Dambusters - Breaching The Eder Dam by Robert Taylor

Dambusters - Breaching The Eder Dam by Robert Taylor

Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor

A very special collector edition

Led by Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, at precisely 21:39hrs the first of nineteen Lancaster bombers, each carrying a massive Barnes Wallis designed bouncing bomb, lumbered down the grass runway at RAF Scampton and headed into the night. In three carefully planned waves, their targets were the mighty reservoir dams supplying vital electricity to the munitions factories in the Ruhr; the Mohne, Sorpe, Ennepe, and further to the east, the Eder. Such an audacious attack had never previously been attempted; nobody could forecast the outcome.

Photo-reconnaissance the following morning confirmed the Mohne and Eder dams had been breached causing massive destruction of power stations, water and steel works, miles of overhead electrical cables, and severe flooding that brought factories and communications to a standstill throughout the area.

Robert Taylor pays tribute to the courage and selfless determination of 617 Squadron’s Dambuster crews, of which eight never returned.. As his bouncing bomb scores a direct hit, Pilot Officer Les Knight powers his Lancaster over the Eder Dam, a huge deluge of water cascading over the fractured wall as he departs the scene


Robert Taylor’s sensational new painting vividly shows the dramatic moment of impact. In the cockpit Knight and flight engineer Ray Grayston fight the controls to clear the dam, combining their physical strength to haul the lumbering Lancaster up and over the dam and to clear the high ground that lies ahead. Below and behind them, the second of Germany’s mighty western dams lies finally breached.

THE LIMITED EDITION
Each individual print in this edition is personally signed by two veterans of the epic Dambusters Raid – the flight engineer of Les Knight’s Lancaster AJ-N that breached the Eder Dam, Sergeant Ray Grayston; together with American Joe McCarthy’s bomb aimer on Lancaster AJ-T, Squadron Leader George Johnson. Every print in the edition is also signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and individually hand-numbered.

Sergeant RAYMOND E. GRAYSTON RAF
Squadron Leader GEORGE L. JOHNSON DFM RAF

400 signed & numbered prints

THE COLLECTORS EDITION
The SIX signature Collectors Edition has been published specially for aviation art collectors and Dambuster enthusiasts with each print bearing the signatures of the following veterans:

Sergeant RAYMOND E. GRAYSTON RAF
Squadron Leader GEORGE L. JOHNSON DFM RAF

Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
Sergeant FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND RCAF
Flight Sergeant GRANT S. McDONALD RCAF
Corporal KENNETH LUCAS RAF


350 Collectors prints with SIX signatures