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Schweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor. (AP) - world-wartwo.co.uk

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Schweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor. (AP)


Schweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor. (AP)

Briefing at 0500 hours on the morning of 14 October 1943 brought the crews of the 92nd Bomb Group news they did not want to hear: Its Schweinfurt again! The same message was being repeated in USAAF bomb group briefing rooms all over eastern England in the early hours of what was to become forever known as Black Thursday. Robert Taylors majestic painting shows Colonel Budd Peaslees B-17 Equipose, piloted by Kemp McLaughlin, leading the Fortresses of the 92nd Bomb Group en-route to the vital ball-bearing factories at Schweinfurt.
Item Code : DHM2614APSchweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor. (AP) - This Edition
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs, with 10 signatures.

Print paper size 36 inches x 24 inches (91cm x 61cm) Bird, Frederick J
Goetz, Jack R
Higgins, Malcolm H
Martin, Bill E
McGinnis, Roy C
Mullinax, James A Pete
Roberts, Ben
McLaughlin, J Kemp
Klint, Wilbur Bud
Noack, John P
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : Schweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor.DHM2614
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 500 prints, with 3 signatures. Print paper size 36 inches x 24 inches (91cm x 61cm) McLaughlin, J Kemp
Klint, Wilbur Bud
Noack, John P
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRINT Schweinfurt limited edition of 325 prints, with 10 signatures. Print paper size 36 inches x 24 inches (91cm x 61cm) Bird, Frederick J
Goetz, Jack R
Higgins, Malcolm H
Martin, Bill E
McGinnis, Roy C
Mullinax, James A Pete
Roberts, Ben
McLaughlin, J Kemp
Klint, Wilbur Bud
Noack, John P
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRINT Limited edition of 125 commemorative proofs, with 24 signatures.

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Print paper size 36 inches x 24 inches (91cm x 61cm) Bird, Frederick J
Goetz, Jack R
Higgins, Malcolm H
Martin, Bill E
McGinnis, Roy C
Mullinax, James A Pete
Roberts, Ben
Coberly, Jat G
Bason, Earl G
Davidson, Roy G
Fisher, Marshall L
Fox, Edward K
Millson, Ed
Parks, Thomas A
Rickel, Robert
Roberts, George G
Scarborough, John
Slane, Robert M
Springer, Donald
Tessien, Henry E
Denz, Adolf
McLaughlin, J Kemp
Klint, Wilbur Bud
Noack, John P
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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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 James A Pete Mullinax
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Pilot James Mullinax flew B 17 Flying Fortresses with the 332nd BS, 94th Bomb Group undertaking his first combat mission in September 1943. He had completed ei operations before his aircraft was attacked and shot down during the 14 Octobe. Schweinfurt mission. Bailing out, he was taken POW by the Germans.
Captain Malcolm H Higgins
*Signature Value : £20

Pilot Malcolm Higgins flew with the 100th Bomb Group on the Anklam raid of 9 Oc 1943, and was with the 3 5 1 st Bomb Group on the second Schweinfart raid, 14 October 1943. During this mission his aircraft came under heavy attack and he was shot down Taken by the Germans, he remained a POW until 10 May 1945.
Chief Master Sergeant Roy C McGinnis
*Signature Value : £35

Joining up in November 1940, Roy McGinnis was the right waist gunner on a B 17 o the 339th BS, 96th Bomb Group. His first mission was in October 1943 to Erriden and after a couple of other major raids, he was shot down during the 14 October Schweinfart mission and taken prisoner by the Germans.
First Lieutenant Frederick J Bird
*Signature Value : £30

Navigator with the 326th BS, 92nd Bomb Group, Fred Bird flew 14 combat missions on B 17 Fortresses, his first being on 26 August 1943. Following the second raid on Schweinfitirt he was later shot down and taken prisoner of war. He remained captive until liberated on 29 April 1945.
First Lieutenant John P Noack
*Signature Value : £30

Joining the service in March 1942, John trained as a pilot before being posted to England joining the 369th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group flying B17s from their base at Thurleigh in Bedfordshire. He undertook his first mission in anger on 12 August 1943, and on 14 October went on the second mission to Schweinfurt. On 11 December 1943, after completing 15 combat missions, his B 17 was shot down over Europe and he was forced to ditch, and taken prisoner by the Germans, remaining in captivity until liberated on 30 April 1945.
First Lieutenant Wilbur 'Bud' Klint
*Signature Value : £20

'Bud' Klint joined the service in 1942, and after qualifying as a pilot was posted to England in July 1943. He flew the first of his tour of 25 combat missions in B 1 7s on 16 August 1943. The following day he went on the first mission to Schweinflart, and then to Stuttgart on 6 September when he was forced to safely ditch his aircraft. On 14 October he went to Schweinffirt again - this time on the fateful second mission, but again brought his aircraft safely home. He finished his tour in Europe and after a period instructing on B 17s left the service in November 1945.
General J Kemp Mclaughlin
*Signature Value : £25

As a Second Lieutenant in October 1942, Kemp McLaughlin had already brought a heavily damaged and burning B 17 safely home whilst under heavy attack from German aircraft. It was a suitable prelude to the dangers that would face him and his crew a year later when on 14 Oct 1943, he was the pilot of the 92nd Bomb Group's B 17 Equipose, the mission command plane during the second mission to attack the ball-bearing factory at Schweinfurt. Under constant attack from German fighters for almost six hours, he again brought the crew safely home. The following month he was deputy air commander on a bombing raid in Norway, when his aircraft lost oil pressure due to one engine overheating. The crew carried on to the target, but on the return to England were attacked by fighters. Unable to return fire because all guns had been thrown overboard to lighten the aircraft, he skilfully coaxed his plane safely back to base. His 'luck' continued when in December 1944 he was air commander on a raid during the Battle of the Bulge when shrapnel pierced his scat a few inches from him, he was uninjured.
Staff Sergeant Ben Roberts
*Signature Value : £25

Flying with the 364th BS, 305th Bomb Group, Ben Roberts was a B17 ball turre gunner. Flying his first mission on 5 October 1943, his fifth mission was the 14 Octobe raid to Schweinfurt, during which his aircraft was shot down. Bailing out he wa captured and taken to Stalag Luft 17B until the war's end.
Technical Sergeant Bill E Martin
*Signature Value : £30

Bill Martin was a Fortress waist gunner with the 384th Bomb Group, flying his firs combat operation in June 1943. He took part in many of the Groups main raids including the second Schweinfurt operation. After completing 21 missions his aircraft was shot down and he bailed out, escaping captivity via Switzerland.
Technical Sergeant Jack R Goetz
*Signature Value : £15

Jack Goetz served with the 544th BS, 384th Bomb Group, flying B 17s from Grafton Underwood. Top turret gunner, his full tour of 25 missions took in the second Schweinfurt raid, raids on Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart, and included a crash landing at his home base, and a ditching in the North Sea.

The Aircraft :
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Flying FortressIn the mid-1930s engineers at Boeing suggested the possibility of designing a modern long-range monoplane bomber to the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1934 the USAAC issued Circular 35-26 that outlined specifications for a new bomber that was to have a minimum payload of 2000 pounds, a cruising speed in excess of 200-MPH, and a range of at least 2000 miles. Boeing produced a prototype at its own expense, the model 299, which first flew in July of 1935. The 299 was a long-range bomber based largely on the Model 247 airliner. The Model 299 had several advanced features including an all-metal wing, an enclosed cockpit, retractable landing gear, a fully enclosed bomb bay with electrically operated doors, and cowled engines. With gun blisters glistening everywhere, a newsman covering the unveiling coined the term Flying Fortress to describe the new aircraft. After a few initial test flights the 299 flew off to Wright Field setting a speed record with an average speed of 232-mph. At Wright Field the 299 bettered its competition in almost all respects. However, an unfortunate crash of the prototype in October of 1935 resulted in the Army awarding its primary production contract to Douglas Aircraft for its DB-1 (B-18.) The Army did order 13 test models of the 299 in January 1936, and designated the new plane the Y1B-17. Early work on the B-17 was plagued by many difficulties, including the crash of the first Y1B-17 on its third flight, and nearly bankrupted the Company. Minor quantities of the B-17B, B-17C, and B-17D variants were built, and about 100 of these aircraft were in service at the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. In fact a number of unarmed B-17s flew into the War at the time of the Japanese attack. The German Blitzkrieg in Europe resulted in accelerated aircraft production in America. The B-17E was the first truly heavily armed variant and made its initial flight in September of 1941. B-17Es cost $298,000 each and more than 500 were delivered. The B-17F and B-17G were the truly mass-produced wartime versions of the Flying Fortress. More than 3,400 B-17Fs and more than 8,600 B-17Gs would be produced. The American daylight strategic bombing campaign against Germany was a major factor in the Allies winning the War in Europe. This campaign was largely flown by B-17 Flying Fortresses (12,677 built) and B-24 Liberators (18,188 built.) The B-17 bases were closer to London than those of the B-24, so B-17s received a disproportionate share of wartime publicity. The first mission in Europe with the B-17 was an Eighth Air Force flight of 12 B-17Es on August 12, 1942. Thousands more missions, with as many as 1000 aircraft on a single mission would follow over the next 2 years, virtually decimating all German war making facilities and plants. The B-17 could take a lot of damage and keep on flying, and it was loved by the crews for bringing them home despite extensive battle damage. Following WW II, B-17s would see some action in Korea, and in the 1948 Israel War. There are only 14 flyable B-17s in operation today and a total of 43 complete airframes

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