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ON COURSE FOR THE MÖHNE DAM

- THE DAMBUSTERS -

by Richard Taylor

Nobody expected it to be easy. Nothing that the men of the recently formed 617 Squadron had faced before had ever been easy but, as Wing Commander Guy Gibson stood in front of them on the afternoon of 16 May 1943, they soon realized that the mission facing them would be the hardest - and most dangerous - they had ever faced. Their task that night was to destroy the mighty dams of Germany.

 To evade enemy radar they would have to fly all the way to the Ruhr at tree-top height, and they must do so in complete radio silence. Once at the target they must launch their radical bouncing bombs - designed by Barnes Wallis - from a height of 60ft at exactly 230 mph. But to get there would require execptional skills and courage of the highest order.

Richard Taylor's new painting, issued to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Operation Chastise portrays the scene over Holland as Guy Gibson leads the first wave of 617 Squadron's Lancaster bombers towards the German border and on to the Möhne dam. After crossing the coast a fraction of course, Gibson adjusts his compass heading slightly and, as the unmistakable thunder of 12 cylinder Merlin engines at full throttle shatters the night, follows the course of a large canal where the owner of an ancient windmill, hearing the noise, hurries outside to witness the event.

THE SIGNATURES

THE LIMITED EDITION

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid, every print

in this edition has been personally signed by TWO aircrew veterans who took part in Operation Chastise.

With TWO Signatures

Squadron Leader Les Munroe CNZM DSO QSO DFC RNZAF Captain & Pilot AJ-W

Squadron Leader

LES MUNROE

CNZM DSO QSO DFC

Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson DFM RAF Bomb Aimer AJ-T

Squadron Leader

GEORGE JOHNSON

DFM

  350   Limited Edition          UK£   110   /   US$   165

    25   Artists Proofs             UK£   150   /   US$   225

    25   Remarques                 UK£   300   /   US$   450

    10   Double Remarques    UK£   450   /   US$   675

THE TRIBUTE EDITION

The SIX signature Tribute Edition is issued with a stunning ORIGINAL pencil drawing created by Richard Taylor especially to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid.

Individually created in pencil on 'Sepia' tinted paper, with coloured highlights skilfully blended into the graphite, every one of these superb crafted drawings is a unique original work, and each is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of four famous Dambuster veterans.

Together with the matching-numbered main print, this historic collection of SIX signatures provides a very special piece for all collectors enthralled by the legend of the Dambusters.

With SIX Signatures

Sergeant Raymond Grayston Flight Engineer AJ-N

Sergeant

RAYMOND GRAYSTON

DFC

Flight Lieutenant George Chalmers DFC DFM Wirless Operator AJ-O

Flight Lieutenant

GEORGE CHALMERS

DFC DFM

Sergeant Dudley Heal DFM Navigator AJ-F

Sergeant

DUDLEY HEAL

DFM

Flight Lieutenant Edward Johnson DFC Bomb Aimer AJ-N

Flight Lieutenant

EDWARD JOHNSON 

10 Tribute Editions UK£ 1225 / US$ 1675

On Course For The Mohne Dam Tribute Edition Original Drawing by Richard Taylor

Overall Print Size : 30½" wide x 24" high

Image Size : 24" wide x 16¼" high

Original Drawing Tribute Edition Overall Matted Size :

Approx 17" wide x 13" high