Coupe de Grace

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Coupe de Grace Michael Rondot

30th January 1991. Day 14 of Operation Desert Storm, and ships of the Iraqi navy make a desperate dash for the northern waters of the Persian Gulf and sanctuary in Iranian waters. Only a few of them will make it through the gauntlet of Allied air-power lying in wait to attack any surface contacts. Already on fire amidships after being attacked by US Navy aircraft, this Polnocny C class landing ship has fallen prey to a pair of rocket and cannon-armed Jaguars only a few miles from the mouth of the Shatt-al-Arab waterway in southern Iraq.

The Sepecat Jaguars, led by Wing Commander Bill Pixton AFC, make a low pass to confirm the identity of the ship and turn away to position for their attack that will leave the Polnocny sinking, ablaze from end to end.
'Coup de Grace' portrays the incident as it unfolds, capturing the moment when the Jaguar flight leader looks back over his shoulder at the burning ship and prepares to attack. The Sepecat Jaguars will unleash four pods of CRV-7 rockets onto their target and then re-attack with 30mm cannon before returning to base at the end of a harrowing 3-hour mission.

Heavily armed, and using Victor tankers to in-flight refuel, RAF Sepecat Jaguars often flew combat air patrols over the northern Persian Gulf from their base at Al-Muharraq, Bahrain, during the first weeks of Operation Desert Storm.
Their task was to seek and destroy Iraqi army and naval targets, or to locate and to suppress enemy AAA during rescue missions for downed Allied airmen. The results were invariably the same: the targets were hit, and the Jaguars, despite coming under fire, returned safely home.

Michael Rondot flew on some of these missions. His first hand experiences add a unique authenticity to his paintings, bringing to life the drama of war witnessed from the air.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Each print in the edition is signed and numbered by the Artist Michael Rondot, and countersigned by the two pilots who took part in the attack. Wing Commander Bill Pixton AFC, the Commanding Officer of the RAF Gulf Jaguar Detachment, and his wingman, Flight Lieutenant Pete Tholen.


Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity.

Overall Print Size 30"x 24" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £110.00 Edition Size - 500

Artist Proof Edition
UK £165.00 Edition Size - 50

Remarque Edition
UK £250.00 (Please Call)

 

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