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OUT OF THE DRAGON'S DEN

THE RAID ON TOKYO 18 APRIL 1942

by Richard Taylor

As the deck of the USS Hornet heaved under a mounting sea, sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers under the command of Colonel James Dolittle lifted of into the wind. It was the morning of Monday, 18 April 1942 and, taking a final look at the carrier repidly disappearing into the distance, the B-25s headed west on what each of the five man crews knew was a one way ride.

 Planning one of the most audacious raids ever undertaken, Dolittle and his chosen band of raiders would attempt the impossible - a direct strike at the heart of Imperial Japan. It was what the enemy least expected, coming as it did only four months after the Japanese had launched their blistering unprovoked surprise attack on Pearl Harbour leaving America reeling. As setback followed setback, America needed retribution and the man chosen for the task was Lt Col James Dolittle.

Richard Taylor's powerful new painting Out of the Dragon's Den is issued with a copy of Richard's pencil print, USS Hornet, every one of these two historic two print portfolio's is personally signed by Dolittle Raiders and a crew member of the USS Hornet during the raid. This will prove to be one of the most important editions in Richard Taylor's growing portfolio, providing what could be one of the final opportunities to aquire a limited edition signed by the last surviving veterans of the legendary Doolittle Raiders.

THE SIGNATURES

THE LIMITED EDITION

Personally signed by three Dolittle Raiders, issued with signed companion print and a total of four signatures.

With FOUR Signatures

Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Cole James DoLittle's Co Pilot Aircraft No1

Lieutenant Colonel

RICHARD

E. COLE

James Dolittle's Co-pilot Ac #1

Lieutenant Colonel Edward J. Saylor Flight Engineer Aircraft No15

Lieutenant Colonel

EDWARDJ. SAYLOR

Flight Engineer Ac #15

Staff Sergeant david J. Thatcher Flight Engineer Aircraft No7

Staff Sergeant

DAVID

J. THATCHER

Flight Engineer Ac #7

Aviation Machinist George H. Maynor USS Hornet (CV-8)

Aviation Machinist

GEORGE

H. MAYNOR

USS Hornet (CV-8)

THE COMPANION PRINT - THE USS HORNET

 250 Limited Edition Prints     US$ 175 / UK£ 115

THE COLLECTORS AND REMARQUED EDITIONS

Personally signed by four Dolittle Raiders, issued with signed companion print and a total of five signatures.

With FIVE Signatures

Major Thomas C. Griffin Navigator Aircraft No9

  Major

THOMAS C. GRIFFIN

Navigator Ac #9

125    Collector's Edition       US$    195 / UK£ 130

  25    Artists Proofs               US$    245 / UK£ 165

  30    Remarques                   US$    450 / UK£ 300

  10    Double Remarques      US$    715 / UK£ 475

THE DOOLITTLE RAIDERS TRIBUTE EDITIONS

In addition to all the signatures of the Collectors Edition each of these superb Tribute Editions is issued with a highly prized and UNIQUE original pencil drawing by Richard Taylor. Each drawing is beautifully matted to include a Dolittle Raiders commemorative badge, USAAF Wings and the original pencil signatures of a further four Doolittle Raider veterans.

 Exclusively limited to just fifteen copies worldwide this outstanding commemorative portfolio will provide serious collectors with a truly historic record of the legendary Dolittle Raid on Tokyo.

With NINE Signatures & Matted Original Drawing

DOLITTLE RAIDERS TRIBUTE EDITION - WITH MATTED ORIGINAL DRAWING

Brigadier General Everett W. Holstrom Captain and Pilot Aircraft No4

Brigadier General

EVERETT

W. HOLSTROM

Captain and pilot Ac #4

Captain J. Royden Stork Co-Pilot Aircraft No10

Captain

J. ROYDEN

STORK

Co-pilot Ac #10

Major Howard A. Sessler Navigator/Bombadier Aircraft No15

Major

HOWARD

A. SESSLER

Navigator/Bombadier Ac #15

Major Griffith P. Williams Co-Pilot Aircraft No15

Major

GRIFFITH

P. WILLIAMS

Co-pilot Ac #15

15 Dolittle Tribute Editions US$ 1695 / UK£ 1125

Overall Print Size : 29" wide x 20½" high

Image Size : 22½" wide x 13" high

Overall Companion Print Size : 18½" wide x 13" high