THE HARD WAY HOME

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400 Limited Edition With four signatures $320.00
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250 Rcaf Edition With seven signatures $375.00
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25 Rcaf Edition Artist Proof With seven signatures $520.00
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250 Collectors Edition With twenty one signatures $495.00
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25 Collectors Edition Artist Proof With twenty one signatures $595.00
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10 Bomber Command Tribute Edition With thirty nine signatures $3,995.00

Description

The Battle of Britain had been won by the young fighter pilots of Fighter Command, but now it fell to another band of young men to wage total warfare against the Nazi war machine – the aircrew of RAF Bomber Command.

A lone Halifax of 405 Sqn RCAF struggles home the hard way – damaged and alone. One of the aircraft’s engines is already out and another is smoking badly as the exhausted pilot and his crew fight to keep their unwieldy bomber airborne. Any marauding Luftwaffe fighters would have found them easy prey, but fortunately they have been spotted by a formation of Hurricanes from 253 Sqn on a routine patrol. For that final leg of their long journey this crew will at last have protection to see them safely back to base.

Bearing the brunt of the RAF’s incessant campaign were two heavy bombers, the stalwarts of Bomber Command – the Lancaster and the Halifax. Between them they accounted for over three-quarters of all the bombs dropped by the RAF, and Halifaxes alone accounted for a total of 73,312 operations, nearly a fifth of all missions carried out by Bomber Command.

THE LIMITED EDITION

Each print in the FOUR signature Limited Edition is personally signed by artist Robert Taylor, and individually hand-numbered; together with TWO RAF aircrew who flew Halifaxes during WWII, and TWO Hurricane fighter pilots.

Warrant Officer LAURIE GODFREY
Warrant Officer ERIC CARTER
Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI DFC KM
Warrant Officer HARRY IRONS DFC

THE RCAF EDITION

In tribute to those brave veterans who flew with the RCAF during World War II, each print in this SEVEN signature edition is signed by two RCAF Hurricane pilots and five RCAF Halifax aircrew, together with the artist Robert Taylor.

Flight Lieutenant HARRY OAKEBY
Flying Officer EDWARD BOWLES
Wing Commander STOCKY” EDWARDS DFC* DFM
Lieutenant Colonel DOUGLAS “DUKE” WARREN DFC CD RCAF
Squadron Leader IAN HEWITT DFC*
Warrant Officer REG CLEAVER
Warrant Officer RICHARD CURNOCK

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

The TWENTY ONE signature Collectors’ Edition has been additionally signed by the twelve RAF aircrew who flew Halifaxes with RAF Bomber Command, and four Hurricane fighter pilots who flew escort with RAF Fighter Command:

Flight Sergeant TOM SAYER DFM
Squadron Leader FRANK WILLIAMSON AFC
Flight Lieutenant BLUEY” MOTTERSHEAD DFC
Warrant Officer JOHN MORRISON
Flying Officer FRANK WALKER
Flying Officer LEN MCNAMARA DFC
Warrant Officer FRED MALTAS
Warrant Officer REG CLEAVER
Warrant Officer HARRY GOUGH
Flying Officer JACK EASTER
Warrant Officer SAM THOMPSON
Flight Lieutenant MATT HOLIDAY DFC
Warrant Officer REX STATHAM
Flight Lieutenant KURT TAUSSIG
Wing Commander JOHN “TIM” ELKINGTON
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC AE
Pilot Officer STEFAN RYLL AFM*

THE BOMBER COMMAND TRIBUTE PROOFS

This outstanding THIRTY-NINE signature Bomber Command Tribute Edition is issued in recognition to the outstanding airmen who flew and fought with RAF Bomber Command during World War II. Released with all the components of the Collectors’ Edition, with the addition of an ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Robert Taylor, personally signed by thirteen Bomber Command aircrew:

Each piece has been exquisitely conservation matted to include a museum quality reproduction Bomber Command Aircrew Europe Medal with France and Germany clasp, along with the original signatures of a further five legendary figures of Bomber Command:

Air Vice-Marshal DON BENNETT CB CBE DSO FRAes
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO DFC
Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC
Wing Commander ROD LEAROYD VC
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Warrant Officer GRAHAM BRIGGS DFM
Flight Lieutenant ERIC CLARKE MID
Flight Lieutenant GEORGE COX
Squadron Leader HARRY GLENDINNING
Flight Lieutenant BORIS BRESSLOFF DFC
Squadron Leader DOUGLAS JOSS MBE
Flight Lieutenant BOB LASHAM DFC*
Flight Sergeant RUDOLF LEKSINKSI
Warrant Officer HARRY LEVY
Squadron Leader REG MANNING DFC
Flight Lieutenant JOHN PETRIE-ANDREWS DFC DFM
Flight Lieutenant RON SMITH DFC
Flight Lieutenant KEN THOMAS DFC

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Overall Print Size

35 ¼ x 23 ¼ inches

Release Date

January 2006

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