"RABAUL - FLY FOR YOUR LIFE"

BY ROBERT TAYLOR

Autographed by up to 14 battle veterans.

L/E of 790. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 36" x 23-1/2"

Prices: $320 - $2995


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For their outstanding contribution to the war in the South Pacific, the 'Black Sheep' were awarded one of only two Presidential Unit Citations accorded to Marine Corps squadrons during the war in the Pacific.

With typical mastery, Robert Taylor has brought to life an encounter over Rabaul in late December 1943, paying tribute to one of the US Marine Corps most famous fighter squadrons, and its outstanding leader. With the Japanese airbase at Rabaul visible in the distance, 'Pappy' Boyington and his fellow pilots of VMF-214 tear into a large formation of Japanese Zekes and a series of deadly dogfights have started, one Zeke already fallen victim to their guns.


The Limited Edition

Signed by 2 of the leading 'Black Sheep' F4U Corsair pilots:

      Brigadier General Bruce J. Matheson
      Major Harry Johnson


400 signed and numbered prints $320


The 'Black Sheep' Edition

This Commemorative edition is additionally signed by five legendary 'Black Sheep' pilots (for a total of 7 signatures) who flew Corsairs with VMF-214, and is issued with a matching-numbered pilot signed companion print of Robert Taylor's working drawing 'Black Sheep'.

      Lieutenant Colonel Henry M. Bourgeois (Companion print)
      Lieutenant Colonel W. Thomas Emrich
      Colonel Edwin A. Harper (Companion print)
      Lieutenant Colonel James J. Hill
      Captain Fred S. Losch


350 signed and numbered prints $425
25 Artists Proofs $625


The Black Sheep Portfolio Edition

(Issued with an ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Robert Taylor)

This is a very special Commemorative Portfolio issued with the signatures of no less than 14 of the famous 'Black Sheep' pilots, including four of the squadron's eight Aces. Released to include an individual ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Robert Taylor, widely acknowledged as the world's premier aviation artist, each pilot signed drawing is double-matted to include yet further signatures, including that of their legendary commander - 'Pappy' Boyington. Each drawing is a unique example of Robert's highly-prized creative skill with the pencil, and will feature the F4U Corsairs of VMF-214. There is no doubt at all that this rare 'Black Sheep' Portfolio, signed by over half of the original squadron, will become highly sought after by all aviation art collectors interested in the War in the Pacific.

The additional signatures include:

      Lieutenant Colonel John F. Bolt (Matted signature)
      Captain Glenn Bowers (Original pencil drawing)
      Colonel Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington (Matted signature)
      Lieutenant Colonel William D. Heier (Original pencil drawing)
      Major Marion 'Rusty' March (Original pencil drawing)
      Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. McClurg (Matted signature)
      Major Edwin L. Olander (Original pencil drawing)


15 Tribute Proofs $2995