Spitfires Over St Michael's Mount by Robert Taylor features a Spitfire No 41 Squadron off the coast of Cornwall.
Rare 70th Anniversary Edition of just 45 prints presented matted with three extra signatures.
Arguably the greatest, most beautiful fighter ever to fly in combat, the Spitfire became a legend within the first year of its active life. One of the RAF's oldest squadrons, No 41 was active with its Mk I Spitfires at the outset of World War II, first seeing action off England's east coast in December 1939. Based at Hornchurch in May 1940, the Squadron was involved in the heavy fighting over the beaches at Dunkirk and, as spring turned to summer, its pilots were soon repelling the mass attacks mounted on Britain by the Luftwaffe - on 15th August, 41 Squadron's small contingent of serviceable Spitfires intercepted 90 plus enemy aircraft. It was a typical day in the life of a front line squadron during the decisive contest that was the Battle of Britain. No 41 Squadron flew Spitfires throughout World War II, being equipped with the Mk XIV at the end of hostilities.
Robert Taylor has chosen to show a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain colours of No 41 Squadron for his romantic portrayal of a Spitfire over St Michael's Mount, just off the coast of Cornwall - where the southwest corner of the British Isles meets the mighty Atlantic. This famous and historic landmark dating back to the Iron Age is steeped in folklore and legend. The castle of St Michael's Mount, perched atop a great granite rock that rises majestically out of the sea in Mount's Bay, for centuries made a tempting site for fighting forces. Here Robert cleverly uses this historic fort to provide a symbolic backdrop to a wonderful study of one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built. Not for a thousand years had the shores of Britain been crossed by invading forces, and here in 1940 a little fighter flown by young pilots, played a pivotal role in keeping that military record intact. A magnificent study of a legend in flight.
Spitfires Over St Michael's Mount by Robert Taylor is signed by three outstanding fighter pilots who flew the Spitfire in combat during World War II:
Wing Commander Peter V Ayerst DFC
Squadron Leader Ian Blair DFM
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth W S Evans DFC
This 70th Anniversary Edition is professionally matted to includes three extra signatures:
Group Captain Brian Kingcome DSO DFC
Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson (matted) CB CBE DSO DFC
Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck (matted) DSO DFC.
In mint condition with original Certificate of Authenticity.
45 - 70th Anniversary Edition
23 x 23 inches overall including borders.
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