by Stephen Brown
Overall print size: approx: 32” x 12” / 84 x 30cms.
Lancaster stragglers from 83 Pathfinder Squadron returning from a mission that has taken them deep into enemy territory. A combination of flak and Luftwaffe night fighters has taken its toll and many aircraft are damaged, low on fuel and carrying wounded crew members. Some may not make it to their base at RAF Wyton but those that do could well be back in the air before the sun sets.
All editions are signed and numbered by the artist.
The Artist Proofs are additionally signed by distinguished aircrew. Please see below for details.
Primary Edition 95 (signed by the artist only): £95
Artist Proofs 15 (with 5 aircrew signatures): £125
Canvas Edition 15 (signed by the artist only): £165
The Canvas Edition prints are very high quality reproductions on canvas of Pathfinders Inbound that are difficult to distinguish from the original painting. They are bonded flat on to board and are ready to frame. They are hand varnished by the artist and individually signed and numbered in paint.
Canvas Edition size: 38” x 11" / 96 x 28 cm
The Artist Proofs (only) are signed by these aircrew.
Squadron Leader George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM
One of the legendary 617 Squadron Dambusters, ‘Johnny’ Johnson was Bomb Aimer on AJ-T which attacked the Sorpe Dam for which Johnny was awarded the DFM. The aircraft was piloted by the American Joe McCarthy and the pair went on to fly 40 more missions together.
Warrent Officer Rupert Noye DFC
72 ops as Rear Gunner on Wellingtons then Lancasters of 166 Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Don Briggs DFC
62 ops as Flight Engineer on Lancasters of 156 Pathfinder Squadron. After the war he qualified as a pilot and flew all three types of V-Bomber operationally including the famous Vulcan XH558. He flew the mission that dropped the third and last Atom Bomb on Christmas Island.
Flight Lieutenant Ted Stocker DSO DFC
A massive 108 ops as Flight Engineer on Lancasters of 35 Pathfinder Squadron.
Wing Commander Peter Ayherst DFC
Spitfire Ace, 9 victories - flew from start to finish throughout the war; took part in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, D-Day and North Africa amongst others. First into combat against the Me109. He even taught the famous Johnny Johnson to fly! After the war he became a test pilot working alongside Alex Henshaw