”The Commander in Chief wants a special squadron formed for the job. And I want you to form it.”
The words from Air Vice-Marshall the Hon. Ralph Cochrane, newly appointed as AOC of No.5 Group, to the young Wing Commander Guy Gibson.
In one of the finest paintings of his career, leading aviation artist Anthony Saunders has completed one of the most compelling Dambuster images of recent years. With silver moonlight glinting on the wave tops below, Gibson leads the first wave of Lancasters low across the North Sea to avoid enemy detection, each aircraft with its unique “bouncing bomb” designed by Barnes Wallis, hanging below the fuselage. In formation with ‘Mick’ Martin on his port side and “Hoppy” Hopgood to starboard, Gibson heads towards the Dutch coast en-route to the Möhne and Eder Dams.
To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Operation Chastise – without doubt the most audacious air raid carried out by RAF Bomber Command during WWII – each print is personally signed by four veterans that were directly involved in the raid, including two of the last surviving Aircrew to take part:
Squadron Leader LES MUNRO CNZM DSO QSO DFC
Corporal MAUREEN STEVENS
Dr. MARY STOPES-ROE
Squadron Leader GEORGE JOHNSON MBE DFM
A unique hand-drawn Remarque is one of the best ways to own an original piece of art by Anthony Saunders. Widely acknowledged as one of the most inspirational aviation artists of his generation, each of his delicately crafted pencil drawings is skillfully created in the lower margins of the print, and will be of a Lancaster relevant to the Dambuster Raid. Please contact us for more information and availability.