The main force has safely returned to base. Back on the airfield the ground crews scan the horizon, and listen for the unmistakeable sound of merlin engines, knowing one of their aircraft is missing. There is almost as much tension and apprehension on the airfield as there is on the flight deck of the missing Lancaster as it limps back across the North Sea.
Damaged by flak and enemy fighters, with parts of the flaps and elevators missing, and the port outer engine overheating, the pilot and his crew have pulled together to get their ship home. Down on power, and handling badly she has slipped further and further behind the main formation on the long flight home, but she has made it! Below are the green fields of England, and with just a few more miles to run, the straggler returns.
Robert Taylor has an uncommon ability to interpret and communicate the everyday drama that goes hand-in-hand with wartime aviation.
Selling out almost immediately after its release in 1987, this stunning print is personally signed by four of the greatest names of RAF Bomber Command, and is a rare find on the secondary market these days!
Each print is personally signed by four highly decorated Pilots who flew Lancasters with the legendary 617 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, during WWII:
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC*
Group Captain JAMES “WILLIE” TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC
Squadron Leader DAVID SHANNON DSO* DFC*
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC