Of all the crews of RAF Bomber Command, 617 Squadron are perhaps the best known. Famed for their expertise in precision bombing and utilizing many of the developments of the genius engineer and designer, Barnes Wallis, they carried out some of the most famous and daring operations of WWII, including the Dambusters raid, the sinking of the Tirpitz and the Kembs Barrage raid.
On a clear night in 1944, as the sun is setting over their Lincolnshire airfield, the men of 617 Squadron can be seen preparing their Lancaster bombers in readiness for the long night ahead over occupied Europe.
This superb release pays tribute to all those who flew with RAF Bomber Command and has been personally signed by prominent aircrew who served with 617 Squadron.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in this edition has been personally signed by the following pilots who flew with 617 Sqn during WWII:
Flight Lieutenant JAMES CASTAGNOLA DSO DFC
Squadron Leader MAC HAMILTON DFC
Flight Lieutenant BOB KNIGHTS DSO DFC
Flight Lieutenant FRED WATTS DFC
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE
THE ARTIST PROOFS
In addition to the signatures on the Limited Edition, print is additionally signed by four Aircrew who flew on the Dambusters Raid:
Squadron Leader GEORGE JOHNSON MBE DFM
Sergeant RAY GRAYSTON
Flight Lieutenant EDWARD JOHNSON DFC
Flight Lieutenant GEORGE CHALMERS DFC DFM
THE PUBLISHER PROOFS
With all the signatures of the Artist Proofs, every print in this edition has been personally signed by a further three of RAF Bomber Commands most iconic pilots:
Squadron Leader KEN BROWN CGM
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Group Captain JAMES “WILLIE” TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC