Operating from a former Luftwaffe base at Culot in Belgium, Johnnie Johnson’s Canadian Wing were in combat whenever the weather permitted. The Luftwaffe had staged a remarkable recovery after its Normandy defeat and by September 1944 was at operating strength from airfields east of the Rhine. Big formations of Fw190 and Me109 fighters were pitting themselves against the RAF’s ground attack Typhoons and the Canadians were tasked with intercepting the Luftwaffe fighters.
“Kenway to Greycap. Bandits flying down the Rhine towards you. Steer One Three Zero”. “Greycap to Kenway. Roger. How many?” “A small gaggle – about a dozen. Out”. Leading 433 Sqn, Johnnie Johnson swings his twelve Spitfires to the Southeast, following the course of the river at 12,000 feet. All eyes are peeled. “Greycap from Red Three. Nine bandits below”. With all the essentials of tactical success – speed, height and surprise, the Canadians dive into the enemy fighters. Within seconds the air becomes a tangle of twisting, turning fighters.
In this superb painting, Robert Taylor takes up the story moments after the attack and portrays the dog fight scene as only he can.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each copy is signed by ten of the leading fighter pilots who flew Spitfires with the Canadian Squadrons in Europe during World War II.
Squadron Leader DANNY BROWNE
Wing Commander J.F. “STOCKY” EDWARDS
Squadron Leader HARTLAND FINLAY
Wing Commander HUGH GODEFROY
Air Vice-Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON
Lieutenant General DON LAUBMAN
Wing Commander ANDY MACKENZIE
Wing Commander ROBERT G. MIDDLEMISS
Flight Lieutenant LARRY ROBILLARD
Wing Commander RODERICK SMITH
THE ARTIST PROOFS
Each copy in this eleven signature edition is additionally signed by one of the highest-scoring Canadian Aces of the war:
Squadron Leader IRVING ‘HAP’ KENNEDY
This stunning piece is personally signed by legendary fighter Pilots creating a truly historic collector’s piece for aviation enthusiasts and autograph hunters alike.