"LANCASTERS AT THE READY" by PHILLIP WEST
Limited Edition of 100: $225
Artist Proof Edition of 50: $295
Remarque Edition of 20: $445
Size: 18" x 28"
The final preparations are underway before these Lancasters leave for yet another mission over Occupied Europe. Along with other Bomber Command aircraft, the Lancaster took the battle to the enemy. Despite sustaining heavy losses, Bomber Command aircrew at all times showed great skill, courage and sense of duty, until ultimately ensuring the freedom we all enjoy today.
The Primary Edition is signed by one Lancaster pilot and five Lancaster pilots have signed the Artist Proof and Remarque editions.
The Primary Edition prints are also signed by: Sqn. Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (617 Sqn) volunteered for aircrew at 18 years of age and was called up in 1940. After basic training he went to RAF Abingdon – a Whitley O.T.U – for what he was told would be „straight through‟ training. This did not materialise and he found himself in the role of a Ground Gunner. In 1941, a posting eventually came through to the Initial Training Wing followed by Elementary Flying School at Peterborough and an instructor‟s course at Woodley, Reading; then to Clyffe Pyparde, a holding unit. A sea journey to Canada followed and Service Flying Training School on Ansons. On completion he was posted to Kingston, Ontario, to instruct Acting Leading Naval Airmen on the Royal Navy tactics of the time. e.g. jinking after take off, dive bombing etc. “However, I had to learn everything first, so I was just about one step ahead of the students!” said Benny.
The Artist Special Reserve and Remarque editions are also signed by:
Flt. Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM joined the RAF at “about 14 or 15 years of age.” Rejecting the opportunity to become a bomb-aimer, Joe was determined to pester the RAF until they would accept him on a pilot‟s training course. Flying mainly Lancaster and Halifax aircraft, Joe joined 158 and 35 Squadron‟s, and later became part of the Pathfinder Force.
During an operation to bomb Cannes in southern France on 11th November 1943, Joe‟s (aged only 19) Halifax was badly shot up, forcing him to ditch the aircraft in the Mediterranean, where he and the crew spent three days in a dingy before being rescued; for this operation Joe was awarded an „immediate‟ DFC. He completed 68 operations, 60 before his 20th birthday on 11/7/1944.
LANCASTERS AT THE READY by PHILLIP WEST (Avro Lancaster: RAF: Bomber Command: 617 Squadron)@vbader.com/virginiabaderfinearts