Overall Print Size: 22 x 17 inches Edition: 25 Subject: Spitfires of 92 Squadron.
June 1940: and the freedom of Britain lay in the hands of a small band of young RAF fighter pilots. Facing them across the Channel, the all-conquering Luftwaffe stood in eager anticipation of an easy victory, one that would allow were Hitler’s mighty armies to invade. So heavily were the odds stacked against the RAF, few gave Fighter Command a chance. The American ambassador to Britain reported that ‘democracy is finished in England’. He was wrong.
Although outnumbered more than five to one at the outset, as the savage aerial battles raged continuously over southern England, the courage and dedication of Fighter Command’s young airmen gradually turned the tide. By the end of September the battle was won and, for the first time, the Luftwaffe had tasted defeat.
Richard Taylor’s outstanding composition portrays a more reflective image of those heroic RAF fighter pilots in contrast perhaps to the deadly trials they faced on a daily basis. Just occasionally during that long hot summer of 1940 were rare moments of peaceful respite. Every minute off-duty was time to be savoured, especially for this particular young fighter pilot and his girl as they briefly pause along a quiet country lane to watch the Spitfires from 92 Squadron pass low overhead. For a few moments the distinctive roar of Merlin engines shatters the peace and they both know that this time tomorrow it will be him who will be flying into combat.
Each print in Richard Taylor's limited edition, Quiet Reflection - Artist Proof, is signed by:
Sqn Ldr GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC - Spitfire Pilot with 92 Sqn
Wg Cdr JOHN ‘TIM’ ELKINGTON - Hurricane Pilot with 1 Sqn
Flt Lt ARCHIBALD McINNES - Hurricane Pilot with 601 & 238 Sqns.