Alone at Dawn

Gerald Coulson





Alone at Dawn Gerald Coulson

Introduced into service in mid 1942 the average life expectancy of a newly operational Avro Lancaster was just a few months. For the crews themselves the outlook was bleak and losses for Bomber Command were staggering but their exploits of courage and persistence are legendary. With volunteers from many nations including Britain, Canada, Australia and South Africa this legendary aircraft took part in some of the most successful operations of the War.

Under the staunch leadership of Commander-in-Chief Arthur Harris the crews continually battled against enemy fighters, heavy flack and severe cold, succeeding against overwhelming odds in appalling flying conditions. There are countless reports of great bravery, many un rewarded and it was often only the close bond that these men shared and a selfless devotion to duty that kept them fighting on.

This painting by Gerald Coulson is dedicated to all those who flew with Bomber Command during the War. It depicts a crippled Avro Lancaster limping back from a night bombing raid over occupied Europe. As was often the case the mighty bomber has been heavily damaged by flack and with an engine out has fallen far behind the main force. Dawn is breaking and the crew, still over the hostile North Sea, desperately struggle to reach the safety of the British Mainland.



500 prints with FIVE signatures

Flight Lieutenant North, Bill
Air Commodore Strong, D M CB AFC
Squadron Leader James, B A \'Jimmy\' MC
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Beetham, Sir Michael GCB CBE DFC AFC
Group Captain Lowe, Drane CBE DFC AFC

50 prints with EIGHT signatures

All of the above signatures plus.

Squadron Leader Curtis, Larry DFC
Flying Officer Fish, Basil
Air Chief Marshal Hodges, Sir Lewis KCB CBE DSO DFC

Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity

Overall Print Size 30"x 24" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.



Signed and Numbered Print
UK £180.00 Edition Size - 500



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