Part of an atmospheric pair of prints commemorating the brave aircrews who valiantly played their part in the skies over Normandy as the Allies fought to liberate Europe after D-Day.
The scourge of the Luftwaffe, the Spitfire was the only Allied fighter to remain in full production and front-line RAF service before, during and after World War Two. From iconic hero of the Battle of Britain, through the Normandy Campaign and all the way to the skies over northern Germany in May 1945, the Spitfire remained one of the finest and most deadly fighters ever to grace the skies and few fighter pilots would have willingly traded their Spitfires for any other.
‘I have nothing but praise for the Spitfire, the finest of all RAF combat aircraft. It was a thoroughbred through and through....’ said highly-respected fighter Ace Sandy Johnstone who, at the age of only 24, had commanded 602 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. In June 1944 Sandy Johnstone was serving on Eisenhower’s D-Day headquarters staff during Operation Overlord and fittingly it is D-Day that artist Anthony Saunders has chosen as the backdrop to his stirring tribute to the Spitfire in her role as the Allies fought to liberate Europe – Ace Over Normandy.