Flying a Bristol F.2b fighter, Lt. Andrew McKeever and his gunner Lt. Powell of 11 Squadron RFC, successfully engage German Albatross D.V fighters over the Western Front near Cambrai, 30 November 1917.
McKeever, a Canadian volunteer, was the squadron’s top Ace, scoring most of his 31 victories on the Bristol Fighter, or the “Biff” as it was affectionately known by its pilots. Lt. Powell is seen pumping a deadly burst of machine gun fire into a diving Albatross as the aerial duel wheels and turns in a magnificent skyscape high above Cambrai.
It is incredibly rare to find editions that have been personally signed by aviators of World War One, so this release by the master of Aviation Art is particularly special. Part of the edition was signed some years ago and kept in storage which explains these outstanding signatures:
The main print is personally signed by RFC veteran Henry Allingham, who at age 112 at the time of signing was the oldest surviving combatant from the First World War.
Air Mechanic HENRY ALLINGHAM
This print is issued with a matching-numbered companion drawing CAMELS ON PATROL which has also been framed and was signed by World War One fighter pilot:
Flight Lieutenant HENRY BOTTERELL