by Robert Taylor
|Johnnie Johnson leads Mk.IX Spitfires from 421 ‘Red Indian’ Squadron RCAF out on patrol from their airfield at Evère near Brussels on a cold December morning in 1944. It is close to the fighting and the German front line so, as the Canadians climb steadily out over the snowclad landscape in the golden light of dawn, they are already alert and on the lookout for the first signs of trouble.
The RAF’s top fighter Ace ‘Johnnie’ Johnson was perhaps the greatest pilot to ever fly the Spitfire. His resolute determination and
steadfast leadership came into its own during D-Day and the subsequent advance through Normandy, and he would finish the war as the
highest scoring Allied Ace in Europe.
|Overall size: 25" x 33"||Available in the following editions|
|250||Limited edition||Signed by Johnnie Johnson and four additional Spitfire pilots||$320|
|200||Canadian edition||Signed by eight Spitfire pilots, including three who flew with the Canadian Wing. - Very low||$410|
|25||Artist's proof||As above - Sold Out|
|15||Remarque||As above - Sold Out|
|Limited edition signatures|
|Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘Johnnie’ Johnson||Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Nawarski||Flight Sergeant Ron Farnborough|
|Flight Lieutenant Rodney Scrase||Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Taylor|
|Canadian edition signatures - as above plus the following|
|Wing Commander J.F. ‘Stocky’ Edwards||Wing Commander James D. Lindsay||Lieutenant General Don Laubman|
Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* DL
The RAF’s top fighter Ace with 38 confirmed air victories, and probably many others, ‘Johnnie’ Johnson flew with Douglas Bader in
|Flight Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI DFC KM
Polish Stanislaw Nawarski flew with the French Air Force, escaping to England after the fall of France to join the RAF. He flew Hurricanes but was injured just before the Battle of Britain. In 1941 he joined 302 (Polish) Squadron on Spitfires and flew offensive sweeps on D-Day and throughout the subsequent Allied advance through Normandy, scoring four victories, all Bf109s.
Flight Sergeant RON FARNBOROUGH
After qualifying as a pilot in late 1943 he was immediately posted to join 33 Squadron flying Mk.V Spitfires from Libya in the Middle East, returning to England in early 1944 for the buildup to D-Day.
Flight Lieutenant RODNEY SCRASE DFC RAFVR
Flying Spitfires with 72 Squadron, he operated over North Africa, Sicily and Italy with much success. In early 1944 he transferred back to England joining 1 Squadron at Manston, flying Mk.IX Spitfires on anti V1 patrols in the lead up to D-Day. During the Allied invasion he flew low level strafing attacks on targets of opportunity in Normandy and the Falaise Gap. His unit then reverted to bomber escort duties from Maldeghem in Belgium and flew in support of Operation Market Garden and the Allied counter-offensive in the Ardennes. He finished the war with 4 air victories and 3 damaged.
Flight Lieutenant JIMMY TAYLOR
Completing pilot training in 1941 he joined 16 Squadron, part of the Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. Flying a stripped-down
Wing Commander J.F. ‘STOCKY’ EDWARDS DFC* DFM
Posted to 94 Squadron RAF in the western Desert on Hurricanes, ‘Stocky’ Edwards then went to 260 Squadron as a Flight Commander. His second tour saw him flying Spitfires with 417 Squadron RCAF in Italy, then with 92 Squadron as a Flight Commander, before commanding 247 Squadron RAF. He returned to England to join the Hornchurch Wing, converting to Tempests in 1944. His final tour was as Wing Leader of 127 Wing RCAF, finishing the war with 16½ confirmed victories.
Wing Commander JAMES D. LINDSAY DFC
James Lindsay got his first victory in May 1944 flying a Mk.IX Spitfire as a Flight Commander with 403 Squadron RCAF over France, and on 2 July he achieved three victories in just one minute! He briefly rejoined 403 Squadron in April 1945, before he was posted to 416 Squadron RCAF, finishing the war with nine confirmed victories.
Lieutenant General DON LAUBMAN DFC*
His first posting in England was flying Mk.V Spitfires with 412 Squadron RCAF, re-equipping with Mk.IXs. He flew throughout the build-up to D-Day and subsequent invasion, including the destruction of German forces at Falaise, downing 8 German fighters in the aerial battles over Arnhem. For his second tour he commanded 402 Squadron RCAF but was shot down on 14 April 1945 becoming a POW for the few remaining weeks of the war, having scored 15 confirmed aerial victories.
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