This is released with Return of the Hunters
by Anthony Saunders
JUNE 1944 - THE NORMANDY PORTFOLIO
- Gold Beach 6 June 1944 -
As the first rays of dawn broke over Gold Beach on the
morning of 6 June 1944, twenty-three Halifax bombers from 76 Squadron
headed inland over the breaking surf below. Their task: to annihilate
the large German coastal gun battery of Mont Fleury that overlooked the
beach where elements of the British 50th Division would shortly be landing.
As ships of the Royal Navy joined the barrage and with the battery all
but silenced, the bombers headed
north, back towards England. Anthony Saunders' second painting Dawn Breakers
catches the moment as the Halifaxes, now escorted by American P-51s of
the 359th Fighter Group, survey the extra¬ordinary sight unfolding
below them. Carried by a vast flotilla of landing craft, the first assault
brigades of the 50th Division stream towards the Normandy shore where,
despite heavy initial opposition, the British forces soon broke through.
The German defenders who had survived the assault on the Mont Fleury battery
had been cowed into submission, the survivors quickly over-run and taken
prisoner. Their 122mm guns had offered no resistance and remained silent
By midnight the 50th Division had landed over 25,000 men, and linking
up with the Canadians on Juno Beach, had secured a deep bridgehead along
a six mile front. The Battle for Caen and their long, slow march to Berlin
Each print in Anthony Sounders' D-Day commemorative print Dawn Breakers
has been signed by three highly
distinguished aviators who flew Halifaxes, during WWII and the Normandy
Every print is endorsed by the artist and hand-numbered.
is signed by:
Flight Lieutenant ERIC BERNARD
Having trained as a Rear Gunner on Handley Page Halifaxes Eric Bernard
was posted to join 10 Squadron in Yorkshire, with whom he completed 32
operations including many raids over Germany and occupied France.
•Flight Lieutenant JAMES HAMPTON
James Hampton enlisted in the RAF in 1943 and trained as a Flight Engineer.
He flew Halifaxes operationally with 76 Squadron from RAF Holme-on-Spalding
Moor in Yorkshire, he was also the youngest and only survivor of 3 brothers.
After leaving the squadron he flew on flight testing
Warrant Officer REX STATHAM
Rex Statham flew on Halifaxes as a Flight Engineer, completing a full
Tour of Operations with 158 Squadron at RAF Lissett in Yorkshire. For
his second tour, again on Halifaxes, he was transferred to 10 Squadron
at RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire, and flew his final operation of the war
Signed and Numbered Print
Edition Size - 350
Edition Size - 25
Edition Size - 25
Edition Size -10
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