Aviation Masterworks Signed Limited Edition Book Plate
With Just 15 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
Philip E 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 breath taking canvas to appear. With more than 100 limited editions behind him, a waiting list of commissioned paintings for clients both existing and new, and a head full of ideas for new limited edition prints, life is never dull for the Wiltshire based artist! Self-taught, after years of painting pictures for friends and relatives, Philip took the plunge and became a full-time professional artist. Since when he has developed a very loyal and expanding following for both his original paintings and prints which regularly fetch more than £6000 for the originals. Whilst jets, and Phantoms in particular, light Philip’s fire, he is also a master painter of piston-engined classics; being renowned for his rendition of Avro Lancasters and Supermarine Spitfires. Philip’s knowledge of aircraft and the accuracy of his work combine to record a moment in history so perfectly, that both collectors and admirers of his work are able to feel a real sense of the excitement and drama that his work portrays. 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. 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. The raid was in fact a feint for the D-Day landings which took place on the 6th June. On the return flight to their home base at Croft Aerodrome in Yorkshire, 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, 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, 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!) he 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
Print measurements approx. 20” x 27½ /
prints are signed by George Dunn DFC, Ld’H
15 Prints in the Aviation Masterworks edition
£150.00 For the book the print Larger Print of Halifax Mission and the signed book plate