RETURN TO EAST KIRKBY (Framed)
by Richard Taylor
The air resonates to the unmistakable sound of Merlin engines as Lancasters from 630 and 57 Squadrons skim low over the Lincolnshire countryside whilst returning to their base at East Kirkby, in the summer of 1944.
RAF East Kirkby was home to Lancasters of 630 and 57 Squadrons who often flew together on long-range bombing raids including attacks against Berlin and Hitler’s alpine home at Berchtesgaden. It is of great historical importance that every print has been personally signed by one of the last surviving veterans based at RAF East Kirkby during WWII.
Overall print size: 18.25 x 15.75 inches
Richard is regarded as one of the best pencil artists in the industry and his superb piece is a perfect example of why. Completed in his trademark technique using a mixture of graphite with colour highlights on antique buff paper, this stunning collectors piece acts as a lasting tribute to the men of RAF Bomber Command.
This print has been personally signed by the artist together with an RAF Bomber Command veteran who served with 630 and 57 Squadrons from East Kirkby:
Flight Lieutenant ALAN PAYNE DFC
Joining the RAF in 1942, he trained in the UK and South Africa before completing 29 missions as a Bomb Aimer on Lancasters with 630 and 57 Squadrons. Based at RAF East Kirkby he took part in the Battle of Berlin from November 1943, culminating with a raid on Nuremberg at the end of March 1944. He then transferred to Transport Command where he completed a full tour as a Navigator on Halifaxes with 620 Squadron in Palestine supporting the 6th Airborne Division.
This print has been professionally framed using conservation materials. As it is a framed piece, our normal post and packing rates do not apply. Please contact us prior to purchase to discuss shipping options.