"EAGLES PREY" by ROY GRINNELL
Limited Edition of 1250 Print: $175
Hand signed by Ace CARROLL W. 'RED' McCOLPIN
and Artist ROY GRINNELL:
The overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30"
RAF Station North Weald had been fogged in all the latter part of
September 1941, so much so that the senior pilots of 71 Squadron’s
“A” Flight were given a few days’ leave. As the weather cleared on
2nd October, Squadron Leader Stanley T. Meares took a flight of
newer members on a combat air patrol over the English Channel.
Newly-assigned Pilot Officer Carroll W. “red” McColpin, was flying
as Meares’s wingman in his Spitfire Mk VB, coded XR-Y. At
approximately 1340, McColpin spotted 18-20 Me-109Fs a few
hindered feet below, and called out the bogies to Meares. As they
dived to the attack, Meares fired on the nearest 109. McColpin
followed, firing a half-second burst from under 50 yards.
The German fighter burst into flames.
Then, as McColpin related it, “I broke away to port and found myself
in position for an attack on another 109, so I gave him a burst. He
pulled up and dived with smoke pouring out. I thought I saw the pilot
bail out. The plane was seen to hit the ground. I was another Me-109
below, dived on him, and followed him down to 3,000 feet, where
I have him a one-second burst. He never pulled out, and he hit the
deck as I pulled up.”
Hand signed by Ace CARROLL W. 'RED' McCOLPIN and Artist ROY GRINNELL:
EAGLES PREY by ROY GRINNELL (Spitfire:Me-109: RAF: Luftwaffe:Red McColpin)@vbader.com