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ON THE TIRPITZ PHILIP WEST
12th 1944. Lancaster's from Nos 617 and 9 Squadron bombed
the German battleship 'Admiral von Tirpitz' at anchor
just off Tromso. Using Barnes Wallis designed Tallboy
bombs dropped from between 12,000 to 16,000 feet they
delivered several very close misses and three or more
direct hits. A column of steam and smoke shot up to 300
feet and within a few minutes the massive ship began to
turn turtle. The RAF and Royal Navy had had several previous
'goes' at the Tirpitz with limited success, but on this
occasion the threat from this extremely powerful warship
The painting depicts Wing Commander J B Tait's Lancaster
after his bombing run 'staying on the scene' to observe
the outcome of the mission. The rest of 617 and 9 Squadron
aircraft complete their runs and turn to head home to
Lossiemouth. Down below at low level another Lancaster
is orbiting and filming the destruction. This Lancaster
came from 463 Squadron and was the last one to return
home. With only one Lancaster being seriously damaged
all the aircraft completed the mission.
oil on canvas painting measuring approx 36" x 20"
The back of the canvas has been signed by
Sqn. Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (Pilot
on this raid)
PRIDE OF BRISTOL STEPHEN BROWN
of grace and beauty Concorde G-BOAF taxis toward her final
resting place at Filton airfield, Bristol. Proudly waving
Union Jack flags from the cockpit are pilot Captain Les
Brodie and Concorde chief pilot Captain Mike Bannister.
No one who saw Concorde on Wednesday November 26th 2003
could fail to be moved by the sight of this magnificent
aircraft as she moved these last few yards with the greatest
of dignity under the gaze of the world’s media and
thousands of local well-wishers.
canvas size: 28” x 16”
EFFORT PHILIP WEST
outstanding oil on canvas painting by Philip E. West.
at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire from June 1943, 101 Squadron
was selected to test new equipment designed to jam the
VHF frequencies used by German fighter controllers. A
system, code-named "Airborne Cigar" or ABC for
short, was operated by a eighth crew member - the Special
Operator on board the Lancaster bomber who could understand
German and listen into the German controller's transmissions,
jamming them before they alerted their night fighters
to the position of the bombers. ABC soon proved its worth
and from October 1943 101 Sqn. ABC aircraft flew with
all Bomber Command main force attacks, consequently 101
Squadron suffered higher losses than other 1 Group Squadrons.
In an attempt to reduce the losses the Squadron was the
first to be fitted with twin 0.5 browning machine guns
in the rear turret. Only a handful of airfields were equipped
with a fog dispersal system known as F.I.D.O. The fact
that Ludford Magna was one of the chosen few is a measure
of the importance attached to 101 Sqn.
size approximately 48” x 24”
PATHFINDERS PHILIP WEST
busy themselves readying their de Havilland Mosquito as
the aircrew head out towards the Aeroplane for yet another
mission to a high value target over occupied Europe during
WW2. Their dangerous job as Pathfinders is to accurately
mark and bomb the target for the main heavy bomber force.
It required great skill in navigation, airmanship and
courage. The Mosquito proved to be a real thoroughbred
and idea for many varied combat sorties so earning the
nick-name The Wooden Wonder.
The Painting is signed on the back of the canvas by the
RAF's top night-fighter pilot of WW2, Wing Commander Branse
Burbridge DSO* DFC* AFC
Commander Branse Burbridge DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar (85
Sqn. Pilot) gained his wings in 1941. Putting duty before
personal feelings as a conscientious objectorBranse, together
with his navigator, Bill Skelton, became known as “The
Night Hawk Partners”. The two of them went on to
shoot down 21 enemy aircraft - 16 during a seven-month
period. The total included a Bf110 and three Ju88Gs during
the night of 4-5 November 1944. Their officially credited
21 enemy aircraft destroyed made the pair the top night
fighting crew in the whole of the RAF. Branse recalls,
“I always tried to aim for the wings of enemy aircraft
- and not the cockpit. I never wanted to kill anyone.”
The citations for their awards paid tribute to both men
setting “an unsurpassed example of outstanding keenness
and devotion to duty”.
measures 24" x 12"
OVER THE REICH STEPHEN BROWN
Mustangs of 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group
range deep into the Reich in a search for targets of opportunity.
As the Second World War drew to a close, Allied bombers
and fighters were able to fly relatively unchallenged
over German territory. A lack of fuel, trained pilots
and serviceable aircraft prevented the Luftwaffe from
mounting any meaningful resistance. By VE-day the 4th
Fighter Group had become the top scoring Fighter Group
with over 1,000 victories against the Luftwaffe.
Oil Painting Canvas size: 48 x 28 inches
CHASTISE PHILIP WEST
the night of May 16/17, 1943, 19 Lancaster's of the newly
formed 617 Squadron carried out daring raids against four
dams in the Ruhr. The Primary target was the Mohne dam.
Here we see Flt Lt Maltby and crew in AJ-J flying clear
of the Mohne before their Upkeep mine exploded against
and breached the dam. Operation Chastise became a legend
in the annals of the RAF and military history.
on the back of the painting by two former Dambusters:
George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM (Bomb Aimer 617
Squadron) and Ray E Grayston (Flight Engineer -
Original oil on canvas painting approx. 36” x 20”
JUBILEE FLIGHT STEPHEN BROWN
is the 4th June 2002. Concorde and the Red Arrows fly
in tight formation over Suffolk en route to take part,
along with other aircraft, in the Queen’s Jubilee
Flypast. At the controls of G-BOAD Concorde are Civil
Aviation Authority Chief Test Pilot Jock Reid and British
Airways Chief Concorde Pilot and aircraft Commander on
the day - Captain Mike Bannister. For millions of
people the highlight of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend
was undoubtedly the amazing sight of Concorde and the
RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team flying together only 1500ft
above the Mall and Buckingham Palace. This edition is
published with approval of the Red Arrows Trust.
The painting is signed on the back in permanent marker
by Concorde Pilot Jock Reid and Red Arrows Team Leader
on the day Sqn Ldr. Carl ‘Spike’ Jepson.
Original Oil Painting Canvas size: 36 x 24 inches
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Mark Postlethwaite is without doubt one of the finest aviation artists
in the world today, his research and historical accurateness of events,
and the intricate details of the aircraft he paints is second to none.
In the last 20 years, Mark has become firmly established as one of the
world's leading aviation artists with many of his limited editions now
only available on the secondary market and his larger originals now
regularly selling for over £10,000.
Mark's commission rates include the preparation of 3 thumbnail preliminary
sketches and a reasonable amount of research. If you would like more
in-depth research or a small painted sketch after the pencil sketches
then please let me know.
It's important to point out that Mark Postlethwaite
is an independent artist, (ie. not tied to any agent or publisher),
his prices are at least 50% lower than an equivalent artist commissioned
through a third party. Publishers, agents and galleries usually add
on at least 100% to the cost of a commission, something which the artist
Mark Postlethwaite never has been keen to get involved with for obvious
2012 COMMISSION RATE
20" X 16"
£2000 - £3000
30" X 20"
£4000 - £5000
36" X 24"
£6000 - £8000
42" X 28"
£9000 - £11,000
48" X 28"
£11,000 - £13,000
60" X 30"
£14,000 - £18,000
Larger or smaller sizes on application. Measurements can be adapted
to suit different formats without charge, eg. 30" x 20" can
be 36" x 14" or 25" x 25".
Framing is usually organised and paid for by the commissioning client
but can be arranged if required. There are no hidden extras, and payment
is only due when you are completely happy with the result.
I welcome any enquiries about commissions, there's no obligation, simply
send me an e-mail with what you have in mind and I'll reply with further