print in the entire edition is signed by the artist Philip
West and countersigned by Flight Lieutenant R G (Bob) Large,
DFC, Legion d’Honneur The Artist Proof and Remarque
Editions are additionally countersigned by Wing Commander
Peter Ayerst DFC, and Sqn. Ldr. M. S. Pujji DFC.
Print Size 27 1/2"x 18 1/2" (inches) Printed in
lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.
numbered certificate of authenticity included.
Lieutenant R G (Bob) Large, DFC, Legion d’Honneur,
learned to fly in Scotland in 1940 and in 1941 joined 616
Squadron as part of the Tangmere Wing, commanded by the famous
legless pilot Wing Commander Douglas Bader. The Squadron flew
Fighter and Bomber sweeps over Northern France. The remains
of Bob’s Spitfire lie at the bottom of the sea ten miles
off Hythe (where he now lives) after being bounced by eighty
plus ME 109Gs over the English Channel.
learned of the activities of 161 SD Squadron he was interviewed
by the CO, Wing Commander Lewis Hodges, and joined the Lysander
Flight. He then flew many important missions into occupied
France in single, double and a memorable treble pickup when
his excuse for being late at the rendezvous was that he had
had a haircut “in the firm’s time” because
“it grew in the firm’s time”! After D-Day
he returned to Fighter Command and later flew Meteors. (Bob’s
dog, Patrick, became the first dog in the Allied Forces to
fly in a jet which took place in a Meteor 3 on 11th May 1946
and is now recorded in the Guinness Book of Records!)
Commander Peter Ayerst DFC. Few RAF pilots flew operationally
from the beginning to the end of the Second World War. Fewer
still can claim to have experienced action from Dunkirk and
the Battle of Britain, El Alamein and the D-Day landings,
to bomber escort duty in the closing days of the war in Europe.
Peter Ayerst is one such man. Peter joined the RAF in 1938
on a short service commission and was despatched to France
when war broke out. After serving with legendary fighter ace
Douglas Bader, Peter was posted to North Africa in 1942 where
he was forced to crash-land his Hurricane in a minefield.
flew Spitfires on intruder sorties over France before and
during D-Day, on bomber escort duty against V-weapons sites
and in support of mass daylight raids deep into Germany. Awarded
the DFC in December 1944, he also flew as fighter escort to
King George VI's Dakota. By the war's end, Peter had flown
every mark of Spitfire and Hurricane in the RAF's inventory!
This stood him in good stead after the war when he worked
with famous test pilot Alex Henshaw: he was part of the flight-test
crew when Henshaw rolled a Lancaster
Ldr. M. S. Pujji DFC (Pilot) In 1940 Mahinder Singh
Pujji, a qualified pilot flying for Shell in India, volunteered
to join the RAF and was commissioned as Pilot Officer. Arriving
in England, he was posted to 43 Squadron, and then 258 Squadron
at Kenley, flying both Hurricanes and Spitfires. Later posted
to the Western Desert, then to India, and finally to Burma,
where he completed two tours against the Japanese.
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