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 COLLECTORS EDITION
Each print in this exclusive NINE SIGNATURE edition is additionally personally autographed by by a further four highly-respected WWII Bomber Command aircrew. Every print is also 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 (companion print)
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 VICTORIA CROSS EDITION
A highly exclusive three-print set of just 50 copies. The main print is personally signed by a further four prominent Lancaster Aircrew, and is also issued with the matching-numbered companion print ‘Night Attack‘. Exclusive to this edition is the matching-numbered pencil proof, ‘Last Lancaster Home‘, which is beautifully matted to include the original signatures of four recipients of the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest award for valor:
Group Captain JAMES “WILLIE” TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC
Flight Lieutenant JAMES CASTAGNOLA DSO DFC
Warrant Officer M “BEN” BRENNAN DFM AFM
Warrant Officer BILL WILCOX DFM
Group Captain LEONARD TRENT VC DFC ADC (Matted)
Wing Commander RODERICK LEAROYD VC (Matted)
Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC (Matted)
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC* (Matted)