ESCORT TO NORMANDY - Framed Collector's Piece
Elizabeth had a brief but exciting wartime career, or, more precisely, Mk.IX Spitfire NH341 did. She’d arrived gleaming and fresh on 12 June 1944 at the makeshift airfield B4 located at Beny-sur-Mer a couple of miles inland from Juno beach and liberated by Canadian troops on D-Day.
The squadron receiving NH341 was 411 (Grizzly Bear) Squadron RCAF and it wasn’t long before her first pilot, Flt Lt A.B. ‘Bruce’ Whiteford, had named her Elizabeth after his wife.
Today Elizabeth forms the backbone of premier flight experiences with Aero Legends, but Anthony’s atmospheric piece transports her back to the Second World War. On her first operational sortie and carrying full D-Day markings, ‘Elizabeth’ and Spitfires from 411 (Grizzly Bear) Squadron RCAF help to escort a force of some 220 Lancasters on a raid to bomb the docks at Le Havre harbouring German E-boats, 14 June 1944.
To create a stunning collector's piece, our expert framing team have included a set of museum-quality reproduction RCAF wings in the conservation matting.
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