Almost Home by Robert Taylor - Collectors Edition


A classic Masterwork from the world’s foremost aviation artist, released to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

"…night after night, month after month, our bomber squadrons travel far into Germany, find their targets, often under the heaviest fire, often with serious loss, with deliberate, careful discrimination, and inflict shattering blows upon the whole of the technical and war-making structure of the Nazi power. On no part of the Royal Air Force does the weight of the war fall more heavily than on the daylight bombers…"   Winston Churchill 

With these words the British Prime Minister reminded the House of Commons of the heroic role undertaken by the young men of RAF Bomber Command during World War II as they set out across the North Sea to wreak havoc upon the enemy. And the cost they bore – for the odds of a safe return were, at best, marginal. One aircraft above all came to symbolise the valiant deeds that these young men undertook – the mighty Avro Lancaster. Introduced in early 1942, it quickly became the backbone of Bomber Command and it wasn’t long before a score of airfields across the east of England reverberated to the sound of its four mighty Merlin engines.

Almost Home recreates a scene that was familiar to anyone in Bomber Command. A lone 9 Squadron Lancaster, separated from the main force during a punishing mission to Germany in late 1944, returns to safety. The weary crew are no doubt relieved to see familiar fields beneath them as they approach their base at RAF Bardney. 9 Squadron had received their Lancasters in September 1942 and became a leading unit within Bomber Command. Working on operations alongside 617 Squadron, they specialised in dropping Barnes Wallis’s famous 12,000lb ‘Tallboy’ bombs, including the successful mission to sink the German battleship Tirpitz.

This previously unreleased work was commissioned by a crew member of the featured Lancaster in 1984, the decade that saw artist Robert Taylor shoot to international renown as the world’s most widely collected aviation artist. A timeless and poignant classic, Almost Home has been selected from the Military Gallery Archives to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. The world’s oldest independent air force, the RAF was formed towards the end of WWI on 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create what was then the largest air force in the world. Since then the RAF has played a significant role in British military history. 

Each print in Robert Taylor’s Limited Edition, Almost Home - Collectors Edition, is signed by eight highly-regarded RAF Bomber Command veterans who flew Lancasters on operations over Europe during World War II, including two who served with 9 Squadron:
W.O. HARRY IRONS DFC
Flt Lt RUSSELL 'RUSTY' WAUGHMAN DFC AFC

W.O. KEN JONSON Ld'H
W.O. RUPERTY NOYE DFC
W.O. CECIL 'CHICK' CHANDLER Ld'H
W.O. HAROLD KIRBY Ld'H
W.O. REG PAYNE
Fg Off VIC FARMER.

Artist:

Robert Taylor


From:

Military Gallery


Edition:

220



Size:

30 x 23 inches overall including borders.



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