Flight Against the Bismarck

Philip West





Flight Against the Bismarck Philip West

The Royal Navy's week long chase of the formidable German Battleship Bismarck culminated in the foul weather of 26th May 1941. Despite the deck of HMS Ark Royal pitching through 55 feet, S/Lt John Moffat was one of fifteen Fairey Swordfish pilots who took off to attack Bismarck. After 90 minutes of arduous and turbulent flying the Fairey Swordfish found their quarry and dived through the intense anti - aircraft fire to drop their torpedoes. One of these hit and jammed Bismarck's rudder and condemned the battleship to sail in slow circles. The Royal Navy's own capital ships then closed in and pounded Bismarck into a burning wreck. This is only one example of the heroic actions, many of which have gone unrecognised, by Fairey Swordfish aircrew who flew and fought so valiantly for their King and country throughout.



Every print in the Signed and Numbered Edition is signed by the artist Philip West and Three former Fairey Swordfish pilots.

The Artist Proof and Remarque Editions are signed by the artist Philip West and Five former Fairey Swordfish pilots.

Signatories include - S/Lt. Stanley Brand RNVR (Pilot) , Lt. Norman Gillis RNVR (Pilot) , S/Lt. John Moffat RNVR (Pilot) , Commander Sidney H. Suthers DSC, DFC (Pilot), Lt. Commander Bruce Vibert (Pilot)


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 26"x 16" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £140.00 Edition Size - 100

Artist Proof Edition
UK £150.00 Edition Size - 25


Remarque Edition
UK £310.00 Edition Size - 25

Double Remarque Edition
UK £440.00 Edition Size - 10



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