From the Battle of Britain to the last days of a crumbling Third Reich, the magnificent Spitfire became a symbol of the heart of a nation. For one Halifax crew on 6 October 1944, the presence of 610 Squadron’s Spitfires became a godsend.
Tony Gaze and his flight of 610 Squadron Spitfires have picked up a severely damaged Halifax over Holland as it lumbers homeward after an attack on synthetic oil plants in Germany. Two crew members have been ordered by skipper Ted McGindle to depart the ailing bomber by parachute while he struggles on with other crew members too badly wounded to escape. Top cover provided by 610’s Spitfires ensured this 462 Squadron Halifax made it home on that October day.
Each copy of Little Friends is issued with a matching numbered copy of Robert Taylor’s Air Combat Paintings Volume V.
Every print in the edition has been signed by two highly regarded aircrew who flew combat with distinction during World War II. Each print is also signed by Robert Taylor and numbered.
Flight Lieutenant EDWARD TED McGINDLE DFC
Squadron Leader F A O TONY GAZE DFC**