First of Many by Robert Taylor – Framed


C.O of 242 Sqn, Douglas Bader, scores the unit’s first victory over England – a Dornier – in bad weather over Cromer, July 1940
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Framed Collectors Edition $995.00 Framed with the original autographs of Seven Battle of Britain Spitfire Aces
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Just after 7am on the morning of 11 July 1940, the phone rang in the dispersal hut of 242 Squadron. “Bandit approaching Cromer. Can you get a section off?” The new squadron commander, Douglas Bader, peered into the driving rain. “No! The weather is too bad. I’ll go myself.

In terrible conditions, he scrambled his new Hurricane alone, climbing into thick, turbulent cloud where he spotted a Dornier 17. Hauling his Hurricane around, Bader brought his guns to bear managing several bursts before the enemy bomber disappeared into the murk. It was not until Bader landed that he learned the Dornier had crashed into the sea off Cromer. It was 242 Squadron’s first victory of the war and the First of Many achieved by the squadron and its mercurial commander.

Each print in this special Tribute Edition is signed by four famous RAF Fighter Aces who flew Hurricanes and Spitfires with Douglas Bader in the Battle of Britain:

Air Commodore “JAMIE” JAMESON CB DSO DFC – 10 victories
Wing Commander BOB STANFORD-TUCK DSO DFC** – 30 victories
Group Captain WILFRED DUNCAN-SMITH DSO DFC AE – 19 victories
Group Captain PETER TOWNSEND CVO DSO DFC* – 10 victories


This special collector’s piece has been conservation matted to include museum quality replica wings as well as the original signatures of:

Group Captain SIR DOUGLAS BADER CBE DSO* DFC* – 242 Sqn / 24 victories
Air Commodore PETER BROTHERS CBE DSO DFC* – 32 Sqn / 16 victories
Air Commodore ALAN DEERE DSO OBE DFC* – 54, 403 Sqn / 17 victories

The seven legendary RAF Aces included in this piece scored an impressive 126 victories between them, making this a historic collector’s item

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