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Robert Taylor


Dambusters - Last Moments Of The Mohne Dam Studio Proof Giclee on Canvas

Price:  $695
Item#:  89490

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The largest dam in Europe, the fortress-like walls of Mohne held back nearly 140 million cubic metres of water essential to the industry and factories of the Ruhr. The Air Ministry had long ago decided that if the Mohne dam, and the two other major Ruhr dams ?Ço the Eder and Sorpe ?Ço were destroyed, it could deliver a massive blow to the Nazi war machine.But cracking open the mighty dams would require exceptional flying skills; and so, on 21 March 1943, a new squadron was formed specifically for the task, the only time this ever happened in Bomber Command. Known as 617 Squadron and led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, it was not only the squadron that was unique, so was the weapon they would be using ?Ço Upkeep ?Ço a cylindrical, hydrostatic 'bouncing' bomb. The brainchild of Barnes Wallis, Upkeep was designed to skip across the surface of the water, sink against the dam's massive wall, and explode with enormous force at a precise depth.

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THE LIMITED EDITION
Along with the artist Robert Taylor, every print in each edition is personally signed by the following THREE veterans of the Dambuster Raid:

Sqn Ldr GEORGE L. JOHNSON DFM RAF
Served as Bomb Aimer on Joe McCarthy's Lancaster AJ-T which attacked the Sorpe Dam.

Cpl KENNETH LUCAS RAF
Served as Ground Crew for 617 Sqn carrying out the special modifications to the Lancasters before the raid.

Sgt FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND RCAF
Served as front gunner on Les Knight's Lancaster AJ-N which breached the Eder Dam.

THE COLLECTORS EDITION & REMARQUES
Each print in these FIVE signature editions are also signed by:

Flt Sgt GRANT S. McDONALD RCAF
Served as rear gunner on Lancaster AJ-F flown by Ken Brown.

Sqn Ldr LES MUNRO DSO DFC RNZAF
The pilot of Lancaster AJ-W assigned to attack the Sorpe Dam.

THE CHASTISE TRIBUTE EDITION
With all the components and signatures of the Collectors Edition, the exclusive Tribute edition is issued with a unique ORIGINAL Masterwork pencil drawing beautifully crafted for the occasion by Robert Taylor, and PERSONALLY signed by three famous Dambuster aircrew:

Flt Lt GEORGE CHALMERS DFC DFM RAF
The Wireless Operator on Bill Townsend's Lancaster AJ-0 which attacked the Ennepe Dam.

Sgt RAY GRAYSTON RAF
Flight Engineer on Lancaster AJ-N which breached the Eder Dam.

Sgt FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND RCAF (also on main print)

THE MATTED SIGNATURES
Each drawing is beautifully matted to conservation standards to include museum quality reproduction Aircrew Europe Medal and RAF Wings together with the original pencil signatures of a further five iconic Dambusters, including the only American to fly on the Raid.

Sgt DUDLEY HEAL DFM
Served as the Navigator in Ken Brown's Lancaster AJ-F which scored a direct hit on the Sorpe dam.

Fg Off DAVE RODGER DFC RCAF
Served as the Rear Gunner in American Joe McCarthy's Lancaster AJ-T.

Flt Lt EDWARD JOHNSON DFC RAF
Served as the Bomb Aimer on Les Knight's Lancaster AJ-N.

Flt Lt BILL TOWNSEND CGM DFM RAF
The pilot of Lancaster AJ-O which attacked the Ennepe Dam.

Wg Cdr JOE McCARTHY DSO DFC* RCAF
The pilot of Lancaster AJ-T that attacked the Sorpe Dam.

Sgt DOUGLAS WEBB DFM RAF
Was awarded the DFM for serving as a front gunner on Lancaster AJ-O.

THE GICLEE EDITION
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