Aviation Masterworks Signed Limited Edition Book Plate
With Just 25 Limited Edition Copies Available
Aviation Masterworks Luxury Hardback Book complete with signed Book Plate signed by Four Bomber Command Aircrew
Accompanied with a matching Numbered copy of Halifax Mission Print Signed by George Dunn & the Artist Philip E. West
Exclusive to SWA Fine Arts
Book Plate signed by
George Dunn DFC, Ld’H 76 Squadron Pilot
John Bell MBE, DFC, Ld’H 617 Squadron Bomb Aimer
Hal Gardner 106 Squadron Navigator
John ‘Jo’ Lancaster DFC 12 Squadron Pilot
By Philip E. West
For the first time, the best of these magnificent paintings have been collected in a luxury hardback book, to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
Each full-colour reproduction carries an explanatory caption, while Philip has composed an Introduction explaining how his paintings have become his tapestry to a remarkable career.
A Tribute to Bomber Command
It’s the 4th June 1944 and Halifax Bombers of 431 Squadron are tasked with a daylight mission against enemy gun positions at Calais and coastal batteries at Merville-Franceville-Plage.
The targets were marked by Pathfinder Mosquitos and bombing Accuracy was very good. On the return flight to their home base at Croft Aerodrome in Yorkshire.
In fact the crews had orders not to fly East of Southampton.
And as they neared the Isle of Wight, they were rewarded with the spectacular sight of the Allied invasion fleet gathering for what proved to be one of the most significant and historic events of the second World War.
Flight Lieutenant George Dunn, DFC Ld’H
Bomber Command Pilot
George Dunn enlisted in the RAF in January 1941 and was called up in June of the same year.
He was allocated to RAF Bomber Command and trained as a pilot in the UK and in Canada (under the Empire Air Training Scheme).
In May 1943 he was attached to 10 squadron (very fleetingly) and then to 76 squadron based initially Linton-on-Ouse and then at Holme-on Spalding-Moor in Yorkshire.
In fact part of 4 Group Bomber Command.
Between May 1943 and October 1943 George took part in air operations against targets in Occupied Europe and Germany. And completing his first ‘tour’ (30 operations) two weeks after his 21st birthday.
During this time he took part in a number of ‘significant’ raids, including Hamburg and the V weapon research facility at Peenemunde.
After a period instructing (which could be almost as hazardous as operations!) And George also converted to flying Mosquitos and flew with the Light Night Striking Force flying nuisance and diversionary raids. And later with the meteorology flight flying solo sorties to obtain advance weather data for planning raids.
Now 96 years old, George is still active, giving talks about his experiences and raising funds for maintaining the Bomber Command memorial in London’s Green Park.
by Philip E. West
The size of the Print measurements 13.5″ x 19″ / 51 x 70cms.
All of our prints are signed by George Dunn DFC, Ld’H
25 Prints in the Aviation Masterworks edition
£95.00 For the book the print Halifax Mission and the signed book plate