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Operation On by Robert Taylor

A very rare Robert Taylor print signed by Commander in Chief of Bomber Command 1942-1945, Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris plus 21 other signatures.

Robert Taylor’s famous painting depicts the last few tense moments as a Lancaster squadron crews-up for a night operation over the Ruhr. Limited edition prints were released in 1985 as a tribute to Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris.

We are selling a copy of this print on behalf of one of our collectors. This example had extra signatures added many years ago at veteran events. It has been professionally mounted onto a board backing which, whilst not ideal, has served to give the print good protection during the process of having extra signatures added and resulted in a well presented print with only relatively little evidence of handling, certainly nothing that would be noticeable when framed. The main image area is excellent with strong unfaded colours - properly framed this print would be a very impressive addition to any collection. The original certificate is not included but we can guarantee its authenticity and if required provide a formal letter to that effect.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a unique piece of aviation history carrying the signatures of 22 members of Bomber Command, several from 617 Squadron and including three VCs.

Operations On - The Signatories

This print is signed by:
Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris

Wing Commander Rod Learoyd VC - 49 Squadron

Flight Lt. William 'Bill' Reid VC - 61 Squadron

Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC - 106 Squadron

Group Captain Hamish McHaddie DSO DFC AFC

FO Ray Grayston - 617 Sqn Flight Engineer AJ-H Eder Dam

Sqn Ldr Tony Iveson DFC AE - 617 Sqn - Tirpitz raid

Freddie Watts DFC - 617 Sqn - Lancaster pilot who bombed V2 rocket sites and U-boat pens and shared in the final destruction of the battleship Tirpitz.

Flying Officer Basil Fish  - Navigator 617 Sqn  - involved in raids on the Kembs and Urft dams together with those on the German battleships Lutzau and Tirpitz.

Sig Ldr Larry Curtis - wireless operator and subsequently Signals Leader of 617 Squadron - flew on some of its most celebrated raids of the post-Dams Raid era, including attacks on V-weapons sites, U-boat pens, and the battleship Tirpitz.

Sqn Ldr Norman H Scrivener DCO DFC AC - one of the top RAF navigators of the war who went on more than 100 sorties in Bomber Command including Peenemude.

Sqn Ldr Ron Curtis - with 109 Squadron equipped with Oboe as part of the Pathfinder Force - flew 104 Oboe operations and 139 ops in total, and was widely credited with helping advance development of the Oboe system.

Harry Hughes DFC DFM AE - 102 and 692 Sqn Light Night Striking Force Mosquitos.

Air Commodore Wilf Burnett DSO OBE DFC AFC - 49, 408, 138 (Special Duties from Tempsford) Sqn.

Flight Lieutenant John Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM - 102, 158, 35 Sqn - 70 ops on heavy bombers.

Air Commodore D M Strong CB, AFC - 166, 104 Sqn - prisoner Stalag Luft III.

WO Martin Brennan DFM AFM

Flight Lieutenant Douglas Newham LVO DFC - 156, 150, 10 Sqn.

Squadron Leader B A Jimmy James MC - 9 Sqn - survivor of the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III.

Beck Parsons 617 Sqn Electrical NCO  - 207 Squadron at Waddington then in March 1943 he was posted to 617 Squadron at Scampton where he flew with Barnes Wallis during the tests on the bouncing bomb.  As Electrical NCO Beck was responsible for the electrics on “B” flight at the time of the raid, together with ‘Top Maintenance’ on five of the Lancaster’s, including those of Guy Gibson and Mick Martin.

Flt Lieutenant Bob Knights DSO, DFC - 619, 617 Sqn - flew on Operation Taxable on the night before
D-Day which simulated the approach of the invasion across the Pas de Calais by dropping metal strips of window to a very precise pattern - the enemy was completely deceived and kept most of their best troops on the wrong side of the Seine.

A Riddle LAC - groundcrew 617 Sqn AJ-H

Overall size   27.5” x 20.5”

Operations On by Robert Taylor - MS1

Operation On by Robert Taylor

We are selling this print on behalf of one of our collectors - viewing at our gallery is recommended.

Call us for more information: 0121 355 1333
Reference: VC002

This print can be purchased using our Lay-Away scheme.

Operations On by Robert Taylor - MS2

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