– Westland Lysander
To fly a small aircraft at
the dead of night, without radio communication or navigational assistance,
deep into enemy occupied territory, was an extremely perilous task. Most
suited aircraft to these World War II clandestine operations of the RAF’s
Special Duties Squadrons, was the rugged Westland Lysander.
Weather permitting, operations were carried out during the moon’s
fullest phase. With only torch light to guide him, the pilot made a hazardous
night landing into an isolated field at a pre-arranged time, trusting
that agents on the ground had checked the field for cart tracts and loitering
Gestapo. Every mission required ice cool bravery and nerves of steel.
Robert Taylor captures to perfection the secret world of the Special Operations
pilot with his atmospheric painting. Packed with tension, he recreates
the high drama of a typical rendezvous as a pilot from No.161 Squadron
based at Tangmere, readies his aircraft for take-off in a remote field
deep inside occupied France. Clutching a Luger in one hand, he completes
pre-takeoff checks as three passengers are spirited away by an armed member
of the French Resistance. It is July 1943.
Signed in pencil by the artist
Robert Taylor and four highly decorated Special Duties pilots: Captain
Murray Anderson DFC, Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges KCB CBE DSO DFC,
Wing Commander Len Ratcliff DSO DFC, Group Captain Hugh Verity DSO* DFC,
Lieutenant Francis Cammaerts DSO, one of the most famous secret agents
World War II
Overall print size: 30½
inches wide x 23½ inches high.
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