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BAND OF BROTHERS - Special Artist Proof Edition


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Special "21 signature" Artist Proof Edition

The mighty Lancaster, the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command, crewed by volunteers from Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Rhodesia, South Africa, and many other nations opposed to Nazi rule, flew day and night sorties whenever there was a chance of reaching the target. Their unflinching courage, and selfless devotion to duty paved the way for the D-Day invasion, and the ultimate liberation of Nazi occupied Europe.

Embellished with Goering's infamous quotation "No Enemy Plane Will Fly Over The Reich Territory", S for Sugar took her bombs to Berlin, Hamburg, Schweinfurt, Bremen, Hanover, Wurzburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and other prime targets, flying the second greatest number of operational sorties of any bomber in the Command. Time and again Sugar brought her crew home, often limping back riddled with flak and bullet holes, occasionally on three engines, and once all the way back from the German capital with a badly damaged wing following a mid-air collision over the target.

Robert Taylor's emotive new painting shows S for Sugar on the morning of 27th April, 1944 after her 95th sortie - a raid on the ball-bearing factory at Schweinfurt.

As the battle-scarred bomber taxies in at RAF Waddington, other 467 Squadron Lancasters follow, heading for their dispersal points. Already the weary crews begin their informal debriefing. By the war's end this trusty bomber had completed no fewer than 137 operations over enemy territory, bringing her crew home every time.

Now magnificently restored to her former glory, S for Sugar resides in the RAF Museum at Hendon, providing a lasting tribute to the gallant men of RAF Bomber Command. The famous aircraft was typical of, and ultimately came to symbolise, the men and machines of Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Flying initially with 83 Squadron Pathfinder Force, then 467 Squadron RAAF, Avro Lancaster serial number R5868, call sign S for Sugar, took part in almost every major attack on Germany between the summer of 1942 and the end of hostilities. With the life expectancy of a new Lancaster being just a few months, it was a miracle she survived the war.

 

ARTIST PROOF "BOMBER COMMAND" EDITION: Signed by the artist and TEN pilots and crew from RAF Bomber Command 1939- 45:

 

Marshal of the Royal Air Force SIR MICHAEL BEETHAM
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON
Fl Lieutenant HARRY HUGHES
Fl Lieutenant JOHN PETRIE-ANDREWS

Air Marshal SIR JOHN CURTISS
Sqdn Leader E. GRAY WARD
Sqdn Leader "MAC" HAMILTON
Sqdn Leader REG LEWIS
The Lord MACKIE of BENSHIE
Sqdn Leadrer HARRY WRIGHT

Additionally this one-off item has been personally signed for CCB Aviation Ltd by the following RAF Bomber Commander veterans;

F/O Doug Page - 90 Sq,

W/O Anthony Windsor - 626 Sq,

Master Navigator Eddie Kelly 9 & 27 Sq's,

W/O Jack Watson DFM - 156 Sq,

Flt Sgt R. Pope - 166 Sq,

Flt Lt John Cox DFC - 622 Sq,

Flt Lt Don Briggs DFC - 156 Sq,

Sq Ldr Larry Curtiss DFC - 617 Sq,

W/O John Chapman DFM - 156 Sq,

Flt Lt Tony Hiscock DFC* - 103 & 156 Sq's

Flt Sgt Ron Perry DFM - 622 & 7 Sq's


 

Overall Print Size 30" x 23"

Edition Size: 25

**SOLD**

PLEASE NOTE:

This "one-off" edition we're making available is an ex-display print used during our public events for many years and was originally framed. The print itself is not damaged, has never been taped or stuck as it was mounted loose due to the frequency we removed it to be signed by veterans. The main image has not faded as it has been stored out of direct sunlight and is a very fine example.

Due to its life as a display item and constantly handled we cannot sell this as a "pristine, mint" product. It's still a very collectable piece with a great collection of signatures for sale significantly lower than the original published, released rrp and represents a wonderful bargain for the collector.


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Last Updated: Monday, 08 August 2022 21:55


 

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