“24 March 1945″
"Red Tail and Big Yank Over Berlin"
Autographed by P-51 fighter pilot Capt. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.; 332nd Fighter Group and B-17G heavy bomber pilot Lt. Bill Strapko.
17″ x 22″ Autographed Print
Capt. Roscoe Brown & Lt. Bill Strapko – Signed Print
About the Artist, Jerry Taliaferro:
Jerry Taliaferro was born in the small southern town of Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined the Army. Almost a year later he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated four years later as a member of the Class of 1977.
His real interest in photography began when he was posted to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for Special Forces training in 1981. While serving in Germany, his interest in photography continued to grow and in 1985 he was published for the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images.
After returning to the United States in the Summer of 1985, Jerry began doing assignments for advertising and design firms. In July 1988, he left the military and began his pursuit of a career in commercial photography.
Over the ensuing years, his interest turned more to fine art photography. This change in direction has resulted in several projects and published pieces. Women Of A New Tribe, a photographic study of the spiritual and physical beauty of black women is one of his latest projects.
Jerry is dedicated to presenting and preserving the history of the first black aviators in the form of aviation art. After meticulous research, he uses a process in which carefully crafted special effects photographs are digitally manipulated to create realistic depictions of events and aircrafts. The final part of the process is review of the image by a group of subject matter experts which includes historians, modelers, hobbyists, and in some cases actual witnesses. His first goal is to be as historically accurate as possible.