Spitfires Malta Bound

Philip West

 

 

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Spitfires Malta Bound Philip West

A magnificent Limited Edition Print signed by those involved in the Battle for Malta, including the pilot of the main Supermarine Spitfire depicted and four Royal Navy HMS Eagle crew members who survived the torpedo attack and subsequent sinking of their ship in just six and a half minutes.
On the 11th August 1942, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Wellum DFC, having just taken off from the deck of HMS Furious, leads his section of gathering Supermarine Spitfires on the long journey to Malta. They are much-needed reinforcements for the beleaguered island, now in the twenty-sixth month of its siege. To enable each of the 38 Spitfires dispatched from Furious to reach Malta, over three hours flying time away, they carry maximum fuel together with a centre-line over-load tank. Even their ammunition is removed to save weight.

Escorting Furious to her aft is the Cruiser HMS Manchester together with Destroyers Brave and Lithe. To their port side is the Ohio tanker laden with fuel during what became an epic voyage. In the distance HMS Eagle succumbs to an Axis torpedo attack. The success of Operation Pedestal was absolutely critical for the survival of Malta, bringing desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition to the Island. Losses were heavy but the courage and determination by all involved prevailed, five of the fourteen merchant ships, including the Ohio, made it through and the island was saved.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Every print in the signed and numbered edition is signed by the artist Philip West and includes the signature of, Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum (Spitfire pilot).

The Artist proof and Remarque editions are additionally signed by, Dame Vera Lynn, Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum (Spitfire pilot/HMS Furious); Plt. Off. Harry Moon (Hurricane pilot/HMS Furious and Ark Royal), Les Owen, Tom Sprake, Les Goodenough, Fred Davenport (all HMS Eagle survivors); Ted Shute (Coxswain of Search and Rescue craft for downed pilots)

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 28"x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £140.00 Edition Size - 400

Artist Proof Edition
UK £190.00 Edition Size - 75

Remarque Edition
UK £315.00 Edition Size - 75

 

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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

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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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An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

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Certificate of Authenticity:

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