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KNIGHT OF THE REICH by Robert Taylor


A TRIBUTE TO GÜNTHER RALL

Günther Rall is recognised as one of the greatest Fighter Aces in history and it seems only fitting that the World’s leading aviation artist leads the tributes to Günther with this outstanding painting.

This historic release will no doubt be remembered for many years to come as a Robert Taylor classic. Orders are now being taken and prints are available for immediate dispatch however the Eastern Front Editions and Tributes are going fast on advance orders alone so please CONTACT US NOW for further information or to secure your order.



THE ART OF COMBAT - THE AVIATION & MILITARY PAINTINGS OF RICHARD TAYLOR


We are delighted to announce the eagerly awaited first book from one of the world’s most exciting Aviation and Military Artists.

In this superb hard cover first edition, with 128 pages packed with beautifully reproduced colour plates and stunning pencil drawings, the artist takes us through the stories behind more than 30 of his much admired combat paintings.

Richard’s first book of combat paintings has been eagerly anticipated by collectors all over the globe and we expect it to prove hugely popular with both existing and new collectors of his work.

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FINE TUNING by Richard Taylor


THE LIMITED EDITION BOOK AND PRINT PORTFOLIO

This outstanding limited edition portfolio includes an individually numbered copy of the book THE ART OF COMBAT which is personally signed by artist Richard Taylor and issued in a luxurious embossed slipcase. Each book is accompanied by a matching numbered copy of the superb print FINE TUNING, specially commissioned for this occasion.

All editions of the Book and Print Portfolio are likely to be in high demand, and with such limited numbers of the Remarques and Tribute Proofs available these are likely to sell fast.

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SPECIAL EDITIONS EXCLUSIVE TO ACES HIGH


Over the years we have produced a very limited number of bookplates which are personally autographed by outstanding WWII Aces and veterans. They are available individually to mix and match or as a complete set, to be issued in your copy of the new book which will be accompanied by a special edition Aces High slipcase.

Follow the links below for additional information:

WINGS OF THE LUFTWAFFE BOOKPLATE
THE AMERICAN EAGLES BOOKPLATE
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BOOKPLATE No.1
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BOOKPLATE No.2
617 SQUADRON BOOKPLATE
RAF BOMBER COMMAND BOOKPLATE
THE NORMANDY VETERANS BOOKPLATE

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THESE BOOKPLATES ARE AVAILABLE IN VERY LIMITED NUMBERS. CONTACT US TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.



AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT WITH RICHARD TAYLOR – SATURDAY 29th & SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER


What an amazing weekend this promises to be at the UK Gallery in Wendover!

As well as being joined by one of the leading artists in the industry, we’ll also be hosting some amazing WWII veterans.

Saturday 29th November


Aviation Artist RICHARD TAYLOR - It’s hardly surprising that Richard became a professional artist. His father is Robert Taylor, regarded as the finest aviation and maritime painter of his generation. For the past few years, however, Richard has been quietly carving out his own niche in the world of aviation and military art and is seen as one of the industry’s most exciting artists.

617 SQUADRON & BOMBER COMMAND

Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM - previously with 97 Sqn, he joined 617 Sqn as Bomb Aimer on Lancaster AJ-T which attacked the Sorpe Dam as part of the Dambusters Raid, scoring a direct hit.

Doctor MARY STOPES-ROE - the daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis, who as a child helped inspire her father to invent Upkeep - the 'Bouncing Bomb' while skipping stones across water as was famously portrayed in the 1955 film, 'The Dam Busters'.

Flight Sergeant CHARLES AVEY - having trained as a Mid Upper Gunner he was posted to 617 Sqn on Lancasters where he flew on the unit’s last eleven operations of the war, dropping the Barnes Wallis invented 'Grand Slam' and 'Tall Boy' bombs.

Squadron Leader BENNY GOODMAN - one of the few pilots sent directly to 617 Sqn from training, he became a stalwart of the unit flying missions to Brest, the second Tirpitz raid all the way through to Berchtesgaden.

Wing Commander JOHN BELL MBE DFC - as a Bomb Aimer he originally flew Lancasters with 619 Sqn with Pilot Bob Knights until the whole crew transferred to 617 Sqn. He flew a total of 50 operations with Bomber Command.


BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC - flying Spitfires with 92 Sqn during the Battle of Britain he later joined 65 Sqn and 145 Sqn in Malta from HMS Furious. He finished the war with 3 victories and two damaged and his memoirs ‘First Light’ documenting his wartime experiences is a highly acclaimed best-selling book and BBC drama.

Wing Commander TERENCE KANE - joining the RAF in 1938, he flew Spitfires with 234 Sqn during the Battle of Britain claiming two victories. His aircraft was damaged in combat and he was forced to bale out into the sea off the French coast at the height of the Battle, subsequently spending the rest of the War as a PoW.

Flight Lieutenant TERRY CLARK DFM AE - joined 615 Sqn in 1938 as an Air Gunner before serving with 219 Sqn on Blenheims and Beaufighters during the Battle of Britain. In 1941 he moved to 1455 Turbinlite Flight at Tangmere before finishing on 488 Sqn as a Navigator/Radar Operator on Mosquitos. He finished the War with a tally of 6 destroyed.

Leading Aircraftsman BILL JONATHAN - served with 32 Sqn as ground crew at Hawkinge throughout the Battle of Britain before transferring to RAF Bomber Command. He played an important role preparing aircraft during the Normandy Campaign and was later one pf the first ground crew members to see the newly captured Me262.


NORMANDY & ARNHEM

Sapper DON SHEPPARD - landed on Juno Beach on D-Day with the 51st Division behind the Canadian Force. He soon advanced towards Pegasus Bridge and saw action throughout Normandy, later taking part in Operation "Market Garden".

Wireless Operator BOB STEVENS - serving with the 25th Air Construction Group he landed on Juno Beach on D-Day +1 with the French Canadian Commandos.

Sergeant GEOFFREY LEE - signing up in 1938 at the age of just 14, he went on to serve with the 59th Division 30st Infantry Brigade landing on Juno Beach two weeks after D-Day.

Medic DAVID WHITEMAN - having been evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, he was in reserve for the initial Normandy landings and went on to serve during Operation "Market Garden".

Seaman LEN HOBBS - serving on HMS Fernie throughout D-Day off Gold Beach Len took part in the pick up for survivors from HMS Halsted which was hit by a torpedo on the 11th June.


FLEET AIR ARM

Captain ERIC ‘WINKLE’ BROWN DSC AFC - initially flying as a Naval pilot in the Fleet Air Arm with 802 Sqn, he was later responsible for test-flying captured German aircraft and made the first ever jet landing on an aircraft carrier. Eric is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having flown more types of aircraft than any pilot in history (487) and for the most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407). He is the Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated living pilot and is regarded as one of the greatest test pilots of all time.

Lieutenant KEITH QUILTER DSC - he joined the Navy with the sole aim of becoming a pilot and went on to complete his training in Canada. He flew up to 20 different types of aircraft including Corsairs with 1842 Sqn and Seafires with 1832 RNVR, mostly from carriers HMS Formidable and HMS Indefatigable. He flew as top cover in support of raids against the German Battleship Tirpitz before joining the British Fleet in the Pacific on attacks against Japanese bases. He was shot down whilst attacking a Destroyer but rescued by US submarine.


Sunday 30th November


Aviation Artist RICHARD TAYLOR - It’s hardly surprising that Richard became a professional artist. His father is Robert Taylor, regarded as the finest aviation and maritime painter of his generation. For the past few years, however, Richard has been quietly carving out his own niche in the world of aviation and military art and is seen as one of the industry’s most exciting artists.

617 SQUADRON & BOMBER COMMAND

Squadron Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM - previously with 97 Sqn, he joined 617 Sqn as Bomb Aimer on Lancaster AJ-T which attacked the Sorpe Dam as part of the Dambuster Raids, scoring a direct hit.

Doctor MARY STOPES-ROE - the daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis, who as a child helped inspire her father to invent Upkeep - the 'Bouncing Bomb' while skipping stones across water as was famously portrayed in the 1955 film, 'The Dam Busters'.

Corporal MAUREEN STEVENS WAAF - served at RAF Scampton as the duty R/T Operator in the main control tower during the night of the Dambuster Raids, relaying information from the aircrews to senior Commanders and talking surviving crews back to base.

Flying Officer BASIL AMBROSE - as a Flight Engineer he completed a full tour on Lancasters with 467 Sqn at Waddington before being posted to Woodhall Spa where he finished the war with 617 Sqn and later moved to India as part of "Tiger Force".

Driver ALMA LEEDHAM WAAF - served as ground crew with 57 and 617 Sqn at RAF Scampton as the crews began to amass from 617 Sqn ahead of the Dambuster Raids. She then went on to serve with 57 Sqn at East Kirkby.

Flight Lieutenant STEVE ‘STEVIE’ STEVENS DFC AE - completed a full tour as a Pilot on Lancasters with 57 Sqn at Scampton. On the night of the 16th May ‘43 he watched adapted Lancasters of 617 Sqn depart on a secret mission – later revealed to be the Dambuster Raids.


BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Squadron Leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC - flying Spitfires with 92 Sqn during the Battle of Britain he later joined 65 Sqn and 145 Sqn in Malta from HMS Furious. He finished the war with 3 victories and two damaged and his memoirs ‘First Light’ documenting his wartime experiences is a highly acclaimed best-selling book and BBC drama.

Wing Commander TERENCE KANE - joining the RAF in 1938, he flew Spitfires with 234 Sqn during the Battle of Britain claiming two victories. His aircraft was damaged in combat and he was forced to bale out into the sea off the French coast at the height of the Battle, subsequently spending the rest of the War as a PoW.

Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC - flew Hurricanes with 249 Sqn during the Battle of Britain before flying off HMS Ark Royal in Malta. Returning to the UK he commanded 41 Sqn and later joined the 9th US Air Force as a Flying Liaison Officer with the 100th Fighter Wing. He then served as a Test Pilot and finished the war with 12 & 4 shared victories.

Wing Commander TIM ELKINGTON - serving with 1 Sqn on Hurricanes during Battle of Britain he scored a victory over a Bf109 before being shot down whilst intercepting enemy bombers. After a spell with 601 Sqn he joined 134 Sqn flying Hurricanes in Russian. He later flew with 1 and 197 Sqns on Typhoons and 67 Sqn on Hurricanes in India.


NORMANDY & ARNHEM

Gunner RON SPENCER - served with the Heavy Artillery Unit and landed on D-Day at Gold Beach where continued to support the Mulberry Harbour after the initial invasion.

Seaman ALBERT ENGLAND - served on Landing Craft LCT 2498 as part of the US landings at Utah Beach on D-Day. He was evacuated back to England after his boat was hit.

Seaman CHARLES WHEELER - served with the Royal Navy on HMS Hotspur H class destroyer during the invasion before transferring to escort duties in the Irish Sea.

Sapper GEORGE BATTS L d'H - George landed on D-Day on Gold Beach, serving with the Royal Engineers, and served all the way through to Germany in May 1945.


FLEET AIR ARM

Captain ERIC ‘WINKLE’ BROWN DSC AFC - initially flying as a Naval pilot in the Fleet Air Arm with 802 Sqn, he was later responsible for test-flying captured German aircraft and made the first ever jet landing on an aircraft carrier. Eric is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having flown more types of aircraft than any pilot in history (487) and for the most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407). He is the Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated living pilot and is regarded as one of the greatest test pilots of all time.

Lieutenant KEITH QUILTER DSC - he joined the Navy with the sole aim of becoming a pilot and went on to complete his training in Canada. He flew up to 20 different types of aircraft including Corsairs with 1842 Sqn and Seafires with 1832 RNVR, mostly from carriers HMS Formidable and HMS Indefatigable. He flew as top cover in support of raids against the German Battleship Tirpitz before joining the British Fleet in the Pacific on attacks against Japanese bases. He was shot down whilst attacking a Destroyer but rescued by US submarine.


Watch this space for more information.

Bookings are now being taken and spaces are filling up fast. CONTACT US TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET


Please be aware the Wendover Gallery will be CLOSED for viewing on Monday 1st December but we are available, as always, on the telephone.



THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 2015 CALENDAR


A COLLECTION OF ICONIC PAINTINGS BY THE WORLD'S FOREMOST AVIATION ARTISTS, COMMEMORATING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

This superb calendar includes a fascinating timeline of the major events of WWII with special emphasis on the Battle of Britain, all major Public Holidays for the UK and USA and every date box provides generous space for your own notes and memos…so there’s no excuse to miss that important appointment!


LAST YEAR’S CALENDAR WAS EXCEPTIONALLY POPULAR SO WE URGE YOU TO CONTACT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GUARANTEE YOUR COPY.



ACT OF VALOR by Simon Smith


This outstanding new release commemorates the Battle of the Bulge and carries the truly historic signature of a great American hero – Lt Col JAMES ‘MAGGIE’ MEGELLAS – the most decorated officer in the history of the US 82nd Airborne Division.

Given the historical significance of this release, prints are selling fast and the REMARQUES in particular are proving very popular.

Please CONTACT US TODAY for further details and availability.

Newly Added Releases
1) KNIGHT OF THE REICH
2) THE ART OF COMBAT
3) FINE TUNING
4) FINE TUNING - MATTED TRIBUTE DRAWING
5) WINGS OF THE LUFTWAFFE BOOKPLATE
6) THE AMERICAN EAGLES BOOKPLATE
7) THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BOOKPLATE No.1
8) THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BOOKPLATE No.2
9) 617 SQUADRON BOOKPLATE
10) RAF BOMBER COMMAND BOOKPLATE

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