Evening Patrol

Gerald Coulson

 

 

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Evening Patrol Gerald Coulson
During the early part of World War II the coastline of Britain was constantly under threat, particularly the busy shipping lanes of the North Sea. As well as carrying out bombing raids on strategic coastal targets and ports such as Luftflotte 5's attack on the north-east in August 1940, allied shipping was regularly attacked at sea as the Luftwaffe tried to disrupt supplies.

The RAF played a vital part in protecting these supplies, escorting fishing fleets and shipping convoys, as well as long range patrols over the sea, seeking enemy activity and intercepting high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. These patrols were often long and arduous with pilots running the gauntlet of, if shot down, ditching into the sea. Often pilots would survive being hit and baling out, only to succumb to the freezing and hostile waters of the North Sea. Often fighter squadrons being 'rested' during the Battle of Britain, would be moved to northern locations such as Acklington and Leconfield and carry out coastal and sea patrols before returning to the more intense fighting in the south.

This superb and evocative painting by one of the world's most collected artists, Gerald Coulson, captures the mood of one such patrol. Flying over the Humber Estuary as the sun is setting, pilots of 610 Sqn return their MKII Spitfires to Leconfield after a convoy patrol late in 1940. Each print is personally signed by outstanding fighter pilots, all of whom took part in North Sea patrols during their careers.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION
850 prints with EIGHT signatures

Group Captain Sheen, Desmond DFC
Wing Commander Barthropp, Paddy DFC AFC
Squadron Leader Duke, Neville DSO OBE DFC
Group Captain Morgan, Tom Dalton DSO OBE DFC
Squadron Leader Stapleton, Basil 'Stapme' DFC
Air Commodore Brothers, Peter DSO CBE DFC
Squadron Leader Leigh, Arthur 'Joe' DFC DFM
Wing Commander Stephen, Harbourne DSO DFC


Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity

Overall Print Size 37"x 24" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £180.00 Edition Size - 850

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