Milne Bay The Turning Point

Robert Taylor





Milne Bay The Turning Point Robert Taylor

The Battle for Milne Bay in New Guinea was a story of true grit, determination, and valour; it was the moment when the Imperial Japanese Army tasted defeat on land for the first time in nearly three centuries. In the space of two weeks, the Japanese attempt to capture Milne Bay was halted, and any ambitions they might have held to invade Australia, thwarted. And that victory was due in no small part to the P-40 Kittyhawks of 75 and 76 Squadrons RAAF.

Robert Taylor’s powerful new painting depicts P-40 Kittyhawks from 75 and 76 Squadrons RAAF, returning to No 1 Strip after attacking Japanese positions during the Battle for Milne Bay. Under the starboard wing of the lead aircraft, ‘Polly’, the smoke of action is clearly visible as the Japanese press from their landing site, along the coast towards the airstrip. ‘Polly’, now beautifully restored, resides in the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra, a tribute to the men and machines who stopped the Japanese in New Guinea.




The complete edition has been personally signed by two P-40 veterans from the 75 & 76 Squadrons RAAF that flew and fought at Milne Bay. Each print in every edition has been signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and has been hand-numbered.

Flight Lieutenant H.A. ‘HARRY’ KERR MID
Flight Lieutenant ARTHUR D. TUCKER


The Three signature Artist Proofs are additionally signed by:


THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Subject to Availability)
This edition featuring Eight signatures was also signed by:

Flight Lieutenant RAIFE J. COWAN
Flight Lieutenant A.J. NAT GOULD
Flight Lieutenant NOEL C. TODD
Squadron Leader BRUCE D. WATSON DFC

THE PUBLISHERS PROOF EDITION (subject to availability)

Companion Print Patrolling The Top End Robert Taylor
A lockheed Ventura belonging to 13 Squadron RAAF, navigated by Flight Lieutenant Gough Whitlam, over the northern coastline near Darwin after a martime reconnaissance to search out and destroy Japanese ships and submarines operating in the seas to the noth of Australia.

In addition to all the signatures in the Collector’s Edition, each Publisher Proof is accompanied by a matching numbered copy of Robert Taylor’s pencil print Patrolling The Top End signed by RAAF veteran and former Australian Prime Minister:

Hon GOUGH WHITLAM AC QC, former Flight Lieutenant 13 Sqn RAAF

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 25 1/8"x 19 1/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

Overall Companion Print Size 19 7/8" x 15 1/8" (inches)


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We would like to thank the collectors that have supported our product over the years with a specially priced Christmas release, which we hope you will agree, represents outstanding value for money:



The Limited Edition Print
UK £165.00 Edition Size - 400

Artist Proof Edition
UK £295.00 Edition Size - 25

The Collectors Edition
UK £225.00 Edition Size - 150

The Publishers Proof Edition
UK £395.00 Edition Size - 75




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