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Welcome to Philip West Prints .com , the place where you can find all of the superb aviation and naval art prints by Philip West, both from SWA and the earlier much sought after Military Gallery  publications.  Philip West Prints is operated by Cranston Fine Arts The military and Aviaiton print company to showcase the superb aviaiton art of the artist and is not connected to Philip West himself.  The prints are organised by category so you can find what you are looking for easily, or just browse the various galleries, presenting artworks by Philip West, depicting many aircraft, including Spitfires, Lancasters, Flying Fortresses, Tornados, Stirlings, Concorde, Mustangs, Skuas, F-18s, Phantoms, and many more.


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Highly recommended rare aviation art prints by Philip West, signed by major British and American Aces.  Last few prints remaining - Click Image for Details
Battle Line : On the 6th June 1944 the invasion of Normandy commenced. The RAF was, of course, a major combatant and formed part of a dedicated Allied force tasked with freeing Europe. VE Day finally signalled the end of hostilities on the 8th May 1945.  These rare prints are signed by RAF Ace Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson CB, CBE, DSO**, DFC*
Southern Patrol : During the battle of Britain, 609 Squadron (PR) and 152 Squadron (UM) were pitting themselves against the Luftwaffe. 609 based at Middle Wallop near Andover and 152 operating from Warmwell were tasked with protecting part of 10 Groups Southern Sector.  These last few prints were personally signed by distinguished Battle of Britain ace Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas CBE DSO DFC
Silver Kite : Part of the Philip West American Jet fighter aviaiton print collection. 10th May 1972. Lt. Curt Dose together with his RIO, LCDR Jim McDevitt line up their F-4J Phantom prior to landing on the USS Constellation following their first successful target CAP of the day. During this mission they claimed a MiG-21F after a ultra-low level supersonic flight over the North Vietnamese airfield of Kep, northeast of Hanoi.
Dallas Doll : Signed by two great American Mustang pilots, Bud Anderson and William B Overstreet.  North American P51D-NA15 Mustang 414495 Dallas Doll 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. American designed and built, British inspired and, later, powered, the Mustang turned into arguably the finest WW11 long-range fighter ever constructed. The Mustang, developed from the Prototype NA73X, was manufactured in large quantities, with an impressive final total of 15,586 aircraft. Of these 13,600 were powered by the British, Rolls Royce designed Merlin engine.
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Crew Signature Lancaster Bomber Prints by Anthony Saunders and Philip West.
Lancaster Dawn by Anthony Saunders. (F)

Lancaster Dawn by Anthony Saunders. (F)
A Winters Dawn by Philip West.
A Winters Dawn by Philip West.
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Pack 618. Pack of two Mosquito aircraft artist proof edition prints by Philip West and Ivan Berryman.
Ready for Action by Philip West. (AP)

Ready for Action by Philip West. (AP)
Night Raiders by Ivan Berryman (AP)

Night Raiders by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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Battle of Britain Spitfire Prints by Philip West and Ivan Berryman.
Against All Odds by Philip West.
Against All Odds by Philip West.
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (C)

In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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Pack 713. Pack of two Dambusters signed prints by Philip West.
Operation Chastise - The Dambusters by Philip West.
Operation Chastise - The Dambusters by Philip West.
Every Second Counts - The Dambusters by Philip West.
Every Second Counts - The Dambusters by Philip West.
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Spitfire Prints by Philip West.
Tally Ho! by Philip West.
Tally Ho! by Philip West.
Battle Line by Philip West.

Battle Line by Philip West.
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Major James McLane

Flew P-51 Mustangs with the 357th Fighter Group. James C. McLane Jr. left Clemson College in 1943 to join the Army Air Corp. He graduated in Class 44B at Marianna, Florida, being commissioned a 2nd Lt. Rated Pilot. He instructed Advanced Single Engine student pilots for two classes, and then at Punta Gorda in the Fighter Pilot Replacement Unit he received 6 months training in P-40 aircraft. Early in 1945 McLane was assigned to fly P-51s with the famed 357th fighter group, the “Yoxford Boys” stationed in Leiston England. He was placed in the 362nd fighter squadron led by 3 times ace Leonard K. “Kit” Carson. Initially he flew borrowed aircraft, but then was assigned G4-V, tail number 414798. This plane had seen lots of action, first as Master Mike and later as Butch Baby, the mount of Col. Joseph Broadhead and Lt. Julian H. Bertram respectively. The P-51 was stripped of paint and re-identified on the nose as Dainty Dotty in honor of his wife Dorothy. McLane flew bomber escort and experienced a memorable mission as Carson’s wingman hunting for ME-262’s. After the war, he flew C-123 and C-130 aircraft in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Major.

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 Schneider CA1 Tanks of the French tenth army spearhead the successful counter offensive against the German army on the river Marne. Overhead a tenacious Junkers JI artillery spotter dogs their tracks. The Second Battle of the Marne, though not an overwhelming victory, spelt the end of German successes on the Western front, and a turning point for the allies.

Tanks on the Marne - France, 18th July 1918 by David Pentland. (PC)
 An SAS team is picked up by a U.S. Army Special Forces Blackhawk helicopter after a successful operation against the Taliban.

Extraction - Afghanistan 2011 by David Pentland. (PC)
The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Despite having sight in just one eye, Major Edward Mick Mannock was to become one of the most decorated and celebrated aces of World War 1, bringing down an official 61 enemy aircraft in just eighteen months before himself being brought down in flames by enemy ground fire. He was reluctant to add shared kills to his tally, so his actual total of victories is recorded at 73. His decorations include the VC, DSO and 2 Bars, MC and Bar and he is depicted here diving on enemy aircraft in SE5a D278 of 74 Sqn in April, 1918.

Major Edward Mannock by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Mystery still surrounds just why Manfred von Richthofen risked so much in chasing the novice pilot Wilfred Wop May into Allied-occupied territory on the morning of Sunday, 21st April 1918, but it was to be his last flight, this error of judgement costing him his life. Von Richthofen had broken from the main fight involving Sopwith Camels of 209 Sqn to chase Mays aircraft, but found himself under attack from the Camel of Captain Roy Brown. All three aircraft turned and weaved low along the Somme River, the all red Triplane coming under intense fire from the ground as well as from Browns aircraft. No one knows exactly who fired the crucial bullet, but Manfred von Richthofens aircraft was seen to dive suddenly and impact with the ground. The Red Baron was dead and his amazing run of 80 victories was over. The painting shows Mays aircraft (D3326) in the extreme distance, pursued by DR.1 (425/17) and Browns Camel (B7270) in the foreground.

Captain Roy Brown engages the Red Baron, 21st April 1918 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 With a final 47 victories to his credit, Robert Alexander Little was one of the highest-scoring British aces of World War 1, beginning his career with the famous No 8 (Naval) Squadron in 1916, flying Sopwith Pup N5182, as shown here. On 21st April 1917, he was attacked and shot down by six aircraft of Jasta Boelke, Little being thrown from the cockpit of his Sopwith Camel on impact with the ground. As the German aircraft swooped in to rake the wreckage with machine gun fire, Little pulled his Webley from its holster and began returning fire before being assisted by British infantry with their Lewis guns. Such was the character of this great pilot who finally met his death whilst attacking Gotha bombers on the night of 27th May 1918.

Captain Robert Little by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 The exploits of the partnership of McKeever and Powell in their 11 Squadron Bristol F.2B made them perhaps the most celebrated of all the Bristol Fighter crews, McKeever himself becoming the highest scoring exponent of this classic type with a closing tally of 31 victories. Powell was to secure a further 19 kills before both were withdrawn from front line service to Home Establishment in January 1918. Whilst on a lone patrol above enemy lines in November 1917, their aircraft (A7288) was attacked by two German two-seaters and seven Albatross scouts, four of which were sent to the ground through a combination of superb airmanship and outstanding gunnery. The remaining German aircraft continued to give chase until the F.2B was down to less than 20ft above the British trenches, at which point the Germans broke off their attack and fled.

Captain Andrew McKeever and 2nd Lieutenant Leslie Powell by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 The Sopwith Dolphin was a radical departure from previous Sopwith design philosophies, embodying a reverse-stagger on the wings, a water-cooled Hispano-Suiza engine and an unusual, but highly popular positioning of the cockpit which gave the pilot unprecedented views. One exponent of this purposeful looking machine was Canadian Major A D Carter who claimed many of his 31 victories flying the Dolphin. He is shown here sending an Albatross to the ground on 8th May 1918 whilst flying C4017. Carter was himself shot down soon after became a prisoner of war. He was killed in 1919 whilst test flying a Fokker D.VII at Shoreham, Sussex.

Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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 Adolf Galland fought in the great Battles of Poland, France and Britain, leading the famous JG26 Abbeville Boys. He flew in combat against the RAFs best including Douglas Bader, Bob Stanford Tuck and Johnnie Johnson. In 1941, at the age of 29, he was promoted to Inspector of the Fighter Arm. In 1942 Hitler personally selected Galland to organise the fighter escort for the Channel Dash mission. He became the youngest General in the German High Command but open disagreements with Hermann Goering led to his dismissal at the end of 1944. He reverted to combat flying, forming the famous JV44 wing flying the Me262 jet fighter, and was the only General in history to lead a squadron into battle. With 104 victories, all in the West, Adolf Galland received the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.

Adolf Galland by Graeme Lothian. (P)
 In response to a requirement for a seaplane fighter scout, Albatros developed the elegant W.4, a direct descendent of their successful D.1, incorporating many common parts with its land-based relative. About 120 of the type were constructed, many employed in the defence of important naval bases scattered along the coast of the North Sea. A small number of W.4s however fell into the hands of the Soviet Red Army in 1918 and were pressed into service on the Black Sea, based at Sevastopol, as depicted here.

Albatros W.4 by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
 Providing vital support to the <i>Pedestal</i> convoy in 1942, No.248 Sqn were in action from their base on the island of Malta when, on 21st August, Sgt Ron Hammond destroyed a probable two aircraft in a single sortie.  Flying Bristol Beaufighter T4843 (WR-X), he first dispatched a Ju88 and then found himself on the tail of a Fiat BR.20.  Approaching on the enemy's right quarter, Hammond shot up the BR.20's starboard engine, the raking fire ripping through the wing and along the fuselage, eventually tearing off the port tailfin, which spun away, perilously close to his own aircraft.  The Fiat was seen to spin out of control, plunging into the sea below.

Mediterranean Fury - Tribute to No.248 Sqn by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
 The most famous raid of the second world war, the audacious Dambusters raid by Lancasters of No.617 Sqn was to wreak havoc in Germanys industrial heartland.  Two dams will be destroyed on the raid - the Mohne and the Eder, flooding the valleys below and stopping production in their factories, providing an immeasurable morale boost for those back home.  Here, two of the modified bombers pass windmills on the Dutch canals as they make their way to the first target, their almighty roar shattering the stillness and disturbing some of the local wildlife. As they approach Germany in the moonlight, the bombers are well on the way to make history.

Well on the Way to Make History - the Dambusters by David Pentland. (GS)
 Johnnie Johnson leads his Canadian Wing Spitfires over the Normandy beaches on D-Day, 1944.

Normandy Fighter Sweep by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
 Byron Duckenfield and his 501 Squadron wingman struggle to get airborne in their Hurricanes as the spectacle of the scrambling squadron draws a group of passing motorists out of their vehicle to witness the thunderous noise of the aircraft.

501 Sqn Scramble by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 A sight never to be repeated. Concorde G-BOAE gracefully drifts above London with Buckingham Palace immediately below, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames and the London Eye in the middle distance.  On 24th October 2003, the world said goodbye to this elegant airliner, bringing to a close almost thirty years of commercial supersonic travel.

Concorde over London by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
Without doubt one of the most outstanding and versatile aircraft in the Allied inventory during World War II, the Bristol Beaufighter was to endure a cautious reception by its crews when it first entered service, not least due to difficulties experienced by crews attempting to abandon a stricken aircraft in an emergency.  Its performance and hard-hitting potential quickly overcame such doubts, however, and it went on to earn a commendable reputation - and the nickname Whispering Death.  Here, two 254 Sqn TF. MkXs attack a captured Norwegian vessel in 1945.

Seastrike by Ivan Berryman (GS)


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Philip West is recognised as one of the world's finest aviation artists. Collectors of his original oil paintings span the globe, many waiting patiently for his next breathtaking canvas to appear. With some twenty-eight limited editions behind him, a packed painting and personal appearance schedule both in the UK and America ahead, Philip's popularity is soaring.

Noted for his passion for detail, Philip has won many accolades for his paintings, not the least of which was the prestigious Duane Whitney Award for Excellence at the 1997 American Society of Aviation Artists Exhibition.

His work is inspired by and reflects his fascination for aircraft through the ages. Philip's knowledge of aircraft and the accuracy of his work combine to record a moment in history so perfectly, that both collectors and admirers of his work are able to feel a real sense of the excitement and drama that his work portrays.

When he is not on location or attending special events Philip lives and works with his wife Alice, and family, in a beautiful village deep in the Wiltshire countryside.


Aviation History Timeline : 24th October
24October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. T. Jay of 87 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. R. Stoodley of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. J. Page of 257 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. O. R. Bowerman of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O A. V. Gowers of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1943Werner Lucas, a WW2 Ace with 106.00 victories, died on this day
24October1944Hauptmann Franz Oswald of 13. (Pz)/Schlachtgeschwader 9 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm Wangerin of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Herbert Abratis of II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Horst Haase of IV./Jagdgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Julius Meimberg of II./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Wilhelm Weißberg of I./Flak-Regiment 25 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann of the Reserves Karl Hütten of 5. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Hubert Sniers of 9./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann of 8./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Wilhelm Meyn of 9./Schlachtgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Major Ernst-Heinrich Thomsen of III./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberfeldwebel Herbert Geisler of Stabsstaffel/Kampfgeschwader 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberfeldwebel Karl Koch of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Alfred Veith of 5./Kampfgeschwader 55 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld of 5./Jagdgeschwader 300 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Friedrich Schäfer of 4./Kampfgeschwader 200 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Hans-Hermann Steinkamp of 14.(Pz.)/Schlachtgeschwader 9 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Kurt Heidrich of 5./Flak-Regiment 341 (mot.) was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Wolfgang Luehrs of 2./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberst of the Reserves Herbert Röhler of Flak-Sturm-Regiment 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October2007Leo Paul Clouthier, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day


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