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A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.

A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.

On 18th December 1939, a force of Wellington bombers attacked naval targets on the German coast. On the return journey, they were attacked by enemy fighters, for over half an hour, bringing down 7 of the 22 Wellingtons. A further 5 would be forced to crash land in England. One of the surviving aircraft was flown by Sergeant Frank Petts who, in a futile attempt to shake off his attacker, dived to sea level. Despite sustaining considerable damage and with two of his crew wounded, he brought the bomber safely home. The experience of the raid forced the RAF to switch to night-time sorties, bombers were clearly too vulnerable without fighter escort. Six months later, during the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe would learn the same lesson.
Item Code : LE0627A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby. - This Edition
PRINTSigned limited edition of 295 prints.

Edition sold out at publisher - we have the last few copies available.
Image size 10 inches x 20 inches (25cm x 51cm) Burnett, Wilf
+ Artist : Adrian Rigby

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Extra Details : A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.
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The Aircraft :
WellingtonThe Vickers Wellington was a Bomber aircraft and also used for maritime reconnaissance. and had a normal crew of six except in the MKV and VI where a crew of three was used. Maximum speed was 235 mph (MK1c) 255 mph (MK III, X) and 299 mph (MK IIII), normal operating range of 1805 miles (except MK III which was 1470miles) The Wellington or Wimpy as it was known, was the major bomber of the Royal Air Force between 1939 and 1943. The Royal Air Force received its first Wellingtons in October 1938 to 99 squadron. and by the outbreak of World war two there were 6 squadrons equipped with the Vickers Wellington. Due to heavy losses on daylight raids, the Wellington became a night bomber and from 1940 was also used as a long range bomber in North Africa. and in 1942 also became a long range bomber for the royal Air Force in India. It was well used by Coastal Command as a U-Boat Hunter. The Wellington remained in service with the Royal Air Force until 1953. Probably due to its versatile use, The aircraft was also used for experimental work including the fitting of a pressure cabin for High altitude tests. The Vickers Wellington could sustain major damage and still fly, probably due to its construction of its geodesic structure and practical application of geodesic lines. Designed by Sir Barnes Wallis

Aviation History Timeline : 14th December
14December1940 of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
14December1940 of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
14December1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O K. J. Marston of 56 Squadron, was Killed.
14December1940Hauptmann Joachim Schlichting of Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
14December1940Hauptmann Waldemar Plewig of II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
14December1940Oberleutnant Franz Baron von Werra of II./Jagdgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
14December1940Oberleutnant Karl Barth of 3./Kstenflieger-Gruppe 506 was awarded the Knight's Cross
14December1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. T. L. French of 29 Squadron, was Killed.
14December1942Heinrich Krafft, a WW2 Ace with 78.00 victories, died on this day
14December1944Hans-Joachim Birkner, a WW2 Ace with 117.00 victories, died on this day
14December1944Knight's Cross recipient Hans-Joachim Birkner of 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day
14December2008Robert Abernathy, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

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