Robert Taylor Catalogue

STRIKE AND STRIKE AGAIN
by
ROBERT TAYLOR

ROBERT-TAYLOR-STRIKE AND STRIKE AGAIN-ROBERT-TAYLOR-AVIATION-ART, Beaufighter

 

"The type of work carried out by this squadron is akin to that of the Viking – short, sharp swoops across the sea by a compact, well-armed force"
Wing Commander Jack Davenport AC DSO DFC* GM MID


By the spring of 1945, Germany’s once all conquering submarine fleet. Driven by allied forces from its bases in western France, had fled to the relative safety of the Norwegian fjords – territory still remaining under German occupation since 1940. In one of Hitler’s last stands , more than 100 U-Boats, merchant freighters, flakships, and other military vessels were gathered in the narrow fjords, laying up by day and sailing under cover of darkness. They were a menace that had to be dealt with.

Tasked with the difficult job of eliminating this force were the Beaufighters and Mosquitos of RAF Coastal Command’s Strike Wings based in Scotland. “Our job was to go after this shipping and sink it” recalled Wing Commander Colin Milson. C.O. of No.455’s Beaufighters. “The fjords were often just 200 – 300 yards across with cliffs rising vertically up 2000 feet, the deep water allowing the German shipping to get in beneath these high and overhanging cliffs. This made for difficult and dangerous flying, exacerbated by the heavy flak and machine gun fire that always welcomed us”.

Piloting the twin engine Beaufighter through the narrow fjords, hugging the cliff face at close to 300 mph and, with every enemy gun that could be brought to bear throwing up a wall of lead, these frightening shipping strikes were not for the faint hearted.

Robert Taylor’s gripping new painting conveys the awesome task faced by the Australian, British, Canadian, and New Zealand aircrews, as Beaufighters of No. 455 Squadron RAAF from the Dallachy Strike Wing skim the rugged rock face, exiting the target after a successful rocket attack on shipping deep in a Norwegian fjord. It is the spring of 1945. Throughout the last weeks of World War II the aircrews of 455 Squadron continued to pound the elusive enemy with inordinate courage and determination, upholding their squadron motto – Strike and Strike Again. A compelling image by a master artist.

Overall print size 23½" x 34½"


THE RAF AIRCREW EDITION
Every print in this new commemorative edition has been signed in pencil by THREE distinguished Beaufighter pilots who flew combat in the Strike Wings. Each print is also signed by artist Robert Taylor, and individually hand-numbered.

Flying Officer HAROLD CORBIN CGM
Warrant Officer LES DOUGHTY DFM
Flight Lieutenant HERBERT ‘BERT’ GRAHAM

Edition Size – 450
RAF Aircrew Edition -

Edition Size – 25
RAF Aircrew Edition Artist Proofs -


THE VICTORY IN EUROPE EDITION

Every print in this new commemorative edition has been signed in pencil by an additional four distinguished Beaufighter pilots. A total of SEVEN signatures in this edition.

All the above plus:
Flight Lieutenant RAY HARINGTON
Flight Lieutenant DES CURTIS DFC
Flying Officer MAURICE WEBB DFM
Warrant Officer BILL PARFITT

Edition Size – 400
Victory in Europe Edition

THE RAAF EDITION
Every print in this edition has been individually signed in pencil by NINE distinguished RAAF pilots and navigators who flew Beaufighters with 455 Squadron RAAF.

Flying Officer JOHN C. AYLIFFE DFC
Group Captain ERNEST F. ‘BLUE’ BERNAU
Flying Officer IVOR M. GORDON DFC
Lieutenant Commander WILLIAM G. HERBERT
Group Captain Dr PETER L.T.ILBERY OAM RFD MD
Flight Lieutenant JACK MacDONALD EM
Flying Officer DONALD A. MITCHELL
Flying Officer IAN A. F. MURRAY
Group Captain WILLIAM F. A. WALDOCK

Edition Size – 150
RAAF Edition -

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