two days of the D-Day Normandy invasion, on 8 June 1944 Commander
of US Air Forces in Europe, General Carl Spaatz, ordered a
massive new offensive to halt the supply of oil to the enemy
forces. As top priority his bombers would henceforth concentrate
their attacks on Germany’s oil refineries. Those in
range of air bases in England would feel the full force of
the Eighth Air Force, while the installations further south
in Romania, Hungary, and southern Germany would be attacked
by bombers of the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy. To add
to the pressure, RAF Bomber Command was coordinated to attack
the refineries in the Rühr by night.
the huge mass of American bombers streamed into the daylight
skies, the Luftwaffe quickly changed tactics to counter the
potentially devastating threat with a new specialist tactic-
the Sturmgruppe. Flying their redesigned and heavily armoured
Sturmböcke Focke Wulf Fw190 A-8 heavy fighters, pilots
of the newly formed IV Sturm/JG3 Gruppe were urgently assigned
the task of attacking the vast bomber streams in an effort
to protect the refineries. Escorted into battle by Messerschmitt
Mel09s to hold off any escorting American fighters, The Focke
Wulf Fw190s tactic was to make en-masse lightning attacks
on carefully selected targets. With the American bomber formations
spread over miles of sky. The Sturmgruppe aimed for the less
well defended centre of the stream, attacking from the rear
with concentrated cannon fire, with the pilots of IV Sturm
/JG3 sworn on oath to press home their attacks at the closest
possible range, even ramming their targets if necessary to
ensure a kill, these desperate tactics were to inflict considerable
damage to the allied bomber offensive during the final year
of the war.
Taylor’s exciting new limited edition captures the scene:
Closing at high speed with all cannons blazing. Unteroffizier
Willi Maximowitz is seen flying his distinctive “Black
8” with IV Sturm/JG3, as he dives in to attack a formation
of USAAF B-24 Liberators from the 93rd Bomb Group. The American
gunners have a frightening task on their hands to fend off
the attack until help arrives. With each print signed by no
less than three Luftwaffe Focke Wulf Fw190 pilots, this brand
new edition will be rated a significant addition to those
collectors who have already recognised the talent and gathering
reputation of this remarkable new artist.
highly experienced Luftwaffe pilots who flew the Focke Wulf
Fw190 A-8 in Defence of the Reich have added great authenticity
to Richard Taylor's new Limited Edition by signing each print.
The edition is also is signed by the artist, and individually
Leutnant KURT WUPPERMANN
Oberfeldwebel WILLI RESCHKE
Leutnant HELMUT BALLEWSKI. Helmut Ballewski
joined the Luftwaffe in November 1942 and immediately after
training was posted to Geswaderstab JG53 in Sicily. He remained
with this unit until January 1945 and then transferred to
IV JG53 flying Focke Wulf Fw190 A-8s as wingman to Helmut
Bennemann on Operation Bodenplatte. He flew on the operations
at Remagen, and in total completed 47 combat operations, all
on the Western Front.
KURT WUPPERMANN. Kurt Wuppermann was called up in
1942, and with a love of flying, joined the Luftwaffe. After
completing his pilot training, he was posted to join JG54
Greenhearts flying the Focke Wulf Fw190 A-8. Transferring
to the northern sector of the Eastern Front, he notched up
three quick victories and flew on combat operations continually
until 18 December 1944 when he was shot down over the Baltic
near Riga making an emergency landing. On the ground he was
rescued by Strafgeshwader 291, but had suffered bad facial
injuries. So great was the need for experienced pilots in
the last months of the war however, after six weeks in hospital
he was patched up and flying combat again.
WILLI RESCHKE. One of the outstanding young flyers
Willi Reschke joined I / JG302 in June 1944, his first victories
being two B24s near Budapest. By the end of August he had
become one of the Gruppe’s most experienced pilots.
Re-equipping with the Fw190 A-8, In September 1944 I. /J G302,
redesignated III, JG301 was transferred nearer to Berlin.
In the last days of the war he flew a Ta152 claiming an RAF
Tempest shot down. His last two victories came when he shot
down two Russian fighters over Berlin. Awarded the Knights
Cross in April 1945, he achieved 27 victories, including 20
four-engined bombers, in 70 combat missions.
Taylor’s superb pencil remarques have, in a short period
of time, matured into extremely skilled pieces of original
art. Highly detailed, these beautiful hand-crafted drawings
are becoming so appreciated by collectors that they are now
increasingly in high demand.
Two very restricted remarque editions of Ramraiders will be
issued, each with drawings comprehensively researched and
relating either to the Focke Wulf Fw190 or the B24 - Liberator
the choice is yours! The first edition, limited to 25 copies,
will each have an Original pencil drawing elegantly hand drawn
by Richard Taylor. The second, restricted to just Ten copies,
will be issued with either a Double Size remarque drawing
or Two separate and individual remarque drawings
numbered certificate of authenticity included.
Print Size 30" x 23" (inches) Printed in lightfast
inks on acid free archival paper.
complement the purchase of your fine art print, we are
now able to offer a professional Picture Framing service.
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Edition Size - 400
Edition Size - 25
Edition Size - 25
Double Remarques - Subject to availability
Edition Size - 10
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edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually
signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity
in the edition. Following publication the printing plates
are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft
prints featured on this website are authenticated with the
original signatures of distinguished military personnel.
old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the
artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition.
In the early days of printing, these prints were the only
remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed
by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's
Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted
number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than
the regular prints in the edition.
quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the
time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of
the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use,
mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments,
Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers
Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may
be made available to collectors either at the time of publication,
or at a later date, depending upon availability.
print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist
in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually
remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued
prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50.
Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different,
thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints
may be available at the time of publication, or announced
at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at
the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take
up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print
is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.
additional print, usually issued with smaller dimensions,
published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued
at the same time.
(or mounted) print:
print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or
mount), ready for framing.
original work individually drawn by the artist, completed
in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by
the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique
certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity
of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity
of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition,
inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the
individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates
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