Strike on Berlin by Anthony Saunders
A NEW LIMITED EDITION TO COMMEMORATE THE RAFS FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID ON BERLIN
30 JANUARY 1943
No enemy plane will fly over the Reich territory.
Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering
The swaggering figure of the Reichsmarshal swept imperiously into the Air Ministry on Berlins Wilhemstrasse, his jewel-encrusted baton and extravagant uniform as flamboyant as ever. This was Saturday, 30 January 1943, the tenth Anniversary of the Nazi Party coming to power, and Goering was about to deliver the main speech in tribute to the Party and its leader, the Fuhrer - Adolf Hitler.
The Royal Air Force had other plans for the anniversary. In stark defiance of the imagined air security safeguarding Berlin, brave pilots of 105 and 139 Sqn's took to the air in de Havilland Mosquito's, on course for Germany. Their mission: RAF Bomber Commands first daylight raid on Berlin!
The raid was timed to perfection and three Mosquito's of 105 Sqn raced headlong, low level towards their target - the Haus des Rundfunks, headquarters of the German State broadcasting company. It was an hour before Goering could finally be broadcast. He was boiling with rage and humiliation.
A few hours later, adding further insult, Mosquito's from 139 Sqn swept over the city in a second attack moments before Goebbels addressed a Nazi mass rally in the Sportpalast. Goerings promise that enemy aircraft would never fly over the Reich was broken, the echo of that shame would haunt him for the rest of the war.
Anthony Saunders dramatic new painting pays tribute to this pivotal moment in the war. His masterful brush brings the scene into vibrant, spectacular life with painstaking attention to detail, capturing the Mosquito B.Mk.IVs of 105 Sqn departing the target area, following their successful strike on the Haus des Rundfunk.
Importantly Anthony Saunders' publisher has managed to trace no less than three highly distinguished Mosquito crew who flew many of those dangerous missions to Berlin, and that they have personally signed every print in the release.
The publisher is honoured to recreate this important piece of World War II history, and to add further authenticity every print is personally signed by THREE Mosquito crew who flew the highly dangerous missions to Berlin:
Flight Lieutenant KEN TEMPEST DFC
He flew over 40 missions as a Navigator on Mosquito's, more than 20 of them to Berlin.
Flight Lieutenant COLIN BELL DFC AFC
Completed 50 operations as a Mosquito Pilot, including 13 missions to Berlin.
Flight Lieutenant GEORGE DUNN DFC
A Pilot, he flew 30 operations in Halifaxes and then 14 missions to Berlin in Mosquito's.
375 Signed and numbered
25 Artist Proofs
Overall Print Size: 31½" wide x 23¾" high Image Size: 25" wide x 16" high
Acid Free Permanent Paper
A unique hand-drawn Remarque is one of the best ways to own an original piece of art by Anthony Saunders. Widely acknowledged as one of the most inspiration aviation artists of his generation, each of his delicately crafted pencil drawings is skillfully created in the lower margins of the print, and will be of a Mosquito relevant to the air strike on Berlin.
25 Single Remarques
10 Double Remarques