During World War II, the Germans built a highly secret research station at Peenemunde on the Baltic coast - laboratories, workshops and an administrative complex designed for creating huge stockpiles of newly developed pilot-less aircraft and rockets. Hitler planned to launch thousands of these V-1 and V-2 weapons daily in a saturation onslaught against southern England, calculated to produce the final destruction of their will to continue the fight.
"The night mission I have pictured," said artist Frank Wootton, "flown by Bomber Command, was one of the most effective and important of the war. Six hundred aircraft flew more than 600 miles to wage the attack. Pathfinder flares illuminated the target with burning magnesium and a full moon carved the dark Baltic coastline in sharp relief. A wall of smoke was released in an attempt to hide the facility but it spread too slowly and too late."
The raid caused extensive damage, delaying production by two months and killing two of the top scientists working at Peenemunde.
Image size: 21½" x 28"
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Signed by the artist and seven air crew who flew on the Peenemunde raid.
Squadron Leader Charles Lofthouse
Squadron Leader Norman Scrivener
Squadron Leader Anthony D. Lambert
Squadron Leader Lawrence "Pil" Pilgrim
Flight Lieutenant Jack Stephens
Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Whitten
Warrant Officer Andrew J. C. Pegrum
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