by Robert Taylor
A classic Masterwork from the world’s foremost aviation artist, released to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force
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 released 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.
Overall Print Size: 30.75 x 23.5 inches
THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two highly-regarded RAF Bomber Command veterans who flew Lancasters on operations over Europe during World War II, including a Rear Gunner who served with 9 Squadron:
W.O. HARRY IRONS DFC
Flt Lt RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ WAUGHMAN DFC AFC
RAF Bomber Command, WW2