Lancaster Under Attack
- The Masterwork Drawing -
by Robert Taylor
It was probably the worst nightmare a Lancaster crew could face – stalked in the dark night skies over Germany, hunted, surprised and then attacked by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Often it was too late…
Resurrected from within Robert Taylor’s personal archives is the original Masterwork Drawing of Lancaster Under Attack, one of the most dramatic studies the artist has ever produced. It was the original concept behind his now famous and sought-after colour print of the same name which was published as a limited edition from an original painting over twenty years ago.
Robert sets the scene in the night skies over Osterfeld in December 1944 in which a Lancaster from 626 Squadron is forced to take evasive action as a Bf110 G-4 night-fighter makes a close pass beneath it. Both pilots are locked in a dangerous duel as they battle to out-manoeuvre each other. The Lancaster, hampered by damage, jinks through the darkness whilst the Luftwaffe pilot is forced to quickly dive away to avoid the stream of tracer emanating from the bomber’s front turret. The contest could go either way.
To achieve accuracy, Robert consulted veterans from both sides of the drama. Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid who served as a pilot on Lancasters with 61 and 617 Squadrons and was the recipient of the Victoria Cross, provided a chilling insight into what it was like being on the receiving end of such an encounter. At the same time, Major Martin Drewes, one of the most formidable Luftwaffe night-fighter pilots of the war, described such an action from the attacker’s point of view. On seeing this drawing, Drewes said he was ‘deeply impressed by Robert’s unrivalled artistry and insight’. Both men went on to sign the limited edition print of Robert’s painting and are now also featured as part of this highly-restricted Masterwork edition.
|Overall size: 22¾" x 26"||Available in the following editions||Image size: 11½" x 19½"|
|25||Veterans edition||Includes the signatures of five Lancaster crew and five Luftwaffe night-fighter pilots.||$1245|
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|Joining artist Robert Taylor in signing every print are two highly regarded aircrew who flew Lancasters with RAF Bomber Command during WWII. Each print is then matted to full conservation standards to include the original autographs of a further three WWII Lancaster
aircrew and five Luftwaffe Me110 night-fighter pilots, all of whom flew in combat over Europe during the Second World War.
|Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC Ld’H – Bomb Aimer with 619 & 617 Sqns. - (Signed on the print)|
|Flight Lieutenant Russell Waughman DFC AFC Ld’H – Pilot with 101 (Special Duties) Sqn. - (Signed on the print)|
|Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC – Pilot with 61 & 617 Sqns. - (matted signature)|
|Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC – Pilot with 616 & 617 Sqns. - (matted signature)|
|Squadron Leader Norman Scrivner DSO DFC – Navigator with 75 (NZ) 97 & 83 (Pathfinder) Sqns. - (matted signature)|
|Gruppenkommandeur Martin Drewes Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves – Pilot with ZG76, NJG3 & NJG1 / 52 victories. - (matted)|
|Major Werner Hoffman Knight’s Cross – Pilot with ZG52 & NJG3 / 52 victories. - (matted signature)|
|Oberst Wolfgang Falck Knight’s Cross – Pilot with ZG1 & NJG1 / 7 victories. - (matted signature)|
|Major Paul Zorner Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves – Pilot with NJG2, NJG3 & NJG100 / 59 victories. - (matted signature)|
|Oberfeldwebel Günther Bahr Knights Cross – Pilot with SKG210, ZG1, NJG4 & NJG6 / 37 victories. - (matted signature)
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