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Strike and Strike Again Publishers Proofs
by Robert Taylor
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"The type of work carried out by this squadron is akin to that of the Viking - 
short, sharp swoops across the sea by a compact, well armed force"

Wing Commander Jack Davenport AC DSO DFC* GM MID  C.O. 455 Squadron

Overall print size: 34 1/2" wide x 23 1/2" high.
Image size: 28" wide x 16" high.

By the spring of 1945, Germany's once all-conquering submarine fleet, driven by allied forces from its bases in western France, had fled to the relative safety of the Norwegian fjords; territory still remaining under German occupation since 1940. In one of Hitler's last stands, more than 100 U-Boats, merchant freighters, flakships, and other military vessels were gathered in the narrow fjords, laying up by day and sailing undercover of darkness. They were a menace that had to be dealt with.

Tasked with the difficult job of eliminating this force were the Beaufighters and Mosquitos of RAF Coastal Command's Strike Wings based in Scotland. "Our job was to go after this shipping and sink it" recalled Wing Commander Colin Milson, C.O. of No 455's Beaufighters. The fjords were often just 200-300 yards across with cliffs rising vertically up 2000 feet, the deep water allowing the German shipping to get in beneath these high and overhanging cliffs. This made for difficult and dangerous flying, exacerbated by the heavy flak and machine gun fire that always welcomed us".

Piloting the twin engine Beaufighter through the narrow fjords, hugging the cliff face at close to 300 mph and, with every enemy gun that could be brought to bear throwing up a wall of lead, these frightening shipping strikes were not for the faint hearted.

Robert Taylor's gripping new painting conveys the awesome task faced by the Australian, British, Canadian, and New Zealand aircrews, as Beaufighters of No 455 Squadron RAAF from the Dallachy Commonwealth Strike Wing (144 RAF, 404 RCAF, 455 RAAF, 489 RNZAF) skim the rugged rock face, exiting the target after a successful rocket attack on shipping deep in a Norwegian fjord. It is the spring of 1945. Throughout the last weeks of World War II the aircrews of 455 Squadron continued to pound the elusive enemy with inordinate courage and determination, upholding their squadron motto "Strike and Strike Again". A compelling image by the master artist.

The RAAF Commanders  Publishers Proofs Edition: 15 individually numbered prints
Joining artist Robert Taylor, every print in this edition has been individually signed in pencil by NINE distinguished RAAF Pilots and Navigators who flew Beaufighters with 455 Squadron RAAF.

Flying Officer JOHN C AYLIFFE DFC
Group Captain ERNEST F BLUE BERNAU
Flying Officer IVOR M GORDON DFC
Lieutenant Commander WILLIAM G HERBERT
Group Captain Dr PETER L T ILBERY OAM RFD MD
Flight Lieutenant JACK MacDONALD EM
Flying Officer DONALD A MITCHELL
Flying Officer IAN A F MURRAY
Group Captain WILLIAM F A WALDOCK

Every print in this edition comprises the nine-signature and numbered copy of "STRIKE AND STRIKE AGAIN" along with a matching numbered copy of "THE VIKING BOYS".

THE VIKING BOYS

by Robert Taylor

Overall print size: 19 3/4" wide x 14" high.
Image size: 15" wide x 8" high.

Each copy of the Viking Boys has been individually signed in pencil by the following THREE Flight Commanders from 455 Squadron. A total of TWELVE signatures.
Squadron Leader ROBERT W WALLY KIMPTON DFC
Squadron Leader JOHN M PILCHER DFC and Bar
Wing Commander A LLOYD WIGGINS DSO DFC MID

 

 
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