Home Run

Gerald Coulson





Home Run Gerald Coulson

In June 1943 the Mosquitoes of 2 Group Bomber Command were merged with 8 Bomber Group, already known as the Pathfinder Force, under the command of Air Commodore Don Bennett. Part of the unit, starting with 139 Squadron, were scheduled for night time high level nuisance bombing, known by the crews as 'spooks' - this was the beginning of the Light Night Striking Force. Initially using Mosquito B. Mk IV's and lX's, the force flew operations over many targets including Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf, dropping incendiaries and 500lb bombs. The speed of the Mosquito enabled even short breaks in the weather to be used for bombing, in fact Berlin and back took only four hours. In February 1944 the 4000Ib 'cookie' bomb was first used operationally using modified Mk IV's, however in March the B. Mk XVl was introduced. With its swollen 'bomb bay', a pressurized cabin and an operational height of 35000 feet the Mk XVI arrived only just in time as the enemy had developed flak that was accurate to nearly 40,000 feet, far too much for the heavy bombers which attacked at half this height. Flying from such bases as Downham Market in Norfolk and Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire they attacked singularly, in pairs or sometimes with as many as ninety aircraft. The force was so successful that Don Bennett ordered a fleet of 200 Mk XVI's and from April 1944 Mosquito's were undertaking constant nightly attacks on cities in Western Germany. Equipped with 50 gallon wing tanks the Mk XV could easily reach cities such as Berlin, often taking longer routes to mislead the enemy.

One of the most remarkable things about the Mosquito was its versatility and the Strike Force turned its attention to many different duties such as the low level mining of canals. In the lead up to D-Day. 8 Group undertook marking operations and bombed railway marshalling yards and oil refineries and later they were used for the precision bombing of tunnels and dropping 'window' to confuse enemy radar before a major attack. Between May 1943 and May 1945 the Light Night Strike Force flew nearly 27,000 sorties dropped about 10,000 'cookies' or 26,000 tons of bombs and flew 68 percent of its operations when heavy bombers were not operating, Due to the speed and manoeuvrability of the Mosquito they lost only 108 of their number, a truly amazing achievement for a little unarmed, wooden, two man aircraft.

It is June 1944 and Mosquito B. Mk XVI's of the Light Night Strike Force, with their distinctive bomb doors and wing tanks return from a raid over Berlin having despatched their 4000Ib'cookie' bombs. The sun is just beginning to rise and the peaceful tranquillity is shattered as these majestic aircraft power in from the North Sea and continue their route, flying at low level over the Norfolk Marshes.

Gerald Coulson, one of the worlds most highly regarded Aviation Artists has captured the scene perfectly with this evocative painting, proving once again that he is a master in his field. Limited to a total of lust 370 prints world wide, each countersigned by prominent aircrew of the Light Night Strike Force, this is set to be a highly collectable edition.



295 prints with TWO signatures

Air Marshal Broom, Sir Ivor KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC, AFC
Squadron Leader Broom, TJ "Tommy" DFC

75 prints with FIVE signatures. All the above plus.

Wing Commander Mackie, Norman DSO, DFC
Flight Lieutenant Perks, Geoffrey DFC
Wing Commander Rodley, Ernest DSO, DFC, AFC, AE


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £180.00
Edition Size - 295


Strike Force Edition
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 75


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