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Okinawa by Robert Taylor.


Okinawa by Robert Taylor.

Following their victory at Midway, American forces had fought a long, bloody and bitter campaign to retake the Japanese held islands in the Pacific. By the end of March 1945, however, they had finally captured Iwo Jima and looked towards Okinawa, a province of Japan itself. But the closer the fighting came to Japan, the greater was the enemy's resistance. The five-week long battle for Iwo Jima had been bloody, brutal and costly with over 26,000 US Marine casualties. Of the 21,000-strong Japanese garrison on the island less than 300 prisoners had been taken; the rest refusing to surrender, preferring to fight to the death or commit 'honourable' ritual suicide. Now the Allied attention turned to the island of Okinawa. Annexed by Japan in the late nineteenth century and less than 400 miles south of its mainland, it was the place from which the Allied invasion of Japan must be launched. Supported by a huge naval presence, including one of the largest British fleets ever assembled, the assault began on 1st April 1945 with the largest amphibious landing of the Pacific war - six US Divisions landed during what has been referred to as a typhoon of steel. Japan's response was ferocious seeing the peak of the kamikaze scourge and the Allied fighter pilots, whilst providing ground support to the advancing infantry, desperately attempted to defend the naval fleet from unrelenting attacks. While the British ships with their steel decks fared much better, the kamikazes took their toll on the US fleet, highlighting a conflict worse than anything seen before. The 82 day battle was one of the most severe and bloody campaigns of WWII, accounting for over 14,000 Allied deaths and five times that number of Japanese soldiers. This painting depicts USMC Ace Dean Caswell and F4U Corsairs from VMF-221, based on the carrier USS Bunker Hill climbing away from the target area after delivering a blistering rocket attack on enemy positions on Okinawa.
Item Code : DHM6576Okinawa by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 400 prints.

Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£215.00

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Other editions of this item : Okinawa by Robert Taylor. DHM6576
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Collectors edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
Fladland, Clint
Lucas, William
De Groot, Philip
Smith, Darrell
Bradley, Lyle
Porter, Robert Bruce
McBride, Tom
Swett, James E
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£425.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTCollectors edition of 200 prints. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
Fladland, Clint
Lucas, William
De Groot, Philip
Smith, Darrell
Bradley, Lyle
Porter, Robert Bruce
McBride, Tom
Swett, James E
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£315.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTVeterans edition of 110 prints. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
Fladland, Clint
Lucas, William
De Groot, Philip
Smith, Darrell
Bradley, Lyle
Porter, Robert Bruce
McBride, Tom
Swett, James E
Hardy, Willis E
Laird, Dean
Momi, Harry
Schmahl, Donald
Wonderlich, Mike
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£445.00VIEW EDITION...
PRESENTATIONTribute edition of 10 prints.

Supplied with a companion original drawing, with five extra signatures. Drawing overall matted size is 20 inches x 14 inches (51cm x 36cm).
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
Fladland, Clint
Lucas, William
De Groot, Philip
Smith, Darrell
Bradley, Lyle
Porter, Robert Bruce
McBride, Tom
Swett, James E
Hardy, Willis E
Laird, Dean
Momi, Harry
Schmahl, Donald
Wonderlich, Mike
Deffenbaugh, Lloyd
Pickering, James
Cartledge, Chris (companion print)
Quilter, Keith (companion print)
Blanc, Jeff de (matted on companion print)
Donahue, Archie (matted on companion print)
Walsh, Kenneth A (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£2995.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUEVeterans edition of 15 remarques. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
Fladland, Clint
Lucas, William
De Groot, Philip
Smith, Darrell
Bradley, Lyle
Porter, Robert Bruce
McBride, Tom
Swett, James E
Hardy, Willis E
Laird, Dean
Momi, Harry
Schmahl, Donald
Wonderlich, Mike
Deffenbaugh, Lloyd
Pickering, James
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£825.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUEVeterans edition of 10 double remarques. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (71cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 41cm) Caswell, Dean
McPhail, Joe
Fladland, Clint
Lucas, William
De Groot, Philip
Smith, Darrell
Bradley, Lyle
Porter, Robert Bruce
McBride, Tom
Swett, James E
Hardy, Willis E
Laird, Dean
Momi, Harry
Schmahl, Donald
Wonderlich, Mike
Deffenbaugh, Lloyd
Pickering, James
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£1425.00VIEW EDITION...

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Colonel Dean Caswell USMC
In early 1945 he joined VMF-221 Fighting Falcons flying the Corsair from the USS Bunker Hill quickly scoring his first victories, shooting down three Japanese Zekes in less than five minutes on 18th March. During the Battle of Okinawa he flew combat missions over the island, becoming an Ace on 28th April when again he scored three victories on one mission. On 11th May he was on board the USS Bunker Hill when it was hit by kamikazes and was forced to jump overboard. By the end of the war he had flown 78 combat missions and scored 7 victories and one probable. He later flew with the Blue Angels before serving two tours in Korea and a tour in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star and 3 DFCs.


Colonel Joe McPhail USMC
Joining the Marine Corps in 1941 his first operational unit was VMF-441, flying the Wildcat on missions in the Central Pacific and on one occasion was forced to bail out after running out of fuel. After a spell in the US as an instructor he returned to combat, flying the F4U Corsair with VMF-323 Death Rattlers over the Marshal Islands and then throughout the Okinawa campaign where he scored two victories over Japanese fighters. During Korea he flew F4Us in combat with VMF-214 the Black Sheep. He flew a total of 240 combat missions and was awarded the DFC.


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