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OPERATION JERICHO - Rare 18 signature edition


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Iconic, classic and sought after edition by Gerald Coulson.

18 February 1944 – FRANCE

During January 1944, information was received in London that over 100 loyal Frenchmen were being held in the jail at Amiens, France, awaiting execution. At 1055 hours on the 18th February, with snow falling, 19 Mosquitos took off from RAF Hunsdon to execute Operation Jericho and one by one they disappeared into the murky sky, hoping to meet up with their Typhoon escort over Littlehampton. Their task was to breach the 20ft high, 3ft thick outer wall, open the main building and destroy the guard's quarters.

One of the RAF's most celebrated airmen was overall commander of the raid, Grp Capt PC 'Pick' Pickard, who was last over the prison just seconds before the delay fuse bombs explode. Pickard remained in the area to assess the results which were filmed by a specially equipped Film Photographic Unit Mosquito. Flt Lt Tony Wickham and his cameraman Plt Off Lee Howard flew three passes over the prison filming the results of 487 and 464 Squadrons' attack. Prisoners could be seen making their escape through the gaping holes in the walls and running in all directions across the snow-covered fields to be spirited away by Resistance comrades who had requested the airstrike. The prearranged success signal 'Hello Daddy, Red-Red-Red' was transmitted to 21 Sqn, who gratefully returned home without bombing.

A group of brave young RAF aircrew flying Mosquitos undertook a daring low-level precision bombing raid to breach the walls of Amiens Prison and release members of the French Resistance, condemned to death for their action in helping the Allies. The raid was a success and the result significant with over 150 prisoners fled jail to join up with the Resistance.


This dramatic edition from one of the great aviation artists of our time shows a formation of RAF Mosquitoes from 487 Squadron (New Zealand) and 464 Squadron (Australian) successfully breaking open Amiens Prison and has been signed by a staggering EIGHTEEN legendary jail breakers along with two of the Resistance escapees.


Wing Commander BOB IREDALE DFC

Squadron Leader IAN MCRITCHIE DFC

Flight Lieutenant TOM MCPHEE DFM

Flight Lieutenant GEOFFREY ATKINS

Wing Commander 'BLACK' SMITH DFC

Pilot Officer MAXWELL SPARKES

Pilot Officer ARTHUR DUNLOP

Flight Lieutenant 'TICH' HANAFIN

Pilot Officer FRANK REDGRAVE

Pilot Officer BOB FOWLER

Flight Lieutenant 'BUCK' TAYLOR DFC

Flight Lieutenant ARTHUR WHEELER DFC

Flight Lieutenant IAN MALLETT

Flight Sergeant FRANK WHEELER

Pilot Officer DON BURTON

Flying Officer HARRY MARKBY

Flight Lieutenant TED SISMORE

Amien Prison escapee ANDRE PACHE

Amien Prison escapee RAYMOND BONPAS

 

Edition Size: 850

Overall print size: 39" x 27.5" (99cm x 70cm)

 

note: only two available of this outstanding, historical release


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