Spitfire Country

Nicolas Trudgian


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Nicolas Trudgian
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Spitfire Country Nicolas Trudgian

The ferocity of Luftwaffe attacks on Britain during the month of July 1940 had been just about contained by the RAF, but Hitler was demanding a finish to the matter. As he urgently awaited news that Britain's defences had been crushed, Germany's invasion forces were massed all along the northern coast of France ready for the signal to swarm across the Channel. It would be only a matter of days, Luftwaffe supreme Hermann Goering had assured his Führer.

The Battle of Britain was reaching a crescendo. The month of August had seen the greatest concentration of air fighting in the history of air combat. But there was more to come. As the Luftwaffe built up to Adler Tag - an all-out assault intended to wipe out the RAF once and for all - the Luftwaffe threw everything into the fray. The clear blue summer skies over southern England became laced with the contrails and smoke of battle, as opposing fighters were locked in mortal combat. From first light to dusk the battles raged, the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots flying as many as six sorties in the day.

Nicolas Trudgian's painting shows a typical scene from a bright August morning in that momentous summer of 1940. Having climbed into the dawn sky at daybreak, the Spitfires of No. 603 Squadron have already been in action, and with more heavy raids on the plotter's table, they scurry back to Biggin Hill to re-arm and refuel. A Messerschmitt Me109, shot down during the previous day's fighting, lies discarded in a hayfield, its lucky pilot having escaped with his life. Meanwhile, the beautiful Kent countryside comes awake as it prepares for the toils of another beautiful day.

Signed by the artist and three highly respected Spitfire pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain with 603 Squadron: Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill KCVO, CBE, DFC*, AE, Flight Lieutenant Ludwick Martel KW**, VM, Wing Commander Peter Oliver DFC, Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2002

Edition Size : 500 Signed and Numbered Prints.

Signatories : Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill KCVO, CBE, DFC*, AE, Flight Lieutenant Ludwick Martel KW**, VM, Wing Commander Peter Oliver DFC, Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 38 1/2" x 23 1/2" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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