Eagle Force by Robert Taylor - The Eagle Tribute Proof edition of 40, print #22/40

Eagle Force by Robert Taylor - The Eagle Tribute Proof edition of 40, print #22/40

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"Eagle Force" pays tribute to the 240 American fighter pilots all volunteers who flew with the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Flying with skill and courage the legend of the "American Eagle" was borne with the British public through the desperate fight for survival, the Battle of Britain.

In September 1940 some of these pilots formed the first "Eagle Squadron"  71 Squadron made up of US volunteers pilots. This was the first of three Eagle Squadrons. Many became leading aces in the RAF and later in the USAAF. 

The main print show's pilots of 71 Eagle Squadron returning to base in in Spitfire Vbs in late 1941. The main print is signed by Steve Pisanos, Bill Edwards, Don Blakeslee, Michael Miluck, Don Nee, James Grey and Don Ross all of who were volunteer pilots with the RAF and later flew with the Eagle Squadron.

The "Eagles Edition" matted pencil print is signed by Jim Goodson, George Maxwell, Luke Allen, Steve Crow and Bill Slade. Included in the matting are the signatures of Oscar Coen, Carrol "Red" McColpin and Reade Tilley. All these pilots flew as volunteers with the RAF and later formed into the Eagle Squadrons.

There are a total of 15 American RAF volunteer and "Eagle Squadron" pilot signatures many of who went on to be highly successful leaders in the USAAF when the US joined WWII. This is a unique collection of signatures.

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