STRIKE AND STRIKE AGAIN
"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
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"
Flying Officer HAROLD CORBIN CGM
Edition Size – 450
Edition Size – 25
All the above plus:
Edition Size – 400
THE RAAF EDITION
Flying Officer JOHN C. AYLIFFE DFC
Edition Size – 150
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