ESCORT FOR THE STRAGGLER

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600 Raf Edition Signed by eight aircrew that flew with the RAF -
60 Raf Edition Artist Proof Signed by eight aircrew that flew with the RAF -
250 Rcaf Edition Signed by eight RCAF aircrew -
25 Rcaf Edition Artist Proof Signed by eight RCAF aircrew -
150 Anzac Edition Signed by Australian and New Zealand aircrew -
15 Anzac Artist Proof Signed by Australian and New Zealand aircrew -

Description

On 25 April 1945 the RAF dispatched over 300 Lancasters to attack “The Eagles Nest,” Hitler’s private mountain top castle at Berchtesgaden. It was a symbolic raid, for the war was almost over, but it seemed appropriate that after nearly six years of continual combat, crews of the RAF should be allowed this almost final gesture of the air war in Europe.

Two aircraft, above all others, came to symbolize the deeds of the men and machines of the RAF: The Spitfire, magnificent in defense, lethal in attack, and the mighty Lancaster, the awesome heavy bomber that took the war to the heart of Nazi Germany.

To pay tribute to these two legendary aircraft and the men who flew them, Robert’s emotive painting depicts Spitfires escorting damaged Lancaster UL-M2 of No. 576 Sqn as it crosses the English coastline. UL-M2 completed 140 operations, more than any other Lancaster in the war.

This iconic print has become a classic in aviation art and much sought after on the secondary market. Three different versions were produced, each with a different companion print and with different signature versions.

THE RAF EDITION

Companion Print: WINTER’S HOMECOMING

Published to commemorate the British and Allied aircrews who flew with the RAF during World War II, this edition was available outside of Britain only by special request.  It was signed by:

Flight Lieutenant JIM BELL DFC
Group Captain HUGH “COCKY” DUNDAS CBE DSO* DFC
Wing Commander LADDIE LUCAS
Group Captain HAMISH MAHADDIE DSO DFC AFC* FRAES
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Wing Commander ERNEST RODLEY DSO DFC AFC AE
Squadron Leader NORMAN SCRIVENER DSO DFC AE
Group Captain JAMES “WILLIE” TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC

THE RCAF EDITION

Companion print: MAPLE LEAF HALIFAXES

Published to commemorate the RCAF Aircrews that flew with the RAF during World War II, this edition was only available outside of Canada by special request.  It was signed by:

Flight Lieutenant JACK DUNDAS DFC
Lieutenant General CHESTER HULL CMM DFC CD
Air Vice Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*
Squadron Leader W.C. PIERCE DFC
Flight Officer STEPHEN J. PUSKAS DFC
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Wing Commander ERNEST RODLEY DSO DFC AFC AE
Squadron Leader NORMAN SCRIVENER DSO DFC AE

THE ANZAC EDITION

Issued with the companion print: MOSQUITO MISSION

Published to commemorate the Royal Australian and New Zealand Airforce aircrews that flew with the RAF during World War II, this edition was only available outside of Australia and New Zealand by special request.  It was signed by:

Squadron Leader R.B. COWPER DFC*
Flight Lieutenant W.R. CUNDY DFC DFM MID
Flight Lieutenant LEONARD DAVIES
Air Commodore ALAN DEERE DSO OBE DFC*
Wing Commander A. DOUBLEDAY DSO DFC MID
Wing Commander R. KINGSFORD-SMITH DSO DFC AM
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC

Additional information

Artist

Robert Taylor

Media

Lithograph

Overall Print Size

25 x 32 inches

Release Date

1995

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