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Wellington Bomber Print Pack. - Cranston Fine Arts Aviation, Military and Naval Art
GC187. Overdue by Gerald Coulson. <p>The Vickers-Armstrong Wellington entered service life in the RAF in 1938 as a medium bomber. As the mainstay of the Bomber Command, it bore the initial brunt of the RAFs night offensive during 1940. Without the benefit of sophisticated navigation aids, the bomber crews had difficulty locating and hitting targets and also contending with rapidly improving German defences.  The picture depicts an incident at sunrise on the morning of 26th July 1940.  A Wellington 1c of 99 Squadron, based at Newmarket Heath, returns from a raid over Dortmund.  An engine fails over the North Sea and the aircraft, captained by Squadron Leader Sarll, struggled almost to its home base and crashed just south of Cambridge.  The crew survived.<b><p> Signed limited edition of 850 prints. <p> Image size 26 inches x 20 inches (66cm x 51cm)
DHM2179. Wellington by Robert Taylor. <p>Published in 1980 this rare art print shows Wellingtons of 425 Squadron RCAF,  with the aircraft  KW - E and KW - N clearly shown.  This superb prints carry the rare original signature of  FLt/Lt Townsend who passed away in April 1991.  These were the only prints he signed personally.  100 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, and 431 Squadrons were ordered on an attack at Mannheim.  The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 16,000 feet, releasing 118,000 lbs of high explosives and 91,000 lbs of incendiaries.  According to reports, bombing was accurate with severe damage being caused.  <br><br>Wellington X  HE-475 coded KW-E, failed to return from this operation : <br><i>Sgt P. Bujold RCAF, taken prisoner<br>Sgt W. Harris RAF, taken prisoner<br>P/O H. Gray RAF, killed<br>Sgt W. Redding RAAF, taken prisoner<br>F/Sgt J. Leblanc RCAF, killed.</i><p><b>Last 9 prints of this edition which is sold out at the publisher.</b><b><p>Signed by <a href=profiles.php?SigID=447>Flight Lieutenant Bill Townsend CGM DFM (deceased)</a>.<p> Signed edition of 1500 prints. <p> Paper size 24 inches x 20 inches (61cm x 51cm)
AS0003APB. Dawn Return by Anthony Saunders. <p> A Wellington returns low over the calm, dawn water of the North Sea, vainly struggling to maintain both height and speed. <b><p>Signed by <a href=profiles.php?SigID=677>Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased)</a>. <p> Small limited edition of 20 artist proofs. <p> Image size 12 inches x 8 inches (31cm x 20cm)
KW0012B. Wellingtons by Keith Woodcock. <p> On a snow covered airfield in winter, ground crew prepare a Wellington for its next mission while a 2nd Wellington is being refueled. <b><p>Signed by <a href=profiles.php?SigID=677>Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased)</a>. <p> Lewis signature edition of 80 prints. <p>Image size 14.5 inches x 9.5 inches (37cm x 24cm)

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Wellington Bomber Print Pack.

DPK0278. Wellington Bomber Print Pack.

Aviation Print Pack.

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GC187. Overdue by Gerald Coulson.

The Vickers-Armstrong Wellington entered service life in the RAF in 1938 as a medium bomber. As the mainstay of the Bomber Command, it bore the initial brunt of the RAFs night offensive during 1940. Without the benefit of sophisticated navigation aids, the bomber crews had difficulty locating and hitting targets and also contending with rapidly improving German defences. The picture depicts an incident at sunrise on the morning of 26th July 1940. A Wellington 1c of 99 Squadron, based at Newmarket Heath, returns from a raid over Dortmund. An engine fails over the North Sea and the aircraft, captained by Squadron Leader Sarll, struggled almost to its home base and crashed just south of Cambridge. The crew survived.

Signed limited edition of 850 prints.

Image size 26 inches x 20 inches (66cm x 51cm)


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DHM2179. Wellington by Robert Taylor.

Published in 1980 this rare art print shows Wellingtons of 425 Squadron RCAF, with the aircraft KW - E and KW - N clearly shown. This superb prints carry the rare original signature of FLt/Lt Townsend who passed away in April 1991. These were the only prints he signed personally. 100 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, and 431 Squadrons were ordered on an attack at Mannheim. The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 16,000 feet, releasing 118,000 lbs of high explosives and 91,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate with severe damage being caused.

Wellington X HE-475 coded KW-E, failed to return from this operation :
Sgt P. Bujold RCAF, taken prisoner
Sgt W. Harris RAF, taken prisoner
P/O H. Gray RAF, killed
Sgt W. Redding RAAF, taken prisoner
F/Sgt J. Leblanc RCAF, killed.

Last 9 prints of this edition which is sold out at the publisher.

Signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Townsend CGM DFM (deceased).

Signed edition of 1500 prints.

Paper size 24 inches x 20 inches (61cm x 51cm)


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AS0003APB. Dawn Return by Anthony Saunders.

A Wellington returns low over the calm, dawn water of the North Sea, vainly struggling to maintain both height and speed.

Signed by Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased).

Small limited edition of 20 artist proofs.

Image size 12 inches x 8 inches (31cm x 20cm)


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KW0012B. Wellingtons by Keith Woodcock.

On a snow covered airfield in winter, ground crew prepare a Wellington for its next mission while a 2nd Wellington is being refueled.

Signed by Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased).

Lewis signature edition of 80 prints.

Image size 14.5 inches x 9.5 inches (37cm x 24cm)


Website Price: £ 300.00  

To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £560.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £260




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Flight Lieutenant Bill Townsend CGM DFM (deceased)
*Signature Value : 55 (matted)

Pilot and Captain of Lancaster AJ-O, he attacked the Ennepe Dam. Transferring to the RAF from the Army in 1941, Bill Townsend served a tour as a pilot with 49 Squadron, before joining 617 Squadron, at the time a Flight Sergeant. As part of 617 Squadron Bill Townsend flew Lancaster ED-886 codenamed AJ O for Orange in the famous dambuster raid of May 1944. Flight Sergeant Townsend flew his bomber and crew in the third wave of the famous raid. After the first two dams (Mohne and Eder) were breached, O for Orange was tasked to attack the Ennepe dam. With no anti-aircraft firing at them, they had time to do three trial runs before they released their bomb, but it failed to damage the dam. Forced to fly back at tree top level by enemy action, his Lancaster was the last to return. It limped home short of one engine. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for his courageous actions in the raid. Bill Townsend was later promoted to Flight Lieutenant. He had been a pupil at Monmouth and after the war studied at Lincoln College, Oxford. He became a business man and a civil servant after his studies. FLt/Lt Townsend passed away in April 1991 , there with a flypast by 617 Tornadoes at his cremation on the 15th April 1991
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Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased)
*Signature Value : 40 (matted)

Squadron Leader Larry Lewis (born October 25th 1918 in Bristol, died May 12th 2014) earned the DFM as an air gunner before training as a pilot. After picking up air crash survivors from behind Japanese-held lines in Siam, he was awarded the DFC. On May 29th 1945 Japanese fighters shot down a Liberator bomber of 358 Squadron over Siam (Thailand) during a flight to drop supplies and US Special Forces to the 'Seri Thai' (Free Thailand) Resistance movement. Some of the crew and passengers survived the crash landing and were sheltered by natives and police. Once SOE in India had been alerted to the plight of the survivors, a rescue mission was mounted. On June 14th Lewis took off in his Dakota and flew at very low level to a remote airstrip at Pukio in Siam. He found the short runway adequate but the aircraft became bogged down at the end of the landing run. Within an hour, however, it had been recovered with the aid of Siamese workers and Lewis took off with seven passengers, including some of the crew of the crashed Liberator. The citation to his DFC concluded, he successfully completed a mission well into enemy territory, in daylight. The results obtained are an excellent tribute to his outstanding ability. One of seven children, Laurence 'Larry' Godfrey Lewis was born in Bristol on October 25 1918 and educated at Bristol Grammar School. He won a Pelaquin Scholarship but had to leave school at 15 to help support his family. He joined the Auxiliary Air Force as a metal rigger in May 1939 and served with No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron. Equipped with Hurricane fighters, and based in the south of England, the squadron was heavily involved during the Battle of Britain. Lewis volunteered for pilot training but was selected to be an air gunner, commencing his training in late 1940. At the end of the year he was posted to No.12 Squadron equipped with the Wellington bomber. During a daylight attack on Brest, his aircraft was attacked by a German fighter, which he engaged and probably shot down. He completed 33 operations over enemy territory as a rear gunner including the three 'Thousand Bomber Raids' in the spring of 1942. He was awarded the DFM for his outstanding keenness, reliability and devotion to duty. Lewis was finally selected for pilot training, which he completed in Canada where he converted to the Dakota. He arrived in the Far East in January 1945 and joined No 357 (Special Duties) Squadron at Jessore near Calcutta. Over the next six months he completed 42 operations dropping supplies and agents over Burma and Siam. Some of these long-range missions involved flying over enemy territory for many hours and in extreme weather conditions to find small clearings marked by flares and cloth panels. Some areas were so small that as many as eight or nine runs were necessary before all the loads could be dropped, sometimes from heights of 100 feet. After the capture of Rangoon, flights were mounted from advanced airfields when sorties could be mounted deep into Siam, Indo-China and Malaya in support of clandestine forces. Lewis flew his final sortie on August 3rd 1945 when he made eleven runs to drop his 'packages' over a clearing in southern Burma. After serving at Air HQ Burma in a plans appointment, Lewis was released form the RAF in March 1946. He received the Air Efficiency Award.
Signatures on item 4
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Sqd Ldr Larry Lewis DFC DFM (deceased)
*Signature Value : 40 (matted)

Squadron Leader Larry Lewis (born October 25th 1918 in Bristol, died May 12th 2014) earned the DFM as an air gunner before training as a pilot. After picking up air crash survivors from behind Japanese-held lines in Siam, he was awarded the DFC. On May 29th 1945 Japanese fighters shot down a Liberator bomber of 358 Squadron over Siam (Thailand) during a flight to drop supplies and US Special Forces to the 'Seri Thai' (Free Thailand) Resistance movement. Some of the crew and passengers survived the crash landing and were sheltered by natives and police. Once SOE in India had been alerted to the plight of the survivors, a rescue mission was mounted. On June 14th Lewis took off in his Dakota and flew at very low level to a remote airstrip at Pukio in Siam. He found the short runway adequate but the aircraft became bogged down at the end of the landing run. Within an hour, however, it had been recovered with the aid of Siamese workers and Lewis took off with seven passengers, including some of the crew of the crashed Liberator. The citation to his DFC concluded, he successfully completed a mission well into enemy territory, in daylight. The results obtained are an excellent tribute to his outstanding ability. One of seven children, Laurence 'Larry' Godfrey Lewis was born in Bristol on October 25 1918 and educated at Bristol Grammar School. He won a Pelaquin Scholarship but had to leave school at 15 to help support his family. He joined the Auxiliary Air Force as a metal rigger in May 1939 and served with No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron. Equipped with Hurricane fighters, and based in the south of England, the squadron was heavily involved during the Battle of Britain. Lewis volunteered for pilot training but was selected to be an air gunner, commencing his training in late 1940. At the end of the year he was posted to No.12 Squadron equipped with the Wellington bomber. During a daylight attack on Brest, his aircraft was attacked by a German fighter, which he engaged and probably shot down. He completed 33 operations over enemy territory as a rear gunner including the three 'Thousand Bomber Raids' in the spring of 1942. He was awarded the DFM for his outstanding keenness, reliability and devotion to duty. Lewis was finally selected for pilot training, which he completed in Canada where he converted to the Dakota. He arrived in the Far East in January 1945 and joined No 357 (Special Duties) Squadron at Jessore near Calcutta. Over the next six months he completed 42 operations dropping supplies and agents over Burma and Siam. Some of these long-range missions involved flying over enemy territory for many hours and in extreme weather conditions to find small clearings marked by flares and cloth panels. Some areas were so small that as many as eight or nine runs were necessary before all the loads could be dropped, sometimes from heights of 100 feet. After the capture of Rangoon, flights were mounted from advanced airfields when sorties could be mounted deep into Siam, Indo-China and Malaya in support of clandestine forces. Lewis flew his final sortie on August 3rd 1945 when he made eleven runs to drop his 'packages' over a clearing in southern Burma. After serving at Air HQ Burma in a plans appointment, Lewis was released form the RAF in March 1946. He received the Air Efficiency Award.

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