Overall Print Size: 24 x 8 inches Edition: 150 Subject: Spitfires of 19 Squadron.
September 1940, and Mk1 Spitfires from 19 Sqn have been ordered south to engage heavily escorted Luftwaffe bomber formations heading for the Thames Estuary and London. Following intense fighting the Spitfires’ ammunition is expended, and low on fuel the squadron makes a hurried landing at a forward airfield to replenish empty tanks and re-arm. Within minutes they will be airborne again.
Together with the uninviting waters of the Channel, the RAF were the only thing stopping an invasion by Hitler’s all-conquering Panzers. Completely outnumbered Fighter Command had been forced to go head to head with the most powerful air force in the world and, by the end of October, through raw courage and determination were victorious.
Regarded as one of the best pencil artists in the industry, Richard Taylor has hand-crafted this superb drawing on to antique buff paper with intense colour skilfully interwoven into his delicate pencil work, creating a stunning collectors piece.
Each print in Richard Taylor's limited edition 'Unscheduled Arrival' is signed by three famous Battle of Britain fighter pilots:
Sqn Ldr TONY IVESON DFC – Spitfires / 616 Sqn Wg Cdr TERENCE KANE – Spitfires / 234 Sqn Wg Cdr TOM NEIL DFC* AFC – Hurricanes / 249 Sqn.