Homeward Bound by Nicolas Trudgian features a 617 Squadron Dambusters Lancaster returning over Holland.
A Limited Edition print issued in 2003 commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Operation Chastise - the famous Dambusters raid, 16/17th May, 1943.
No single raid during World War Two has attracted more discussion, analysis, features, books, interviews, or been the subject of more films, documentaries and TV programmes than the famous attack mounted by the RAF’s 617 Squadron upon the mighty hydroelectric dams in Westphalia, on the night of 16/17 May, 1943. Led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers, manned by 133 aircrew, culminated months of secret training when they made one of the most audacious raids of the war. Flying at tree-top height in darkness, and doing their best to avoid electricity pylons and other obstructions, they navigated their way deep into occupied territory. Their targets were the huge Möhne, Sorpe, Ennepe and Eder Dams that powered Germany’s huge industrial factories in the heartland of the Ruhr.
Each bomber had to avoid enemy flak and fighters en-route, locate their target, descend to precisely 60 feet above the water then, in the face of a barrage of anti-aircraft fire, release their single unique 10,000 lb hydrostatic bomb at exactly the right moment. There was no margin for error, and there was no place for faint hearts. Eight of the crews that left RAF Scampton that night were never to return. Of the fifty-six aircrew on board only two survived. Though nearly half the skilled crews that made up 617 Squadron were lost, they recorded one of the most successful and daring air raids of the war- a costly endeavour, but one that has become legend in the annals of aerial warfare.
Nicolas Trudgian’s emotive painting Homeward Bound depicts Dave Shannon’s Lancaster AJ-L, dodging the searchlights low over the Dutch landscape, as he returns from the Eder Dam following the part he and his crew played in the famous raid on that moonlight night in May, 1943.
Each print in Nicolas Trudgian's Limited Edition, Homeward Bound, is signed by 2 of the famous Dambuster aircrew who flew with Lancaster AJ-N:
Sgt RAY E. GRAYSTON
Flt Lt EDWARD C. JOHNSON
plus four other Dambuster crew:
Sqn Ldr GEORGE L. JOHNSON
Flt Sgt GRANT S. McDONALD
Fl Of DAVE RODGER
Sgt FREDERICK E. SUTHERLAND.
This print sold out some time ago and is becoming increasingly difficult to find. This copy is in mint condition and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity.
Note: the 'Nicolas Trudgian' logo on the bottom right of the image does not appear on the actual print itself.
27 x 19 inches overall including borders.
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