Individually signed by two of the RAF's foremost WWII Aces who flew the Tempest and Typhoon, each Tribute Edition drawing is conservation matted to include the original autographs of two more of the most famous names to fly the Tempest.
Prints are signed by the artist and numbered
250 Limited Editions....$325
150 Victory in Europe (VE) Editions....$395
25 VE Artist's Proofs....$550
10 VE Tribute Editions....Sold out
Overall size: 34" x 24 1/2"
Image size: 27 1/2" x 17"
Tribute drawing appx. mat size: 18" x 16 1/2"
French Ace Pierre Clostermann flies his Tempest ‘Le Grand Charles’ with 3 Sqn against the heavily-defended seaplane base at Grossenbrode on the Baltic coast. Having just destroyed two Dornier D018 flying boats, he helps to finish off a Bf109 that has attacked from above whilst Fw190s race to join in the ferocious encounter, 4 May 1945. Within a few days the war in Europe will be over.
Once again the world’s most collected aviation artist has produced an astounding work that is set to become the defining image of the Hawker Tempest. Some of the greatest pilots of the RAF flew this iconic aircraft and Robert has depicted the final combat of the war for one such pilot – the legendary fighter Ace Pierre Clostermann.
With the prints signed by distinguished veterans who flew Typhoons and Tempests in combat during WWII, this historic release will become highly prized by aviation art collectors and history enthusiasts everywhere.
Fg Off RON POTTINGER
Flt Lt JOHN THORBURN
Victory in Europe (VE) Edition:
Flying Officer RON POTTINGER
Flight Lieutenant JOHN THORBURN
Flight Lieutenant Fr. GEORGE WOOD
Flight Lieutenant DEREK LOVELL
Warrant Officer TOM CARTER
Warrant Officer NORMAN SAMUELS
Victory in Europe Tribute Edition: includes all of the signatures above plus,
Group Captain TOM DALTON-MORGAN DSO DFC* OBE (On original drawing) - Tempest pilot on D-Day as Operations Officer for the 2nd Tactical Air Force. He finished the war as one of the RAF’s most respected leaders with at least 17 victories.
Group Captain BILLY DRAKE DSO DFC* (On original drawing) - Commanded 20 Wing, part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force on Typhoons. One of the foremost Allied Aces of WWII he finished the war officially credited with 24 ½ victories.
Wing Commander PIERRE CLOSTERMANN Ld’H CDG DSO DFC* (Matted signature) - Famous French flying Ace depicted in Robert’s superb painting THE FINAL SHOW. He flew Spitfires and Tempests and finished the war having flow 432 sorties, scoring 19 aerial victories plus countless armoured vehicles, trains and boats.
Wing Commander ROLAND ‘BEE’ BEAMONT CBE DSO* DFC* (Matted signature) - Influential in the development of the Typhoon and Tempest, he flew both until being shot down in late 1944 and spent time as a POW. He was an Ace with 6 aerial victories and the first V-1 ‘Ace’.