Preparing for the Tirpitz-Lancaster Philip West (Remarque Edition)


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Preparing for the Tirpitz-Lancaster

by Philip E. West

Working around the clock and in all weather conditions the ground crew knew from the size of the bombs they were loading.
And in fact this was going to be a very special operation for the Lancaster crews of 9 Squadron.
Brainchild of Barnes Wallis, The “Tallboy” bomb weighed in at an impressive 12,000Ib.
On this occasion in November 1944 the crews and aircraft are being readied for departure to Lossiemouth or Kinloss on route to sink the “Tirpitz” laying at anchor near Tromso in Norway.

Signed by a pilot, flight engineer, bomb aimer and a wireless operator/air gunner. All from 9 Sqn.

This is Number 1 of 25 Prints in this Remarque Edition £450.00

Sgt. Jim Brookbank (Bomb Aimer)

W.O. G. T. M. Caines (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) volunteered and joined the RAF at age 18 and was called up on 4th December 1940.

Flg. Off. Jim Pinning (Flight Engineer) after some Pilot training in S Rhodesia and returning to England, Jim qualified as a Flight Engineer.

After returning to England the crew re-joined the Squadron and Jim completed 22 ops. by the end of the war.
After cancellation of the Tiger Force destined for the Far East, Jim joined Squadron Leader (Jock) Blair for the Squadron’s brief visit to India.

Flt. Lt. W. G. Rees (Pilot)  after initial training he went to Miami, Oklahoma where he gained his Pilots Wings in July 1942.
Preparing for the Tirpitz-Lancaster

The overall size of the print is 28” x 16½”



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