MOSQUITOS AT DUSK
(AIRCREW EDITION - 3 Signatures)
by Nicolas Trudgian
Overall Print Size: 36" x 29"
Edition Size: 350
The exploits of the Mosquito and her crews are the stuff of legend. This magnificent aircraft, the blight of German air and land forces, pulled off some of the most amazingly precise raids of World War II. Powered by two Rolls Royce Merlin engines and made almost totally from wood, and with a top speed in excess of 400 mph, the Mosquito could out-run any other aircraft of its day. Highly nimble, and with its ability to carry virtually every type of weapon available to the RAF, this superb airplane fulfilled every role performed by the Service from bomber to reconnaissance, fighter-intruder, and night-fighter, from ground and anti-shipping attack missions to chasing and destroying the appalling VI "doodlebug" rocket missiles. The Mosquito's agility and suitability to tree-top level attacks gave its crews the advantage of surprise, and its high speed allowed it to contest a huge variety of precision bombing missions - most famous of which being the highly successful attacks on Amiens prison and the Gestapo headquarters buildings at Aarhus in Denmark in 1944, and again hitting the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen in 1945.
"MOSQUITOS AT DUSK" conveys in an instant all the attributes of this outstanding attack aircraft: With their twin Merlins singing at full power, Mk FBVI Mosquitos of 464 Squadron RAAF present a menacing picture as they set out on a precision low level mission, their streamlined, shark-like shapes silhouetted against the evening glow. Below, the tranquility of a snow covered English coastal village is briefly disturbed as the Mosquito crews head into the night. A painting worthy of this much acclaimed World War II plane.
In addition to the artist this print is signed by by THREE highly respected pilots who flew the Mosquito in combat with the RAF during World War II:
- Air Commodore JOHN ELLACOMBE (CB DFC*)
- Air Commodore E.B. 'TED' SISMORE (DSO DFC AFC)
- Flight Lieutenant DOUGLAS BADLAND
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.