This limited edition color lithograph, published in 1989 by Robert Taylor is numbered 560 of 1,250. “Zemke’s Wolfpack” is signed by Bud Mahurin, Robert Johnson, Frances Gabreski, and the first commander, Hub Zemke. The dynamic scene depicts the famed Wolfpack fighting off German FW190s and defending a damaged B-17. Housed in an archival frame, this autographed lithograph is highly collectible.
Originally known as the 56th Fighter Group, “Zemke’s Wolfpack” quickly became a popular nickname for its pilots. These pilots were greatly feared by their enemies in WWII and produced more “aces” than any other USAAF group in history. A pilot becomes an “ace” after a certain number of “kills.” The Wolfpack was sent to England when the U.S. entered WWII and underwent numerous missions over France and Germany, accompanying Allied bombers on missions. The only group to use P-47s throughout the war, the pilots employed a dive, fire, and return technique to make up for the plane’s lack of maneuverability. Zemke and his men effectively dive-bombed airfields, troops, supply lines, and overall destroyed more enemy aircraft in combat than any other fighter group in the Eighth Air Force.
Robert Taylor is the most widely collected aviation artist. Taylor spent much of his life in Bath, England working as a fine art restorer. He became well known as one of the most talented restorers in the West of England and worked often on many “old masters.” Taylor was 32 before he became a full time painter for The Military Gallery. The impact of his early restoration career and the old master painters can easily be seen in his popular, dramatic, and inspiring aviation works.
Overall very good to fine condition. The limited edition print based off Robert Taylor’s original painting shows vibrant colors and no notable damage. The print is signed at the bottom margin by Hub Zemke, Bud Mahurin, Robert Johnson, and Frances Gabreski in clear, dark ink. This beautiful work is framed according to archival standards in an artistically distressed black frame.
Framed dimensions: 58” H x 30” W x 2” D.
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