A rare Robert Taylor Limited Edition signed by three famous holders of
the Victoria Cross: Bill Reid, Roderick Learoyd and Norman Jackson, and
Andrew Mynarski's six fellow crew members of V-RA: A. de Breyne (Skipper),
J. Kelly, P. Brophy, R. Vigars, J. Friday and A. Bodie.
Lancaster V-RA had a short but distinguished career. To all intents and
purposes she was a brand new aircraft when she flew her first mission
on D-Day, 6 June 1944. At first light on that historic day her young Canadian
crew of seven, average age 21, struck at the heavy coastal guns at Arromanches,
bombing from just 1500 feet. The next night they took out a bridge at
Coutances in West Normandy from 1200 feet, and on the third night they
raided the Achere marshalling yards on the outskirts of Paris. Her final
mission against the Cambrai marshalling yards on the night of 12 June
ended in heroism and disaster. Shot down in flames by a Ju88, Pilot Officer
Andrew Mynarski sacrificed his own life to save his trapped rear gunner.
Miraculously six survived. Mynarski was awarded posthumously the Victoria
Cross for his conspicuous act of valour.
As a flying memorial to Mynarski and all bomber crews, on 24 September
1988 a Lancaster, lovingly restored over many years by the Canadian Warplane
Heritage Foundation, flew from Mount Hope Airport, Nr. Hamilton, Ontario,
painted in the markings of Andrew Mynarski's famous aircraft. To commemorate
this special event Robert Taylor was commissioned to paint Mynarski's
In Robert Taylor's painting, Lancaster V-RA is seen on final approach
to RAF Colerne early on the morning of 6 June 1944.
- A single edition limited to 1250 prints
- Overall Size 33"x 25"
- Each print signed and numbered by the artist
- Countersigned by
Bill Reid VC
Roderick Learoyd VC
Norman Jackson VC
A de Breyne
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