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Final Preparations by Philip West.- Airforce-Art
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Final Preparations by Philip West.

Final Preparations by Philip West.

Soon to be cloaked in darkness, Wellington aircraft of 150 Squadron, RAF Newton, Nottinghamshire, prepare for another dangerous mission, never knowing if they would return.
Item Code : DHM2241Final Preparations by Philip West. - 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!
PRINTSigned limited edition of 300 prints.

Image size 24 inches x 8 inches (61cm x 20cm) Rosser, Leslie
Lowe, F
Tyack, G V
+ Artist : Philip West

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Other editions of this item : Final Preparations by Philip West. DHM2241
Limited edition of 25 artist proofs. Image size 24 inches x 8 inches (61cm x 20cm) Austin, F H P
Rosser, Leslie
Lowe, F
Tyack, G V
+ Artist : Philip West

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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 Flying Officer Leslie Rosser

Flying Officer Leslie Rosser
*Signature Value : £15

Joined the RAF in April 1941, having transferred from the Army. After two months, he was on his way to the USA via Iceland and Canada. He entered the USA at Detroit, in July 1941, on a student visa and wearing civilian clothes. His pilot training started in Florida at a civilian flying school with most of the instructors being old barnstormers from flying circuses etc. Discipline was maintained by a few US Army officers. Most of the pupils were ex-British Army, so the change of food, climate etc was much appreciated. The final course, before receiving the US Army wings was carried out flying Harvards. The course was completed mid-February and the return to Canada followed. On return to the UK and after some delays the conversion to twin-engined planes was completed at RAF Assington. The OTU course started at Wellesbourne in September 1942, flying Wellingtons, and a full crew formed of pilot, navigator, bomb-aimer, wireless operator and rear-gunner. The crew were posted to 420 Squadron of RCAF at Middleton St George in January 1942. Operations were carried out on targets from Hamburg to St Nazaire - Bomber Command was under pressure to assist the war against U-boats. The last operation over Germany for the crew was on March 5th 1943 and was an historic one for Bomber Command, as the target at Essen was marked by a system called Oboe. This involved a high flying Mosquito and various radio and radar equipment. The crew were posted in April 1943 to 142 Squadron - one of the two RAF Squadrons attached to the US North West African Airforce under General Doolittle. The RAF Squadrons did the night bombing on targets in Tunisia, Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. Twenty-one operations by the crew involved dropping 4,000lb block-busters. After returning to the UK in August 1943, FISgt Rosser instructed at Bruntingthorpe OTU and later after being commissioned, at Edgehill. After VE day he converted to flying Mosquitos at Barford St John and was posted to 128 Squadron at Warboys the day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. Since the Squadron was destined for Okinawa it meant there would be no second tours of operations and the Squadron was posted to Melsbroek, now Brussels Airport, to join the 2nd Tactical Airforce. Flying consisted mostly of exercises and formations flying over parts of Germany. He was discharged in February 1946.
The signature of G V Tyack MBE

G V Tyack MBE
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Enlisted in the RAFVR in 1940 and was initially posted to the Wellington OTU at Basingbourn. Upon arrival of the US 91st Bomb Group in 1942, the 30 MU became the next move. The monotonous factory like Hercules engine overhauls were relieved by a DRO requesting volunteers for Combined Operation duties - this opened the path to Royal Air Force Chigwell and subsequent formation of 5301 B Mobile Signals Unit. Under control of 2nd TAF, 5301B landed in Normandy and began the incursion into the German homeland, with the never to be forgotten sights of decimation in the country. Before the Rhine crossing, a halt was caused by Hitlers final fling, The Battle of the Bulge . It was Christmas 1944, a period of the most intense cold known in Belgium for many years. A brief but exciting operational stop over at Hohe Acht was made in the Hartz mountains, close by the famous German Nuremburg Ring motor racing circuit. Our final halt was near the Luftwaffe airfield of Gotha, there was nowhere else to go - for the Ruskies Eastern border was only a short distance away. After demob in December 1945, Gerry Tyack went into the motor industry and became famous for his achievements in Hill Climbs and Speed Events. Two C Class International World Speed Records were taken in 1966, and to this day eight British E Class records are held with a Brabham B21C. Sir Ivor Broom opened his Wellington Aviation Museum in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, in 1990 and he was awarded the MBE in 1999.
The signature of Mr. F Lowe, DFM

Mr. F Lowe, DFM
*Signature Value : £10

Joined the RAFVR in 1938 and started flying training at Kidlington. He was posted to 16 OTU, Upper Heyford in July 1940 where he completed a course on Ansons and Hampdens. Later he retrained as a staff pilot until he was posted to CTS Finningsley in November 1940, before transferring to 49 Sqdn. Scampton in December 1940. He flew a tour of 30 bombing and minelaying operations on Hampdens before returning to 16 OTU, Upper Heyford in July 1941 as instructor on Ansons and Hampdens and then as staff pilot on Air Firing Training Flights, using Hampdens, Lysanders and Wellington aircraft. On 28 July 1942, he was detailed to captain a Wellington on a thousand bomber raid on Hamburg, with a pupil crew. Although recalled due to bad weather, the trainee WOP failed to receive the signal and the aircraft was shot down by an Me110. Three crew were killed and three bailed out including the second pilot who was later one of the 50 shot after the Great Escape from Stalag Luft 3. Chatting to his twin brother (a Spitfire PRU Pilot) after the end of the war they discovered that he had taken a photograph of a Prisoner of War camp near Bremen, where he was held near to the end of the war. At that time, of course, he had no idea that he was a prisoner in the very same camp! Frank returned to the UK in May 1945 and subsequently was demobbed in January 1946.
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 : 19th June
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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