The crews of Bomber Command faced one of the most daunting tasks, calling for courage sustained night after night, in conditions of desperate danger and discomfort. They did not fail us and 55,573 paid the supreme sacrifice”. In his new tribute to “The Many”, Robert Taylor’s evocative painting HIGH COST recreates a typical scene encountered by many Royal Air Force bomber squadrons on raids over enemy occupied territory: Having already survived 30 successful operational sorties, on 9 February 1945 Lancaster PG-G of 619 Squadron has been intercepted by Luftwaffe night-fighters during a raid over Stettin Bay.
Joining artist Robert Taylor in individually signing each print in these editions are distinguished RAF & RAAF airmen who flew with RAF Bomber Command during the World War II. Every print is individually hand-numbered.
THE RAF LIMITED EDITION
Flight Lieutenant GEORGE BRITTON
Flight Lieutenant JOHN COX DFC
Warrant Officer RICHARD ‘BASHER’ HEARNE
Flight Lieutenant TOM AUSTIN DFC AE
Wing Commander ‘MAC’ ENGLAND DFC*
THE VICTORIA CROSS PROOFS - with 7 signatures matted
Commemorating the twenty-three airmen of RAF Bomber Command who were decorated with the Victoria Cross during World War II, the country’s supreme award for valour, thirteen of which were awarded posthumously, the ultimate sacrifice made by airmen for their comrades. Each individual print is matted to include the original signatures of two of these extraordinary Victoria Cross recipients.
The five signatures above plus:
Warrant Officer NORMAN CYRIL JACKSON VC (matted)
Wing Commander RODERICK LEAROYD VC (matted)
THE RAAF LIMITED EDITION
This edition is signed by THREE RAAF Airmen who flew Lancasters with 619 Squadron.