GUARDIANS OF THE MEDWAY By Nicolas Trudgian
One of the most famous Battle of Britain Squadrons - 74 'Tiger' Squadron flew in the thick of the Battle led by their tenacious Squadron Leader 'Sailor' Malan.
74 flew from Hornchurch and Biggin Hill airfields during the Battle but it's task remained the same - to defend London and the Thames Estuary from the deprivations of Luftwaffe Bombers and fighters.
Another of the pilots who flew with 74 Squadron was John Freeborn, who flew more operational hours than ANY other battle of Britain pilot. Flying the peerless Spitfire, Freeborn claimed more than half a dozen kills, including several Me109E's.
Nicolas Trudgian has produced an absolutely superb scene from that glorious Summer of 1940 - Spitfires of 74 Squadron - including ZP-C of John Freeborn - race back to Hornchurch airfield after a terrific 'scrap' with the luftwaffe. Below them lies a quiet and peaceful village on the Medway, it's boats and life oblivious to the historic battle raging around them. The detail that Nick has put into this drawing is amazing!
The Drawing is on A3 Paper and has been Signed by Artist Nicolas Trudgian and NINE Battle of Britain Pilots:-
John FREEBORN - 74 Squadron
Byron DUCKENFELD - 501 Squadron
John ELLACOMBE - 151 Squadron
Bill GREEN - 501 Squadron
Tom NEIL - 249 Squadron
Tony IVESON - 616 Squadron
Basil 'Stapme' STAPLETON - 603 Squadron
Billy DRAKE - 421 Flight
Peter AYERST - 7 OTU
A fabulous tribute to a famous Battle of Britain Squadron!