The Collectors Edition: 15 617 Sqn SignaturesUS $835.00 Edition Size - 15 VERY FEW LEFT
Forged by their unique link to aeronautical design genius Barnes Wallis, 617 Squadron became perhaps the most famous of all RAF Bomber Command units during WWII.
After successfully delivering the ingenious ‘Upkeep’ bouncing-bomb on the audacious low-level assault against the great dams of Western Germany on the night of 16/17 May 1943, 617 Squadron later released both 12,000lb ‘Tallboys’ and the massive 22,000lb 'Grand Slam' – the most powerful conventional bomb of WWII.
617 were the only squadron to use these mammoth weapons in anger, and it’s their modified Lancasters at RAF Woodhall Spa that form the basis of Robert’s atmospheric drawing.
Adding great authenticity, each print in this highly-restricted edition has been personally hand signed by two renowned 617 Squadron veterans and issued conservation matted to include the original autographs of some of the most famous names to serve with the unit during WWII. Completing the portfolio is a matching-numbered copy of a book BOMB DOORS OPENwritten and signed by Flt Lt KEN TRENT DFC*.
The Collector’s Edition: With FIFTEEN signatures of 617 Squadron veterans!
Restricted to just FIFTEEN copies worldwide, each portfolio contains a veteran-signed copy of the book Bomb Doors Open along with a matching-numbered copy of the print Major Missions which is also signed by two highly-regarded 617 Squadron veterans:
Flight Lieutenant KEN TRENT DFC* (Pilot) – book
Wing Commander JOHN BELL MBE DFC (Bomb-Aimer) – print
Squadron Leader BENNY GOODMAN (Pilot) – print
Each print is then matted to full conservation standards to include a further twelve original autographs of 617 veterans who served during WWII, creating a total of fifteen signatures across the portfolio:
Squadron Leader ‘MAC’ HAMILTON DFC* (Pilot)
Warrant Officer FRANK TILLEY (Flight Engineer)
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC (Pilot)
Group Captain JAMES ‘WILLIE’ TAIT DSO*** DFC* (Pilot)
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC OM DSO** DFC* (Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant BOB KNIGHTS DSO DFC (Pilot)
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE (Pilot)
Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON MBE DFM (Bomb-Aimer)
Sergeant RAY GRAYSTON (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant FRED SUTHERLAND (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant GRANT MACDONALD (Rear Gunner)
Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSO DFC (Pilot)
The Veterans Edition (sold out at Publisher)
With TWENTY-FIVE signatures of 617 Squadron veterans!
Featuring all components of the Collector’s Edition, this highly-prized Veterans Edition is limited to only TEN copies worldwide and includes the additional autographs of a further ten veterans of 617 Squadron, creating a total of twenty-five signatures:
Flight Lieutenant JAMES CASTAGNOLA DSO DFC* (Pilot)
Corporal KEN LUCAS (Ground Crew)
Air Marshal Sir MICK MARTIN KCB CB DSO* DFC** AFC (Pilot)
Squadron Leader DAVE SHANNON DSO* DFC* (Pilot)
Flying Officer BASIL FISH (Navigator)
Air Commodore JOHN LANGSTON CBE (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant KEN JENKINSON (Gunner)
Warrant Officer COLIN COLE (Wireless Operator)
Squadron Leader LARRY CURTIS DFC* (Wireless Operator)
Flight Lieutenant MURRAY VALENTINE (Wireless Operator)
Image size: 19 ½” wide x 9 ½” high
Collector’s Edition approx. matted size: 25 ½” wide x 20” high
Veterans Edition approx. matted size: 25 ½” wide x 22 ½” high