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Masters of the Sky by Richard Taylor. (B)


Masters of the Sky by Richard Taylor. (B)

They were an extraordinary group of men who flew their distinctive blue-nosed P-51 Mustangs fearlessly in the savage skies over war-torn Europe. They were the pilots of the 352nd Fighter Group - Masters of the Sky. The three squadrons of P-51 Mustangs that made up the 352nd Fighter Group contained a remarkable collection of fearless young aviators 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, and twelve 352nd pilots scored aerial victories over the revolutionary German jet fighters. To commemorate the men who flew with the 352nd Fighter Group during World War II, Richard Taylor has created his magnificent 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, 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.
Item Code : DHM1990BMasters of the Sky by Richard Taylor. (B) - This Edition
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PRINT Collectors edition of 150 prints.

Supplied with companion print Preparing for Action.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Middleton, George
Snyder, Art (companion print)
Diamond, Walter
Bryan, Donald
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


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Other editions of this item : Masters of the Sky by Richard Taylor.DHM1990
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 100 prints.

Supplied with companion print Preparing for Action.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Middleton, George
Snyder, Art (companion print)
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£110.00VIEW EDITION...
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Limited edition of 50 artist proofs.

Supplied with companion print Preparing for Action.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Middleton, George
Snyder, Art (companion print)
Diamond, Walter
Bryan, Donald
Powell, Robert
Mitchell, Raymond
Price, Charles
Bleidner, James
McLain, Ralph
Straub, Bill
Polin, Howard
McKibben, Donald
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
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PRINT Blue Nose edition of 100 prints.

Supplied with companion print Preparing for Action.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Middleton, George
Snyder, Art (companion print)
Diamond, Walter
Bryan, Donald
Powell, Robert
Mitchell, Raymond
Price, Charles
Bleidner, James
McLain, Ralph
Straub, Bill
Polin, Howard
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
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PRINT Limited edition of 25 remarques.

Supplied with companion print Preparing for Action.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Middleton, George
Snyder, Art (companion print)
Diamond, Walter
Bryan, Donald
Powell, Robert
Mitchell, Raymond
Price, Charles
Bleidner, James
McLain, Ralph
Straub, Bill
Polin, Howard
McKibben, Donald
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£320.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINT Limited edition of 10 double remarques.

Supplied with companion print Preparing for Action.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Middleton, George
Snyder, Art (companion print)
Diamond, Walter
Bryan, Donald
Powell, Robert
Mitchell, Raymond
Price, Charles
Bleidner, James
McLain, Ralph
Straub, Bill
Polin, Howard
McKibben, Donald
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£520.00VIEW EDITION...
Extra Details : Masters of the Sky by Richard Taylor. (B)
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Companion Print Preparing for Action :



Vital to any unit were the hardworking ground crews whose job it was to keep the mighty warbirds of the Eighth flying. Richard Taylor's wonderfully emotive drawing Preparing for Action features Major George Preddy's crew chief Art Snyder together with his crew as they work frantically to ready the P-51Ds of the 352nd in readiness for yet another sortie.

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*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Captain George Middleton
*Signature Value : £25

Joining the 352nd Fighter Group in March 1944, George flew 85 combat sorties with them until the end of hostilities in May 1945. He flew P-51 'Worra Bird', and acted as wingman to both George Preddy and Don Bryan on many occasions. George is credited with 2 aerial victories.


First Lieutenant Walter Jack Diamond
*Signature Value : £25

Jack Diamond joined the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group in October 1944 and flew P-51 Mustang 'Twyla Sue' with them until the end of the war. He was one of the few pilots who not only managed to get airborne during the Luftwaffes 1945 New Years Day onslaught of Operation Bodenplatte, but scored an aerial victory and damaged another as well.


Lt Col Donald S Bryan (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40

Originally a P-40 instructor with the 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, Don Bryan then transferred to the 328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group as a flight leader flying P-47s. Moving to Bodney, England, in June, he flew with the group on its first combat mission in September, flying his P-47 "Little One", named after his girlfriend Frances Norman. In April 1944, he transferred to P-51s, "Little One II" and "Little One III", and completed his first combat tour in May 1944. He returned to the 328th Fighter Squadron in August, became an Ace two months later, and gained "Ace in a Day" status on 2nd November when he downed five Fw190s in a single mission. Don flew 140 combat missions, never lost a wingman, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor. Lt Col Bryan died on 15th May 2012.
Staff Sergeant Art Snyder
*Signature Value : £20

Serving with the 352nd Fighter Group from 1942 to 1945, Art Snyder was George Preddys greatly respected crew chief who kept his P-51 'Cripes A Mighty' flying to perfection, invaluable to Preddy as the highest scoring P-51 Ace in the Eighth Air Force. Art also doubled as the units barber, often decorating Preddys Mustang with a small barbers pole to the right hand engine nacelle.

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MustangThe ubiquitous North American P-51 Mustang, which many consider to be the best all-around fighter of WW II, owes its origins to the British Air Ministry. Following Britains entry into WW II in 1939, the RAF was interested in purchasing additional fighter aircraft from American sources, particularly the Curtiss P-40. Curtiss, which was busy, was unable to guarantee timely delivery so the British approached North American Aviation as a possible second source for the P-40. North American chose to propose its own fighter design which would use the same Allison engine as the P-40. Utilizing new laminar flow wings, the North American fighter was expected to have performance better than the P-40. Developed in record time the new aircraft was designated as a Mustang I by the Brits, whereas the USAAF ordered two for evaluation which were designated XP-51 Apaches. Intrigued with the possibility of using this aircraft also as a dive bomber, North American proposed this to the USAAF which decided to order 500 of the P-51 aircraft to be modified for dive bombing use. Designated as the A-36 Invader, this version of the Mustang utilized dive flaps, and bomb racks under each wing. Some reinforcing of the structural members was also required because of the G-forces to be encountered in dive bombing. A-36s entered combat service with the USAAF prior to any P-51s. In early 1943 the 86th and 27th Fighter Bomber Groups of the 12th Air Force began flying A-36s out of Northern Africa. Despite some early problems with instability caused by the dive flaps, the A-36 was effective in light bombing and strafing roles. It was not, however, capable of dog fighting with German fighters, especially at higher altitudes. Despite these drawbacks one USAAF pilot, Captain Michael T. Russo, who served with the 16th Bomb Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, was credited with five confirmed aerial victories in the A-36, thereby becoming the first mustang ace.

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