Autographed by 4 B-17 pilots.

Limited edition signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 24 5/8" x 30 1/8"

Price: $295 - 500

A classic Robert Taylor painting embodying the classical style of the world's most foremost aeronautical artist, this new release portrays the contrast between the peaceful English countryside of the 1940's and the majestic American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber on final approach.

Skipper Comes Home is an archetypal example of the work that has made Taylor famous and admired around rhe world. It is a tribute to the valiant pilots and crewmen of the Eighth Air Force - the largest single air unit in history - who flew the harrowing daylight bombing raids that crippled the Nazi war industry.

Robert's painting shows "Skipper", one of the longest-serving B-17s of the war, returning to Thurleigh on a cold afternoon in late January, 1945. Flying with the 306th Bomb Group, she was badly damaged in November, 1944, repaired and returned to service to finish the war with over 100 combat missions flown. Depicted here, the bare metal replacement section in the tail and several flak patches have yet to be repainted by her busy ground crew. It isn't difficult to imagine the thoughts and feelings of her as they see the runway at Thurleigh lined up in front of them, welcoming them home as they make the final approach. "Skipper Comes Home" is a beautiful and invaluable addition to the portfolios of discerning aviation art collectors.

The Signatures:

Major Paul H Greer

Afrer arriving in England, the first of Paul Greer's 35 combat missions took place on a freezing cold New Year's day, 1945 as a B-17 copilot. Flying out of Thurleigh with the 306th Bomb Group "Reich Wreckers" - the oldest operational bomb group in the Eighth Air Force - Paul flew 31 missons as copilot and 4 as lead pilot. Among the targets in Germany, he went on the big raids to Dresden and Schweinfurt and led missions to Berlin, where he came under heavy attack from the Luftwaffe's new ME-262 jet fighters.

Lieutenant William P. Kincheloe

Bill Kincheloe joined the Army Air Corps in April, 1942, training as a pilot. He was sent to England, joining the 92nd Bomb Group (Fames Favored Few) , Based at Podington, flying B-17s. His first combat mission was on 18 December, 1943, when the 92nd went to Kiel, and in the following months notable targets included the heavily-defended factories at Schweinfurt. Bill flew a total of 28 raids on the Reich during his tour, all in B-17s, six of which he commanded. Later, Bill flew KC-135 air tankers during the Virtnam War; he retired from the service in 1972.

First Lieutenant Don Nielsen

A pilot with the 457th Bomb Group, Don joined up in Februady, 1943, originally training in B-24 Liberators. In November, 1944, he went to England, joining the 457th at Glatton, flying B-17s, first as copilot, then as Command Pilot. He flew his first combat mission on 12 December, 1944. On 3 February, 1945, he took part in the big Berlin raid, the heaviest concentration on the German capital to date in the war, encountering some of the most intense and accurate flak ever experienced by the Eighth. During his tour, Don fllew 34 combat missions, all in B-17s.

Captain Robert Paris

Joining up in June, 1940, Bob Paris qualfied with a dual rating as pilot and navigator, and went on to fly a total of 52 combat missions in B-17s. Posted to the Eighth Air Force in England, Bob flew with the 92nd Bomb Group, flying his first mission in October, 1942. The next month he was assigned to the 12th Air Force in North Africa, joining the 97th Bomb Group. He participated in raids on the Italian fleet in Trieste and Gorizia, the Battle of Kasserine Pass, supported the invasion of Sicily at Palermo and flew raids on the Italian mainland.

Limited Edition
500 Signed and Numbered $295

Artist's Proofs
25 Signed and Numbered $500