Bombing Up Tommy

Richard Taylor





Bombing Up Tommy Richard Taylor

Operation Chastise - the famous attacks on the great dams of the Ruhr valley by the Avro Lancasters of 617 Squadron are known as perhaps the most daring precision air raid in history. As a fitting tribute, Richard Taylor's outstanding painting depicts the scene just a few hours before departure, on the afternoon of 16 May 1943 at RAF Scampton as the hardworking ground crews of 617 Squadron ready their Avro Lancasters in preparation for the night’s raid.

In the foreground Lancaster AJ-T ‘Tommy’ is loaded with Barnes Wallis’ ingenious ‘Upkeep’ bouncing bomb which will later be called into use by Pilot Joe McCarthy. After their original aircraft AJ-Q ‘Queenie’ developed a last minute coolant leak McCarthy and his crew switched to Lancaster AJ-T which as a reserve aircraft was not fitted with the twin Aldis lamps needed to calculate the correct height; Bomb Aimer George ‘Johnny’ Johnson and the crew knew that once they reached the target the odds would be stacked against them. Nevertheless with dogged determination they finally got airborne at 22.01 hrs and headed for their target – the Sorpe Dam.

‘Concentration was key and everyone was playing his part. Joe never took us above about 100 feet or below 200mph, with Bill (Radcliffe, the Flight Engineer) coaxing every last morsel of performance out of the Merlins to try to make up time.’ George ‘Johnny’ Johnson MBE DFM After nine aborted attempts, ‘Johnny’ was satisfied enough to release their bomb and at 00.46 hrs on the morning of 17 May, they scored a direct hit!


Limited Edition and Artist Proofs

Each print is personally signed and numbered by the artist

Remarque Editions

For those collectors who want something more Richard Taylor will hand-craft an original drawing in the lower margin of each print. Every remarque is individually drawn to order making each one different and unique.

The Signature

Each print in the exclusive remarque editions is personally signed by the artist and the Bomb Aimer of Lancaster
T-Tommy, the last surviving British Dambuster:

The Bomb Aimer on Lancaster AJ-T 'Tommy' that attacked the Sorpe Dam

Richard is regarded as one of the most gifted pencil artists in the industry and these exclusive editions, limited to just fifteen copies worldwide plus ten Double remarques – with a larger and even more elaborate drawing – are finished in the graphite and paint combination that has gained him such international acclaim. If you have any particular idea in mind, such as a specific Dambusters aircraft, please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate.

Overall Print Size: 24” wide x 12 ½” high Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

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The Limited Edition Print
UK £55.00
Edition Size - 85

The Artist Proof Edition Print
UK £110.00
Edition Size - 15

Single Remarque Edition Print
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 15

Double Remarque Edition Print
UK £625.00
Edition Size - 10


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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

Limited edition print:

An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

Artists Proof:

An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Publishers Proof:

A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

Remarqued print:

A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

Companion print:

An additional print, usually issued with smaller dimensions, published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued at the same time.

Matted (or mounted) print:

A print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or mount), ready for framing.

Original drawing:

An original work individually drawn by the artist, completed in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique and different.

Certificate of Authenticity:

A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition, inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates safely as a future means of provenance. All our aviation art and aircraft prints are issued with a certificate of authenticity.



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