Spitfire, but lacked the Spitfire manoeuvrability. By testing the Me109, Tuck could put himself inside the Me109 when fighting them, knowing its weak and strong points. With the introduction of the improved Bf109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the invasion of Yugoslavia and during the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Russia and it was used during the Siege of the Mediteranean island of Malta. The Bf109 was the main fighter for the Luftwaffe until 1942 when the Fw190 entered service and shared this position, and was partially replaced in Western Europe, but the Me109 continued to serve on the Eastern Front and during the defence of the Reich against the allied bombers. It was also used to good effect in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of The Africa Korps. The Me109 was also supplied to several German allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia. The Bf109 scored more kills than any other fighter of any country during the war and was built in greater numbers with a total of over 31,000 aircraft being built. The Bf109 was flown by the three top German aces of the war war. Erich Hartmann with 352 victories, Gerhard Barkhorn with 301 victories and Gunther Rall with 275 kills. Bf109 pilots were credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen Luftwaffe Aces scored more than 200 kills. Altogether this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills, of which the Messerschmitt Bf109 was credited with over 10,000 of these victories. The Bf109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945. Bf109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf109s until 1955. The Spanish Hispanos flew even longer. Some were still in service in the late 1960s.

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