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Dambusters Lancaster Prints by Anthony Saunders and Ivan Berryman. - IvanBerryman.com

DHM6001. Low Pass Over the Möhne Dam by Anthony Saunders. <p>Operation Chastise, the plan to destroy the mighty Ruhr dams, was bold, audacious and dangerous.  It was also set to become one of the most legendary combat missions ever undertaken in the history of aviation warfare.  In late February 1943 a unique decision was taken by the RAF to form the now legendary 617 Squadron, a highly specialised unit within Bomber Command.  Its task was to be the destruction of the huge Möhne, Sorpe and Eder dams, which provided vital services to German industry.  Tasked with providing the crews for this new squadron was the young, outstanding, bomber and night-fighter pilot Wing Commander Guy Gibson, already a veteran of 174 bomber operations.  On 21st March 1943 the unit was formed at RAF Scampton under his command, and the chosen men had just eight weeks to prepare for the task in hand.  <b><p> Signed by :<br>Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM,<br>Corporal Maureen Stevens<br>and<br> Corporal Kenneth Lucas (deceased).<p> Signed limited edition of 425 prints.  <p> Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm)  Image size 25.5 inches x 16.5 inches (65cm x 44cm)
DHM1948. Bravest of the Brave by Ivan Berryman. <p> The Lancaster B MkIII of Flt Lt J V Hopgood was the second aircraft to make an attempt at breaching the Möhne Dam on the night of 16/17th of May 1943.    Already damaged by flak en route to their target, the embattled Lancaster ED925(G) (AJ-M) encountered intense flak and 20mm fire from the shore and from the towers of the dam itself. Flying Officer Gregory's front gun turret had taken the full force of the flak burst during the journey, killing him instantly, and Hopgood himself was almost certainly wounded in the same explosion.  Nevertheless, they pressed home their attack but, just moments from the release of the Upkeep bomb, both of Hopgood's port engines took direct hits and burst into flames, and other rounds ripped through the starboard wing. Perhaps distracted by the sudden conflagration, Hopgood's aircraft released its bomb just seconds too late to be effective.  The bomb bounced over the dam wall, landing on the power station below where it exploded with devastating results.  With blazing fuel now engulfing the wing of his crippled aircraft, Hopgood climbed to about 500ft where the wing failed, sending ED925 into a dive from which it would never recover. By jumping clear, clutching their parachutes just moments before impact, two of her crew survived to become prisoners of war. <b><p>Signed limited edition of 1150 paper prints.  <p> Image size 17 inches x 11 inches (43cm x 28cm)

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Dambusters Lancaster Prints by Anthony Saunders and Ivan Berryman.

PCK2349. Dambusters Lancaster Prints by Anthony Saunders and Ivan Berryman.

Aviation Print Pack.

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DHM6001. Low Pass Over the Möhne Dam by Anthony Saunders.

Operation Chastise, the plan to destroy the mighty Ruhr dams, was bold, audacious and dangerous. It was also set to become one of the most legendary combat missions ever undertaken in the history of aviation warfare. In late February 1943 a unique decision was taken by the RAF to form the now legendary 617 Squadron, a highly specialised unit within Bomber Command. Its task was to be the destruction of the huge Möhne, Sorpe and Eder dams, which provided vital services to German industry. Tasked with providing the crews for this new squadron was the young, outstanding, bomber and night-fighter pilot Wing Commander Guy Gibson, already a veteran of 174 bomber operations. On 21st March 1943 the unit was formed at RAF Scampton under his command, and the chosen men had just eight weeks to prepare for the task in hand.

Signed by :
Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM,
Corporal Maureen Stevens
and
Corporal Kenneth Lucas (deceased).

Signed limited edition of 425 prints.

Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16.5 inches (65cm x 44cm)


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DHM1948. Bravest of the Brave by Ivan Berryman.

The Lancaster B MkIII of Flt Lt J V Hopgood was the second aircraft to make an attempt at breaching the Möhne Dam on the night of 16/17th of May 1943. Already damaged by flak en route to their target, the embattled Lancaster ED925(G) (AJ-M) encountered intense flak and 20mm fire from the shore and from the towers of the dam itself. Flying Officer Gregory's front gun turret had taken the full force of the flak burst during the journey, killing him instantly, and Hopgood himself was almost certainly wounded in the same explosion. Nevertheless, they pressed home their attack but, just moments from the release of the Upkeep bomb, both of Hopgood's port engines took direct hits and burst into flames, and other rounds ripped through the starboard wing. Perhaps distracted by the sudden conflagration, Hopgood's aircraft released its bomb just seconds too late to be effective. The bomb bounced over the dam wall, landing on the power station below where it exploded with devastating results. With blazing fuel now engulfing the wing of his crippled aircraft, Hopgood climbed to about 500ft where the wing failed, sending ED925 into a dive from which it would never recover. By jumping clear, clutching their parachutes just moments before impact, two of her crew survived to become prisoners of war.

Signed limited edition of 1150 paper prints.

Image size 17 inches x 11 inches (43cm x 28cm)


Website Price: £ 145.00  

To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £255.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £110




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*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Corporal Kenneth Lucas (deceased)
*Signature Value : £25 (matted)

Ken Lucas joined the RAF in June 1940, and trained as ground crew for bomber Command. He was sent first to 49 Squadron at RAF Scampton, before transferring to 617 Squadron upon its formation, Involved in all the major servicing of the aircraft before the raid including fitting the motors that drove the belt that spun the bomb, and attaching the critical lamps to the underside of the aircraft. Sadly, Ken Lucas passed away in January 2011.


Corporal Maureen Stevens
*Signature Value : £15 (matted)

Was an R/T Operator in the control tower at Scampton during 1943 and was on duty on the night of the 16/17 May when she talked home the survivors of the Dambuster Raids.




Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM
*Signature Value : £35 (matted)

Joining the RAF in 1940, George Johnson served with 97 Squadron before joining 617 Squadron. Bomb aimer on American Joe McCarthys Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which he was awarded the DFM. Commissioned a few months later, George retired from the RAF in 1962.

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