FRONT LINE HURRICANES BY ROBERT TAYLOR
The Battle of France in May-June 1940 involved a huge aviation element - the Luftwaffe striking at the Allies with their medium Bomber fleets of He111's, Do17's & Ju88's, all protected by the Messerschmitt Me109E and me110C fighters. In addition, the 'flying artillery' of the German ground forces - the Ju87B 'Stukas' - were in action, blasting the Allies at every opportunity. Fighting back were the Air Forces of France, Belgium and the RAF, with the Hawker Hurricane Squadrons providing the Royal Air Force fighter presence.
Despite the threats to their airfields and the choatic conditions around them, the Hurricane pilots flew in some of the most sustained aerial combat of the war. Many of the Hurricanes were fitted with the old two-bladed propellers, which would be replaced in time for the later Battle of Britain.
Robert Taylor has painted the scene at Lille Marc airfield, where 87 Squadron have returned from yet another sortie against the advancing German spearheads and are now taxi-ing in to be rearmed and refuelled. Once complete they will be heading out again....
The prints have been signed by no less than SIX Hurricane veterans from the Battle of France - who also later flew in the Battle Of Britain:-
WING COMMANDER ROLAND 'BEE' BEAMONT - 87 SQUADRON
AIR COMMODORE PETER BROTHERS - 32 SQUADRON
GROUP CAPTAIN FRANK CAREY - 43 SQUADRON
GROUP CAPTAIN DENNIS DAVID - 87 SQUADRON
SQUADRON LEADER JOHN GIBSON - 501 SQUADRON
SQUADRON LEADER KENNETH 'HAWKEYE' LEE - 501 SQUADRON
The Print measures 33 x 23 Inches and comes with the COA.