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Dawn Breakers by Anthony Saunders. (AP)


Dawn Breakers by Anthony Saunders. (AP)

As the first rays of dawn broke over Gold Beach on the morning of 6th June 1944, twenty-three Halifax bombers from No.76 Sqn headed inland over the breaking surf below. Their task was to annihilate the large German coastal gun battery of Mount Fleury that overlooked the beach where elements of the British 50th Division would shortly be landing. As ships of the Royal Navy joined the barrage and with the battery all but silenced, the bombers headed north, back towards England. The painting catches the moment as the Halifaxes, now escorted by American P-51s of the 359th Fighter Group, survey the extraordinary sight unfolding below them. Carried by a vast flotilla of landing craft, the first assault brigades of the 50th Division stream towards the Normandy shore where, despite heavy initial opposition, the British forces soon broke through. The German defenders who had survived the assault on the Mount Fleury battery had been cowed into submission, the survivors quickly over-run and taken prisoner. Their 12mm guns had offered no resistance and remained silent throughout. By midnight the 50th Division had landed over 25,000 men, and linking up with the Canadians on Juno Beach, had secured a deep bridgehead along a six mile front. The Battle for Caen and their long, slow march to Berlin had begun.
Item Code : DHM6216APDawn Breakers by Anthony Saunders. (AP) - This Edition
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs.

Paper size 26.5 inches x 19.5 inches (67cm x 50cm) Image size 21.5 inches x 14 inches (54cm x 36cm) Bernard, Eric
Hampton, James
Statham, Rex
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Statham, Rex
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HalifaxRoyal Air Force heavy Bomber with a crew of six to eight. Maximum speed of 280mph (with MK.VI top speed of 312mph) service ceiling of 22,800feet maximum range of 3,000 miles. The Halifax carried four .303 browning machine guns in the tail turret, two .303 browning machines in the nose turret in the MK III there were four .303 brownings in the dorsal turret. The Handley Page Halifax, first joined the Royal Air Force in March 1941 with 35 squadron. The Halifax saw service in Europe and the Middle east with a variety of variants for use with Coastal Command, in anti Submarine warfare, special duties, glider-tugs, and troop transportation roles. A total of 6177 Halifax's were built and stayed in service with the Royal Air Force until 1952

Aviation History Timeline : 16th December
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16December1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. Coggins of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O N. A. Sadler of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. G. Marland of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. P. Stevens of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O K. B. L. Debenham of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1944 Walter Matoni of II./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Hermann Wischnewski of 2./Jagdgeschwader 300 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Leutnant Alfred Gemsjger of 6. (F)/Aufklrungs-Gruppe 122 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Leutnant Johann-Hermann Meier of 1./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Oberfeldwebel Alfred Gies of 1./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Oberfeldwebel Leonhard Ziehr of 13./Transportgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Oberfeldwebel Walter Linke of 3./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1963Eberhard von Boremski, a WW2 Ace with 90.00 victories, died on this day
16December1966Andre Herbelin, a WW1 Ace with 10.00 victories, died on this day
16December1990Douglas Campbell, a WW1 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day

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