STRIKE AND RETURN

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400 Aircrew Edition With four signatures $520.00
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25 Artist Proof With four signatures -
250 Raaf Edition With six signatures -
250 Collectors Edition With ten signatures $450.00
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50 Victoria Cross Edition With eighteen signatures -

Description

A CLASSIC ROBERT TAYLOR MASTERWORK COMMEMORATING THE INDOMITABLE AIRCREWS OF BOMBER COMMAND

Winter in Northern Europe brings short days, long nights and, for the most part, appalling weather making navigation difficult and flying hazardous. Add snowstorms, gale force winds, freezing temperatures and rudimentary navigation aids, it seems a miracle the brave young men of RAF Bomber Command were able to continue at all. But continue they did.

Robert’s superb piece depicts Lancasters of 460 Squadron RAAF returning to their Lincolnshire base at RAF Binbrook following a daylight raid over Germany in the late winter of 1944. With the sun almost set, evening shadows lengthen on a magnificent winter landscape dusted with snow, as Lancaster J-Squared leads the mighty bombers as they descend in the fading light and the squadron motto rings true in the ears of the arriving crew – “Strike and Return“.

THE AIRCREW EDITION

Each print in this edition has been signed by the artist along with four famous veterans who served with Bomber Command during WWII:

Flying Officer BILL NORTH
Flight Lieutenant BOB KNIGHTS DSO DFC
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE
Squadron Leader PAT CARDEN DFC AE

THE RAAF EDITION

Every print in this exclusive edition is signed by SIX Royal Australian Air Force pilots and aircrew who flew with RAF Bomber Command during their tours in England with 460 Squadron RAAF, 1941-1945.

Flight Lieutenant W.E. “JERRY” BATEMAN
Flying Officer HILARY M. BAYLISS DFC
Flight Lieutenant PHILLIP J. COFFEY DFC DFM
Flight Lieutenant JOHN R. GARDNER DFC
Flight Lieutenant R. GORDON GOODWIN DSO DFM
Flying Officer LAWRENCE W. WOODS DFC

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

Each print is personally autographed by the veterans of the Aircrew Edition and additionally signed by a further four highly-respected WWII Bomber Command aircrew. Every print is issued with a matching-numbered companion print ‘Night Attack‘ which is personally signed by recipient of the Victoria Cross; Bill Reid.

Flight Lieutenant FRED WATTS DFC
Wing Commander ERNEST RODLEY DSO DFC AFC AE
Squadron Leader LAWRENCE CURTIS DFC* AE
Group Captain DUDLEY BURNSIDE DSO OBE DFC*
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC

THE VICTORIA CROSS EDITION

A highly exclusive edition of just 50 copies issued with extra signatures and the matching-numbered pencil proof, ‘Last Lancaster Home‘, beautifully matted to include the signatures of four recipients of the Victoria Cross Britain’s highest award for valor.

Group Captain LEONARD TRENT VC DFC ADC
Group Captain JAMES “WILLIE” TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC
Wing Commander RODERICK LEAROYD VC (MATTED)
Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC*
Flight Lieutenant JAMES CASTAGNOLA DSO DFC
Warrant Officer M “BEN” BRENNAN DFM AFM
Warrant Officer BILL WILCOX DFM

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Overall Print Size

31 x 24 inches

Release Date

December 2003

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