“Loire Rendezvous” by Philip West

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250 signed by 4 Lysander pilots* $155
50 Artist Proofs signed by the pilots and SOE Secret Agents and other 161 Sqn. members. $255
25 Remarqued prints signed by the pilots, Secret Agents and 161 Sqn. members. $425
25 Commemorative remarqued prints - please call for details.

Lysanders of 161 Special Operations Squadron turn onto their final course to a clandestine landing field somewhere in central occupied France during a full moon period in 1943. Based at Tempsford, Bedfordshire and often operating from Tangmere to shorten the flight, the pilots flew a dead reckoning course to their first turning point, usually on the River Loire, using rudimentary navigating equipment. The moonlit town of Blois is easily distinguishable by its chateau, churches and bridge with the Forest of Chambord beyond. The agents in the rear cockpit prepare themselves by torchlight for the forthcoming landing.

Lysander Pilot Signatures:

Flt. Lt PETER ARKELL, OBE, USAF Medal of Distinction

Flt Lt. MURRAY ANDERSON, DFC*, US Air Medal

Flt. Lt. R G (BOB) LARGE, DFC, Legion d'honneur

Sir LEWIS HODGES, KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC

Secret Agents

Major E H VAN MAURIK OBE (Mil)

Captain GEORGE R MILLAR, DSO, MC

NANCY WAKE, GM, Legion - d'honneur, Croix De Guerre, A.C.M. French Resistance Medal, US Medal of Freedom. (Most highly decorated woman in WW2)

and

Flying Officer J A (TOMMY) THOMAS Legion d'honneur (Mail Drop Operator) Cpl. DONALD DUNSTAN (Flight Mechanic)