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Pilot / Aircrew Signed WW2 Halifax Prints by Ivan Berryman and Gerald Coulson.
PCK1543. Pilot / Aircrew Signed WW2 Halifax Prints by Ivan Berryman and Gerald Coulson. Items in this pack :
Aviation Print Pack.
Item #1 - Click to view individual item
DHM2250. Leading the Way by Gerald Coulson.
On August 15th 1942, under the leadership of Don Bennet, a new group was formed from Bomber Command to develop specialised target finding and target marking. Made up purely from experienced volunteers, this elite and highly trained group of men were known as the Pathfinders. Up until this point the means available to Bomber Command of accurately finding their targets were totally lacking and the task of the Pathfinders was to develop techniques to precisely define these targets ahead of the main force. Initially made up of four Squadrons Nos. 7 (Stirlings) 35 (Halifax) 83 (Lancaster) and 156 (Wellingtons) they were based at a clutch of airfields between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Originally part of No.3 Group Bomber Command the Pathfinder Force was directly answerable to C-in-C Air Marshal Arthur Harris until January 1943 when it became a separate group, No.8 (PFF) . Personally selected for the task by Arthur Harris, the Australian born Don Bennet, just 32 years of age proved to be and inspired choice to form the Pathfinders. A navigation expert without peers he was widely experienced in flying all types of aircraft including fighters, flying boats and bombers and already an experienced operational bomber captain. Along with many of his colleagues, such as Hamish Mahaddie and John Searby he was responsible for instilling in his men the Pathfinder Spirit - an intangible quality of dedication which bonded them together. Pathfinder crews used a combination of personal skill and technical equipment to locate their targets. Often flying against overwhelming odds and in appalling conditions they transformed the performance of a bomber force that in 1941 was dropping almost half its bombs on open countryside. The first Pathfinder unit to fly the Halifax was 35 Squadron based at Graveley. With some of the greatest Bomber Aircrew amongst their number the unit quickly gained a reputation for excellence that was second to none. This superb painting from one of the worlds most highly regarded Aviation Artists, Gerald Coulson, depicts a Halifax B.MkII series 1A of 35 (PFF) Squadron on an operation over occupied Europe. Flying at around 20,000 feet and completely alone and unprotected, the crew navigate their bomber well ahead of the main force, leading the way to their target.
Signed by Flight Lieutenant John Rollins DFC AFC (deceased),
Warrant Officer Ernest Kenwright DFC DFM
Squadron Leader Pat Carden DFC AE (deceased).
Signed limited edition of 500 prints.
Image size 31 inches x 26 inches (79cm x 66cm)
Item #2 - Click to view individual item
IBF0003AP. No.76 Squadron Halifax by Ivan Berryman.
Halifaxes of No.76 Squadron RAF en route to another night bombing raid over Germany. The lead aircraft here has code MP-L. Serial numbers for aircraft were unique, but codes like MP-L were transferred after an aircraft was lost. A total of 10 aircraft carrying the codes MP-L were lost from No.76 Squadron.
These aircraft were :
L9530 : Shot down 12th-13th August 1941.
R9452 : Crashed 12th-13th April 1942.
W7660 : Shot down 19th-20th August 1942.
W7678 : Lost 3rd-4th March 1943.
DK172 : Shot down 23rd-24th May 1943.
DK200 : Crashed 11th-12th June 1943.
LK922 : Shot down 21st-22nd January 1944.
LK789 : Shot down 24th-25th April 1944.
MZ622 : Crashed 24th-25th May 1944.
LL579 : Crashed 27th February 1945.
Signed by :
Warrant Officer Dennis Slack,
Warrant Officer Harry Irons DFC,
Flight Lieutenant Tommy Coles DFC,
Squadron Leader Alfie Fripp,
Sergeant Len Manning,
Flight Lieutenant Tom Wingham,
Warrant Officer Reg Cleaver,
Flying Officer Jack Easter,
Flight Lieutenant Tom Payne,
Pilot Officer Maurice Spivey DFM,
Warrant Officer Rex Statham
Flight Lieutenant Fred Tunstall DFC.
Limited edition of 5 artist proofs.
Image size 26 inches x 17 inches (66cm x 43cm)
Website Price: £ 300.00
To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £480.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £180
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