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Milne Bay - The Turning Point: Publisher Proofs
by Robert Taylor
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The Battle for Milne Bay in New Guinea was a story of true grit, determination, and valour; it was the moment when the Imperial Japanese Army tasted defeat on land for the first time in nearly three centuries.

Overall Print Size: 25 1⁄8" wide x 19 1⁄4" high
Companion print: 19 7⁄8" wide x 15 1⁄8" high

In the space of two weeks, the Japanese attempt to capture Milne Bay was halted, and any ambitions they might have held to invade Australia, thwarted.

And that victory was due in no small part to the Kittyhawks of 75 and 76 Squadrons RAAF.

Robert Taylor’s powerful new painting depicts Kittyhawks from 75 and & 76 Squadrons RAAF, returning to No 1 Strip after attacking Japanese positions during the Battle for Milne Bay.

Under the starboard wing of the lead aircraft, ‘Polly’, the smoke of action is clearly visible as the Japanese press from their landing site, along the coast towards the airstrip.

‘Polly’, now beautifully restored, resides in the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra, a tribute to the men and machines who stopped the Japanese in New Guinea.

Prints are signed by RAAF veterans who flew and fought in Kittyhawks with 75 and 76 squadrons at the Battle for Milne Bay.

THE PUBLISHER PROOF EDITION: 75 prints. Each copy is also signed by the artist and hand-numbered.
The complete edition is individually signed by the following EIGHT P-40 veterans who flew and fought at Milne Bay, to represent 75 and 76 Squadrons RAAF.

Flight Lieutenant H. A. ‘HARRY’ KERR MID
Flight Lieutenant ARTHUR D. TUCKER 

Flight Lieutenant RAIFE J. COWAN
Flight Lieutenant A. J. ‘NAT’ GOULD
Flight Lieutenant NOEL C. TODD
Squadron Leader BRUCE D. WATSON DFC

With all the signatures of the ‘Collectors Edition’, the Publisher Proofs are issued with exclusive matching numbered copies of Robert Taylor’s pencil drawing PATROLLING THE TOP END. There are a total of NINE signatures in this historic edition:

Patrolling the Top End

By Robert Taylor

Signed by:

Hon GOUGH WHITLAM AC QC (Companion print)

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