Merlins over Malta

Gerald Coulson

 

 

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Merlins over Malta Gerald Coulson

If the German and Italian forces were to succeed in their campaign in North Africa something had to be done about Malta. British submarines and torpedo carrying aircraft based on the tiny Mediterranean island were wreaking havoc with Axis shipping, severely hampering their efforts to get supplies and reinforcements through. The German High Command had had enough and the order came to obliterate the island. Malta immediately came under continual day and night aerial bombardment from the combined strengths of the Luftwaffe and Italian Regia Aeronautica. So intense was the onslaught that by the end of 1942 Malta had become the most heavily bombed place on earth.

Too far away for fighters to fly from Gibraltar, any reinforcements would have to be brought part way by aircraft carrier. Until Churchill's order to send the latest Spitfires came in March 1942, the island had to defend itself as best as it could with what remained serviceable of the few obsolescent Hurricanes flown to the island off HMS Argus in 1940, and from Ark Royal and Victorious in 1941.

Gerald Coulson's painting Merlins over Malta shows Hurricanes of 126 Squadron, based at the island's Ta'Qali airfield, diving to intercept a force of Junkers JU88 bombers as they make an attack on the port at Valletta. In the foreground of this powerful reconstruction is Hurricane Z3055, which is currently undergoing restoration for the Malta Aviation Museum. A memorable collector print in support of a truly memorable passage of history.

Gerald Coulson's painting Merlins over Malta was specially commissioned to help raise funds for the Merlins over Malta Appeal, which aims to bring a Spitfire and Hurricane back to the scene of their epic defence, each print has been signed by famous Malta fighter pilots, and importantly every copy sold will directly benefit the Appeal.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION

250 prints with SIX signatures

Squadron Leader Bam Bamburger DFC
Flt Lt Keith Lawrence DFC
Squadron Leader P. Graham Leggett
Squadron Leader Harry Moon
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC AFC
Group Captain Tommy Thompson DFC

THE MALTA EDITION

200 prints with SEVEN signatures. All the above plus.

Squadron Leader Robert Innes


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 31"x 24" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £130.00
Edition Size - 250

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The Malta Edition
UK £140.00
Edition Size -200

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