As they cleared the surrounding hills the valley unfolded to reveal the
black waters of the lake glistening in the crystal clear moonlight. And
then, away in the distance, they saw the target they had come to destroy
– the Möhne Dam.
The largest dam in Europe, the fortress-like walls of Möhne held
back nearly 140 million cubic metres of water essential to the industry
and factories of the Ruhr. The Air Ministry had long ago decided that
if the Möhne dam, and the two other major Ruhr dams – the Eder
and Sorpe – were destroyed, it could deliver a massive blow to the
Nazi war machine.
But cracking open the mighty dams would require exceptional flying skills;
and so, on 21 March 1943, a new squadron was formed specifically for the
task, the only time this ever happened in Bomber Command. Known as 617
Squadron and led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, it was not only the squadron
that was unique, so was the weapon they would be using – Upkeep
– a cylindrical, hydrostatic ‘bouncing’ bomb. The brainchild
of Barnes Wallis, Upkeep was designed to skip across the surface of the
water, sink against the dam’s massive wall, and explode with enormous
force at a precise depth.
In Robert Taylor’s sensational new painting Guy Gibson and Mick
Martin draw the enemy’s fire as ‘Dinghy’ Young clears
the dam’s parapet seconds after releasing his bomb. A few moments
later Young’s bomb will successfully detonate against the dam leaving
it mortally wounded allowing David Maltby in AJ-J to finish the task.
With the Möhne Dam breached Gibson, with the remaining crews, will
turn south to repeat the operation at the Eder Dam.
Overall Print size: 28" wide x 27" high
Planned and created some years ago the prints were personally signed by
all of the Dambusters veterans that were alive at that time in preparation
for the 70th Anniversary. Sadly some have since passed away giving even
greater meaning to this historic edition, allowing collectors a rare opportunity
to acquire a new release carrying such iconic signatures
THE LIMITED EDITION
Along with the artist Robert Taylor, every print in each edition is personally
signed by the following THREE veterans of the Dambuster Raid:
Squadron Leader GEORGE L. JOHNSON DFM RAF
Served as Bomb Aimer on Joe McCarthy’s Lancaster AJ-T which attacked
the Sorpe Dam.
Corporal KENNETH LUCAS RAF
Ground Crew for 617 Sqn carrying out the special modifications to the
Lancasters before the raid.
Sergeant FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND RCAF
Served as front gunner on Les Knight’s Lancaster AJ-N which breached
the Eder Dam.
THE LIMITED EDITION with THREE signatures
350 signed & numbered prints
THE COLLECTORS EDITION & REMARQUES
Each print in these FIVE signature editions are also signed by:
Flight Sergeant GRANT S. McDONALD RCAF
Served as rear gunner on Lancaster AJ-F flown by Ken Brown.
Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
The pilot of Lancaster AJ-W assigned to attack the Sorpe Dam.
THE COLLECTORS EDITIONS with FIVE signatures
275 Collectors Edition
25 Artist Proofs
Limited to 19 copies, representing each aircraft that took part in the
raid, the Remarques care endorsed with a specially created pencil drawing
by Robert Taylor in the border of the print.
Roberts original work changes hands for ever increasing sums on the collectors
market. Despite the tough climate of recent years his work remains highly
collectable and all indications are that it continues to be a sound investment.
These superb pieces represent the ultimate in collecting and an opportunity
to acquire Robert's original work at the release price, however we urge
you to contact us without delay to be included in the allocation.
10 Double Remarques
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