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Wimpey Wonderland by Keith Aspinall. (B)- Airforce-Art
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Wimpey Wonderland by Keith Aspinall. (B)


Wimpey Wonderland by Keith Aspinall. (B)

Returning from a night mission, two Wellington bombers return over the snow covered fields of England. A fitting tribute to the air crews of the Wellington squadrons of World War Two.
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PRINT Lewis signature edition of 10 prints.


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Image size 14.5 inches x 9.5 inches (37cm x 24cm) Lewis, Larry

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The signature of Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased)

Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased)
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Squadron Leader Larry Lewis (born October 25th 1918 in Bristol, died May 12th 2014) earned the DFM as an air gunner before training as a pilot. After picking up air crash survivors from behind Japanese-held lines in Siam, he was awarded the DFC. On May 29th 1945 Japanese fighters shot down a Liberator bomber of 358 Squadron over Siam (Thailand) during a flight to drop supplies and US Special Forces to the 'Seri Thai' (Free Thailand) Resistance movement. Some of the crew and passengers survived the crash landing and were sheltered by natives and police. Once SOE in India had been alerted to the plight of the survivors, a rescue mission was mounted. On June 14th Lewis took off in his Dakota and flew at very low level to a remote airstrip at Pukio in Siam. He found the short runway adequate but the aircraft became bogged down at the end of the landing run. Within an hour, however, it had been recovered with the aid of Siamese workers and Lewis took off with seven passengers, including some of the crew of the crashed Liberator. The citation to his DFC concluded, he successfully completed a mission well into enemy territory, in daylight. The results obtained are an excellent tribute to his outstanding ability. One of seven children, Laurence 'Larry' Godfrey Lewis was born in Bristol on October 25 1918 and educated at Bristol Grammar School. He won a Pelaquin Scholarship but had to leave school at 15 to help support his family. He joined the Auxiliary Air Force as a metal rigger in May 1939 and served with No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron. Equipped with Hurricane fighters, and based in the south of England, the squadron was heavily involved during the Battle of Britain. Lewis volunteered for pilot training but was selected to be an air gunner, commencing his training in late 1940. At the end of the year he was posted to No.12 Squadron equipped with the Wellington bomber. During a daylight attack on Brest, his aircraft was attacked by a German fighter, which he engaged and probably shot down. He completed 33 operations over enemy territory as a rear gunner including the three 'Thousand Bomber Raids' in the spring of 1942. He was awarded the DFM for his outstanding keenness, reliability and devotion to duty. Lewis was finally selected for pilot training, which he completed in Canada where he converted to the Dakota. He arrived in the Far East in January 1945 and joined No 357 (Special Duties) Squadron at Jessore near Calcutta. Over the next six months he completed 42 operations dropping supplies and agents over Burma and Siam. Some of these long-range missions involved flying over enemy territory for many hours and in extreme weather conditions to find small clearings marked by flares and cloth panels. Some areas were so small that as many as eight or nine runs were necessary before all the loads could be dropped, sometimes from heights of 100 feet. After the capture of Rangoon, flights were mounted from advanced airfields when sorties could be mounted deep into Siam, Indo-China and Malaya in support of clandestine forces. Lewis flew his final sortie on August 3rd 1945 when he made eleven runs to drop his 'packages' over a clearing in southern Burma. After serving at Air HQ Burma in a plans appointment, Lewis was released form the RAF in March 1946. He received the Air Efficiency Award.
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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 : 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 Müller of 6./Jagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Hauptmann of the Reserves Heinz Kroseberg of Wüstennotstaffel 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./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3 died on this day
19June2007David Philips, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

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