Philip West is recognised as one of the world’s finest aviation
artists. Collectors of his original oil paintings span the globe,
many waiting patiently for his next breathtaking canvas to appear.
Self taught, Philip has won many accolades for his paintings, not
the least of which was the prestigious Duane Whitney Award for Excellence
at the 1997 American Society of Aviation Artists Exhibition.
We do hope you will find these biographies
of interest. We hope that by knowing a little about the men behind
each signature, it will help you get the most from your copy of
“In Defence of Britain”. We would ask you not to reproduce
the biographies in any format without our permission. Please bear
in mind that the notes have been prepared by each individual and
copied, with virtually no editing, by SWA Fine Art.
Flying Officer T W (Terry) Green
was trained by the United States Army in Georgia and Alabama. He
was awarded his wings in March 1942 and joined 501 Sqdn at Middle
Wallop later that year. He was posted overseas when 501 were rested
in Northern Ireland. He joined 232 Sqdn in North Africa in March
1943 and stayed with them through Tunisia on to Malta to cover the
invasion of Sicily and then on to Sicily to cover the invasion of
Italy at Salerno. The Sqdn then flew their Spitfires some 2,500
miles to the north of Syria on the Turkish border to cover what
Churchill called the invasion of “the soft underbelly of Europe”.
Since this was aborted they moved us back to Corsica to cover the
invasion of the south of France at Frejus. They stayed in France
until September 1944 where the Sqdn was disbanded after handing
over their Spitfires to the Free French Air Force.
Finally, Terry was posted to 1675
Heavy Conversion Unit at Abu Sueir, Egypt for fighter affiliation
duties with aircrews converting from twins to B24 Liberators.
He was demobilised in June 1945
and carried on as a weekend flyer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve at
Woodley and Fairoaks until 1952.
Fl/Lt. Alec A Ince – Royal Canadian
Air Force joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1941 and
by midsummer he had travelled to Quebec, then to North Sidney, Nova
Scotia, followed by Victoriaville, Quebec for air crew training
in Oshawa, Ontario flying Tiger Moths and next to Montreal, Quebec
for advanced training on Harvards. By January 1942 he arrived in
Shropshire, England at an advanced flying school at RAF base Fern
Hill, followed by operational training on Spitfires, marks one and
two at RAF station Aston Down, near Stroud. By midsummer 1942, the
training there was complete and Alec was posted to 402 Sqdn at RAF
Kenley where they were occupied with escorting American bombers
to Northern France on bombing expeditions, which lasted until the
American Mustang and Thunderbolt fighters arrived to take over from
the RAF fighter squadrons. Their duties then changed to “Hit
and Run” raids along the south and south-east coast of England
where many dog fights took place over coastal towns. The policy
of the Canadian Government was to repatriate aircrews back to Canada
after four years on active service and Alec was returned to the
University to complete his education.