Last Light

Mark Postlethwaite





Last Light Mark Postlethwaite

The brief winter sunset paints the windswept Yorkshire airfield with its golden light as crews of 102 Squadron RAF prepare themselves for another long and dangerous night over Germany, 1942. A quick last cigarette before boarding their aircraft, not strictly regulation but who is going to deny these young men their last light?

The Handley Page Halifax entered service with No. 35 Squadron RAF at RAF Linton on Ouse in November 1940 and its first operational raid was against Le Havre on the night of 11-12 March 1941. In service with RAF Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew 82,773 operations, dropped 224,207 tons of bombs and lost 1,833 aircraft. In addition to bombing missions, the Handley Page Halifax served as a glider tug, electronic warfare aircraft for No. 100 Group RAF and special operations such as parachuting agents and arms into occupied Europe. Halifaxes were also operated by RAF Coastal Command for anti submarine warfare, reconnaissance and meteorological roles .Together with the Avro Lancaster, the Handley Page Halifax made up the backbone of RAF Bomber Command during World War Two.



Signed and Numbered Edition

The edition is signed by the Artist Mark Postlethwaite and countersigned by Seven Handley Page Halifax aircrew veterans from 102 Squadron.

The Signatories

Flight Sergeant R.F. (Ron) Alderton Air Gunner with 102 Sqn 1944
Warrant Officer H. (Batch) Batchelder DFM Pilot with 102 Sqn Oct 41 - June 42
Flying Officer Tom Sayer DFM Pilot with 102 Sqn May - Oct 43
Warrant Officer A.F. (Alan) Sheppard Wop / AG with 102 Sqn Jun 44 / Feb 45
Flight Lieutenant D.A. (Douglas) White DFC Pilot with 102 Sqn Jun - Dec 44
Squadron Leader Frank Williamson AFC Pilot with 102 Sqn 1941 / 42
Flight Lieutenant S.T. (Tom) Wingham DFC (Amer) OBS(Nav / BA) with 102 Sqn Feb - Jun 43
"Batch" Batchelder was shot down in June 1942 and became a POW
Tom Wingham was shot down with 76 Sqn in April 1944 but evaded capture and returned to England after 5 months


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 25" x 14" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

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