The Dambusters

Gerald Coulson

 

 

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The Dambusters Gerald Coulson

On the night of l6 / l7th May 1943 Wing Commander Guy Gibson led a small force of 19 Lancaster's of 617 Squadron on what was to become one of the most daring and ingenious raids in history. Flying from RAF Scampton their mission - code named Operation Chastise - was to breach the mighty hydroelectric dams of the Rühr; the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe, a task which Arthur Harris had earlier described as impossible.Months of preparation had preceded the attack with the Squadron practicing the use of their unique bouncing bombs - code named 'Upkeep' - the brainchild of the brilliant Barnes Wallis. The actual targets were only revealed to the crew's a short time before their departure however this elite unit were under no illusions as to the dangers of their mission. Flying at altitudes as low as fifty feet and observing strict radio silence they would face heavy flak and ground fire crossing Holland to Germany. On the run in to the target, using their height finding spotlights they would have to fly in complete darkness at precisely 60 feet before their lethal cargo could be released.

Gerald Coulson has used his undeniable skills to recreate the attack on the Möhne Dam as Mick Martin's aircraft pulls away from the target. His 9,250lb bomb explodes behind him and although not actually breaching the dam wall, sends a huge plume of water into the air leaving a fine mist hanging in the atmosphere. Guy Gibson having already made his run flies to Martins right, lights on full drawing gun fire from the towers. Below them the power station, hit by John Hopgood's bomb on the previous run is still engulfed in flames.

The Dambusters Raid was probably the most brilliant air attack of the Second World War but the success was not without its cost. Of the 19 aircraft that took part in the mission eight failed to return, in fact only 6 returned unscathed, with the loss of 53 aircrew. The destruction of the Möhne and Eder Dams released over 150 million gallons of water into the Rühr valley and caused widespread flooding and severe interruption to industry, communications and various utilities. One of the most important consequences was that over 20,000 men had to be redeployed by the enemy to repair the damage.

This outstanding painting from one of the worlds foremost Aviation Artists pays tribute to the men who took part in this famous mission. This edition was actually produced in 2001 and personally signed by every Dambuster Aircrew alive at that time. It has been held in storage for the 60th Anniversary release. Following the raid no fewer than 33 aircrew received decorations for gallantry, including Gibson's award of the Victoria Cross. Limited to a total of just 600 prints worldwide and countersigned by original Dambusters this is destined to become a truly classic edition from one of the worlds most collected Aviation Artists.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE DAMBUSTERS EDITION

400 prints with FIVE signatures

Sergeant Grayston, Ray
Squadron Leader Johnson, George DFM
Flight Lieutenant Johnson, Edward DFC
Flight Lieutenant Chalmers, George DFC DFM

THE COLLECTORS EDITION

200 prints with TEN signatures. Issued with companion print "Into Attack"

Sergeant Grayston, Ray
Squadron Leader Johnson, George DFM
Flight Lieutenant Johnson, Edward DFC
Flight Lieutenant Chalmers, George DFC DFM
Squadron Leader Brown, Ken CGM (RCAF)
Flying Officer Rodgers, Dave DFC
Sergeant Sutherland, Fred
Flight Sergeant McDonald, Grant
Flight Lieutenant Munro, Les CNZM DSO QSO DFC
Norman "Spud" Boorer (Companion print "Into Atack")

THE REMARQUE EDITION

25 prints with TEN signatures. Issued with companion print "Into Attack"

Sergeant Grayston, Ray
Squadron Leader Johnson, George DFM
Flight Lieutenant Johnson, Edward DFC
Flight Lieutenant Chalmers, George DFC DFM
Squadron Leader Brown, Ken CGM (RCAF)
Flying Officer Rodgers, Dave DFC
Sergeant Sutherland, Fred
Flight Sergeant McDonald, Grant
Flight Lieutenant Munro, Les CNZM DSO QSO DFC
Norman "Spud" Boorer (Companion print "Into Atack")

Into Attack Gerald Coulson

Into Attack - Overall print size 24 1/2" x 15"

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33 1/2"x 25 1/2" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Dambusters Edition
UK £195.00
Edition Size - 400

SOLD OUT

The Collectors Edition
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 200

SOLD OUT

The Remarque Edition
UK £525.00
Edition Size - 25

SOLD OUT

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