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Uneven Odds by Robert Taylor

A rare Robert Taylor print - part of the Battle of Britain Aces Collection.

In August 1940, Frank Carey let No 43 Squadron's 'A' Flight into 'Schwarms of JU87s', escorted by Me109s. Though hopelessly outnumbered, Carey accounted for 4 JU87s before running out of ammunition. Robert Taylor's painting captures the trauma of the battle and is a tribute to Group Captain Frank Carey who was the highest scoring Hawker Hurricane fighter Ace of the war. The print was originally released in 1985.

Uneven Odds - The Signatories

This print is signed by 25 distinguished veterans of 603 and 609 Squadrons:
Group Captain Frank Reginald "Chota" Carey CBE DFC** AFC DFM.
Ron Lee 609 Sqn.
Flight Sergeant Len Stillwell - 92 Sqn, Hurricanes and Spitfires.
Flying Officer Ken Adam OBE - 609 Sqn.
Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC - 603 Sqn at Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain - then 257 Sqn, finally 247 Sqn flying Typhoons.
W.O. Harold Bennett - 603 Sqn Hornchurch 1941.
Flight Lieutenant John ‘Joe’ Atkinson DFC - 609 Sqn 1940-43.
Squadron Leader Allan Scott DFM.
Doc Bell - 609 Sqn Medical Officer.
Squadron Leader Laurence ‘Pinkie’ Stark DFC* AFC - 609 Sqn.
Pilot Officer Ceril Bruce Megone DFC - 603 Sqn.
Squadron Leader Rik A C Dupre - 609 Sqn.
Group Captain Mike Hobson CBE, AFC - 603 Sqn.
Squadron Leader Ian Middleton - 603 Sqn 1951-57.
W.O Tom ‘Paddy’ O’Reilly 603 Sqn.
Squadron Leader Raymond ‘Cheval’ Lallemant  DFC* - C.O. of 609 Sqn.
Flying Officer James A Stewart DFC - 609 Sqn.
Pilot Officer Albert G Laforce - 609 Sqn.
Flying Officer Jan Mathys - along with Albert Laforce had the distinction of making the last operational wartime sortie of 609 Squadron, with an armed shipping reconnaissance on 4th May 1945 from airfield B103.
Flight Sgt, Tom Kerr - 609 Sqn.
Flying Officer Allen H Billam - 609 Sqn.
Rae McCulloch - 609 Sqn 1947-51.

There are 3 further signatures on this print - we have not yet researched them all to provide a definitive list. In the meantime if you would like a large size, high resolution photo of the signature area then just contact and we will email it to you.

Overall size   24” x 20”

Uneven Odds by Robert Taylor

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 print was framed and displayed for a short period and has a very slight discolouration of the outer few millimetres of the tinted border where it was in contact with the matt board  The main image area is excellent with strong colours - properly framed this print would be a very impressive addition to any collection.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a unique piece of aviation history carrying the signatures of 25 RAF and RAAF veterans.

Call us for more information: 0121 355 1333
Reference: VC004

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

Uneven Odds by Robert Taylor - MS1
Uneven Odds by Robert Taylor - MS2

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