THE WORLD’S PREMIER AVIATION ARTIST PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE MEN WHO FLEW WITH THE RAF DURING WWII
By April 1945 everyone, except a few die-hard fanatical Nazis, knew the war in Europe was over; the end was only a matter of time. So when Bomber Command dispatched a force of over 300 Lancaster bombers to destroy Hitler’s infamous Obersalzberg retreat at Berchtesgaden on 25 April, it would prove to be their last major raid of the war – just a few days later Hitler committed suicide as Berlin crumpled around him. In the early hours of 7 May General Alfred Jodl, Chief-of-Staff of German High Command, unconditionally surrendered all German armed forces and for the RAF the war in mainland Europe was finally over.
The fight had lasted for nearly six years during which time its airmen had faced unmitigated dangers and often appalling flying conditions, with moments of exhilaration balanced by those of terror because victory had come at a terrible price; of the 125,000 aircrew to have served in RAF Bomber Command 55,573 had been killed whilst in Fighter Command 3,690 airmen had paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Undoubtedly the aircrew who flew and fought with the RAF as it played its part in removing the tyranny of Nazi power and occupation from Europe were among the bravest of the brave and two aircraft above all others came to symbolise their heroic fight: the elegant Spitfire, magnificent in defence during the dark days of 1940, lethal in attack thereafter; and the awe-inspiring Avro Lancaster, the four-engined heavy bomber that from 1942 onwards formed the backbone of Bomber Command and allowed the RAF to take the war into the very heart of Hitler’s Germany.
In recognition of the role played by these two legendary aircraft and the men who flew them, Robert’s striking piece Home Again England depicts a scene during those final few weeks of the war. A battle-weary Lancaster limps home along the Norfolk coast with its outer starboard engine feathered and out of action following one of Bomber Command’s last daylight operations. Luckily a group of Mk.XIV Spitfires is on hand to provide close escort and will see the bomber safely back to base.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Edition Size - 100
THE COLLECTORS EDITION
Edition Size - 175
THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
Edition Size - 25
THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability)
Edition Size - 10
Overall print size: 24” wide x 18” high
Image size: 19 ˝” wide x 13” high
Every print in this memorable edition is personally autographed by some of the RAF’s most respected veterans, men who flew and fought in Lancasters and Spitfires, making sure Home Again England is destined to become a classic and sought-after piece.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist, together with a famous Lancaster Pilot:
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS
These four signature editions are additionally signed by three highly-decorated RAF pilots, one of RAF Bomber Command and two RAF Fighter Command:
Group Captain JAMES ‘WILLIE’ TAIT DSO*** DFC*
Group Captain TOM DALTON-MORGAN DSO DFC* OBE
Squadron Leader ALLAN SCOTT DFM
With all signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each Remarque print will have a delicately crafted original pencil drawing, skilfully created by Robert in the lower margin.
THE RAF TRIBUTE EDITION
With an original pencil drawing and ten signatures!
With all the signatures of the Collector’s Edition, each print is issued with a specially commissioned original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor which has been signed by two distinguished veterans representing both RAF Bomber and Fighter Command:
Flight Lieutenant SYDNEY GRIMES
Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC
THE MATTED SIGNATURES - Each unique drawing is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of a further four of the most famous Bomber Command and Fighter Command veterans of WWII:
Marshal of the RAF Sir ARTHUR HARRIS Bt GCB OBE AFC
Squadron Leader NORMAN SCRIVENER DSO DFC
Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE DSO OBE DFC* AFC CzMC
Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*