“Operations On” by Philip West

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25 Remarques $440

Overall size of prints 28” x 12½"

The evening mist begins to settle on the bleak airfield at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire, as Lancaster aircraft of 101 Squadron taxi out for another dangerous nighttime sortie. The nature of their assignments during the war was a closely guarded secret. The unusual aerials on the front and top of the aircraft were used for intercepting and jamming messages between German fighter aircraft and their ground control.

Signed by the artist, a pilot and two other aircrew

Flt. Lt. Ronald Homes DFC (Pilot) joined the RAF in March 1942 and after initial training, went to Terrell, Texas, USA for his flying training, where he gained his wings in May 1943. He returned to the UK and joined No. 101 Sqdn. in May 1944, going on to complete 32 Ops. over Europe. After his bombing tour he converted onto Dakotas, joined No. 238 Sqdn. and flew out to India and Burma, then on to Australia and the South Pacific. After the Japanese surrender he joined 1315 Flight and flew up to Japan with the occupation forces.

Sqn. Ldr. Tony (Charlie) Neve M.B.E. (Special Duties Officer) was taught German at school and visited Germany as a guest of the Hitler Youth! Having survived the bombing of his home-town of Bristol, he decided to retaliate and volunteered for aircrew in September 1942. After a spell of training in Canada as an Air Gunner he returned to England and was posted to No. 101 Squadron where he trained and operated as a Special Duties Officer, finally completing 31 Ops. Tony flew in SR-W (to the right of the painting) on 11th November 1944 during a raid on Dortmund.

Sergeant Stan Waind (DFM) (Flight Engineer) completed 31 operational sorties with No. 101 Squadron as Flight Engineer, this prior to his 20th birthday! Commissioned at the end of his stay with 101 Sqdn. he was posted to HQ 229 Group Transport Command, New Delhi. After a short spell of admin. duties he applied to be returned to flying duties, resulting in a posting to No 215 Sqdn. Singapore where he took up the position of Co-pilot/Flight Engineer with the crew responsible for flying VIPs across South-east Asia