Occupied by the Germans since 1940, the Norwegian fjords, with their narrow inlets and steep mountainous backdrops, offered unique protection; however submarines departing and returning to Norway from their oceanic operations immediately attracted the attention of RAF Coastal Command.
Heavily defended by shore batteries, Flak ships with terrible fire-power, and marauding Luftwaffe fighters, the Mosquitos and Beaufighters of Coastal Command came under intense fire during almost every sortie.
Richard’s painting is a fine study of a lone Mosquito FB Mk VI of 143 Squadron, part of a larger formation of the Banff Strike Wing, flying high over the Norwegian fjords on an armed rover patrol to seek out enemy shipping and submarines, in February 1945. The beauty of the early morning sun, glinting on the snow-covered mountain-tops, contrasts with the menacing job in hand.
Every print in this evocative limited edition is individually numbered and signed by the artist and also authenticated by THREE crew who flew Mosquitos in the Banff Strike Wing during World War II.
Flight Lieutenant FRANK HAWTHORNE
Flight Lieutenant AUBREY “HILLI” HILLIARD
Flying Officer MAURICE WEBB DFM