CHANCE ENCOUNTER - FRAMED
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941 stunned America and the World. The Japanese assault continued unabated, however, and they landed on the coast of Malaya, Guam was seized, Hong Kong taken and landings made in the American held Philippine Islands. The totally unprepared Allies were simply overwhelmed.
On 23rd December, just 16 days after Pearl Harbor, a Japanese invasion fleet was spotted steaming south towards British Borneo and several Allied Units were heading West in order to intercept this Force. However, the Japanese changed course on to an Easterly heading during the night and made for the beaches of Kuching.
Among the Allied Units searching for this fleet was the Dutch Submarine K XIV, which was now heading in the opposite direction to the enemy. Also out were Royal Netherlands Navy flying boats and, ironically, these were German-built Dornier 24's. The Dornier 24 was designed specifically for the Dutch to use in their East Indies and 37 were delivered and served against the Japanese.
One of these Do24's - X-35 - spotted the Japanese invasion fleet on it's new course and swung away in the hope of finding an Allied warship to inform. By pure chance she sighted a Submarine on the surface, which turned out to be the Dutch K XIV and signalled the location, course and speed on the enemy fleet. The Submarine quickly acknowledged and turned onto the new heading.
The K XIV engaged the Japanese fleet in the shallow waters of the landing beach-head and caused chaos, sinking two ships and damaging two others. The Dornier 24 was attacked by 'Pete' Floatplanes from an enemy heavy cruiser but showed it's metal by driving off the fighters and returning safely to base! The Dutch forces had thus struck one of the first Allied blows against the Japanese following Pearl Harbor.
Robert Taylor's specially Commissioned painting - to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Royal Netherlands Navy Air Service - depicts this 'chance encounter' between the K XIV sub and the Dornier 24 which will result in a major success for the Dutch and the Allies.
The Print is signed by Artist Robert Taylor and FIVE veterans who were members of either Sub K XIV or Dornier 24 'X-35'. They are:-
OUD ADJUDANT ONDEROFFICIER VLIEGER PAUL KOMMER - Co-Pilot of Do24 'X-35'
LUITENANT TER ZEE VK 2OC b.d GERARDUS 'Gerard' VAN SCHOOTEN - Air Gunner on Do24 'X-35'
KAPITEIN-LUITENANT TER ZEE KMR b.d JULIUS 'RED' VAN NIEUWENHUIZEN - Torpedo Room Submarine k XIV
LUITENANT TER ZEE SD 2OC b.d HENDRIK 'HENK' VAN DEN ENDE - Torpedo Room Submarine K XIV
LUITENANT TER ZEE 2OC b.d EELKE 'BOB' SCHOLTE - Torpedo Room Submarine K XIV
This example has been superbly Framed with an ORIGINAL Royal Netherlands Naval Cap tally. The Framed piece measures 31 x 24.5 Inches.
A very unusual Taylor piece.
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