When Johnnie Johnson led the Mk IX Spitfires of his 144 Canadian Wing to temporary airstrip B.3 near the village of St Croix sur Mer, a few miles inland from the Normandy beach head, they were making history. As they landed on the hastily constructed Summerfield mesh trackingrunway on D-Day plus 9, they became the first Allied air force unit to be based in former occupied Europe, and the first to operate in France after D-Day.
Now they could operate over northern France with impunity
to sweep the skies clear over the advancing Allied armies, nowhere was safe for the reeling Luftwaffe.
In the second of Robert Taylor’s pair of evocative new paintings he artfully portrays the Mk IX Spitfires of 443 Squadron RCAF, based at St Croix sur Mer, as they tangle with a group of Fw190s whom they had encountered on a fighter sweep near Alençon, in southern Normandy on 23 June 1944. During the melée that followed, their Squadron Leader, Wally McLeod, quickly destroyed two Fw190s, whilst another Fw190 was badly damaged.
Signed and numbered, with a gold-blocked slipcase, each limited edition book is case-bound with dark blue cloth, fitted with high gloss full colour dust jacket, and each copy is signed and numbered by the artist. Each book is supplied inside a beautiful colour coordinated slipcase finished with the artist's signature blocked in gold leaf on the cover. A superb quality heirloom to treasure down the years.
THE REMARQUE EDITION VETERANS BOOKPLATE - Specially placed in the front of each of the TEN remarque edition books will be a remarkable bookplate containing the original signatures of FIFTEEN of World War Two’s most famous and distinguished aviators. Illustrious veterans whose names include Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring Ace in history; Hub Zemke and Don Blakeslee; and Victoria Cross holders Bill Reid and Norman Jackson to name but a few.
THE REMARQUES - Robert Taylor’s magnificent pencil remarque will be completed on a separate folio sheet of paper which can either be inserted loosely within the book itself, or, if you wish, available to be framed and displayed as a separate item in its own right.Signatures on "Normandy Nemesis":
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
Lieutenant General Avi.Baron
Remarque Edition signatures on bookplate:
Colonel DON BLAKESLEE
Brigadier General ROBIN OLDS
General LEON JOHNSON, MOH
Colonel WALKER ‘BUD’ MAHURIN
Colonel CLARENCE ‘BUD’ ANDERSON
Colonel BOB MORGAN
Colonel HUB ZEMKE
Oberst ERICH HARTMANN
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
Wing Commander DON KINGABY DSO AFC DFM**
Air Commodore ALAN DEERE DSO OBE DFC*
Air Vice-Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC