A NEW LIMITED EDITION TO COMMEMORATE THE RAF’S FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID
30 JANUARY 1943
‘No enemy plane will fly over the Reich territory.’
Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering
The swaggering figure of the Reichsmarshal swept imperiously into the
Air Ministry on Berlin’s Wilhemstrasse, his jewel-encrusted baton
and extravagant uniform as flamboyant as ever. This was Saturday, 30 January
1943, the tenth Anniversary of the Nazi Party coming to power, and Goering
was about to deliver the main speech in tribute to the Party and its leader,
the Fuhrer - Adolf Hitler.
The Royal Air Force had other plans for the anniversary. In stark defiance
of the imagined air security safeguarding Berlin, brave pilots of 105
and 139 Sqn's took to the air in de Havilland Mosquito's, on course for
Germany. Their mission: RAF Bomber Command’s first daylight raid
The raid was timed to perfection and three Mosquito's of 105 Sqn raced
headlong, low level towards their target - the Haus des Rundfunks, headquarters
of the German State broadcasting company. It was an hour before Goering
could finally be broadcast. He was boiling with rage and humiliation.
A few hours later, adding further insult, Mosquito's from 139 Sqn swept
over the city in a second attack moments before Goebbels addressed a Nazi
mass rally in the Sportpalast. Goering’s promise that enemy aircraft
would never fly over the Reich was broken, the echo of that shame would
haunt him for the rest of the war.
Anthony Saunders dramatic new painting pays tribute to this pivotal moment
in the war. His masterful brush brings the scene into vibrant, spectacular
life with painstaking attention to detail, capturing the Mosquito B.Mk.IVs
of 105 Sqn departing the target area, following their successful strike
on the Haus des Rundfunk.
Importantly Anthony Saunders' publisher has managed to trace no less than
three highly distinguished Mosquito crew who flew many of those dangerous
missions to Berlin, and that they have personally signed every print in
The publisher is honoured to recreate this important piece of World War
II history, and to add further authenticity every print is personally
signed by THREE Mosquito crew who flew the highly dangerous
missions to Berlin:
Flight Lieutenant KEN TEMPEST DFC
He flew over 40 missions as a Navigator on Mosquito's, more than 20 of
them to Berlin.
Flight Lieutenant COLIN BELL DFC AFC
Completed 50 operations as a Mosquito Pilot, including 13 missions to
Flight Lieutenant GEORGE DUNN DFC
A Pilot, he flew 30 operations in Halifaxes and then 14 missions to Berlin
375 Signed and numbered
25 Artist Proofs
Overall Print Size: 31½" wide x 23¾" high Image
Size: 25" wide x 16" high
Acid Free Permanent Paper
sample of double remarque
A unique hand-drawn Remarque is one of the best ways to own an original
piece of art by Anthony Saunders. Widely acknowledged as one of the most
inspiration aviation artists of his generation, each of his delicately
crafted pencil drawings is skillfully created in the lower margins of
the print, and will be of a Mosquito relevant to the air strike on Berlin.
25 Single Remarques
10 Double Remarques
Anthony’s previous releases have all been highly sought after and
advance sales of his outstanding Remarques are already very strong, so
please don’t hesitate to contact us now for availability.
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