LONDON PRIDE by Nicolas Trudgian
To celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force Nicolas Trudgian has released a truly iconic image of a real Battle of Britain event!
The RAF were the last line of defence in the dark days of 1940 and by September of that year the Luftwaffe were attacking London continuously. Defended by the Spitfires and Hurricanes of Fighter Command, London remained defiant in the face of such an onslaught.
Among the Squadrons defending the Capital were 603 Squadron, which flew Spitfires out of RAF Hornchurch in Essex and one of those 'few' was Flying Officer Basil 'Stapme' Stapleton, who was destined to become an 'Ace' with over 20 enemy planes destroyed or damaged. On one of his most memorable sorties during the Battle of Britain, Stapleton engaged an Me109E over the heart of the Capital, spiralling down until just above the mighty River Thames.
Nicolas Trudgian has depicted the 603 Squadron pilot as he breaks off combat - the enemy Me109E has been hit - but Stapleton is low on fuel. In the background is the Pool of London and Tower Bridge in superb detail.
Stapleton will follow the Thames all the way back to his airfield at RAF Hornchurch.
The 'Basil Stapleton Edition' is Signed by Artist Nicolas Trudgian and:-
Squadron Leader Basil 'Stapme' STAPLETON - 603 Squadron
The Print measures 28.5 x 20 Inches and is a Limited Edition of only 200 Prints.
A stunning tribute to the RAF in it's Centenary Year!!!!