The Battle for Britain

Robert Taylor

 

 

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The Battle for Britain Robert Taylor

With the Battle of Britain in its early stages, on the morning of Wednesday 10 July 1940, a convoy of slow-moving cargo ships heading along the south coast came under attack from a formidable force of Dornier Do 17 bombers, escorted by five squadrons of fighters. RAF Fighter Command scrambled several squadrons to meet the oncoming force in an effort to protect the ships, and a massive dogfight involving more than a hundred planes developed in the region of Dover. Ripping into the oncoming bombers, the RAF fighters attacked head-on-a hazardous tactic requiring great courage, but highly effective in unnerving bomber crews, causing them to swerve out of formation and abandon their target. Head-on collisions were not uncommon. The great battle raged well into the afternoon, and by evening the insurgents had been driven back to their bases in France to lick their wounds. Only one direct hit was scored by the enemy, when a 700 ton sloop was sunk. The Luftwaffe lost nineteen aircraft, and although the RAF had seven aircraft damaged, it lost only one pilot that day.

Robert Taylor's painting captures a head-on attack between two seasoned pilots high over the port of Dover in the late morning of 10 July 1940. A Supermarine Spitfire from 610 Squadron, flown by Squadron Leader Andrew Smith, has taken on a Mel09 from I./JG3, the two aircraft having flashed past each other at a closing speed nearing 800mph. Smith was forced to crash-land his damaged aircraft at Hawkinge following this encounter, but the gallant squadron commander was to lose his life following combat with Messerschmitt Mel09s just two weeks later, Below the duelling aces, other aircraft contest the air above the old port, while the coastline is seen stretching west into the distance. A superb limited edition recreating a typical scene from the first decisive battle ever fought exclusively in the air.

 

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE FIGHTER EDITION

Joining the artist Robert Taylor, the Fighter Edition is signed by Four Battle of Britain fighter pilots.

Wing Commander TERENCE KANE
Group Captain TOM DALTON MORGAN DSO DFC* OBE
Flight Lieutenant RICHARD L JONES
Squadron Leader J G MILLARD


THE KNIGHTS CROSS EDITION

With all the signatures of the Fighter Edition, the Knights Cross Edition is additionally signed by Two Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Aces. Both holders of the coveted Knights Cross medal.

Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER


THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN PROOFS

With all of the signatures of the above editions, the Battle of Britain Proofs are also signed by the following Battle of Britain pilots.

Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
Oberleutnant ERWIN LEYKAUF
Wing Commander GEORGE ‘GRUMPY’UNWIN DSO DFM*
Wing Commander GEORGE W SWANWICK
Group Captain GEORGE H WESTLAKE DSO DFC
Wing Commander WILFRED M SIZER DFC*
Flight Lieutenant MICHAEL E CROSKELL
Squadron Leader JOCELYN G P MILLARD
Wing Commander PADDY BARTHROPP DFC

 

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 36" x 23" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Fighter Edition
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 400

The Knight's Cross Edition
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 300

The Battle of Britain Proof Edition
UK £495.00
Edition Size - 200

 

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