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Stirlings Outward Bound by Robert Taylor.- Airforce-Art
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Stirlings Outward Bound by Robert Taylor.

Stirlings Outward Bound by Robert Taylor.

The Short Stirling was the RAFs first four-engined bomber but was handicapped by a low operational ceiling. Thus, Stirling crews spent much of their time flying through the flak rather than above flak. However, the Stirling possessed a strong, highly complex design that gained it a reputation as a pilots aircraft to fly; it was relatively agile for a big bomber. While flying the Stirling, Mahaddie had been attacked by a Ju88 nightfighter. After evading the attack, he managed to bring the aircraft home and subsequent inspection of the aircraft revealed 174 cannon shell holes. Mahaddie appropriately named that particular aircraft C for Colander. These Stirlings were part of No.7 Sqn RAF Pathfinders, based at RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire throughout the war.
Item Code : DHM2696Stirlings Outward Bound by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
PRINT Limited edition of 1500 prints, with no artist signature.

Last 2 copies of this sold out edition, published in 1983. These have some barely noticeable surface scratches due to their age. These would not be seen once the print is framed.
Paper size 20 inches x 14 inches (51cm x 36cm) Mahaddie, Hamish

Signature(s) value alone : £70

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*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.

The signature of Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie DSO DFC (deceased)

Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie DSO DFC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £70

Group Captain Thomas Gilbert "Hamish" Mahaddie. DSO, DFC, AFC.. CzMC. Nos 7, 55, and 77 Squadrons. Born In Keith, Edinburgh, on 19 March 1911. He joined the RAF as a part of the 17th Entry at Halton in 1928 and trained as a metal rigger, after which he was posted to Cranwell on ground servicing duties. In 1933 he boarded a troopship bound for the Middle East where he joined No 4 FTS at Abu Suler for pilot training. He gained his wings in 1935 and his first air crew posting was to No 55 Squadron at Hinaldi flying Westland Wapitis. On his return to England in 1937 he joined No 77 Squadron flying Whitleys from Driffield. During World War II he completed a tour of operations with No 77 Squadron before moving to Klnloss to instruct with No 14 OTU. He completed another tour, this time with No 7 Squadron at Oakington on Stirlings, before joining HQ Staff of No 8 (Pathfinder) Group. Group Captain Mahaddie finished the war as Station Commander at RAF Warboys, home of PFF Navigation Training Unit. In June 1945 he was appointed to command No 111 Wing in Germany followed by a spell at the Staff College, Haifa, In 1947. His postwar duties also included two tours of duty at the Air Ministry, as OC Flying Wing at Binbrook, and also as Station Commander at Sylt and Butzwellerhof in Germany. He finally retired from the RAF in 1958 and has since been involved with the film Industry as an aviation consultant specialising in electronics for all three services. Hamish Mahaddie died 16th January 1997.
The Aircraft :
StirlingThe Royal Air Force's first four engined monoplane Bomber, the Short Stirling first flew in May 1939 and entered front line service in August 1940 with no. 7 squadron. Due to its poor operational ceiling the aircraft sustained heavy losses and by mid 1942 the Stirling was beginning to be replaced by the Lancaster. Improved versions of the Short Stirling were built for Glider towing, paratroopers and heavy transport. also from 1943 many of the Stirling's were used for mine laying. A total of 2381 Stirling's were built for the Royal air Force and from this total 641 Stirling bombers were lost to enemy action. Crew 7 or 8: Speed: 260 mph (MK1) 275mph (MKIII) and 280mph (MKV)Service ceiling 17,000 feet Range: 2330 miles. (MK1) 2010 miles (MKIII) and 3,000 miles (MKV) Armament: two .303 Vickers machine guns. in nose turret, two .303 in browning machine guns in dorsal turret , Four .303 Browning machine guns in tail turret. Bomb Load 14,000 Lbs Engines: four 1150 Hp Bristol Hercules II (MK1) four 1650 hp Bristol Hercules XVI (MK111 and MKV)

Aviation History Timeline : 24th May
24May1940Feldwebel Helmut Görtz of 3./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Hauptmann Fritz Prager of II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Hauptmann Karl-Lothar Schulz of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Leutnant Cord Tietjen of 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Leutnant of the Reserves Wolfgang Graf von Blücher-Fincken of 2./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Major Erich Walther of I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Major Heinrich Trettner of 7. Fliegerdivision was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Oberleutnant Herbert Schmidt of 1./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Oberleutnant Horst Kerfin of 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Oberst Bruno Bräuer of Fallschjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1940Oberst Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Conrad of Kampfgeschwader z.b.V. 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24May1944Reinhold Hoffmann, a WW2 Ace with 66.00 victories, died on this day
24May1945Robert Greim, a WW1 Ace with 25.00 victories, died on this day
24May1950Claude Haegelan, a WW1 Ace with 23.00 victories, died on this day
24May1974Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. H. W. Charnock of 64 & 19 Squadrons, Passed away.
24May1980Wilfrid Clouston, a WW2 Ace with 12.00 victories, died on this day
24May1989Viktor Schobinger, a WW1 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day
24May2008Knight's Cross recipient Josef Huber of 8./Schlachtgeschwader 77 died on this day
24May2009Carl Luksic, a WW2 Ace with 8.50 victories, died on this day
24May2009Robert Booth, a WW2 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day

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