Coup De Grace – The Mohne Dam

Anthony Saunders

 

 

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COUP DE GRÂCE – THE MÖHNE DAM

The fifth aircraft to attack the Möhne dam on the night of 16 / 17 May 1943, Flt.Lt. David Maltby powers Avro Lancaster AJ-J away from the target as his Upkeep mine successfully detonates against the already damaged dam wall. Within seconds the dam will rupture releasing a terrifying wall of water flooding into the valley below.

This prestigious limited edition portfolio, issued as a lasting tribute to the Dambusters and the men of 617 Squadron, includes an individually numbered copy of the book The Dambusters

Presented in its own luxury embossed slipcase, each book is accompanied by a matching-numbered copy of Anthony Saunders’ dramatic limited edition print Coup De Grace– The Mohne Dam.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE COMMEMORATIVE LIMITED EDITION BOOK & PRINT PORTFOLIO

THE LIMITED EDITION

Joining artist Anthony Saunders in signing every print is one of the most highly-regarded veterans who flew on the Dambusters Raid:

Sqn Ldr GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM


THE 617 SQUADRON EDITION

With Seven Signatures

With all the components of the Limited Edition, each book contains a special collector’s bookplate signed by seven aircrew who flew with 617 Squadron during World War Two.

Signatures on bookplate
Sqn Ldr George‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM - Bomb Aimer with American pilot Joe McCarthy, attacked the Sorpe Dam
Warrant Officer Frank Tilley - Flight engineer, attacked Tirpitz
Flight Lieutenant Ken Trent DFC* - pilot, attacked Berchtesgaden
Flight Sergeant Charles Avey - Mid-Upper Gunner, flew last eleven 617 Sqdn missions dropping Grand Slam and Tallboy
Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC - Bomb Aimer with Bob Knight, attacked the Tirpitz
Squadron Leader Benny Goodman - pilot, flew 30 special ops including Tirpitz and the Eagle's Nest
Flight Lieutenant Sydney Grimes - Wireless operator, flew 43 ops


THE BOMBER COMMAND ARTIST PROOFS

With Thirty Five Signatures

Recognising the incredible sacrafice made by the airmen of Bomber Command, this highly restricted edition comprises all the components of the 617 Squadron Edition, but the collectors’ bookplate is additionally signed by 28 aircrew who served with great distinction in RAF Bomber Command during World War Two.

Signatures on bookplate
Flt Sgt Tom Sayer DFM - Pilot on Halifaxes with 102 Sqn
W.O. Roy Briggs - WOp/AG on Lancasters with 576 & 156 Sqns
W.O. Derek Gurney - Mid-Upper Gunner on Halifaxes with 10 Sqn
Flt Lt Tom Payne - Pilot on Wellingtons & Lancasters with 90 & 15 Sqns
W.O. Charlie Darby - Rear Gunner on Halifaxes with 462 & 466 Sqns
Flt Lt George Dunn DFC - Pilot on Halifaxes & Mosquitos with 76 & 608 Sqns
Flt Lt Alan Payne DFC - Bomb Aimer on Lancasters with 630 & 57 Sqns
Sqn Ldr Douglas Joss MBE - Rear Gunner on Lancasters with 626 Sqn
W.O. Rex Statham - Flight Engineer on Halifaxes with 158 Sqn
W.O. Ken Johnson - Mid-Upper Gunner on Lancasters with 9 & 61 Sqns
Flt Lt John Cooper AFM - Pilot on Wellingtons & Lancasters with 101 Sqn
W.O. Frank Tolley - Bomb Aimer on Lancasters with 625 Sqn
Flt Sgt Ron Gard - Rear Gunner on Lancasters with 463 Sqn
Flt Lt Gordon Mellor - Navigator on Halifaxes with 103 Sqn
W.O. Cecil Chandler - Flight Engineer on Stirlings and Lancasters with 622 Sqn
W.O. Eric Horsham - Flight Engineer on Halifaxes with 102 Sqn
W.O. Harry Irons DFC - Rear Gunner on Lancasters & Halifaxes with 9 & 158 Sqn
Flt Lt Jack Blanchard DFC - Pilot on Wellingtons, Halifaxes & Lancasters with 166 Sqn
W.O. Ted Key - Flight Engineer on Lancasters with 514 Sqn
W.O. Ron Tomlin - Bomb Aimer on Halifaxes with 10 Sqn
Flt Lt Russell Waughman - DFC AFC Ld’H Pilot on Lancasters with 101 Sqn
Flt Lt John Trotman DFC* - Pilot on Wellingtons & Mosquitos with 150 & 692 Sqns
Flt Sgt Len Manning Ld’H - Rear Gunner on Lancasters with 57 Sqn
W.O. Reg Payne - WOp/AG on Lancasters with 50 Sqn
W.O. Harry Winter - WOp/AG on Halifaxes with 427 Sqn
Fg Off Vic Farmer - Navigator on Lancasters with 550 Sqn
Flt Lt ‘Stevie’ Stevens DFC AE - Pilot on Lancasters with 57 Sqn
W.O. Harold Kirby - Flight Engineer on Lancasters with 467 & 97 Sqns


THE DAMBUSTERS EDITION & REMARQUES

With Forty Two Signatures

To commemorate the 133 airmen who took part in Operation Chastise, this historic and exclusive edition comprises all the elements of the Bomber Command Artist Proofs but includes an additional bookplate which is personally autographed by Eight veterans of the legendary Dambusters Raid:

Signatures on bookplate
Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO DFC - Pilot of Lancaster AJ-W, attacked the Sorpe Dam
Sergeant Ray Grayston - Flight Engineer on Lancaster AJ-N, successfully breached the Eder Dam.
Sergeant Fred Sutherland - Front Gunner in Lancaster AJ-N, attacked the Möhne Dam and breached the Eder
Sergeant Douglas Webb DFM - Front Gunner on Lancaster AJ-O, the only aircraft to attack the Ennepe Dam
Corporal Ken Lucas - Ground crew, fitted the spinning mechanism for the bomb and the twin Aldis lamps on the underside of the a/c.
Corporal Maureen Stevens - radio telephone operator throughout the night of the Dams Raid and relaying information from the air crews
Dr Mary Stopes-Roe - The daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis, designer of the 'Upkeep' bouncing bomb


THE TRIBUTE EDITION

With Fifty Signatures

With all the components of the Dambusters Edition, each highly-collectible Fifty Signature portfolio is issued with a unique original pencil drawing by Anthony Saunders which is signed by two of the most iconic pilots ever to fly with 617 Squadron. Each drawing has been conservation matted to include the signatures of six more highly-decorated Bomber Command aircrew:

Group Captain James Tait DSO*** DFC* - Commanding 617 Sqn he personally led some of the unit’s most important bombing raids
Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC - Awarded the Victoria Cross he later joined 617 Sqn but was captured after baling out in July 1944
Marshal of the RAF Sir Michael Beetham GCB CBE DFC - Flying Lancasters with 50 Sqn he completed 30 ops over Germany
Air Commodore David Strong CB AFC - Wellington ilot with 166 Sqn and 104 Sqn
Group Capt. Drane Lowe - Pilot on Hawker Hinds, Hampdens and Wellingtons on early bombing raids over Europe with 49 Sqn
Squadron Leader Norman Scrivner DSO DFC - Navigator with Guy Gibson in 106 Sqn before transerring to 83 Sqn Pathfinders
Warrant Officer Ernest Kenwright DFC DFM - Rear gunner on Halifaxes and Lancasters, chosen for 35 Sqn Pathfinders
Flight Lieutenant Eric Jones DFC - Pilot with 49 Sqn, completed a full tour

THE GICLÉE STUDIO PROOFS

Anthony Saunders’ dramatic painting is faithfully replicated on canvas using the latest high-definition technology. Pre-stretched ready for framing, each giclée is individually numbered, hand-signed by the artist and issued with a matching-numbered book which is presented in its own luxury embossed slipcase and contains a specially issued bookplate signed by:

Sqn Ldr GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM

Overall canvas size: 36” wide x 24” high

Coup De Grace Tribute Edition Matted Drawing

Coup De Grace Tribute Edition Matted Drawing

With all the components of the Dambusters Edition, each highly collectible portfolio is issued with a unique original pencil drawing by Anthony Saunders - one of the world’s leading aviation artists. Each drawing is signed by two of the most iconic pilots ever to fly with 617 Squadron and conservation matted to include the signatures of six more highly-decorated Bomber Command aircrew:

Group Capt. James Tait (drawing)
Flt. Lt. Bill Reid (drawing)
Sir Michael Beetham (matted)
Air Commodore David Strong (matted)
Group Capt. Drane Lowe (matted)
W/O Ernest Kenwright (matted)
Sqdn Ldr. Norman Scrivner (matted)
Flt. Lt. Eric Jones (matted)

Approx. overall matted size 14½" x 16½"

When ordering, additional carriage charges apply to the matted editions and book & print portfolios. Please contact us for a quote.

The Dambusters Book

The Dambusters Book

Rarely has the incredible story of the legendary Dambusters been portrayed with such creative brilliance and brought to lifethrough an unparalleled collection of paintings and drawings created by some of the world’s finest aviation and military artists.

This superbly researched and lavishly illustrated 128 page book provides a unique insight into the wartime exploits of 617 Squadron.

Book size approx: 9½" x 12"

 

Coup De Grace Reamarque Edition Example

Coup De Grace Reamarque Edition Example

Each of the Dambuster Edition remarques features an original pencil drawing, beautifully crafted to order by artist Anthony Saunders in the lower margin of the print.Each drawing is unique and will be themed to the Dambusters Raid. The doublerques are twice the size of a single remarque and even more elaborate in detail. Personal requests can be made when ordering.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Edition Print and Book
UK £125.00
Edition Size - 250

617 Squadron Edition Print and Book
UK £195.00
Edition Size - SOLD OUT

The Bomber Command Edition Artist Proof Print and Book
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 40

The Dambusters Edition Print and Book
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 35

The Dambusters Edition Single Remarque Print and Book
UK £525.00
Edition Size - 15

The Dambusters Edition Double Remarque Print and Book
UK £695.00
Edition Size - 10

Giclee Canvas Edition
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 75

Tribute Edition Print and Book
UK £1495.00
Edition Size - SOLD OUT

 

 

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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

Limited edition print:

An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

Artists Proof:

An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Publishers Proof:

A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

Remarqued print:

A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

Companion print:

An additional print, usually issued with smaller dimensions, published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued at the same time.

Matted (or mounted) print:

A print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or mount), ready for framing.

Original drawing:

An original work individually drawn by the artist, completed in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique and different.

Certificate of Authenticity:

A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition, inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates safely as a future means of provenance. All our aviation art and aircraft prints are issued with a certificate of authenticity.

 

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