Three Good Bounces
by Robert Taylor
In the history of air warfare few missions come close in terms of courage and the highest skills of precision flying to the one carried out by 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Codenamed Operation Chastise, their mission was to destroy the great dams that were vital to the industries of the Ruhr and, to do so, they would use a radical new weapon designed by Barnes Wallis – a ‘bouncing bomb’ that would ‘skip’ across the water before detonating against the dam wall.
Robert Taylor’s outstanding new painting depicts the moment as ‘Dinghy’ Young powers Lancaster AJ-A over the wall of the Möhne Dam, moments after releasing his bouncing bomb. Commanding Officer Guy Gibson, flying high with lights on to draw enemy flak, noted “three good bounces” of the bomb before it successfully detonated against the dam wall to trigger its collapse. David Maltby in AJ-J will shortly deliver the final, decisive blow.
THE LIMITED EDITION with THREE signatures
Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM RAF
Corporal MAUREEN STEVENS WAAF
Dr MARY STOPES-ROE
375 signed & numbered prints
Overall print size: 35” wide x 22” high Image size: 28½” wide x 15” high
Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
Flight Sergeant GRANT McDONALD RCAF
Sergeant FRED ‘DOC’ SUTHERLAND RCAF
Flying Officer RAY GRAYSTON RAF
Corporal KEN LUCAS RAF
150 Collectors Edition £325
Robert Taylor’s remarques have become some of the most sought-after editions for serious collectors. They are the perfect way to combine ownership of a veteran-signed print with an original work of art by the world's most collected aviation artist, in the form of a unique pencil drawing created in the border of the print.
As a very special tribute to the nineteen crews that took part, there will be 19 Remarques issued giving collectors the opportunity to request the Lancaster of their choice. However both remarque editions will be over-subscribed so please contact us now to avoid disappointment.
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