“This is the spirit for dealing with the enemy”
Chief of Air Staff, 18 August 1940
It was late in the afternoon of Sunday, 18 August 1940. A gentle breeze floated over the RAF front line airfield at Hornchurch as exhausted young pilots of the 54 Squadron enjoyed a rare opportunity to rest and reflect on their two encounters with the enemy earlier that day. The previous week had seen the hardest days of fighting in the Battle of Britain, and this Sunday had already proven the toughest of them all.
The respite would be brief, for within moments the calm was shattered by the piercing howl of alarms. A massive raid of 300 Luftwaffe aircraft had been spotted as it swarmed across the channel, the destination: Hornchurch. With the Battle of Britain hanging in the balance, those tired, valiant few of the RAF scrambled to their fighters to meet the Luftwaffe in combat once again.
Hornchurch Scramble, Robert Taylor’s eagerly awaited follow up to Air Armada, portrays the moment as 54 Squadron’s commanding officer, Squadron Leader James Leathart, taxis out at Hornchurch to prepare for take-off to meet the onslaught of JG51 and an imposing Luftwaffe assault. Quickly following, the aircraft of New Zealander Colin Gray is guided out from dispersal by his ground crew.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print is personally signed by artist Robert Taylor, and individually hand-numbered; together with three distinguished RAF pilots who flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.
Wing Commander GEORGE SWANWICK
Squadron Leader NIGEL ROSE
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE
THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
With all the components of ‘The Limited Edition’, this special NINE signature Anniversary Edition has been additionally signed by six of the most respected pilots who flew under RAF Fighter Command in the Battle:
Squadron Leader PETER BROWN AFC
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC AE
Group Captain BILLY DRAKE DSO DFC*
Wing Commander BOB FOSTER DFC
Pilot Officer NORMAN BROWN
Wing Commander ROGER MOOREWOOD