During the early part of WWII the coastline of Britain was constantly under threat, particularly the busy shipping lanes of the North Sea.
The RAF played a vital role in protecting these supplies, taking part on long range patrols that were often long and arduous for the young pilots taking part. Often fighter squadrons being “rested” during the Battle of Britain, would be moved north to carry out these coastal patrols before returning to the more intense fighting in the south.
This superb piece captures the mood on one such patrol as Spitfires of 610 Squadron return to their base flying over the Humber Estuary as the sun sets in the distance, late in 1940.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print is hand numbered and personally signed by the artist along with EIGHT of the most respected and highest scoring Fighter Aces of the RAF, all of whom took part in such North Sea patrols during World War II:
Group Captain DESMOND SHEEN DFC*
Wing Commander PADDY BARTHROPP DFC AFC
Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE DSO OBE DFC **
Group Captain TOM DALTON MORGAN DSO OBE DFC*
Squadron Leader BASIL “STAPME” STAPLETON DFC
Air Commodore PETER BROTHERS CBE DSO DFC*
Squadron Leader A.C. LEIGH DFC DFM
Wing Commander HARBOURNE STEPHEN CBE DSO DFC*
THE ARTIST PROOFS AND REMARQUES
Each print in these TWELVE signature editions is additionally signed by the following WWII Fighter Aces:
Air Vice Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*
Squadron Leader JOHN BENTLEY BEARD
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC AE
Wing Commander ERIC BARWELL DFC*