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P-38 Lightning Aircraft Prinys by Richard Taylor and Ivan Berryman. - IvanBerryman.com

DHM1745. Tactical Support by Richard Taylor. <p>With bright yellow spinners and distinctive twin-booms glinting in the June sunshine, two P-38 Lockheed Lightnings of the USAAFs 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group hurtle low over Pegasus Bridge as they race across the Normandy landscape shortly after the D-Day landings, June 1944.  Flying from their base at Kings Cliffe in Cambridgeshire they have today been tasked to support the advancing allied forces; they will strafe and bomb the enemy lines, destroying enemy communications, armour and ground targets, causing as much chaos and disruption as they can.  Dangerous work, these low-level missions, but tasks that the tough P-38 pilots relish.  A few days before, the bridge below had witnessed a very different scene.  The first action on D-Day happened here when, moments after midnight on the night of 5th - 6th June, three gliders swooped silently from the sky to land within yards of their target - this vital road bridge across the Caen canal.  Major John Howard and men of the 6th British Airborne Division were to seize and hold this strategic point.  After a brief but furious fire-fight the stunned German defenders were overwhelmed and the bridge captured.  The Invasion of France had begun, and for the Germans it was the beginning of the end.  Hitlers much vaunted armies had begun their slow bitter retreat to the end that was the burning hell of Berlin. When it came to hammering German ground forces in the days after D-Day, Lockheeds outstanding P-38 Lightning gained an awesome reputation. Richard Taylors evocative new painting recreates the scene over Pegasus Bridge shortly after D-Day as a pair of P-38 Lightnings thunder inland in support of the advancing allied armies. Below, signs of the recent action are still plainly visible as trucks and their exhausted drivers hasten back to the beach-head to collect reinforcements. <b><p> Signed by Captain James Kunkle and Lieutenant Colonel William Willis. <p>Signed limited edition of 350 prints.  <p> Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm)
B25.  Fork Tailed Devil (Lightning) by Ivan Berryman. <p>It was during the inter-war period that a reawakening interest in twin engined fighter design prompted several countries to investigate a number of revolutionary concepts, of these only the Lockheeds sleek and unconventional P.38 was to be put into large scale production, proving to be a versatile and dominant fighter possessed of extremely long range, good speed and manoeuverability and a formidable armament. When production ceased in 1945, 9,923 examples of the P38 Lightning had been delivered.<b><p>Signed limited edition of 250 prints. <p> Image size 17 inches x 10 inches (43cm x 25cm)

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P-38 Lightning Aircraft Prinys by Richard Taylor and Ivan Berryman.

PCK2130. P-38 Lightning Aircraft Prinys by Richard Taylor and Ivan Berryman.

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DHM1745. Tactical Support by Richard Taylor.

With bright yellow spinners and distinctive twin-booms glinting in the June sunshine, two P-38 Lockheed Lightnings of the USAAFs 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group hurtle low over Pegasus Bridge as they race across the Normandy landscape shortly after the D-Day landings, June 1944. Flying from their base at Kings Cliffe in Cambridgeshire they have today been tasked to support the advancing allied forces; they will strafe and bomb the enemy lines, destroying enemy communications, armour and ground targets, causing as much chaos and disruption as they can. Dangerous work, these low-level missions, but tasks that the tough P-38 pilots relish. A few days before, the bridge below had witnessed a very different scene. The first action on D-Day happened here when, moments after midnight on the night of 5th - 6th June, three gliders swooped silently from the sky to land within yards of their target - this vital road bridge across the Caen canal. Major John Howard and men of the 6th British Airborne Division were to seize and hold this strategic point. After a brief but furious fire-fight the stunned German defenders were overwhelmed and the bridge captured. The Invasion of France had begun, and for the Germans it was the beginning of the end. Hitlers much vaunted armies had begun their slow bitter retreat to the end that was the burning hell of Berlin. When it came to hammering German ground forces in the days after D-Day, Lockheeds outstanding P-38 Lightning gained an awesome reputation. Richard Taylors evocative new painting recreates the scene over Pegasus Bridge shortly after D-Day as a pair of P-38 Lightnings thunder inland in support of the advancing allied armies. Below, signs of the recent action are still plainly visible as trucks and their exhausted drivers hasten back to the beach-head to collect reinforcements.

Signed by Captain James Kunkle and Lieutenant Colonel William Willis.

Signed limited edition of 350 prints.

Paper size 33 inches x 23 inches (84cm x 58cm) - Image size 26 inches x 16 inches (66cm x 41cm)


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B25. Fork Tailed Devil (Lightning) by Ivan Berryman.

It was during the inter-war period that a reawakening interest in twin engined fighter design prompted several countries to investigate a number of revolutionary concepts, of these only the Lockheeds sleek and unconventional P.38 was to be put into large scale production, proving to be a versatile and dominant fighter possessed of extremely long range, good speed and manoeuverability and a formidable armament. When production ceased in 1945, 9,923 examples of the P38 Lightning had been delivered.

Signed limited edition of 250 prints.

Image size 17 inches x 10 inches (43cm x 25cm)


Website Price: £ 140.00  

To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £235.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £95




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Captain James Kunkle
*Signature Value : £30 (matted)

Before he was eighteen and could join up, Kunkle had a job with Lockheed assembling P-38 wing sections, but as soon as he was old enough he enlisted for pilot training. In May 1944 he joined the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group at Andover, England. His first mission was an armed reconnaissance across the Channel after D-Day. In July the squadron flew to an airfield on Omaha Beach, and flew air-support missions that devastated the German 7th Army at Falaise. He was shot down after a dog-fight with Fw190s and Me109s but managed to bail out over American lines. He later became a test pilot.


Lieutenant Colonel William Willis
*Signature Value : £25 (matted)

William Willis joined the service in October 1942. Posted overseas to England, he flew P-38s with the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group. Based at Wormingford, the Group was equipped with P-38 Lightnings, which they were flying over Normandy at the time of the D-Day invasion. Shortly after they were converted to P-51s, on which Willis went to Berlin on a strafing mission.

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