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The Hard Way Home - Collectors Edition

Robert Taylor

Size: 35" x 24"
Edition: 250
Subject: Halifax of 405 Squadron.

The Battle of Britain had been won by the young fighter pilots of Fighter Command, but now it fell to another band of young men to wage total warfare against the Nazi war machine, the aircrew of RAF Bomber Command. And like the fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain, the young men who flew with Bomber Command came not just from Britain, but from all over the Commonwealth and from the countries of occupied mainland Europe. Every man was a volunteer, prepared to endure the deadly flak and prowling night-fighters, to say nothing of the savage and bitter cold, in order to wage their relentless attack on the military and industrial targets of the Third Reich.

The aircraft that carried these young men to war were numerous, but bearing the brunt of the RAF's incessant campaign were two heavy bombers, the stalwarts of Bomber Command - the Lancaster and the Halifax. Between them they accounted for over three-quarters of all the bombs dropped by the RAF, and Halifaxes alone accounted for a total of 73,312 operations, nearly a fifth of all missions carried out by Bomber Command.

Robert Taylor's superb painting, The Hard Way Home, pays tribute to the magnificent Halifax crews who flew with RAF Bomber Command during World War II. As the early morning sun casts its golden glow across the shimmering sea below, it reveals a lone Halifax of 405 (Vancouver) Squadron RCAF that has struggled home the hard way - damaged and alone. Hit by deadly flak over the target, one of the aircraft's engines is already out and another is smoking badly as the exhausted pilot and his crew fight to keep the unwieldy bomber airborne. Any marauding Luftwaffe fighters would have found them easy prey, but fortunately for this crew they have been spotted by a formation of Hurricanes from 253 Squadron out on routine patrol. For that final, weary leg of their long journey home the Halifax crew will at last have protection to see them safely back to base.

This magnificent limited edition from the world's premier aviation artist has been endorsed with the signatures of surviving veterans who flew operationally on Halifaxes during that long, bitter struggle in the skies over Europe, together with well respected RAF Hurricane pilots who flew in their defence.

Each print in Robert Taylor’s Limited Edition, The Hard Way Home, is signed by:
Warrant Officer HARRY IRONS DFC – Rear Gunner / 158 Sqn
Warrant Officer LAURIE GODFREY – WOP/Air Gunner / 408sqn
Warrant Officer ERIC CARTER – Hurricane Pilot / 615 sqn
Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI DFC KM – Hurricane Pilot / 302 sqn
Flying Officer TOM SAYER DFM – Halifax Pilot / 102 Sqn
Squadron Leader FRANK WILLIAMSON AFC – Halifax Pilot / 102 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant “BLUEY” MOTTERSHEAD DFC – Halifax Pilot / 158 Sqn
Warrant Officer JOHN MORRISON – Rear Gunner / 35 Sqn
Flying Officer FRANK WALKER – Rear Gunner / 466 Sqn
Flying Officer LEN McNAMARA DFC – Rear Gunner / 158 Sqn
Warrant Officer FRED MALTAS – Flight Engineer / 35 Sqn
Warrant Officer REG CLEAVER – Flight Engineer / 419 Sqn RCAF
Warrant Officer HARRY GOUGH – Rear Gunner / 10 Sqn
Flying Officer JOHN EVANS – Halifax Pilot / 158 Sqn
Warrant Officer SAM THOMPSON – Mid Upper Gunner / 103 sqn
Flight Lieutenant MATT HOLIDAY DFC – Mid Upper Gunner / 10 sqn
Warrant Officer WILLIAM BELL – Navigator / 103 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant KURT TAUSSIG – Hurricane Pilot / 225 Sqn
Wing Commander JOHN ‘TIM’ ELKINGTON – Hurricane Pilot / 134 Sqn
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC AFC AE – Hurricane Pilot / 259 Sqn
Pilot Officer STEFAN RYLL – Hurricane Pilot / 306 Sqn.


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