The crews of 617 Squadron that took part in the epic Dambusters raid
on the night of 16/17 May 1943 were among the finest in the RAF, especially
the pilots. They were the elite of Bomber Command, and when they left
RAF Scampton that night, the skills of their pilots - some of the finest
bomber pilots of the Second World War, would be tested to the limit.
First, they must guide their aircraft across heavily defended enemy territory
at altitudes often as low as fifty feet, dodging flak, trees, buildings
and power lines. And then they must attack their targets with a precision
unmatched in the annals of the RAF.
Of all the pilots who took to the skies that night, no-one was more accomplished
at low-level flying than Flight Lieutenant 'Mick' Martin, and it is his
aircraft - Lancaster AJ-P, that Robert Taylor has chosen to portray in
his highly evocative new work Inbound to Target. In company with Flight
Lieutenant John Hopgood in the distance, they follow one of the many canals
of Holland, wingtips barely missing the sails of the windmills, en-route
to the Mohne Dam.
Delicately crafted in a subtle, unique blend of pencil and paint, Robert's
latest masterpiece is a truly stunning and highly individual rendition
of this most famous mission. Printed on the latest precision press, each
of these exclusive limited edition prints is a true and faithful reproduction
of his masterful original.
Overall Size Overall print size: 21¾" Wide x 14½"
(Image Size: 18¾" wide x 10½" high)
Acid Free Permanent Paper
Every print in this breathtakingly beautiful new limited edition by Robert
Taylor has been individually signed in pencil by the six
surviving air crew veterans and a ground crew veteran of the Dams raid,
including the sole-surviving Dambuster pilot, New Zealander Les Munro
225 Limited Edition prints
25 Artist Proofs
The six signatories are:
Sergeant RAY GRAYSTON RAF Flight Engineer in Lancaster AJ-N-
they breached the Eder Dam.
Squadron Leader GEORGE JOHNSON DFM RAF Bomb Aimer on
Lancaster AJ-T- they attacked the Sorpe Dam.
Corporal KENNETH LUCAS RAF Ground crew technician who
worked on the Dambuster Lancasters.
Flight Sergeant GRANT McDONALD RCAF Rear Gunner in Lancaster
AJ-F - they attacked the Sorpe Dam.
Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF Captain and pilot
of Lancaster AJ- W, one of Gibson's three flight commanders, assigned
to attack the Sorpe Dam.
Sergeant FRED SUTHERLAND RCAF Front Gunner in Lancaster
AJ-N - they breached the Eder Dam.
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