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Dambusters Lancaster Prints by Anthony Saunders and Ivan Berryman.
PCK2349. Dambusters Lancaster Prints by Anthony Saunders and Ivan Berryman. Items in this pack :
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
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
All prices are displayed in British Pounds Sterling