Aircraft – Hurricane
Throughout the long
hot summer of 1940 the destiny of the British Isles,indeed the future
of Europe, laid in the hands of a small band of young RAF fighter pilots.
Against them stood the vast aerial fleets of an all powerful Luftwaffe,
gloating and confident from its victories in Polnd, France and the Low
Countries. Lying in wait across the channel, anticipating an easy victory
by its air force, were the armies of the most powerful tyrant the world
had ever known.
With Europe already succumbed to Nazi rule, Britain was alone, the last
bastion among free nations to stand against an evil empire bent upon world
domination . The battle, the first ever to be fought entirely in the air,
would change the course of history, whatever the outcome.
Outnumbered more than five to one at the outset, the odds were heavily
stacked against the RAF, the task looked almost hopeless. But as the ferocious
aerial battles continued through the long summer months, the tactical
skills, devotion and raw courage of the RAF’s young flyers, gradually
turned the tide. By September end, the battle was won and the defeated
Luftwaffe retired to lick its wounds.
Taylor’s magnificent study of the legendary Hurricane captures wonderfully
the spirit of that cataclysmic aerial conflict fought so long ago. Nearest,
young pilot officer Geoffrey Page, later to become one of the RAF’s
most decorated Aces, powers his Mk I Hurricane over the country lane at
the edge of the airfield, as he and his fellow No.56 Squadron pilots make
their third scramble of the day to repulse incessant heavy attacks by
German aircraft on the RAF airfields of 11 Group, July 1940.
print size: 33" wide x 24" high
Signed in pencil by the artist Robert Taylor and six
Battle of Britain Aces: Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC,
Wing Commander Christopher ‘Bunny’ Currant DSO DFC,
Group Captain Dennis David CBE DFC AFC, Group Captain Billy Drake DSO
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair OBE DFC,
size - 500 signed and numbered prints
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