Skuas flew from HMS Ark Royal through much of the 1940 campaign off Norway, and one is seen getting airborne in typically grey North Sea weather.
The Blackburn Skua had many remarkable “firsts” to its credit; the first all-metal monoplane built for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA); the first dive bomber in British air services; the first enemy aircraft shot down in WW2 fell to a Skua; the first fighter ace in the FAA (Lt. Bill Lucy DSO) flew Skuas and the first warship (Konigsberg) destroyed by dive bombing was sunk by Skuas.
Each picture will come with extensive biographical notes on each of the signatories.
Lt. Cdr. Derek T.R. MARTIN (pilot)
Eric BOND (Telegraphist Air Gunner)
Lloyd RICHARDS (Telegraphist Air Gunners)
CPO Ron SKINNER (HMS Ark Royal’s Ships Writer)
Artist's Proofs & Remarques:
The three pilots above plus:
Eric ‘Winkle’ BROWN (the most highly decorated Royal Navy pilot, holder of the world record for flying the most types of aircraft – 487, and world record holder for the highest number of aircraft carrier landings – a staggering 2,407)