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Robert Taylor


Hornchurch Scramble - The Hardest Days Part II

Price:  $320
Item#:  78359

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On August 12th, 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all. The outcome of the Battle of Britain hung in the balance.It was late in the afternoon of Sunday, 18 August 1940. The previous week had seen the hardest days of fighting in the Battle of Britain as the young pilots of the RAF Fighter Command had engaged in deadly duels with the Luftwaffe. Bystanders gazed cautiously upwards at the weaving contrails in the clear blue skies over southern England as they anxiously awaited the outcome.For just a moment, all was at peace: A gentle breeze floated across the airfield at RAF Hornchurch as the exhausted young pilots of 54 Squadron could rest for a few brief minutes and reflect on their own previous two encounters with the enemy that day. The Luftwaffe had thrown everything at them in the past few days, but today had been the toughest of them all.And then the calm was shattered by the shrill tones of the alarm, the Luftwaffe had launched another huge raid of over 300 aircraft across the Channel, and it looked like Hornchurch was the target.

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THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print is personally signed by artist Robert Taylor, and individually hand-numbered; together with three distinguished RAF pilots who flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

Wing Commander GEORGE W. SWANWICK
Squadron Leader NIGEL ROSE
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
With all the components of 'The Limited Edition', this special NINE signature Anniversary Edition has been additionally signed by six of the most respected pilots who flew under RAF Fighter Command in the Battle:

Squadron Leader PETER BROWN AFC
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC AFC AE
Group Captain BILLY DRAKE DSO DFC*
Squadron Leader 'BOB FOSTER DFC
Pilot Officer NORMAN BROWN
Wing Commander ROGER MOOREWOOD

THE ORIGINAL PENCIL TRIBUTE EDITION
This stunning TWENTY-THREE signature edition contains all the components of the Anniversary edition as well as an ORIGINAL pencil work by the worlds premiere aviation artist, Robert Taylor.

Each original pencil drawing, individually signed by the artist along with eleven of the RAF's most famous Battle of Britain veterans, is conservation matted to include the original signatures of three illustrious 54 Squadron Aces.

Wing Commander PADDY BARTHROPP DFC AFC
Squadron Leader ROY McGOWAN
Wing Commander PETER PARROT DFC* AFC
Group Captain TOM DALTON MORGAN DSO OBE DFC*
Wing Commander BOB DOE DSO DFC*
Squadron Leader 'STAPME' STAPLETON DFC
Squadron Leader JOCELYN G P MILLARD AE
Wing Commander TIM VIGORS DFC
Squadron Leader GEOFFREY PAGE DSO, OBE, DFC*
Wing Commander ERIC BARWELL DFC*
Wing Commander KEN MacKENZIE DFC AFC AE
Air Commodore AL DEERE DSO OBE DFC (matted)
Air Commodore JAMES LEATHART DSO (matted)
Air Commodore SIR ARCHIE WINSKILL KCVO CBE DFC AE (matted)
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