Aircraft – Hawker Hurricane
ROBERT TAYLOR'S OUTSTANDING NEW TRIBUTE TO THE
IMMORTAL HAWKER HURRICANE
On 6 November 1935, a prototype aircraft took to the air for the very
first time. As Sydney Camm's sturdy, single-engined monoplane fighter
climbed into the shy, few realised that it was destined to become one
of the enduring symbols of the greatest air battle ever fought. Its name
was the Hawker Hurricane.
As the prototype Hurricane lifted off that day, it represented the ultimate
evolution of conventional airframe technology, constructed using simple
metal tubes covered by fabric, methods that had been honed in developing
the Hawker Fury, and generations of biplanes before it. It was 'old fashioned'
but simple and relatively cheap to build and easy to repair. And with
the inevitability of war with Germany fast approaching, the RAF not only
needed more fighters - it needed them quickly. The Hurricane fitted the
bill, and by September 1939 nearly 5QO had been delivered to the RAF,
far more than the Spitfire. It fought in France and over Dunkirk, but
it was during the Battle of Britain that the Hurricane's 'finest hour'
was to come.
Equipping more front-line squadrons, the Hurricane, although manoeuvrable,
was slower than the Spitfire so the tactics of the battle decreed that
the Hurricanes would take on the enemy bombers whilst the Spitfires concentrated
on the fast Bfl09's. During the first two years of the war the Luftwaffe
lost many more aircraft to the guns of the Hurricane than to those of
The Hurricane saw continuous active service throughout the war. A night-fighter
during the Blitz, it played a vital role in the defence of Malta and in
the Western Desert. It fought in Russia, Burma and the Far East, and Sea
Hurricanes flew with distinction with the Fleet Air Arm. It was flown
by some of the highest scoring pilots of the war. Legendary Aces such
as Pat Pattle, Douglas Bader, William Vale, Tom Dalton-Morgan and 'Ginger'
Lacey all loved this tenacious and dogged fighter. And it was the Hurricane
more than any other aircraft that helped the indomitable Polish pilots
take their fight to Germany.
Robert Taylor's evocative new painting, Undaunted by Odds, is a moving
tribute to the Hurricane and the gallant pilots who flew it in combat.
The painting portrays the Hurricanes of 303 Polish Squadron RAF during
the Battle of Britain as the unit climbs steadily to intercept yet another
incoming wave of enemy bombers heading for London in September 1940. Soon
the already battle-hardened Polish pilots will once again be in the thick
of the action.
The prints in this outstanding edition have been endorsed with the original
signatures of pilots who flew and fought with the Hurricane throughout
World War II, creating a lasting and historic tribute that will prove
highly collectable for many years to come.
UNDAUNTED BY ODDS
Each print in this new commemorative edition is signed by gallant veterans
who flew and fought in the Hurricane during World War II.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print has been individually hand-signed by THREE RAF
pilots who flew with the Polish Squadrons during World War II. They are
joined by the artist Robert Taylor, and are individually hand numbered.
Squadron Leader JUREK MENCEL DFC KM*** AFM***
Jurek Mencel fought with the French Air Force during for the Battle of
France, and then spent time in hospital after breaking his back in a crash.
Returning to duty his first operation was flying Spitfires with 317 Polish
Squadron, escorting RAF bombers taking part in the Channel Dash engagement.
He went on to fly throughout the Normandy Invasion, and served with 308
Polish Squadron, before flying Hurricanes and Mustangs with 309 Polish
Flight Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI DFC KM
Stanislaw Nawarski originally flew with the French Air Force. He served
on Hurricanes during the Battle of France but was shot down in early summer
of 1940 just prior to the Battle of Britain. Later joining 302 Polish
Squadron, he flew Spitfires on offensive sweeps before D-Day and throughout
the subsequent Allied advance through Normandy.
Pilot Officer STEFAN RYLL AFM*
Trained as a pilot, Stefan went on to operations with 306 Polish Squadron
in 1943, flying both Hurricanes and Spitfires. In April 1944 he then flew
Mustangs on bomber escorts, including the final raid of the war in Europe
on the famous trip to Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
THE LIMITED EDITION with THREE signatures
250 signed & numbered prints
THE HURRICANE VETERANS' EDITION
The TEN signature Hurricane Veterans'Edition is issued
with all the signatures of the Limited Edition but is also signed by a
further seven pilots who also flew the Hurricane on active
duty during WWII:
Flight Lieutenant JACK BIGGS
Serving with 17 Squadron flying Hurricanes, he transferred to Spitfires
in March 1944 until the end of September 1945 when the squadron was due
to provide air cover for the planned invasion on Malaya which, as a result
of the atom bomb attacks on Japan, never happened.
Flying Officer JOHN BYRNE
Joining the RAF in 1938, John Byrne flew Hurricanes, Spitfires, P-47s
and Tempests before joining 197 Squadron in March 1944. He then flew Typhoons
during that squadron's most hectic period, the run up to D-Day and throughout
the subsequent invasion on low-level bombing missions. In total he completed
over 150 combat operations and finally left the RAF in 1946.
Warrant Officer ERIC CARTER
Initially posted to 615 Squadron, Eric Carter then moved to 81 Squadron
flying Hurricanes and was part of Force Benedict, a clandestine operation
to defend the strategically vital Russian port of Murmansk.
Flying Officer KEN COCKRAM
After training in Rhodesia and a spell with 73 OTU in Egypt, Ken Cockram
flew Hurricanes and Spitfires in late 1944 and early 1945 with 26 AA Cooperation
Unit based in Egypt. He also flew Curtiss Kittyhawks with 112 Squadron
on anti-shipping and fighter patrols, once crashing his aircraft on take-off
during a dust storm. He completed a total of 198 operations.
Squadron Leader FRANK 'Dinimy' JOYCE MBE
Originally flying Hurricanes with 87 Squadron, he was shot down in May
1940 during the Battle of France, was badly injured bailing out and lost
his leg. After having a false leg fitted, he returned to active service
duties with 286 Squadron, flying Defiants on coastal patrols.
Flight Lieutenant HUGH PARRY
Hugh Parry flew Hurricanes and Spitfires with 260 Squadron, and Typhoons
with 266 Squadron. After a spell in Malta with 601 Squadron, and laterinstructing,
he returned to combat flying with 41 Squadron, but was shot down in 1943
and sent to Stalag Luft III.
Flight Lieutenant KURT TAUSSIG
In 1939, aged just 15, he was sent by his parents from Czechoslovakia
to England to escape the Nazi persecution of the Jews. At 18 he joined
the RAF and was posted to 225 Squadron, flying Hurricanes and Spitfires
on Tacticaland Artillery Reconnaissance duties.
THE HURRICANE VETERANS' EDITION with TEN signatures
400 Hurricane Veterans 'Edition
25 Artist Proofs
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN TRIBUTE EDITION
With all the components of the Hurricane Veterans' Edition, the print
has been additionally signed by a Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot and
is issued with an exclusive, matching-numbered, companion drawing DEADLY
ENCOUNTER signed by a further five pilots who flew Hurricanes during the
Battle of Britain, creating a SIXTEEN signature Battle
of Britain Tribute.
Wing Commander PETER AYERST DFC
Peter Ayerst went to France with 73 Squadron flying Hurricanes, where
he scored his first victory. During the Battle of Britain he was instructing
but shared the destruction of an He111. He later served with 145, 243,
33, 238 and 124 Squadrons on Spitfires and eventually became a test pilot,
finishing the war with 9 confirmed victories.
the Battle of Britain companion print, is signed by:
Wing Commander TIM ELKINGTON
Joining the RAF at the outbreak of war, Tim Elkington flew Hurricanes
with 1 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, claiming a Bfl09 over the
Channel. He later served with 601, 134, 539 and 67 Squadrons.
Air Commodore JOHN ELLACOMBE
Flying Hurricanes with 151 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, he shot
down a He111 over Hornchurch. A week later he was shot down. He later
served 253 Squadron, then 487 Squadron RNZAF flying Mosquitos. He finished
the war with 3 victories.
Wing Commander BOB FOSTER DFC
Posted to 605 Squadron, Bob Foster flew Hurricanes throughout the
Battle of Britain with great success. In 1942 he went to Australia with
54 Squadron, flying Spitfires from Darwin. He finished the war with 7
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC
Tom Neil flew Hurricanes throughout the Battle of Britain with 249
Squadron and was one of the battle's finest Aces. In 1941 he served in
Malta, before commanding 41 Squadron. Later he was a Flying Liaison
Officer with the 100th Fighter Wing, and finished the war with 12
Wing Commander TONY PICKERING
Tony Pickering flew Hurricanes with 32 and 501 Squadrons during the Battle
of Britain, claiming a Bfl09, before being posted to 601 Squadron. Later
a became test pilot and an instructor. He returned to operations with
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN TRIBUTE EDITION with SIXTEEN signatures,
issued with signed, matching-numbered, companion drawing DEADLY ENCOUNTER
150 Battle of Britain Tribute Edition -
Main Print - Overall Print Size (approx): 34.75" wide x 24 "
high Image Size: 28.25"wide x 16.25"high
Acid Free Permanent Paper
(A Remarque Edition & Giclee Edition may be issued at a later date)
you have arrived at this page through a ‘backdoor’ you will
have nowhere to go.
click here to go to the ROBERT TAYLOR GALLERY