Hornchurch Scramble

The Hardest Days

Robert Taylor

 

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The Second in Robert Taylor's New Trilogy of Prints to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain.

Hornchurch Scramble The Hardest Days Robert Taylor

Hornchurch Scramble is the Second in Robert Taylor’s new Battle of Britain Trilogy entitled The Hardest Days, issued to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the battle. All three prints in this inspirational new series will focus on these ‘Hardest Days’ to provide a unique snapshot in time. It will be a memorable series, and for that reason all serious collectors will be guaranteed matching numbers throughout the trilogy providing they are requested at the outset.

On August 12th, 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all. The outcome of the Battle of Britain hung in the balance.

It was late in the afternoon of Sunday, 18 August 1940. The previous week had seen the hardest days of fighting in the Battle of Britain as the young pilots of the RAF Fighter Command had engaged in deadly duels with the Luftwaffe. Bystanders gazed cautiously upwards at the weaving contrails in the clear blue skies over southern England as they anxiously awaited the outcome. For just a moment, all was at peace: A gentle breeze floated across the airfield at RAF Hornchurch as the exhausted young pilots of 54 Squadron could rest for a few brief minutes and reflect on their own previous two encounters with the enemy that day. The Luftwaffe had thrown everything at them in the past few days, but today had been the toughest of them all. And then the calm was shattered by the shrill tones of the alarm, the Luftwaffe had launched another huge raid of over 300 aircraft across the Channel, and it looked like Hornchurch was the target.

Shown here is 54 Squadron's commanding officer, Squadron Leader James Leathart, as he taxis out at Hornchurch to prepare for take-off. Quickly following, the aircraft of New Zealander Colin Gray is guided out from dispersal by his ground crew. Gray would claim 3 Bf110s in the encounter and would eventually become the top scoring New Zealand Ace of the war.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE LIMITED EDITION

Each print is personally hand signed and numbered in pencil by the artist Robert Taylor and additionally signed by three distinguished RAF pilots who flew Supermarine Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

Wing Commander GEORGE W. SWANWICK
Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS

With all the components of ‘The Limited Edition’, this special Nine signature Anniversary Edition has been additionally signed by six of the most respected pilots who flew under RAF Fighter Command in the Battle:

Wing Commander JOHN FREEBORN DFC*
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC AFC AE
Group Captain BILLY DRAKE DSO DFC*
Squadron Leader 'BOB' FOSTER DFC
Pilot Officer NORMAN BROWN
Wing Commander ROGER MOOREWOOD

THE TRIBUTE EDITION

This stunning Twenty Three signature edition contains all the components of the Anniversary edition as well as an Original pencil work by the world premiere aviation artist, Robert Taylor.

Each original pencil drawing, individually signed by the artist along with eleven of the RAF's most famous Battle of Britain veterans, is conservation matted to include the original signatures of three illustrious 54 Squadron Aces.

Wing Commander PADDY BARTHROPP DFC AFC
Squadron Leader ROY McGOWAN
Wing Commander PETER PARROT DFC* AFC
Group Captain TOM DALTON MORGAN DSO OBE DFC*
Wing Commander BOB DOE DSO DFC*
Squadron Leader 'STAPME' STAPLETON DFC
Squadron Leader JOCELYN G P MILLARD AE
Wing Commander TIM VIGORS DFC
Squadron Leader GEOFFREY PAGE DSO OBE DFC*
Wing Commander ERIC BARWELL DFC*
Wing Commander KEN MacKENZIE DFC AFC AE
Air Commodore ALAN DEERE OBE DSO DFC (matted)
Air Commodore JAMES LEATHART DSO (matted)
Air Commodore SIR ARCHIE WINSKILL KCVO CBE DFC AE (matted)

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33"x 25 1/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

Overall Matted Pencil Drawing size: 17" x 20"

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Edition
UK £200.00 Edition Size - 450 (Three Signatures)

The Anniversary Edition
UK £265.00 Edition Size - 350 (Nine Signatures)

The Anniversary Edition Artist Proof
UK £375.00 Edition Size - 25 (Nine Signatures)

The Tribute Edition
UK £2595.00 Edition Size - 10 (Twenty Three Signatures)

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