Return Of The Pathfinders

Anthony Saunders

 

 

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Return of the Pathfinders Anthony Saunders

Never had there been an aircraft like the de Havilland Mosquito; constructed almost entirely of wood with two Merlin engines bolted under each wing it could outrun any other piston-engine fighter in the world. Only when the Luftwaffe’s Me262 jet came on the scene did the enemy have anything of such speed but, unlike the Me262, the Mosquito – nicknamed the ‘Wooden Wonder’ – was perhaps the most versatile aircraft of World War Two.

Allied squadrons operated Mosquitos in a huge number of roles including both day and night-bombers, night-fighter, as a ship-buster with Coastal Command, bomber support, photo-reconnaissance and, thanks to its speed and manoeuvrability as one of the finest intruders of the war. Mosquitos carried out some of the most dangerous and daring low-level pinpoint precision strikes ever seen and, of course, as part of the RAF’s elite Pathfinder force.

Formed in 1942 and led by the inspirational Don Bennett, perhaps the finest navigator in aviation history who became the youngest Air Vice-Marshal in the RAF, the Pathfinders were Bomber Command’s specialist target-marking squadrons who, flying ahead of the main bomber force, located and identified their assigned targets with flares.

Anthony Saunders’ atmospheric painting Return of the Pathfinders depicts the Pathfinder Mosquitos of 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, a unit that had joined Bomber Command’s No 8 (Pathfinder) Group in July 1943. Anthony skilfully conjures up the mood as dawn breaks over a crisp, icy landscape in a burst of colour that illuminates the Mosquitos as they follow the course of the River Great Ouse on their return to RAF Upwood after a long overnight trip to Germany in early 1944. During a period that began on the night of 20 / 21st February 1944 this particular squadron undertook a series of 36 consecutive night attacks on Berlin.

PRINT DETAILS

Adding great authenticity to this superb release, every print has been personally signed by highly respected veterans who flew de Havilland Mosquitos in combat during WWII, including members of the Pathfinder Force, creating a historic collector’s edition.

THE SIGNATURES

Joining artist Anthony Saunders in signing every print are four decorated aircrew who flew Mosquitos in combat during World War Two, including members of the Pathfinder Force:

Fg Off KEN OATLEY
Navigator with 627 Sqn Pathfinders

Flt Lt GEORGE DUNN DFC MiD
Pilot with 608 Sqn Pathfinders

Flt Lt JOHN TROTMAN DFC*
Pilot with 692 Sqn Pathfinders

Flt Lt DES CURTIS DFC
Navigator with 248 Sqn Banff Strike Wing


THE REMARQUES

Widely considered as some of the best in the industry, Anthony’s unique pencil remarques, limited to only 15 copies, are individually created in the lower margin of the print.

Created specially for the serious collector, the Double Remarques are much bigger than a standard remarque and exclusively restricted to just 10 copies worldwide. The demand for these superb creations is such that we urge collectors to reserve their remarques early to avoid disappointment.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size: 30 ¼" wide x 24 ¼" high (Inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £120.00
Edition Size - 325

Artist Prroof Edition Print
UK £195.00
Edition Size - 25

Single Remarque Edition Print
UK £365.00
Edition Size - 15

Double Remarque Edition Print
UK £565.00
Edition Size - 10

 

 

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An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

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Certificate of Authenticity:

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