After the Battle

Robert Taylor


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Robert Taylor
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After the Battle Robert Taylor

A flight of Spitfire Mk IX's, generally considered to have been the greatest of all the Spitfire marks, return to their base at RAF Kenley in July 1942. High on adrenalin after a dog-fight with German Fw190's over France, the 611 Squadron pilots make the high speed run for home above the distinctive patchwork fields of southern England.

The composition of the image is excellent, with the lead aircraft painted in fine detail against a backdrop of towering clouds. The shrapnel laced rudder of the lead Spitfire is a particularly nice touch.

The Spitfire MkIX turned the tide on what was a dismal situation for Fighter Command in 1942. The Fw190 had all but wrested air supremacy away from the RAF, since it clearly outclassed the Spitfire MkV which was in general use. The advent of a two-stage supercharger for the Rolls Royce Merlin engine provided what was basically the Mk V airframe with much improved performance. In addition, the MkIX was very nearly indistinguishable from the MkV in the air, and so the RAF pilots were able to turn the tables on complacent Fw190 pilots who anticipated the relatively inferior performance of the Mk V. After some experience against the MkIX on the part of the Luftwaffe, they treated all Spitfires with wary respect, not being sure whether they were facing a MkV or MkIX.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1994

Edition Size : 1000 Signed and Numbered Prints.


Signatories : Paddy Barthropp, Neville Duke,Johnnie Johnson, Harbourne Stephen, Sir Archie Winskill and Alan Wright.


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 34 1/4" x 25 1/2" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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