Tommy Leader

Robert Taylor





Tommy Leader Robert Taylor

This outstanding painting by the world's most collected aviation artist was specially commissioned for the cover of the long awaited new book by Group Captain Tom Dalton - Morgan and will be released on May 20th. We fully expect this superb new edition to be extremely popular, so please contact us as soon as possible with your requirements.

The long balmy summer days of 1940 provided perfect flying weather for the vast armadas of Luftwaffe bombers and fighters wreaking havoc over the southern counties of England. As summer wore on the enemy stepped up their attacks on airfields, radar stations and shipping in the Channel, leaving RAF Fighter Command stretched to near breaking point. The Battle of Britain was at its peak; air - fighting reached an unimaginable intensity.

Throughout the months of July, August and September the destiny of Britain and the free world hung in the balance, resting upon the shoulders of a tiny band of youthful fighter pilots. Desperately short of aircraft, spares and supplies and with its young fliers heavily outnumbered, this heroic band of young men flew from dawn to dusk in defence of their homeland until the drove off the Luftwaffe from their precious skies. Their courage, skill, determination and sacrifice will forever be remembered for the battle they won. They rescued Britain from Nazi invasion and turned the tide in the Second World War.

Fondly remembered for its part in the victory is the remarkable Hawker Hurricane. This tough, stable fighter bore the brunt of all operational flying during the the epic air battle, no fewer than four - fifths of all air victories being credited to the pilots of this outstanding fighter aircraft. Without the Hawker Hurricane the battle would have been lost.

In his unrivalled and inimitable style, Robert Taylor has miraculously captured the mood so typical of those long frantic days. Fresh from yet another hectic combat high over the south coast, Flight Lieutenant Tom Dalton - Morgan and his wingman, hurry their Hawker Hurricane Mk1s of 43 Squadron back to base at Tangmere. More fuel, more ammunition, a sandwich and a cup of coffee, and with the familiar roar of the Merlin engines they will be airborne again, ready to engage the next wave of Luftwaffe raiders.

Robert Taylor's supreme talent, together with inside knowledge of the Battle of Britain gained from years of association with distinguished Battle of Britain pilots - including in - depth discussions with Tom Dalton - Morgan are combined in the creation of this emotive image, also featured on the cover of fighter ace Tom Dalton - Morgan's long awaited autobiography. Now reproduced as a highly collectable limited edition print signed by fellow Battle of Britain pilots, this unique package of matching numbered print and book offers a wonderful opportunity to all aviation art collectors and enthusiasts of the Battle of Britain.




Every print in this wonderful new edition is issued with a matching numbered copy of Tom Dalton - Morgan's biography "Tommy Leader" and is countersigned by the artist Robert Taylor, Group Captain Tom Dalton - Morgan DSO, DFC, OBE. Group Captain Billy Drake DSO, DFC. Wing Commander Paddy Barthropp DFC, AFC. A total of Three signatures.



Adding great historical authenticity, each artist proof edition is additionally signed by a further four fighter pilots who flew Hawker Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. Wing Commander Peter Dunning - White DFC. Wing Commander John Elkington, Squadron Leader Robert Kings, Flight Lieutenant Anthony Russell. A total of Seven signatures.

Tommy Leader Book
Tommy Leader Book

Group Captain Tom Dalton - Morgan DSO, DFC, OBE.Proudly displaying Robert Taylor's painting on the cover, this long awaited autobiography is issued as a case - bound limited edition book, enclosed in a gold embossed deluxe burgundy cloth slipcase, and presented with matching numbered copy of Robert Taylor's limited edition print "Tommy Leader"

This outstanding new first edition hardback book is the story of Tom Dalton - Morgan, a man determined to fly and who achieved his ambition by being accepted for pilot training by the RAF in 1934. He flew in the Battle of Britain and was one of the few fighter pilots to shoot down Luftwaffe bombers at night in a single engined day fighter. He subsequently flew many operations over occupied Europe and was awarded nine British and foreign decorations. He retired from the RAF in 1952, moving to Australia to join the Weapons Research Establishment in Adelaide, eventually becoming a range controller at the Missile Testing Ground, Woomera. He reluctantly retired in 1982 after reaching 65 years of age.

With his usual zest for life, he bought a sheep farm which he ran with his son for a number of years before eventually retiring. His retirement was spent with his wife, alternating between Australia and England where they continued to attend many reunions of "Old Boys". He sadly passed away on 18 September 2004, leaving behind the manuscript for his fascinating autobiography. At his expressed request it has now been published by Griffon International and released in conjunction with Robert Taylor's emotive painting, "Tommy Leader"

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 25" x 18 1/2"(inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

Overall Book Size 6" x 9 1/4" Hardback.


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The Limited Edition Signed Book & Print
UK £135.00
Edition Size - 700

The Battle of Britain Artist Proof Signed Book & Print
UK £200.00


Tommy Leader Book
UK £17.99
Edition Size N/A




Due to weight and costs associated with shipping these items separately, we have to add an additional surcharge for overseas orders. We do apologise for this. When ordering, please be aware that we may choose to despatch the print and book separately to avoid damage.


The Limited Edition Signed Book & Print
UK £142.00 (additional charge £7.00)
Edition Size - 700

The Battle of Britain Artist Proof Signed Book & Print
UK £200.00



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