The Breach & Final Briefing

Anthony Saunders





The Breach Anthony Saunders

by Anthony Saunders

The journey had been eventful, flying low they had crossed the Dutch coast and headed inland, skimming along canals and the countryside at tree-top height and meeting heavy flak at various points along the route. Yet now the first two waves of Avro Lancasters had reached the Möhne Dam and, as the enemy flak opened up, the six aircraft began to circle their target.

First Gibson in AJ-G attacked, his bomb exploding successfully, ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood crashed after being hit by gunfire, and then ‘Mick’ Martin in Avro Lancaster AJ-P made his bomb run, yet despite being hit twice, the dam still held. Next Gibson called in ‘Dinghy’ Young in AJ-A, he too scored a direct hit but it seemed the dam was still un-breached. Things were looking bad as David Maltby in AJ-J made his run into the target but the top of the wall was starting to crumble. Young’s bouncing bomb had in fact cracked the dense granite wall and Maltby finished the job with a direct hit – the Möhne Dam was doomed.



The Limited Edition & Artist Proof - "The Breach"

Along with the artist, each print has been signed by a veteran who flew on the Dambusters mission:

He served as Bomb Aimer on American Joe McCarthy’s Avro Lancaster AJ-T, but as they were using a reserve aircraft, George did not have the benefit of the twin Aldis spotlights for accurate height keeping. So on their tenth pass George released his bomb, scoring a direct hit – but the earth dam survived the blast.




by Anthony Saunders

Final Briefing Anthony SaundersRAF Scampton: 16 May 1943 20.55 hrs - Guy Gibson readies his crew to climb inside their waiting Avro Lancaster – AJ-G ‘George’. A red flare will soon curl skywards, burning brightly against the sun’s fast-fading rays; it is the signal to start engines and at 21.39 G-George will get airborne, leading the first wave of three aircraft. For the crews of 617 Squadron the weeks of intensive training were now over – Operation Chastise was underway.

Everyone at RAF Scampton suspected that something big was about to happen. The crews of the recently formed 617 Squadron, hand-picked by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, had been training hard for weeks and the rumour on the grapevine suggested it might be the Tirpitz they were after. But then, late in the afternoon of 16 May 1943 came the call over the station tannoy that they had all been waiting for: ‘All crews of 617 Squadron to report to the briefing room – immediately.’

The buzz of excited conversation dropped into silence as Gibson addressed them, and the secret was shared: their small force was about to attack the major dams of western Germany. It was what they had been waiting for and they would go that night.



The Limited Edition & Artist Proof - "Final Briefing"

Every print has been hand numbered and personally signed by the artist along with a veteran that took part in this historic event:

Served as the duty operator in the main control tower throughout the Raid, relaying information from the aircrews to the senior Commanders. She talked the surviving crews back to Scampton and also had the sad task of listening out till the last for those who didn't make it home.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 26 1/2" x 19 1/2" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free - archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Edition - The Breach
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 350

The Artist Proof - The Breach
UK £140.00
Edition Size - 25

Signed and Numbered Edition - Final Briefing
UK £95.00
Edition Size - 350

The Artist Proof - Final Briefing
UK £145.00
Edition Size - 25

Signed and Numbered Edition - The Breach & Final Briefing (purchased as a pair)
UK £170.00
Edition Size - 350

The Artist Proof - The Breach & Final Briefing (purchased as a pair)
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 25



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