Low Level Encounter

Gerald Coulson





Low Level Encounter Gerald Coulson

July 10th to October 31 st 1940 - The Battle of Britain, a monumental event in British history and a major turning point of World War Two. During those few summer months the RAF and Luftwaffe fought what was to become the most crucial and decisive aerial conflict in history. Never before or since has air combat been so intensive over such a period of time. The Luftwaffe had over 3000 aircraft at its disposal and the RAF were outnumbered more than five to one with less than 600 Spitfire and Hurricane fighters. During this intense battle fighter pilots of the RAF were pushed to the limits of exhaustion, very often flying five or six sorties in a single day.

A day would begin at between three and four o'clock in the morning when they would prepare to be transported to their dispersal points and it was common for them to fly and fight until dusk, only returning to base to refuel and rearm. The pilots of the Luftwaffe also had many disadvantages to contend with whilst providing escorts for bombing raids over the British mainland. Crossing the Channel from their bases in Northern France they were at the limits of their range and often had only ten minutes of fuel available for actual combat. Pilots often found that in the right hands the Spitfire and Messerschmitt Me109 fighters were equally matched with each aircraft having certain advantages over the other. Often intense duels developed, making pilots on both sides respectful of the others skill.

This edition by Gerald Coulson captures perfectly the feeling of intensity and speed at exactly that moment during the heavy combat of September 1940. A Supermarine Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf l09 are locked in close combat chasing each other down to just a few hundred feet both at full throttle, turning and diving, each trying to get the other in his sights. A downed Heinkel He 111 lies in the corn field below whilst high above them the vapour trails of combat weave through the summer sky as the battle rages on.

This long awaited release from Coulson is his first ever print depicting Luftwaffe aircraft in such prominence and has been produced as a result of huge demand for him to paint this subject. Combining this with outstanding signatures of distinguished Aces from the Battle of Britain, both RAF and Luftwaffe, this very limited edition is likely to be very sought after by both Coulson fans and serious collectors of historic signatures.



The Limited Edition Print (Edition Size 195)

The Limited Edition Print is signed by the artist Gerald Coulson and countersigned by Four distinguished Aces from the Battle of Britain.

Group Captain Peel, John
Wing Commander Unwin, George
Major Bob, Hans-Ekkehard Knights Cross
Generalleutnant Rall, Gunther KC Oak Leaves and Swords

Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity.

Overall Print Size 25"x 18" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


Signed and Numbered Print
UK £145.00 Edition Size - 195


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