Usually it was seven men who flew together as a crew with RAF Bomber Command.
They formed the closest of bonds, forged through an anvil of freezing
temperatures, deadly flak and prowling nightfighters.
Whilst the ‘Few’ of Fighter Command had undoubtedly defeated
the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, it was the ‘Many’
of Bomber Command who were to play the pivotal role in delivering to the
Allies ultimate victory in Europe. But it came at a terrible cost: with
an average age of only 22, the odds of survival were slim and by 1943
the life expectancy for bomber aircrew was just 5 missions. In fact on
one raid alone - the Nuremberg raid of 30/31 March 1944 - 543 aircrew
were killed, more than Fighter Command lost during the entire Battle of
Robert Taylor’s evocative new painting is a moving tribute to
these men of Bomber Command. As the setting sun casts a golden glow, a
group of Lancasters from 576 Squadron form up after departing from their
Lincolnshire base at the start of a raid into Germany in late 1944. The
lead aircraft UL-I (LM227) was one of only a handful of Lancasters to
complete 100 operational sorties.
Between them the airmen of Bomber Command won 23 Victoria Crosses during
WWII, and countless others were highly decorated for courage and commitment.
Some of these veterans have now joined together to sign this commemorative
limited edition to honour all those who served with Bomber Command. They
include some of the RAF’s most inspirational leaders; men such as
James ‘Tirpitz’ Tait, one of the most highly decorated RAF
airmen of WWII. Although sadly no longer with us, we are privileged that
he was able to personally sign the prints during his lifetime, creating
a truly historic collectors edition.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Robert Taylor, each print in every edition is signed by
FIVE highly respected aircrew who flew Lancasters with RAF Bomber Command
Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM
Bomb Aimer on Lancaster AJ-T on the Dambusters Raid.
Warrant Officer HARRY IRONS DFC
Completed 2 full tours as a Rear Gunner with 9 Sqn.
Flight Sergeant JIM McGILLIVRAY
A Rear Gunner with 115 Squadron.
Warrant Officer KEN JOHNSON
Completed 44 operations as a Mid-Upper Gunner with 9 Sqn.
Warrant Officer JAMES COPUS
A Mid Upper Gunner, with 97 Sqn.
THE LIMITED EDITION with FIVE signatures
200 signed & numbered prints
Overall Print Size: 24½” wide 18¾” high
THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION & REMARQUES
The TEN signature Collectors’ Editions are additionally signed by
a further five highly decorated Lancaster veterans of Bomber Command including
Group Captain James Tait:
Group Captain JAMES B. TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC
James ‘Willie’ Tait was one of Bomber Command’s most
inspirational wartime leaders. Uniquely he was the only RAF airman to
be awarded four DSO's and two DFC's and was recommended for the Victoria
Cross for his "sustained gallantry" over almost five years of
constant operations; instead he was awarded a third Bar to his DSO for
his "conspicuous bravery and extreme devotion to duty in the face
of the enemy". By the end of the war he had flown more than 100 operations,
but is perhaps best remembered for his command of 617 Squadron and attacks
on the Tirpitz, including the final successful operation on which one
of Tait's own 'Tallboy' bombs scored a direct hit.
Air Commodore JOHN LANGSTON CBE
A Navigator with 617 Sqn.
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE
He flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain before joining 617 Sqn
as a Pilot.
Warrant Officer FRANK TILLEY
A Flight Engineer with 617 Sqn.
Flight Sergeant STAN BRADFORD DFM
One of only a handful of Lancaster Air Gunners to finish the war as an
Ace, credited with shooting down 6 enemy aircraft.
THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION with TEN signatures
100 Collectors’ Edition
25 Artist Proofs
Each of these ten signature prints will be enhanced with a distinctive
original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor, hand drawn within the border
and just FIVE copies are issued with a Double sized pencil remarque. These
are unique and highly prized pieces of original art by the master of aviation
THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION REMARQUES with TEN signatures
5 Double Remarques
THE VICTORIA CROSS EDITION
This edition carries all the signatures of the Collectors Edition, however
each copy is individually conservation matted to include a museum quality
reproduction miniature Victoria Cross. Included in the matting are the
rare and highly sought-after ORIGINAL pencil signatures of five veterans
of RAF Bomber Command who were awarded the nation’s highest award
for valour – the Victoria Cross, creating a historic FIFTEEN signature
Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Wing Commander ROD LEAROYD VC
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC*
Group Captain LEONARD TRENT VC DFC ADC
25 Victoria Cross Edition with 15 signatures
Overall matted size: 27¼" wide 24" high
Exclusively limited to just twenty five copies worldwide this edition
will certainly be oversubscribed so please contact us now to be included
in the allocation
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