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A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.- Airforce-Art
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A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.

A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.

On 18th December 1939, a force of Wellington bombers attacked naval targets on the German coast. On the return journey, they were attacked by enemy fighters, for over half an hour, bringing down 7 of the 22 Wellingtons. A further 5 would be forced to crash land in England. One of the surviving aircraft was flown by Sergeant Frank Petts who, in a futile attempt to shake off his attacker, dived to sea level. Despite sustaining considerable damage and with two of his crew wounded, he brought the bomber safely home. The experience of the raid forced the RAF to switch to night-time sorties, bombers were clearly too vulnerable without fighter escort. Six months later, during the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe would learn the same lesson.
Item Code : LE0627A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby. - This Edition
PRINTSigned limited edition of 295 prints.

Edition sold out at publisher - we have the last few copies available.
Image size 10 inches x 20 inches (25cm x 51cm) Burnett, Wilf
+ Artist : Adrian Rigby

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Extra Details : A Hard Lesson to Learn by Adrian Rigby.
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Wilf Burnett signing this print

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The signature of Air Commodore Wilf Burnett DSO OBE DFC AFC (deceased)

Air Commodore Wilf Burnett DSO OBE DFC AFC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £35

Canadian Wilf Burnett joined the RAF before the war and at the outbreak of hostilities was flying Hampdens. He completed his first tour of 30 operations in September 1940, flying with 49 Sqn at Scampton. His crew had bombed invasion barges in the Channel ports, mined enemy waters, operated against the Ruhr, and taken part in the first raids against Berlin. In July 1941 he was posted to 408 (Goose) Sqn RCAF, at Syerston, where one night in January 1942, returning from Hamburg, their Hampden crashed in extreme weather. Wilf was the sole survivor, and he was hospitalised. Recovering he was accepted to command 138 (Special Duties) Sqn at Tempsford who were engaged in dropping agents and supplies to the Resistance in occupied countries flying Halifaxes, later Stirlings. He died 26th November 2006.
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 : 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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