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The Jaws of Victory by Ivan Berryman. (AP)- Airforce-Art
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The Jaws of Victory by Ivan Berryman. (AP)

The Jaws of Victory by Ivan Berryman. (AP)

Group Captain Billy Drake in Curtiss P.40 AL161 of 112 Sqn downing a Stuka during the North Africa Campaign in 1942.
Item Code : B0293APThe Jaws of Victory by Ivan Berryman. (AP) - This EditionAdd any two items on this offer to your basket, and the lower priced item will be half price in the checkout! Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price!
Limited edition of 15 artist proofs.

Image size 12 inches x 9 inches (31cm x 23cm) Drake, Billy
+ Artist : Ivan Berryman

Signature(s) value alone : £50

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PRINTSigned limited edition of 35 prints. Image size 12 inches x 9 inches (31cm x 23cm) Drake, Billy
+ Artist : Ivan Berryman

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Original pencil drawing by Ivan Berryman.

SOLD (£460, December 2009)
Size 16 inches x 12 inches (41cm x 31cm) Spreitzer, Karl
+ Artist : Ivan Berryman

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The signature of Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC* (deceased)

Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC* (deceased)
*Signature Value : £50

Joined the R.A.F. in 1936. His first posting was to 1 squadron flying Furies then Hurricanes and first saw action over France in the Spring of 1940 and was awarded his first DFC by the end of the year. As a Squadron Leader he was sent to West Africa to command 128 Squadron. 1942 saw his commanding 112 squadron in North Africa, in July saw an immediate BAR to his DFC and in December an immediate DSO. Posted to Malta as Wing Commander he won a US DFC in 1943. Back in the UK he now was flying Typhoons in the lead up to D-Day. With Pete Brothers he was sent to the States to attend the US Staff School at Fort Leavenworth. After the war he continued in the R.A.F. serving in Japan, Malaya, Singapore, Switzerland and his final posting as Group Captain RAF Chivenor, Devon. Retired in July 1963. Going to Portugal where he ran a Bar and Restaurant and dealing in Real Estate. In his flying career he accounted for more than 24 enemy aircraft. Sadly, Billy Drake passed away on 28th August 2011.
The Aircraft :
KittyhawkCurtiss Kittyhawk, single engine fighter with a top speed of 362mph, ceiling of 30,000 feet and a range of 1190 miles with extra fuel tanks but 900 miles under normal operation. Kitty Hawk armaments was four or six .50in machine guns in the wings and a bomb load of up to 1,000 lb's. A development of the earlier Tomahawk, the Kitty Hawk saw service in may air force's around the world, American, Australian, New Zealand, and the Royal Air Force. which used them in the Mediterranean, north Africa, and Malta. from January 1942/ apart from the large numbers used by the Us Air Force, over 3,000 were used by Commonwealth air force's including the Royal air Force.
Ju87By 1935 the German Luftwaffe was developing its first monoplane divebomber which entered production in 1936 as the Ju87 Stuka. The Stuka was to evolve into arguably the most successful single engine Axis divebomber of WW II. Utilizing a nearly vertical dive position the Stuka was stunningly accurate in the days when horizontal bombing was a relatively inaccurate science. The Ju87 was built for functionality and ruggedness. A fixed landing gear and exceptionally strong wing design were incorporated and no attempt was made to minimize protrusions. The Stuka was not designed for speed; it was an aerodynamic nightmare. The Stuka also incorporated a siren which when activated during a dive was designed to inflict psychological damage on the enemy below. The Ju87 was used with tremendous success in the Blitzkrieg attacks on Norway, Poland, Belgium, France, Holland, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Virtually unchallenged in the air during these Blitzkriegs the Stukas took a devastating toll on Allied ground and mechanized forces. Shipping was also vulnerable to the pinpoint attacks of the Stuka, and the Ju87 destroyed more Allied shipping than all other German aircraft put together during WW II. During Hitlers air attacks on Britain the Stukas reputation for invulnerability was shattered. Facing British Hurricanes and Spitfires the slower and less maneuverable Ju87s were destroyed in large numbers, eventually forcing their withdrawal from that conflict. Germanys attempt to develop an improved twin engine divebomber resulted in the introduction of the Messerschmitt 210 which was an unmitigated disaster. As a result, the Stuka remained in production longer than expected and the aircraft played a major role in Germanys surprise attack on Russia. In the first day of combat alone Stukas were credited with the destruction of over 700 Russian aircraft with minimal losses. One of Germanys top aces of WW II was Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Rudel flew over 2,500 combat missions in Ju87s, and was shot down on twelve occasions. Rudel was credited with destroying 519 tanks, 800 vehicles, 150 artillery pieces, one Russian battleship, one cruiser and one destroyer. Rudel was also credited with shooting down nine Russian aircraft in air-to-air combat.

Aviation History Timeline : 20th March
20March1917Frank McNamara of No.1 Squadron AFC was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross
20March1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. L. Ward of 32 & 145 Squadrons, was Killed.
20March1942General der Flieger Rudolf Bogatsch of General der Luftwaffe beim OB. des Heeres was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1942Oberst i.G. Hans Seidemann of Luftflotte 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945 Robert Irion of 339th Fighter Group, 505th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
20March1945 Vernon Barto of 339th Fighter Group, 504th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
20March1945Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Leopold Hackl of Stab/Nacht-Schlachtgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Hauptmann Dr. med. Ernst Ebeling of 3./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Hauptmann Ernst-Georg Drnkler of 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Leutnant Karl-Ludwig Johanssen of I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1977Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. C. Ellery of 264 Squadron, Passed away.

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