By April 1945 everyone, except a few die-hard fanatical Nazis, knew the war in Europe was over; the end was only a matter of time. So when Bomber Command dispatched a force of over 300 Lancaster bombers to destroy Hitler’s infamous Obersalzberg retreat at Berchtesgaden on 25 April, it would prove to be their last major raid of the war – just a few days later Hitler committed suicide as Berlin crumpled around him. In the early hours of 7 May General Alfred Jodl, Chief-of-Staff of German High Command, unconditionally surrendered all German armed forces and for the RAF the war in mainland Europe was finally over.
The fight had lasted for nearly six years during which time its airmen had faced unmitigated dangers and often appalling flying conditions, with moments of exhilaration balanced by those of terror because victory had come at a terrible price; of the 125,000 aircrew to have served in RAF Bomber Command 55,573 had been killed whilst in Fighter Command 3,690 airmen had paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Undoubtedly the aircrew who flew and fought with the RAF as it played its part in removing the tyranny of Nazi power and occupation from Europe were among the bravest of the brave and two aircraft above all others came to symbolize their heroic fight: the elegant Spitfire, magnificent in defense during the dark days of 1940, lethal in attack thereafter; and the awe-inspiring Avro Lancaster, the four-engine heavy bomber that from 1942 onward formed the backbone of Bomber Command and allowed the RAF to take the war into the very heart of Hitler’s Germany.
In recognition of the role played by these two legendary aircraft and the men who flew them, Robert’s striking piece depicts a scene during those final few weeks of the war. A battle-weary Lancaster limps home along the Norfolk coast with its outer starboard engine feathered and out of action following one of Bomber Command’s last daylight operations. Luckily a group of Mk.XIV Spitfires is on hand to provide close escort and will see the bomber safely back to base.
Every print in this memorable edition is personally autographed by some of the RAF’s most respected veterans, men who flew and fought in Lancasters and Spitfires, making sure Home Again England is destined to become a classic and sought-after piece.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist, together with a famous Lancaster Pilot:
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
COLLECTOR’S EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS
These four signature editions are additionally signed by three highly-decorated RAF pilots, one of RAF Bomber Command and two RAF Fighter Command:
Group Captain JAMES “WILLIE” TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC
Group Captain TOM DALTON MORGAN DSO OBE DFC*
Squadron Leader ALLAN SCOTT DFM
Regarded as the world’s finest aviation artist, Robert’s original work is extremely limited so a hand-drawn pencil Remarque is one of the best ways to own a unique ‘one of a kind’ piece of his artwork.
With all signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each Remarque print will have a delicately crafted original pencil drawing, skilfully created by Robert in the lower margin. The DOUBLE REMARQUES, restricted to just 10 copies worldwide, are issued with a double size drawing, even larger and crammed full of detail and content.
Every Remarque drawing is different and unique!
RAF TRIBUTE EDITION
With an original pencil drawing and ten signatures!
With all the signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each print is issued with a specially commissioned original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor which has been signed by two distinguished veterans representing both RAF Bomber Command and RAF Fighter Command:
Flight Lieutenant SYDNEY GRIMES
Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC
Each unique drawing is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of a further four of the most famous Bomber Command and Fighter Command veterans of World War II:
Marshal of the RAF SIR ARTHUR T. HARRIS BT, GCB OBE DD
Squadron Leader NORMAN SCRIVENER DSO DFC AE
Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE DSO OBE DFC **
Air Vice Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*