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ON A WING AND A PRAYER - Various signed Editions


Price per Unit (piece): £125.00


Philip West pays tribute to the venerable Fairy Swordfish which was the Fleet Air Arms premier torpedo-bomber at the outbreak of World War 11.

It may have looked archaic in appearance, but its courageous crews proved time and time again that it was a potent fighting machine. 'Stringbags' as they were affectionately known, served in several important roles and theatres including Coastal Command, the Mediterranean and flying from MAC-ships protecting North Atlantic and Arctic convoys.


Every print in this limited edition is signed & numbered by the artist along with distinguished Fleet Air Arm veteran;


Sub Lieut (A) Stanley T. Brand RNVR (Pilot)

Although in a reserved occupation volunteered on his 18th birthday to train as pilot in the Fleet Air Arm.  He flew open cockpit biplane Swordfish aircraft from Merchant Aircraft Carriers called “Macships”. These were 8000 ton grain-ships or oil tankers fitted with a flight deck, carrying their usual cargo and manned by a Merchant Navy Master and crew. They sailed in convoy back and forth across the North Atlantic in all the extreme weather conditions experienced on that ocean. The oil tankers lacked a hangar, so maintenance was carried out on open deck exposing the aircraft, ground crew and aircrew to the fury of the sea, ice and gales. By keeping U-boats submerged instead of allowing them free range on the surface, in 24 months only two merchant ships were sunk by the enemy in convoys protected by Macships. This was in spite of there being greater numbers and more efficient U-boats at sea in this period than at the time of our greatest losses in the Battle of the Atlantic.


The Artist Proof and Remarque editions have also been signed by the following veteran;


Sub. Lt Cdr (A) John Moffat RNVR (Pilot)

joined the Royal Navy in September 1939 and moved to flying school in December 1939 at Belfast then Netheravon. He then transferred to Fleet Air Arm fighters at Eastleigh, on Skuas and Gladiators.  A further transfer introduced John to Torpedo carrying Swordfish of 818 Squadron on HMS Ark Royal, at Gibraltar. 
During convoy duties they captured a supply ship in the Bay of Biscay. Following two attacks on the German battleship Bismark, John was subsequently credited with rudder strike by one of his torpedoes on the Bismarck. He served on carriers Argus and Furious and as Deck Officer on Formidable.



Overall print size 16” x 27” (405mm x 685mm)

 


Limited Edition: £125.00 Size: 100

Artist Proof Edition £150.00 Size: 50

Remarque Edition: £275.00 Size: 15


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