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Night of Heroes - The Dambusters by Philip West. (D)


Night of Heroes - The Dambusters by Philip West. (D)

17th May 1943. Lancasters from 617 Squadron deliver a surprise attack on the Ruhr dams with specially designed, unique bouncing bombs invented by Barnes Wallis. Wing Commander Guy Gibson is shown drawing defensive fire away from Flt Lt Maltbys aircraft as it passes over the Mohne, just as his mine explodes and breaches the dam.
Item Code : DHM2642DNight of Heroes - The Dambusters by Philip West. (D) - This Edition
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PRINT Small signed limited edition of 750 prints.

Paper size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Johnson, George L
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 125 prints. Paper size 28 inches x 19 inches (71cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
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Limited edition of 50 artist proofs. Paper size 28 inches x 19 inches (71cm x 48cm) Johnson, George L
Grayston, Raymond E
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Small limited edition of 75 artist proofs. Paper size 19 inches x 13 inches (48cm x 33cm) Johnson, George L
Grayston, Raymond E
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The signature of Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM

Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM
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Joining the RAF in 1940, George Johnson served with 97 Squadron before joining 617 Squadron. Bomb aimer on American Joe McCarthys Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which he was awarded the DFM. Commissioned a few months later, George retired from the RAF in 1962.
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LancasterThe Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.

Aviation History Timeline : 18th June
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
18June1916Max Immelmann, a WW1 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day
18June1941Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Mc200
18June1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O S. J. Hill of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
18June1941Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt H. Skowron of 303 Squadron, was Killed.
18June1944Ernest Joyce, a WW2 Ace with 10.00 victories, died on this day
18June1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O R. L. F. Day of 141 Squadron, was Killed.
18June1944Generalmajor Werner Anton of 6. Flak-Division (mot.) was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
18June1953Rene Fonck, a WW1 Ace with 75.00 victories, died on this day
18June1978Leopold Anslinger, a WW1 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day
18June1998Svein Heglund, a WW2 Ace with 14.50 victories, died on this day
18June2003Air Cheif Marshal Sir Kenneth Cross KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

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