The Biggin Hill Wing

Nicolas Trudgian

 

 

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The Biggin Hill Wing Nicolas Trudgian

On an early misty morning, the legendary South African fighter pilot Adolph Gysbert ‘Sailor’ Malan, leads the Biggin Hill Wing Supermarine Spitfire MkV’s of 74, 92 and 609 Squadrons out over the Kent countryside, on another sweep across the English Channel into occupied Northern France.

With the Battle of Britain won and the threat of Nazi invasion halted, by early 1941 the Royal Air Force High Command issued orders to take the fight back across the Channel against Adolf Hitler’s occupying forces in Northern Europe. By March, Air Chief Marshal William Sholto-Douglas had replaced Sir Hugh Dowding as Air Officer Commander of Fighter Command and had appointed Wing Leaders at each fighter station in 11 Group to lead offensive operations over France.

Among those chosen to lead the offensive operations were some of the top RAF squadron commanders, Wing Commander Harry Broadhurst DFC, AFC (Hornchurch), Squadron Leader Douglas Bader DSO, DFC (Tangmere), Squadron Leader John Peel DFC (Kenley) Wing Commander Victor Beamish DSO, DFC, AFC (North Weald) and Squadron Leader ‘Sailor’ Malan DSO, DFC who had been appointed to Biggin Hill. It was Malan above any other who re-wrote the rules of air combat tactics during this period; his ‘Ten Rules of Air Fighting’ became avid reading in every crew-room in Fighter Command.

The wings normally consisted of three squadrons of Spitfires, Hurricanes or mixed formations. The new fighter sweeps it was hoped would entice the German Air Force up to fight, which in many cases it did. Another role for which the wings were used was to provide escort cover for light-bomber incursions to attack German installations and airfields. By late May and early June, the number of fighter sweeps had increased as the fine spring weather improved and daily combat with the Luftwaffe raged in the skies along the Channel Front.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Every print in this stunning new edition is signed and numbered in pencil by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and the following Battle of Britain veterans.

The Signed and Numbered Edition

The Signed and Numbered Edition is limited to only 225 copies worldwide and is signed by:

Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron

The Artist Proof Edition

The Artist Proof Edition is limited to only 100 copies worldwide and comes with Two companion prints, Sailor Malan and Duke's First Victory. The print is signed by:

Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron
Squadron Leader Walter Johnston 92 Squadron
Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* 92 Squadron (Companion print)

The Remarque Edition

Limited to only 30 Copies worldwide and comes with Two companion prints Sailor Malan and Duke's First Victory. The print is signed by:

Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron
Squadron Leader Walter Johnston 92 Squadron
Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Squadron Leader Percy Beake DFC 92 Squadron


Companion Print Duke's First Victory
Companion Print - Duke's First Victory

Duke's First Victory
On the 25th of June 1941 Pilot Officer Neville Duke
flying as wing man to Flight Lieutenant Allan Wright DFC claims his first victory a Me109f over the French coast near Dunkirk

Companion Print Sailor Malan
Companion Print - Sailor Malan

 

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 28 1/2 " x 20" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Signed and Numbered Edition
UK £115.00
Edition Size - 225

The Artist Proof Edition
UK £170.00
Edition Size - 100

The Remarque Edition
UK £285.00
Edition Size - 30

 

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