GRAND SLAM Commemorative Book & Print Portfolio
Richard’s spectacular drawing, completed on buff paper with subtle colour highlights, depicts Ken Trent and his crew as they gather in readiness for 617 Squadron’s raid on the Valentin U-boat construction facility at Farge, north of Bremen, 27 March 1945. Their modified Lancaster carries a massive ‘Grand Slam’ bomb as the final preparations are made the aircraft.
BOMB DOORS OPEN by Flt Lt KEN TRENT DFC*
Ken Trent is one of the last surviving veterans to serve with 617 Squadron during WWII.
His remarkable story begins in the East End of London before taking him on a journey through RAF pilot training and on to complete more than forty perilous missions on Lancaster bombers over the unfriendly skies of occupied Europe.
Ken recalls these events with modesty and an unfailing sense of humour which serves as an inspiration to all.
The Standard Unsigned Book
We have a number of copies of individual unsigned books available while stocks last.
The Limited Edition Commemorative Portfolio
The special edition includes a copy of the new book BOMB DOORS OPEN, which is personally signed by the author:
- Flight Lieutenant Ken Trent DFC*
Each book is accompanied by the matching numbered print GRAND SLAM by Richard Taylor which is personally autographed by three distinguished airmen that flew with 617 Sqn during WWII:
- Flight Sergeant Charles Avey
- Wing Commander John Bell
- Flight Lieutenant Arthur F. Poore DFC
The Tribute Edition
Each portfolio is accompanied by an ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Richard Taylor which is personally signed one of 617 Squadrons greatest commanding officers:
- Group Captain James 'Willie' Tait DSO*** DFC* ADC
The drawing is conservation matted to include the additional original signatures of two famous 617 Sqn pilots:
- Squadron Leader Mac Hamilton DFC
- Flight Lieutenant Fred Watts DFC
Editions that feature original and unique artwork, such as Remarque Editions, are specifically hand-crafted to order by the artists. As a result, our normal delivery policies do not apply to these items but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as your drawing is complete. If you have any particular request for your drawing – such as specific aircraft markings – please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate.
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