Strike and Return

Robert Taylor





Strike and Return Robert Taylor

Winter in Northern Europe brings short days, long nights and, for the most part, appalling weather making navigation difficult and flying hazardous, even by today's electronically sophisticated standards. Throughout RAF Bomber Command's arduous six year World War II campaign, as if atrocious weather were not enough to contend with, day and night bomber crews faced interceptions by enemy fighters, constant flak over occupied territory, and the real and ever-present danger of mid-air collision. Add snowstorms, gale force winds, freezing temperatures and the comparatively rudimentary navigational aids available at the time, it seems a miracle they were able to continue at all. But continue they did, and whenever there was the slimmest chance of hitting an enemy target, unhesitatingly, the aircrews of Bomber Command took up the challenge.

460 Squadron, RAAF was typical of the bomber squadrons under overall command of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris; squadrons manned by volunteer aircrews from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Rhodesia, South Africa, and many other nations opposed to Hitler's Nazi Germany. To a man they knew the frightening odds against completing a tour of duty, yet many faked their ages just to join this elite band of wartime flyers.

Robert Taylor has chosen 460 Squadron for this evocative tribute to the men of RAF Bomber Command who flew the torturous day and night raids throughout World War II. Under the command of the dashing young Group Captain Hughie Edwards, VC, between 1943-45 the Squadron took part in many of the most important raids of the war, becoming the most highly decorated squadron in Bomber Command by the end of hostilities.

True to their squadron motto "Strike and Return", Robert shows Avro Lancasters of 460 Squadron RAAF, returning to RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire following a daylight raid over Germany in the late winter of 1944. With the sun almost set, chill evening shadows lengthen on a magnificent winter landscape dusted with snow, Avro Lancaster J-Squared leads the mighty bombers as they descend in the fading light. A majestic Robert Taylor print for discerning collectors of the very best in aviation art.




Squadron Leader PAT CARDON DFC AE
Flight Lieutenant BOB KNIGHTS DSO DFC
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE
Flying Officer BILL NORTH


Flight Lieutenant W E ‘JERRY’ BATEMAN DFC - Pilot
Flying Officer HILARY M BAYLISS DFC - Pilot
Flight Lieutenant PHILLIP J COFFEY DFC DFM - Navigator
Flight Lieutenant JOHN R GARDNER DFC - Pilot
Flight Lieutenant R GORDON GOODWIN DSO DFM - Navigator
Flying Officer LAWRENCE W WOODS DFC - Bomb Aimer


Just 250 copies of this edition are issued with all the components of the
Aircrew Edition but, in addition, the main print is signed by extra signatures.
It is issued with a matching numbered print from Robert Taylor’s drawing
‘Night Attack’, signed by Bill Reid VC. A total of NINE signatures.

Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC (Companion Drawing)
Flight Lieutenant FRED WATTS DFC

Night Attack Robert Taylor
Night Attack. Print size 20" x 15"

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 30 3/4"x 24 1/8" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Aircrew Edition
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 400

The RAAF Edition
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 250

The Collectors Edition
UK £295.00
Edition Size - 250

Aircrew Edition Artist Proof
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 25


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