Issued in 2003 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Operation Chastise - the famous Dambusters raid, 16/17th May, 1943, Homeward Bound by Nicolas Trudgian features a 617 Squadron Dambusters Lancaster returning low over Holland. No single raid during World War Two has attracted more discussion, analysis, features, books, interviews, or been the subject of more films, documentaries and TV programmes than the famous attack mounted by the RAF’s 617 Squadron upon the mighty hydroelectric dams in Westphalia, on the night of 16/17 May, 1943. Led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers, manned by 133 aircrew, culminated months of secret training when they made one of the most audacious raids of the war. Flying at tree-top height in darkness, and doing their best to avoid electricity pylons and other obstructions, they navigated their way deep into occupied territory. Their targets were the huge Möhne, Sorpe, Ennepe and Eder Dams that powered Germany’s huge industrial factories in the heartland of the Ruhr. Each bomber had to avoid enemy flak and fighters en-route, locate their target, descend to precisely 60 feet above the water then, in the face of a barrage of anti-aircraft fire, release their single unique 10,000 lb hydrostatic bomb at exactly the right moment. There was no margin for error, and there was no place for faint hearts. Eight of the crews that left RAF Scampton that night were never to return. Of the fifty-six aircrew on board only two survived. Though nearly half the skilled crews that made up 617 Squadron were lost, they recorded one of the most successful and daring air raids of the war- a costly endeavour, but one that has become legend in the annals of aerial warfare. Nicolas Trudgian’s emotive painting Homeward Bound depicts Dave Shannon’s Lancaster AJ-L, dodging the searchlights low over the Dutch landscape, as he returns from the Eder Dam following the part he and his crew played in the famous raid on that moonlight night in May, 1943. All prints in the Editions are signed by two of the Dambuster aircrew who flew with Lancaster AJ-N: Sergeant RAY E. GRAYSTON Flightt Liuetenant EDWARD C. JOHNSON The Collectors Editions are additionally signed by Dambuster aircrew veterans: Sqn Ldr GEORGE L. JOHNSON Flt Sgt GRANT S. McDONALD Fl Of DAVE RODGER Sgt FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND. These rare print editions sold out many years ago and are becoming increasingly difficult to find. We are pleased to offer one of each Limited Edition: 300 Collectors Edition: 125 Overall Size: 27 x 19 inches

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