TIGER SQUADRON - ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING BY NICOLAS TRUDGIAN
During the hectic Summer of 1940 Fighter Command's Hurricanes and Spitfires were in combat almost constantly, battling with the Luftwaffe in the skies over southern England. Their airfields became legend - Biggin Hill, Manston, Hornchurch - all on the front line of the Battle of Britain. The Squadrons that flew from these fields also had their legendary pilots and 74 'Tiger' Squadron was one of the most famous. Flying the peerless Spitfire, the Squadron was based at Hornchurch and Biggin Hill and was in the thick of the fighting. Led by the famous 'Sailor' Malan, the Squadron proved to be one of the best Spitfire Units in the battle.
Among the Pilots in 'Tiger Squadron' was Pilot Officer John Freeborn, who had scored kills over Dunkirk and was ultimately to fly more operational hours than any other Pilot during the Battle of Britain. He became an 'Ace' scoring at least 7 kills during the Battle.
In Nick's superb Drawing 'TIGER SQUADRON' - P/O Freeborn has engaged an Me109E high over the Thames Estuary in his Spitfire and the enemy fighter has been mortally damaged. In the background another 74 Squadron Spitfire is engaging Me110C escort fighters, while a 56 Squadron Hurricane has hit another of the attacking 'Zerstorers'.
This fantastic Drawing by Nicolas Trudgian is on A3 sized paper and carries the Signatures of no less than 21 Battle of Britain pilots and aircrew, including John Freeborn, who has signed right underneath 'his' Spitfire:-
JOHN FREEBORN - 74 SQUADRON
TREVOR GRAY - 64 SQUADRON
KEN WILKINSON - 616/19 SQUADRONS
JOHN DOWN - 64 SQUADRON
PETER BROTHERS - 32/257 SQUADRONS
RICHARD SUMMERS - 219 SQUADRON
NIGEL ROSE - 602 SQUADRON
TONY PICKERING - 501 SQUADRON
JOCE MILLARD - 242 SQUADRON
BOB FOSTER - 605 SQUADRON
KEITH LAWRENCE - 234/603 SQUADRONS
NORMAN HANCOCK - 65/152 squadrons
WILLIAM WALKER - 616 SQUADRON
BYRON DUCKENFIELD - 501 SQUADRON
MICHAEL WAINWRIGHT - 64 SQUADRON
GEOFFREY WELLUM - 92 SQUADRON
JACK TOOMBS - 236 SQUADRON
JOHN KEATINGS - 219 SQUADRON
ALBERT GREGORY - 219 SQUADRON
JOHN ELLACOMBE - 151 SQUADRON
ERWIN 'DUSTY' MILLER - 133 'EAGLE SQUADRON'
THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A LARGE MULTI-SIGNED DRAWING OF A FAMOUS BATTLE OF BRITAIN SQUADRON!!
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