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Return From the Fray by Richard Taylor. (AP)- Battle Of Britain Aviation Art Com
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Return From the Fray by Richard Taylor. (AP)


Return From the Fray by Richard Taylor. (AP)

They came from every corner of Britain. And mostly they were young. These fresh faced fighter pilots, joined by an ever-growing band of volunteer airmen from the British Commonwealth and those who had managed to escape from the occupied countries of Europe would, over the summer of 1940, not only hold the world's most powerful air force at bay, they would defeat it. Richard Taylor's stunning piece graphically conveys the conflicting realities of those deadly aerial encounters over southern England during 1940. As the sound of Merlin engines briefly interrupts the tranquility of a sleepy English village, its residents are determined to carry on with everyday life. In the skies overhead the bitter battle will shortly be reaching its crescendo but, for today at least, the fighting is over as Flight Sergeant George 'Grumpy' Unwin, one of the Battle of Britain's top Aces, and the Spitfire pilots of 19 Squadron return from yet another encounter with Goering's much-vaunted Luftwaffe.
Item Code : DHM6490APReturn From the Fray by Richard Taylor. (AP) - This Edition
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs.

Image size 25.5 inches x 17 inches (65cm x 43cm) Paper size 32 inches x 25 inches (82cm x 64cm) Wilkinson, Ken
Rose, Stuart Nigel
Hughes, William Robert Bob
Jonathan, Bill
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


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PRINTSigned limited edition of 400 prints. Image size 25.5 inches x 17 inches (65cm x 43cm) Paper size 32 inches x 25 inches (82cm x 64cm) Wilkinson, Ken
Rose, Stuart Nigel
+ Artist : Richard Taylor


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Flight Lieutenant William Robert Bob Hughes DFC AE
*Signature Value : £25

Flew with No.23 Sqn during the Battle of Britain.


Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40

Battle of Britain pilot flying Hurricanes, he flew Spitfires with 611 Sqn and then 616 Sqn at Kirton-in-Lindsey and 19 Sqn at Fowlmere during 1940 and after a spell instructing returned to operations on Spitfires, with 234 and 165 Squadrons. After spending time with 53, 24 and 10 Operational Training Units, he left the RAF in November 1945 and served in the RAFVR.
Ken said :
From 1st September 1939 I wrote myself off. I thought, 'you've got no chance' lasting through whatever is going to be. It was quite obvious, in the way the Germans were moving, they were going to make a hell of a war out of it, so I was ready for war. I can remember saying 'we've got to stop this fellow Hitler'. When you think of all the thousands of citizens that were being killed by this absurd bombing. They had to pay for it didn't they. Yes, we lost people. Friends that didn't come back. I don't think we were the sort of people to brood over it, ever. You have to get into an attitude to make sure that you're as cold as a fish. Once someone has failed to return, that's it. Fortune smiled on me and not on some of the others. I can only say that whoever it was who pooped off at me, wasn't a very good marksman. It transpired that we were doing something far more important than we thought. As far as we were concerned, it was just that there were some untidy creatures from over the other side of the channel, trying to bomb England and the United Kingdom. And we didn't want them to bomb us. After all, we never asked the Germans to start this nonsense, did we? But they did, and we had to stop them, and we did. It's our country. You die for you country.
LAC Bill Jonathan
*Signature Value : £10

Ground Crew with 32 Sqn.


The signature of Squadron Leader Stuart Nigel Rose (deceased)

Squadron Leader Stuart Nigel Rose (deceased)
*Signature Value : £50

Originally from Elswick in the north east of England, Rose moved south to join the RAFVR in March 1939, called up at the outbreak of war he was commissioned in June 1940 joining No.602 Sqn in June 1940 flying Spitfires and serving with the unit throughout the Battle of Britain, claiming three victories. Squadron Leader Nigel Rose was then posted to 54 Sqn at Hornchurch in September 1941 before becoming an instructor in 1942, and also serving in the Middle East. Afterwards he moved to No.54 Sqn before taking on positions in training units. He died on 10th September 2017 aged 99.

Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 26th May
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