On Saturday, 9 August 1941 the unthinkable happened: the legendary Fighter
leader Douglas Bader failed to return from a mission over northern France.
Immediately, without thought for their own safety, the fiercely loyal
pilots of his Tangmere Wing set out on a sweep to search for him, hoping
that he may have successfully bailed out into the Channel. By nightfall,
however, there was no sign of him and everyone feared that their famous
Wing Leader might have been lost. A few days later, however, the good
news filtered into Tangmere; Bader, renowned as the Fighter Ace with artificial
legs, had survived, albeit as a prisoner of war.
36" wide x 24" high
Robert Taylor’s famous painting portrays Spitfires of the Tangmere
Wing flying a southerly course towards the Pas de Calais and a doubtless
engagement with Adolf Galland’s ‘Abbeville Boys’. The
glorious colours of sunrise glint on the sleek fighters as they streak
out over the early
morning cumulus clouds.
The painting depicts a peaceful prelude to what will inevitably become
an intense dogfight for the younger pilots and takes its unusual name
from the witty message chalked up on one of the Wing’s notice boards
– ‘Bader’s Bus Company – daily tickets to the
Continent – Return tickets only!’. Every time the mercurial
Wing Leader crossed the French
coast he would announce: ‘Bader’s Bus Company on time’.
The original lithograph edition, which was personally signed by pilots
from this famous unit, are long sold out and will always remain in great
demand. However, thanks to the latest high-technology Giclée process,
collectors can at last enjoy this much admired image on canvas through
the release of these new Studio Proofs.
Each canvas is hand-signed by the artist Robert Taylor, stamped on the
back, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of authenticity.
STUDIO PROOF - GICLEE ON CANVAS
Edition Size - 75
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