Allies in Arms
by John D. Shaw
|This powerful piece from master aviation artist John D. Shaw features legendary Wing Leader “Johnnie” Johnson, the highest scoring RAF Ace of WWII, leading the Spitfires of No. 144 (Canadian) Wing during the weeks following D-Day. Having picked up a formation of USAAF
B-17s on a bombing mission to Germany, the Canadian Wing’s Spitfire Mk IXs stay with the American bombers to fend off attacks from prowling Luftwaffe fighters.
|Overall size: 24¾" x 33⅛"||Available in the following editions||Image size: 17½" x 26½"|
|100||Limited edition||Signed by two B-17 pilots and AVM 'Johnnie' Johnson||$295|
|110||Collectors edition||Signed by three B-17 crew, 'Johnnie' Johnson and three Canadian Wing Spitfire Aces||$395|
|20||Artist's proof||As above||$445|
|10||Double remarque||As above||$1795|
|5||Artist's Special remarque||As above||$2995|
|Giclée canvas proof||Giclée on canvas - signed by the artist - Image size: 24" x 36"||$795|
|Giclée proof - Large||Giclée on canvas - signed by the artist - Image size: 26" x 42"||$995|
|Limited edition signatures
Joining 92 Sqn in August 1940 and then 616 Sqn, Johnnie flew briefly in the Battle of Britain but was withdrawn for surgery to rectify an old broken collar bone injury which was affecting his flying. He returned to 616 Sqn in December, flying Spitfires with the Tangmere Wing under the leadership of Douglas Bader and scored his first victories in the summer of 1941. He led 610 Sqn on operations over the Channel and France, and during the great air battles over Dieppe before taking command of 127 Canadian Wing in March 1943, flying Spitfire Mk IXs. In March 1944 he became the Wing Leader of 144 Canadian Wing in the build up to D-Day and throughout the battle for Normandy, returning to 127 Canadian Wing shortly after D-Day.
Claiming most of his victories with the Canadian Wings he scored his final victory in September 1944 with 443 Sqn RCAF over the Rhine, finishing the war in command of 125 Canadian Wing flying the Griffon engine Spitfire Mk XIV. One of the most inspirational Wing Leaders of the war Johnnie led his Canadians across France from Normandy, Arnhem and Nijmegen, the Battle of the Bulge and finally into Germany itself finishing the War as the highest scoring RAF Ace – also the top Allied Ace in Europe – with 38 victories.
Joining the USAAF in December 1942, Irvin completed Pilot training and joined the 9th Bomb Sqn, 2nd Bomb Group, 15th Air Force in April 1944, as a Co-Pilot flying B-17s from Foggia, Italy. Keen to fly as often as possible he undertook any mission he could get, volunteering for aircraft that were short of crew, and by June 1944 had completed 50 missions as both a Pilot and Co-Pilot - a staggering achievement in such a short space of time. Regularly escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen, his operations included the oil refineries in Ploesti and Austria and targets in Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Greece and Northern Italy. Post war he served as an instructor until 1967.
After volunteering for the USAAF in March 1943, Ken completed flight training and was posted to the 8th Air Force in England. Serving as a Pilot with the 388th Bomb Group he flew B-17Gs with the 561st Bomb Sqn from RAF Knettishall in Suffolk and carried out his first combat mission in January 1945. He went on to complete a total of 18 perilous daylight Operations over occupied Europe which included numerous strategic missions to bomb Berlin and the Ruhr Valley, and – as the war in Europe was coming to an end – he carried out a special mission to pick up 30 French POWs from Linz in Austria and return them home to Paris.
|Collectors edition & Remarque signatures - As the Limited edition plus the following
Joining the RCAF as a Sergeant Pilot in October 1940, he was pos ted to 92 Sqn RAF in the Western Desert flying Hurricanes and Kittyhawks. After moving to 260 Sqn as a Flight Commander he saw a great deal of action, scoring a significant number of victories. His second tour saw him flying Spitfires with 417 Sqn RCAF in Italy, then with 92 Sqn, before taking command of 274 Sqn flying Spitfire IXs during D-Day. After a spell in England flying Tempests on anti-V1sorties in August 1944, his final tour was in command of 127 Canadian Wing RCAF and he finished the war with 16½ confirmed victories.
He enlisted in the RCAF in February 1941 and initially stayed in Canada as a flying instructor, be for e joining 403 Sqn RCAF in England becoming a Flight Commander. Flying a Mk IX Spitfire over France he scored his first victory in May 1944 and was prolific during the Normandy invasions scoring 7 victories, including 3 in one minute on 2 July and in April 1945 he was posted to 416 Sqn RCAF. In 1952 he was posted to Korea attached to the USAF flying F-86s claiming 2 MiG 15s and two damaged, for a total of 9 victories in WWII and Korea.
Joining the RCAF in September 1940 he served as an instructor with 133 Sqn in Canada until his first posting to England with 412 Sqn RCAF, flying Mk.V and then Mk.IX Spitfires. He was prolific throughout D-Day and the Normandy invasion including the destruction of German forces at Falaise and he downed 8 Germanfighters over Arnhem, becoming one of the leading Aces in the 2nd TAF. For his second tour he commanded 402 Sqn RCAF in April 1945 but after only a week with the unit he was forced to bail out after his Spitfire was hit by flak, becoming a POW for the last few weeks of the war, having scored 15 aerial victories.
Volunteering for the USAAF in April 1943 Norm was posted to the 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force as a Bombardier. Commissioned soon after, he and his recently formed crew flew a brand new B-17G from Nebraska to their new base in England, joining the 509th Bomb Sqn at Polebrook in Northamptonshire. He flew his first combat mission on 14 June, 1944, a raid on Le Bourget airfield near Paris, followed by operations to targets across occupied France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. His final mission was a bombing raid on the Luftwaffe airfield at Kassel on 22 September, 1944 and he finished the war having completed a total of 34 daylight Operations.
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