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MASTERS OF THE SKY

by Richard Taylor

The three squadrons of P-51 Mustangs that made up the 352nd Fighter Group contained a remarkable collection of fearless young avaitors who, amongst other things provided more ' Aces in a Day ' than any other P-51 Group in any theatre.

These were pilots such as George Preddy the highest scoring P-51 Mustang Ace in the Eighth Air Force - who downed 6 Me109s in a single day, and Don Bryan with 5 victories in a day. No less than twenty nine of the USAAF's top aerial Aces in Europe were also from the 352nd FG and twelve 352nd pilots scored aerial victories over the revolutionary German jet fighters. The 352nd also contained the 487th Fighter Squadron, led by Colonel J. C. Meyer the seventh highest scoring Allied Ace of WWII - the only unit in the Eighth Air Force to have been awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation, in recognition for the squadron's action during Operation Bodenplatte, on New Year's Day 1945.

To commemorate the men who flew with the 352nd Fighter Group during World War II, Richard Taylor has created his magnificent new painting, Masters of the Sky. Led by their Commanding Officer Major George Preddy, the P-51 Mustang pilots of the 328th Fighter Squadron engage in a bitter struggle with Luftwaffe fighters in the cold winter air high over eastern Germany. They have been escorting B-17 Fortresses attacking the heavily defended synthetic oil plant at Merseberg, 21 November 1944. As the B-17s turn safely towards home above them, Preddy skilfully manages to down one of the attacking Fw190s in the ensuing melee.

This outstanding new limited edition, together with the masterful companion print Preparing for Action, has been signed by some of the 352nd's most repected pilots and by a number of their vital ground crew, this is an edition for all collectors of aviation art to treasure and admire..

THE SIGNATURES

THE LIMITED EDITION

Jioning artist Richard Taylor, this TWO signature limited edition also comes with the companion print Preparing for Action.

With TWO Signatures

Captain George Middleton 352nd Fighter Group often acted as wingman to both George Preddy and Don Bryan.

Captain

GEORGE MIDDLETON

2 Victories

P-51 Worra Bird 

Serving with the 352nd from 1942 to 1945 Art Snyder was George Preddys greatly respected crew chief who kept his P-51 Cripes A Mighty flying to perfection.

Crew Chief ART SNYDER

100   Limited Edition    UK£     110   /   US$   165

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

With all the components of the Limited Edition, the FOUR signature Collector's Edition is additionally signed by the following highly distinguished 352nd fighter pilots.

With FOUR Signatures

First Lieutenant Walter Diamond 487th FS 352nd FG P-51 Twyla Sue

WALTER DIAMOND

1 Victory

P-51 Twyla Sue

Donald Bryan

DONALD S BRYAN

8 Victories

P-51 Little One III

150   Collectors Edition    UK£     140   /   US$   215

THE BLUE NOSE EDITION

In addition to the components of the Collector's Edition, the ELEVEN signature Blue Nose Edition is signed by a further three well known 352nd FG pilots.

With ELEVEN Signatures

Captain Robert H. Powell 328th FS £52nd FG credited with sharing in the destruction of 2 enemy aircraft in aerial combqt plus 3 damaged, and destroying 3.5 on the ground, plus 2 probable

DONALD S BRYAN

8 Victories

P-51 Little One III

Charles Price

DONALD S BRYAN

8 Victories

P-51 Little One III

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond R. Mitchell 328th FS, 352nd FG flew as George Preddy's wingman many times and was in his flight when Preddy was killed by friendly ground fire when chasing enemy aircraft. Credited with 1 aerial victory.

DONALD S BRYAN

8 Victories

P-51 Little One III

James Bleidner

DONALD S BRYAN

8 Victories

P-51 Little One III

Also the companion print " Preparing for Action " a further three

ground crew veterans who were pivotal to the success of their fighter pilots

Staff Sergeant RALPH McLAIN Radar Operator

Staff Sergeant BILL STRAUB Aircraft and Engineer Mechanic

Corporal HOWARD POLIN 18th Weather Squadron

100   Blue Nose Edition    UK£     195   /   US$   295

THE ARTISTS PROOF & REMARQUE EDITION

In addition to the components of the Blue Nose Edition, these TWELVE

signature editions are additionally signed on the main print by : 

With TWELVE Signatures

Captain Donald W. Mac McKibben one of the original cadre of fighter pilots with the 352nd FG. Flew 80 combat missions with 486th FS in P-47s and P-51s. And flew the first shuttle mission to the USSR led by Don Blakeslee.

Captain

DONALD W. 'MAC' McKRIBBEN

2 Aerial and 1 Probable Victories

P-47s and P-51s Miss Lace 

50   Artists Proofs            US$   355   /   UK£   235

25   Remarques                US$   485   /   UK£   320

10   Double Remarques   US$   795   /   UK£   520

Example of a Richard Taylor single remarque. Masters of the Sky remarques will feature P-51Ds of the 352nd FG.

An example of a Richard Taylor remarque

which can be added to the border of the print

Overall Print Size : 32" wide x 24" high

Image Size : 25½" wide x 16¼" high

Companion Print Overall Size : 21¼" wide x 12" high

Image Size : 17¼" wide x 6" high