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FINAL BRIEFING

16 May 1943 20.55hrs

by Anthony Saunders

Everyone at Scampton suspected that something big was going to happen. The crews of the recently formed 617 Squadron, hand-picked by their CO 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 been waiting for : " All crews of 617 Squadron to report to the briefing room - immediately."

Final Briefing is the first in Anthony Saunders new pair of prints to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid and depicts the moment of dispersal as Guy Gibson readies his crew to climb inside their waiting Lancaster - AJ-G ' George'. A red Very Light 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.

THE SIGNATURES

Corporal Maureen Stevens

FINAL BRIEFING ( See The Breach Link Below ) 

Corporal MAUREEN STEVENSWAAF

As soon as she was old enough to volunteer, Maureen Stevens joined the WAAF where she completed her training to become an R/T ( Radio Telephone ) Operator. Posted to RAF Scampton, home of 617 Squadron, she was the duty operator in the main control tower right through the Dambuster Raid that took place on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Throughout the operation she relayed information from the aircrews to the senior commanders and talked the surviving Lancaster crews back to Scampton. She also had the task of listening out till the last for those who didn't make it home. 

Purchased Individually

350   Limited Edition Prints     US$   130   /   UK£     85

  25   Artists Proofs                   US$   190   /   UK£   125

  25   Remarques                       US$   375   /   UK£   250

  10   Double Remarques          US$   625   /   UK£   415

350   Limited Edition Prints     US$     210   /   UK£   140

  25   Artists Proofs                   US$     325   /   UK£   215

  25   Remarques                       US$     675   /   UK£   450

  10   Double Remarques          US$   1075   /   UK£   725

The Breach & Final Briefing Remarque Editions

Overall Print Size : 26½" wide by 19½" high

Image Size : 21½" wide by 14" high