Band of Brothers

RAF Bomber Command 1939 - 1945

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Band of Brothers RAF Bomber Command 1939 - 1945

One famous aircraft was typical of, and ultimately came to symbolize, the men and machines of Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Flying initially with 83 Squadron Pathfinder Force, then 467 Squadron RAAF, Avro Lancaster serial number R5868, call sign S for Sugar, took part in almost every major attack on Germany between the summer of 1942 and the end of hostilities.

With the life expectancy of a new Lancaster being just a few months, it was a miracle she survived the war. The mighty Lancaster, the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command, crewed by volunteers from Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Rhodesia, South Africa, and many other nations opposed to Nazi rule, flew day and night sorties whenever there was a chance of reaching the target. Their unflinching courage, and selfless devotion to duty paved the way for the D-Day invasion, and the ultimate liberation of Nazi occupied Europe. Embellished with Goering's infamous quotation "No Enemy Plane Will Fly Over The Reich Territory", S for Sugar took her bombs to Berlin, Hamburg, Schweinfurt, Bremen, Hanover, Wurzburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and other prime targets, flying the second greatest number of operational sorties of any bomber in the Command. Time and again Sugar brought her crew home, often limping back riddled with flak and bullet holes, occasionally on three engines, and once all the way back from the German capital with a badly damaged wing following a mid-air collision over the target.

Robert Taylor's emotive painting shows S for Sugar on the morning of 27th April, 1944 after her 95th sortie - a raid on the ball-bearing factory at Schweinfurt. As the battle-scarred bomber taxies in at RAF Waddington, other 467 Squadron Lancasters follow, heading for their dispersal points. Already the weary crews begin their informal debriefing. By the war's end this trusty bomber had completed no fewer than 137 operations over enemy territory, bringing her crew home every time. Now magnificently restored to her former glory, S for Sugar resides in the RAF Museum at Hendon, providing a lasting tribute to the gallant men of RAF Bomber Command.

 

PRINT DETAILS

RAF AIRCREW EDITION

Signed by FOUR distinguished pilots who flew with RAF Bomber Command during World War Two

Marshal of the Royal Air Force SIR MICHAEL BEETHAM
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON
Fl Lieutenant HARRY HUGHES
Fl Lieutenant JOHN PETRIE-ANDREWS


RAF BOMBER COMMAND EDITION

Signed by a total of TEN Pilots and crew from RAF Bomber Command 1939 - 45

In addition to RAF Aircrew Edition Signatures

Air Marshal SIR JOHN CURTISS
Sqdn Leader E. GRAY WARD
Sqdn Leader \"MAC\" HAMILTON
Sqdn Leader REG LEWIS
The Lord MACKIE of BENSHIE
Sqdn Leadrer HARRY WRIGHT


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 30" x 23" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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The RAF Aircrew Edition
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 400

The Bomber Command Edition
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 250

The Bomber Command Artist Proof
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

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