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Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor. (AP)


Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor. (AP)

On 14th June 1940, the first German jackboots were heard on the streets of Paris. Within days France signed an armistice and Hitler could now turn his avaricious eyes north and across the grey waters of the Channel. The island of Britain stood alone and, faced with the threat of imminent invasion, few gave her much chance of survival. Before the all-conquering Panzers could invade, Germany needed to gain air superiority and Goering boasted that his Luftwaffe 'would quickly sweep the RAF from the skies' - how wrong he would be. The Battle of Britain began on 10th July 1940 and for the next eight weeks most front-line squadrons were often flying four missions a day. Totally outnumbered by the Luftwaffe the RAF was close to breaking point by early September, with some units reduced to a handful of pilots and aircraft. Then on 7th September, an over-confident Goering made a fatal error. Believing the RAF destroyed, he changed tactics and the Luftwaffe began bombing civilian targets in London. It was the respite that Fighter Command needed and the tide of battle was turned. Against overwhelming and seemingly impossible odds, a replenished RAF repelled the Luftwaffe and by the end of October it was over. Richard Taylor's stunning painting depicts Mk1 Spitfires from 92 Squadron undertaking a defensive sweep along the Kent coastline against a dramatic backdrop of the white cliffs of Dover, at the height of the battle in September 1940.
Item Code : DHM6379APChannel Sweep by Richard Taylor. (AP) - This Edition
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs.

Paper size 25 inches x 16 inches (64cm x 41cm) Elkington, John
Pickering, Tony
Hughes, William Robert Bob
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


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Other editions of this item : Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor.DHM6379
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 225 prints. Paper size 25 inches x 16 inches (64cm x 41cm) Elkington, John
Pickering, Tony
Hughes, William Robert Bob
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£45 Off!
Supplied with one or more free art prints!
Now : £80.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTPublishers Proof edition of 35 prints. Paper size (excluding mount) 25 inches x 16 inches (64cm x 41cm) Elkington, John
Pickering, Tony
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Davies, Leonard
Gray, Alec
Clark, Terry
Foster, Bob
Iveson, Tony
Kane, Terence
Rose, Stuart Nigel
Wellum, Geoffrey
Wilkinson, Ken
Neil, Tom
Barthropp, Paddy (matted)
Stephen, Harbourne (matted)
Freeborn, John (matted)
Brothers, Peter (matted)
Winskill, Archie (matted)
Frizell, Charles G (matted)
Heimes, Leopold (matted)
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£395.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUELimited edition of 25 remarques. Paper size 25 inches x 16 inches (64cm x 41cm) Elkington, John
Pickering, Tony
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Davies, Leonard
Gray, Alec
Clark, Terry
Foster, Bob
Iveson, Tony
Kane, Terence
Rose, Stuart Nigel
Wellum, Geoffrey
Wilkinson, Ken
Neil, Tom
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£300.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUELimited edition of 10 double remarques. Paper size 25 inches x 16 inches (64cm x 41cm) Elkington, John
Pickering, Tony
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Davies, Leonard
Gray, Alec
Clark, Terry
Foster, Bob
Iveson, Tony
Kane, Terence
Rose, Stuart Nigel
Wellum, Geoffrey
Wilkinson, Ken
Neil, Tom
+ Artist : Richard Taylor
£450.00VIEW EDITION...

Signatures on this item
*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.
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Flight Lieutenant William Robert Bob Hughes DFC AE
*Signature Value : £25

Flew with No.23 Sqn during the Battle of Britain.




Tony Pickering AFC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £45

With the RAFVR just before the war commenced, Tony Pickering joined 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill in July 1940, flying Hurricanes, and in August 1940 to 501 Squadron at Gravesend. In September he was shot down in Hurricane P5200, but unhurt in a duel with an Me109, destroying another 109 a few weeks later. In December he joined 601 Squadron at Northolt. After a spell instructing, he joined 131 as a Flight Commander in February 1943, and later served as a Squadron Commander in the Middle East. Tony Pickering died on 24th March 2016.




Wing Commander John Elkington
*Signature Value : £40

John (Tim) Elkington was born in 1920 and joined the RAF in September 1939. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in July 1940 he was immediately posted to join 1 Squadron flying Hurricanes atTangmere. On 15 August he shot down an Me109 over the Channel, but the following day he was himself shot down over Thorney Island. He baled out injured and was admitted to hospital, his Hurricane crashing at Chidham.

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SpitfireRoyal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

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