THE VALIANT FEW  <b style= "color: red;font-weight:bold,">NEW RELEASE</b> by  NICOLAS TRUDGIAN
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We are proud to announce a stunning NEW limited edition print published by Vector Fine Art to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain by the world renowned aviation artist Nicolas Trudgian

THE VALIANT FEW The Valiant Few by Nicolas Trudgian Prices and sizes for the limited editions

$145 + postage & packing
MAIN EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 85 WORLDWIDE Signed by the artist and TWO of the ‘FEW’ Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC* and Flight Lieutenant Len Davies

The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35cm

$230 + postage and packing
HURRICANE EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 95 WORLDWIDE Signed by the artist and EIGHT of the ‘FEW’ Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC* Group Captain Herbert Pinfold Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE Flight Lieutenant Len Davies Flight Lieutenant Bill Green

The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35cm]



The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35cm

The long days of early August 1940 witnessed the most intense period of fighting during the Battle of Britain. Following their first action of the day when the Hurricanes of No. 501 Squadron scrambled to intercept a morning raid, they now descend towards their forward base at Hawkinge to be refuelled and rearmed. For a few minutes they share the sky with fellow pilots flying their Spitfires back to Manston. Soon, these brothers in arms will be airborne again as another large wave of enemy aircraft is detected crossing the Channel. From the 10th July to the 31st October 1940, the tireless resolve of Fighter Command’s pilots bolstered Britain’s thin but impenetrable Front Line and would forever earn them the title 'The Few'.

Along side Nicolas Trudgian no less than EIGHT Hurricane Pilots from the Battle of Britain have signed this superb release.

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN SIGNATURES: The MAIN edition limited to 85 copies worldwide is signed by TWO Hurricane Pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain

Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC* John Ellacombe joined the RAF in 1939 on a short service commission. After training he was posted directly to 151 Squadron where he quickly learned to fly the Hurricane. In the Battle of Britain, on the 24th August, he shot down an He 111. Six days later, while in combat with another He 111, his Hurricane was damaged by return fire and John elected to force-land his damaged aircraft. To his amazement, the bomber he had attacked crashed in an adjoining field. The following day he attacked a Ju 88 and was again hit by return fire and this time he had to bail out. Suffering from burns he was admitted to Southend Hospital. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron in December 1940.

Flight Lieutenant Len Davies In July 1939 Len Davies joined 608 Squadron Aux AF as an aircraft hand. On the 24th August he was called up and re-mustered as an airman u/t pilot. On the 15th July 1940, after completion of training, he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald and on the 28th August, following combat over the Thames, he was wounded in the leg. Losing a lot of blood he decided to make a crash landing at Eastchurch. ‘Control' fired a flare to alert him to the bomb craters on the airfield but he had no option but to try and land. His Hurricane overturned in one of the craters but Len survived. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron until January 1941 when he was posted to Malta.

The HURRICANE edition limited to 95 copies worldwide is signed by EIGHT Hurricane Pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain

Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC* John Ellacombe joined the RAF in 1939 on a short service commission. After training he was posted directly to 151 Squadron where he quickly learned to fly the Hurricane. In the Battle of Britain, on the 24th August, he shot down an He 111. Six days later, while in combat with another He 111, his Hurricane was damaged by return fire and John elected to force-land his damaged aircraft. To his amazement, the bomber he had attacked crashed in an adjoining field. The following day he attacked a Ju 88 and was again hit by return fire and this time he had to bail out. Suffering from burns he was admitted to Southend Hospital. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron in December 1940.

Group Captain Herbert Pinfold Herbert Pinfold joined the RAF on a short service commission in September 1934. He was posted to 6 Squadron in Egypt in 1935. Posted back to the UK in 1936 he joined 64 and then 502 Squadron. Becoming an instructor and taking a refresher course, he converted to Hurricanes. Herbert took command of 56 Squadron on the 25th August 1940 and remained with the Squadron until January 1941.

Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE Joining the RAF VR in October 1938, Tom Neil was called up for full-time service on the 2nd September 1939. After initial training he was commissioned and joined 249 Squadron in May 1940, flying Hurricanes. On the 7th September he claimed a Bf 109, on the 11th an He 111 and two Bf 109s on the 15th. On the 27th, Tom destroyed a Bf 110 and a JU 88, along with a Bf 110 probably destroyed and sharing a JU 88. In October he shared a Do 17 on the 25th and destroyed a BF 109 on the 27th. On the 7th November he also destroyed a JU 87 and two BF 109’s but on this same day he collided with another Hurricane. Thankfully Tom bailed out unhurt. In recognition of his successes in combat he was awarded a DFC on the 8th October 1940 and a bar on the 26th November 1940.

Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM Paul Farnes joined the RAF VR in April 1938. By the autumn, after initial training, he converted to Hurricanes and on the 14th September 1939 joined 501 Squadron. The Squadron flew to France on the 10th May 1940 where Paul achieved several victories. Being withdrawn from France, the Squadron regrouped and moved to Gravesend on the 26th July. During the next three months Paul fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain, scoring further victories. He was awarded the DFM on the 22nd October 1940. In November 1940 he was posted to 57 OTU. His final tally was 8 victories and he was also credited with many enemy aircraft damaged.

Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE On the 1st May 1939 Bob Foster joined the RAF VR. On 2nd September he was called up for full time service and after initial training was sent to Sutton Bridge to convert to Hurricanes. Commissioned on the 9th June he was then posted to 605 Squadron on the 6th July. In combat with a Bf 109 on 27th September his Hurricane was badly damaged and so he force-landed at Gatwick. In action again the very next day he damaged a Ju88. Throughout October he saw intense combat, during which he claimed several victories. Bob left 605 Squadron in September 1941 and was posted to 55 OTU. His final score was 6 victories.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE Peter Hairs joined the RAF VR in October 1937, on completing his training he converted to Hurricanes being posted to 501 Squadron on 24th January 1940. He went with the Squadron to France on the 10th May and on the 15th he shared with the destruction of a Do 17. On returning to the UK he fought with distinction throughout the Battle of Britain and destroyed a Bf 109 on September 5th. He was posted to 15 FTS on the 13th October 1940.

Flight Lieutenant Len Davies In July 1939 Len Davies joined 608 Squadron Aux AF as an aircraft hand. On the 24th August he was called up and re-mustered as an airman u/t pilot. On the 15th July 1940, after completion of training, he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald and on the 28th August, following combat over the Thames, he was wounded in the leg. Losing a lot of blood he decided to make a crash landing at Eastchurch. ‘Control' fired a flare to alert him to the bomb craters on the airfield but he had no option but to try and land. His Hurricane overturned in one of the craters but Len survived. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron until January 1941 when he was posted to Malta.

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green Bill Green joined 501 Squadron Aux AF at Bristol in December 1939 as an AC2 fitter. He Learned to fly with the Squadron and was called up for service in 1939. After training he rejoined 501 and taught himself to fly the Hurricane, being made operational on the 20th August and seeing action with the Squadron throughout September and October. He was posted to 504 Squadron in November 1940



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