When Johnnie Johnson led the Mk IX Spitfires of his 144 Canadian Wing to temporary airstrip B.3 near the village of St Croix sur Mer, a few miles inland from the Normandy beach head, they were making history. As they landed on the hastily constructed Summerfield mesh tracking runway on D-Day plus 9, they became the first Allied air force unit to be based in former occupied Europe, and the first to operate in France after D-Day.
Now they could operate over northern France with impunity to sweep the skies clear over the advancing Allied armies, nowhere was safe for the reeling Luftwaffe.
Depicted in "Normandy Nemesis" are the Mk IX Spitfires of 443 Squadron RCAF, based at St Croix sur Mer, as they tangle with a group of Fw190s whom they had encountered on a fighter sweep near Alençon, in southern Normandy on 23 June 1944. During the melée that followed, their Squadron Leader, Wally McLeod, quickly destroyed two Fw190s, whilst another Fw190 was badly damaged.
Overall size: 19½" x 27"
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Signed by Lt. General Mike Donnet & Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob (includes book shown below)
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Air Combat Paintings Vol VI
This 128 page case-bound book is printed on heavy weight art paper and contains over 70 images reproduced in full colour, supported by a host of beautiful drawings and informative photographs, including many images never previously seen.
Readers will experience some of the world’s greatest air battles as visualised by the world’s master of aviation art, and the story of how these masterworks came into existence. Each limited edition book is case-bound with dark blue cloth, fitted with high gloss full colour dust jacket. Each copy is signed and numbered by the artist, and is accompanied by a matching numbered companion print.