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Top Dog by Robert Taylor. (B)


Top Dog by Robert Taylor. (B)

Completing a record 213 operational sorties with Bomber Commands Pathfinder Force, Mosquito LR503 became one of the most successful aircraft in the Royal Air Force during World War II. It flew first with 109 Pathfinder Squadron, and then 105 Pathfinder Squadron, completing more combat missions than any other Allied aircraft.
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Print paper size 22 inches x 21 inches (56cm x 53cm) Broom, T J Tommy
Harrington, Ray
Bray, Robert
Curtis, Ron
Winwood, Bert
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PRINT RAAF limited edition of 100 prints, with 2 signatures.

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Print paper size 22 inches x 21 inches (56cm x 53cm) Jacobe, Leonard C
Skinner, Malcolm B
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Print paper size 22 inches x 21 inches (56cm x 53cm) Broom, T J Tommy
Harrington, Ray
Bray, Robert
Curtis, Ron
Winwood, Bert
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Print paper size 22 inches x 21 inches (56cm x 53cm) Broom, T J Tommy
Cunningham, John (matted)
Burbridge, Branse
Harrington, Ray
Bray, Robert
Curtis, Ron
Winwood, Bert
Cheshire, Leonard (matted)
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Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Flight Lieutenant Ray Harington
*Signature Value : £40

Ray joined the RAF in 1941, completing his training in South Africa. In January 1944 he was posted to 603 Squadron flying Beaufighters in North Africa. Here he teamed up with navigator, Warrant Officer A.E. ‘Bert’ Winwood, and from where they launched attacks across the Mediterranean into Crete, Greece and the Aegean Islands against shipping, harbour installations and enemy aircraft with much success. In December 1944 they were posted to 235 Squadron Coastal Command, part of the Banff Strike Wing, converting to Mosquitos. In April 1945 they were shot down following a strike in the Kattegat, but avoided capture and with the help of the Danish resistance made it home, where they continued to fly again from Banff.
Squadron Leader Ron Curtis DSO DFC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £35

Qualifying as an Observer in 1941, Ron joined 144 Squadron on Hamden’s before transferring to 44 Squadron at Waddington as a Navigator on Lancaster’s. At the end of the 1942 he moved to Marham, converting to Mosquitos, and in 1943 was posted to 109 Squadron equipped with Oboe as part of the Pathfinder Force. He flew 104 Oboe operations and 139 ops in total, and was widely credited with helping advance development of the Oboe system.


The signature of Squadron Leader TJ Tommy Broom DFC (deceased)

Squadron Leader TJ Tommy Broom DFC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £45

Thomas John Broom was born on January 22 1914 at Portishead, Bristol, and educated at Slade Road School, leaving when he was 14 to work as a garage hand. As soon as he reached his 18th birthday he enlisted in the RAF and trained as an armourer. He served in the Middle East, initially in Sudan, and in 1937 was sent to Palestine to join No 6 Squadron. With the threat of war in Europe, however, there was an urgent need for more air observers; Broom volunteered and returned to Britain for training. In February 1939 he joined No 105 Squadron at Harwell, which was equipped with the Fairey Battle. On the day the Second World War broke out No 105 flew to Reims in northern France to support the British Expeditionary Force, and within three weeks Broom had flown his first reconnaissance over Germany. During a raid on Cologne in November 1940 his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but the crew managed to struggle back to England where they were forced to bail out as they ran out of fuel. For the next 12 months Broom served as an instructor. He returned to his squadron in January 1942, just as the Mosquito entered service, and on August 25 was sent to attack a power station near Cologne. As the aircraft flew at treetop height across Belgium, the crew spotted an electricity pylon. The pilot tried to avoid it but the starboard engine struck the top of the pylon and the aircraft ploughed into pine trees. Both men survived the crash, and were picked up by members of the Belgian Resistance. They were escorted to St Jean de Luz by the Belgian-run "Comet" escape line, and Broom crossed the mountains under the aegis of a Spanish Basque guide on September 8; his pilot followed him two weeks later. Twenty-five years after the event Broom returned to St Jean de Luz to meet the woman who had sheltered him from the Germans. After the German advance into the Low Countries on May 10 1940, the Battle squadrons were thrown against Panzers and attacked the crucial bridges across the main rivers, suffering terrible losses. After the fall of France, Broom and some of his comrades managed to reach Cherbourg to board a ship for England. No 105 Squadron was re-equipped with the Blenheim, and during the Battle of Britain Broom attacked the German barges assembling at the Channel ports in preparation for an invasion of England. After spending a period as an instructor at 13 OTU he rejoined 105 Squadron on Mosquitoes, they were in fact the first squadron in the RAF to receive them. Through early 1942 he was navigator on many of the daylight raids carried out by 105 Squadron. In August 1943 Tommy Broom was the chief ground instructor at the Mosquito Training Unit when he first met his namesake Flight Lieutenant Ivor Broom (later Air Marshal Sir Ivor Broom), an experienced low-level bomber pilot. They immediately teamed up and flew together for the remainder of the war, in 163 Squadron as part of the Light Night Strike Force forming a formidable on Mosquitoes including the low level attack on the Dortmund - Ems Canal and completing 58 operations together, including 22 to Berlin. Known as The Flying Brooms Initially they joined No 571 Squadron as part of Air Vice-Marshal Don Bennetts Pathfinder Force, and on May 26 1944 they flew their first operation, an attack on Ludswigshafen. On August 9 they took part in a spectacular night-time mission to drop mines in the Dortmund-Ems Canal. They descended rapidly from 25,000ft to fly along the canal at 150ft, releasing their mines under heavy anti-aircraft fire. The force of eight Mosquitos closed the canal for a number of weeks. Tommy Brooms brilliant navigation had helped ensure the success of the raid, and he was awarded a DFC. The Brooms took part in another daring attack on New Years Day 1945. In order to stem the flow of German reinforcements to the Ardennes, the RAF mounted operations to sever the rail links leading to the area, and the Brooms were sent to block the tunnel at Kaiserslauten. They were approaching the tunnel at low level just as a train was entering it. They dropped their 4,000lb bomb, with a time delay fuse, in the entrance and 11 seconds later it exploded, completely blocking the tunnel – the train did not emerge. Tommy Broom received a Bar to his DFC and his pilot was awarded a DSO. When Ivor Broom was given command of No 163 Squadron, Tommy went with him as the squadrons navigation leader and they flew together until the end of the war. Their last five operations were to Berlin, where searchlights posed a perpetual problem. On one occasion they were coned for as long as a quarter of an hour. After twisting, turning and diving to escape the glare, Ivor Broom asked his disoriented navigator for a course to base. Tommy replied: "Fly north with a dash of west, while I sort myself out." A few weeks later Tommy Broom was awarded a second Bar to his DFC – an extremely rare honour for a bomber navigator. Tommy Broom left the RAF in September 1945, but he and his pilot remained close friends until Sir Ivors death in 2003. Sadly Tommy Broom passed away on 18th May 2010


Warrant Officer Bert Winwood (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40

WO A.E. 'Bert' Winwood was a Navigator on Mosquitoes and Beaufighters, flew only with pilot Ray Harrington attached to 603 sqn in the Greek Campaign. Bert did his Navigator training in Canada and in January 1944 was posted to 603 Squadron on Beaufighters, based at Gambut, near Tobruk. From here they launched attacks right across the Mediterranean into Crete, Greece and the Aegean Islands against shipping, harbour installations and enemy aircraft with much success. In December 1944 he was posted to 235 Squadron at RAF Banff flying as navigator on Mosquito's flying in the Banff Strike Wing. In April 1945 he was shot down when returning from a strike in the Kattegat, he and his pilot Ray Harrington avoided capture, and with the help of the Danish resistance made it home to England. After a short rest he continued to fly again from RAF Banff, he left the RAF in 1946. Bert Winwood passed away in 2012.
Wing Commander Robert Bray
*Signature Value : £45

Robert flew his first tour of 32 ops in 75 (NZ) Squadron on Wellington’s. After a period instructing he joined 105 Squadron PFF on Mosquitos, flying Oboe operations, completing 87 ops by June 1944. In March 1945 he was posted to command 571 Squadron PFF, then commanded 128 Squadron PFF until Feb 1946.
The Aircraft :
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MosquitoUsed as a night fighter, fighter bomber, bomber and Photo-reconnaissance, with a crew of two, Maximum speed was 425 mph, at 30,300 feet, 380mph at 17,000ft. and a ceiling of 36,000feet, maximum range 3,500 miles. the Mosquito was armed with four 20mm Hospano cannon in belly and four .303 inch browning machine guns in nose. Coastal strike aircraft had eight 3-inch Rockets under the wings, and one 57mm shell gun in belly. The Mossie at it was known made its first flight on 25th November 1940, and the mosquito made its first operational flight for the Royal Air Force as a reconnaissance unit based at Benson. In early 1942, a modified version (mark II) operated as a night fighter with 157 and 23 squadron's. In April 1943 the first De Haviland Mosquito saw service in the Far east and in 1944 The Mosquito was used at Coastal Command in its strike wings. Bomber Commands offensive against Germany saw many Mosquitos, used as photo Reconnaissance aircraft, Fighter Escorts, and Path Finders. The Mosquito stayed in service with the Royal Air Force until 1955. and a total of 7781 mosquito's were built.

Aviation History Timeline : 19th June
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
19June1917E Kruten, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
19June1918Francesco Baracca, a WW1 Ace with 34.00 victories, died on this day
19June1940Feldwebel Willi Schultz of 6./Kampfgeschwader 30 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1941Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a SM81
19June1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. C. Berwick of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
19June1941Former Czech Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt V. Brejcha of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
19June1942 David Scott-Malden of North Weald Wing, shot down a Fw190
19June1942Feldwebel Rudolf Mller of 6./Jagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Hauptmann of the Reserves Heinz Kroseberg of Wstennotstaffel was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Helmut Belser, a WW2 Ace with 36.00 victories, died on this day
19June1942Knight's Cross recipient Helmut Belser of 3./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
19June1942Leutnant Heinz Graber of 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Oberfeldwebel Max Stotz of 5./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Oberleutnant Benno Herrmann of 4./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Oberleutnant Karl Schrepfer of 6./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1944Flight Lieutenant John Stafford of No.486 Sqn RAF shot down a V-1
19June1944Helmut Grollmuss, a WW2 Ace with 75.00 victories, died on this day
19June1947Jacques Ortoli, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
19June1965Otto Fruhner, a WW1 Ace with 27.00 victories, died on this day
19June1995Former British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. P. W. Townsend DFC of 85 Squadron, Passed away.
19June1995Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
19June2006Knight's Cross recipient Bruno Sassen of 10./Fallschirmjger-Regiment 3 died on this day
19June2007David Philips, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

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