Bomb Away - The Third Assault

Robert Taylor




Bomb Away The Third Assault Robert Taylor

On the night of 16/17 May1943 nineteen specially modified Avro Lancasters of 617 Squadron departed from RAF Scampton on one of the most secret and daring bombing operations undertaken during World War Two

The ultra-secret operation to destroy the huge hydro-electric dams that powered a significant part of Germany's industrial war machine in the Ruhr valley, codenamed Operation Chastise, had been planned in stealth for months, Using a revolutionary 10-ton 'bouncing bomb' designed by the brilliant designer Barnes Wallis, a special squadron comprised of the most talented crews that RAF Bomber Command could muster would be formed to attack primarily the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams.
Using highly modified Lancaster bombers to carry the secret bomb, Operation Chastise was to become one of the most dangerous precision bombing raids ever undertaken, and Robert Taylor astutely captures all the atmosphere in his new drawing Bomb Away!, the latest addition to his highly acclaimed Graphite Collection,

At 00,38 hrs the attack on the Mohne Dam is already well underway. The commander of 617 Squadron and leader of the raid, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, had made the first successful attack, but the dam wall held firm. And then tragedy had struck as Flight Lieutenant Hopgood's Avro Lancaster, hit by flak during his attack, exploded in a ball of flame. Gibson called in Flight Lieutenant 'Mick' Martin to make the third assault and Robert Taylor captures this moment with graphic precision. As enemy flak and tracer illuminate the night sky, Guy Gibson boldly attempts to draw the enemy's fire as Martin holds Avro Lancaster AJ-P steady at 60ft above the waters of the Mohne Dam to release the cylindrical, bouncing bomb and send it spinning towards the dam wall, In a few moments a huge explosion will erupt up in to the night sky as the hydrostatic bomb detonates against the mighty granite wall, Once again, though, the Mohne dam held, but not for long,

Following Martin, Squadron Leader "Dinghy" Young would approach in Lancaster AJ-A, his bomb also successfully hitting the target but this time the dam, already weakened, will slowly crack, Water will start to seep through the granite wall as Squadron Leader David Maltby in Avro Lancaster AJ-J finishes the job. With a thunderous roar the Mohne dam was breached, its waters unleashed like a giant tidal wave sweeping through the valley below, Limited edition prints of Robert Taylor's powerful depiction of this epic historical event have been signed by many of the heroic veterans who took part in Operation Chastise.




Each print in this wonderful new edition is signed by the artist Robert Taylor and countersigned by Six distinguished veterans who were part of Operation Chastise on the night of 16/17 May 1943.


Sergeant Ray Grayston RAF, Ray Grayston was the Flight Engineer on Lancaster AJ-N (N-Nan) flown by Les Knight, which attacked and successfully breached the Eder Dam,

Squadron Leader George Johnson DFM RAF, Bomb Aimer on American Joe McCarthy's Lancaster AJ-T (T-Tommy), which attacked and hit the Sorpe Dam,

Corporal KEN LUCAS RAF, One of 617 Squadron's most experienced ground crew Ken was heavily involved in preparing the Lancasters for the raid including fitting the motors that would spin the bomb, and attaching the crucial lamps to the underside of the aircraft,

Flight Sergeant Grant McDONALD RCAF, The Canadian rear gunner on Ken Brown's Lancaster AJ-F (F-Freddie), which attacked and hit the Sorpe Dam,

Squadron Leader LES MUNRO DSC DFC RNZAF New Zealander, Captain and pilot of Lancaster AJ-W (W-Willie) assigned to attack the Sorpe Dam, but was forced to turn back en-route to the target after heavy flak-damage over Holland.

Sergeant FRED SUTHERLAND RCAF, Canadian Front Gunner on Les Knight's Lancaster AJ-N (N-Nan) which attacked and successfully breached the Eder Dam,


The unique Nine signature Publisher Proofs include all the components of the Limited Edition and artist proofs but in addition they have been beautifully conservation matted to include the extra signatures of two further Dambuster aircrew together with an instrumental figure in the success of the bouncing bomb:

Flight Lieutenant EDWARD JOHNSON DEC RAF, (matted)
Bomb Aimer on Les Knight's Lancaster AJ-N (N-Nan), which attacked and successfully breached the Eder Dam,

Flight Lieutenant GEORGE CHALMERS DEC DEM RAF, (matted)
The Wireless Operator on Bill Townsend's Lancaster A J-0 (0-Orange) which attacked and hit the secondary target of the Ennepe Dam,

NORMAN 'SPUD' BOORER, (matted)Norman Boorer was part of Barnes Wallis's hand-picked three-man team of specialist design engineers who developed UPKEEP, the code name for the famous bouncing bomb,

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 23 1/2 "x 18 3/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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UK £145.00 Edition Size - 300 (Six Signatures)

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UK £235.00 Edition Size - 25 (Six Signatures)

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UK £245.00 Edition Size - 25 (Nine Signatures)
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