America Strikes Back

Robert Taylor





America Strikes Back Robert Taylor

With Pearl Harbor already under attack, simultaneously the air base at Wheeler Field came under heavy attack, most of the P-40 Tomahawk fighters and P-36s lined up on the runway were destroyed by Japanese aircraft. Two young USAAF pilots, Kenneth Taylor and George Welch quickly assessed the situation and called Haleiwa Field in the north of the island, and ordered their 47th Pursuit Squadron P-40 Tomahawk fighters to readiness, they leapt into Taylor's car and raced northwards.

Within minutes of arriving at Haleiwa the two pilots were airborne in their P-40s. Only then did they realize what they were up against, between 200 and 300 Japanese aircraft and only two of them. Diving into formations of Japanese aircraft they each downed "Val" fighter-bombers. Low on fuel they both returned to Wheeler, where ground crews replenished the aircraft and got them back in the air. Taylor and Welch continued their solitary combat against the hordes of Japanese aircraft, bringing their total to at least six victories before the Japanese headed out to sea. In less than an hour America had struck back in a War that was to end in total victory.

Robert Taylor's carefully researched painting shows Ken Taylor's P-40 Tomahawk bringing down his second enemy aircraft. George Welch is in close company. In the background palls of smoke rise from Hangar six housing the naval float planes, and the up-turned Oklahoma battleship. Joining the artist and Brigadier General Ken Taylor in the signing of this important collectors print are four distinguished American veteran pilots from World War II.



Joining the artist Robert Taylor, the entire edition is signed by the following distinguished veterans.

Lt. General JOE MOORE
Brigadier General KENNETH TAYLOR

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 23" x 30" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 550

Artist Proof
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 25

UK £450.00
Edition Size - 25


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