Final Briefing by Anthony Saunders
This is released with The Breach by Anthony Saunders
RAF Scampton: 16 May 1943 20.55 hrs.
Everyone at Scampton suspected that something big was about to happen.
The crews of the recently formed 617 Squadron, hand-picked by their CO
Wing Commander Guy Gibson, had been training hard for weeks and the rumour
on the grapevine suggested it might be the Tirpitz they were after. But
then, late in the afternoon of 16 May 1943 came the call over the station
tannoy that they had all been waiting for: ‘All crews of 617 Squadron
to report to the briefing room – immediately.’
The buzz of excited conversation dropped into silence as Gibson addressed
them, and the secret was shared: their small force was about to attack
the major dams of western Germany. It was what they had been waiting for
and they would go that night.
Final Briefing is the first in Anthony Saunders’ new pair of prints
to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid and depicts
the moment at dispersal as Guy Gibson readies his crew to climb inside
their waiting Lancaster – AJ-G ‘George’. A red flare
will soon curl skywards, burning brightly against the sun’s fast-fading
rays; it is the signal to start engines and at 21.39 G-George will get
airborne, leading the first wave of three aircraft. For the crews of 617
Squadron the weeks of intensive training were now over – Operation
Chastise was underway.
Every print has been hand numbered and personally signed by the artist
along with a veteran that took part in this historic event:
Corporal MAUREEN STEVENS WAAF
Posted to RAF Scampton, home of 617 Squadron, she served as the duty operator
in the main control tower throughout the Dambuster Raid, relaying information
from the aircrews to the senior Commanders. She talked the surviving crews
back to Scampton and also had the sad task of listening out till the last
for those who didn't make it home.
Overall Print Size 26.5" x 19.5"
Edition Size – 350 - Signed and Numbered
Edition Size – 25 - Artist Proof
Edition Size – 25– Remarque
Edition Size – 10– Remarque
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