DAMBUSTERS – THE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION GICLÉE CANVAS PROOF
by Robert Taylor
On the night of 16/17 May 1943 the Lancasters of 617 Squadron breached the mighty Dams of the Ruhr Valley in one of the most remarkable precision bombing raids of World War II – a mission all but a few thought was impossible.
All was quiet in the Ruhr valley on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Bright moonlight illuminated the night sky and the normally dark waters of the huge lakes, held back by the mighty dams, glinted brightly. The scene was somewhat different at RAF Scampton as nineteen Lancasters and 133 men from the recently formed 617 Squadron prepared to carry out a series of precision raids deep behind enemy lines. This highly secret mission went under the code name Operation Chastise, but the world would come to know it as the Dambusters Raid!
The peace at the Möhne Dam was shattered soon after midnight when Guy Gibson in Lancaster AJ-G made the first attack. The flak gunners, relaxing in their turrets, had no idea what was to come. One-by-one, following Gibson’s lead, the modified Lancasters flew into a curtain of deadly gunfire and somehow maintained a precise height of 60ft and speed of 230mph – calibrated perfectly to allow their Barnes Wallis designed bouncing bomb to strike the dam wall, sink and explode.
Robert Taylor’s aviation masterpiece depicts the moment that “Dingy” Young in Lancaster AJ-A releases his cylindrical, hydrostatically-triggered mine – clearly visible against the huge splash as it hits the water. The mighty Möhne Dam has but moments to live.
Originally released in 2006, this powerful and dramatic piece has joined the ranks of the most celebrated aviation paintings ever created. The original signed prints are among the most sought after of any edition and highly-prized by collectors, so we are delighted that this iconic piece is available as a GICLÉE STUDIO PROOF ON CANVAS.
Replicated onto fine canvas under the direct supervision of the artist, we are delighted to issue the very exclusive Exhibition Proofs – their extra-large size creates imposing centrepieces for the large wall, workplace or hangar.
Released pre-stretched and ready to frame.
Canvas Size: 40” wide x 20” high
Image Size: 60” wide x 30” high.
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- 40 x 20 inches
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