by Stephen Brown
Overall print size: approx: 32” x 12” / 84 x 30cms.
Having survived barrages of flak and attacks by Luftwaffe night fighters, the crew of a Lancaster straggler can relax a little and admire the dramatic skies as dawn breaks over the Norfolk Broads. They are just a few miles from base now and have the reassuring protection of a 118 Squadron Spitfire.
Based at RAF Coltishall, 118 Squadron were tasked with protecting Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and other local towns.
All editions are signed and numbered by the artist. The Artist Proofs are additionally signed by distinguished aircrew (see below):
The Gallery Edition are a smaller size print that are supplied already double mounted with a backing board and clear wrap making them ideal to give as a gift as they are.
Gallery Edition image size: 21” x 6.5” / 53 x 17 cm
Mounted size: 27” x 13.5” / 68 x 34 cm
The Canvas Edition prints are very high quality reproductions on canvas that are difficult to distinguish from an 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.
Canvas Edition size: 38” x 11 " / 96 x 28 cm
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.