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Swamped by mud amidst a desolate, shattered landscape, men and horses of the Royal Field Artillery drag their 18 pounder field-gun towards a new position on 15 November 1917, during the final days of the Battle of Passchendaele.  Whilst the army continues its grim fight on the ground, overhead Sopwith Camels from 45 Squadron Royal Flying Corps tangle in an equally deadly duel with German Albatros fighters of Jasta 6.  Flying the lead Sopwith Camel is the RFC Ace, 2nd Lt Kenneth Montgomery who scored the last of his 12 victories in this dogfight when he shot down the German Ace Leutnant Hans Ritter von Adam, the Commanding Officer of Jasta 6 with an impressive 21 victories to his name.  To commemorate one of the most significant anniversaries in history, Anthony Saunders has created a powerful painting portraying the bleak sacrifice made by so many heroic young men.  The names of the bitter battles they endured, however, still live on a hundred years later - Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Arras, Loos - and one of the most savage - Passchendaele.

The Big Push - Passchendaele 1917 by Anthony Saunders.
 The Red Baron in one of his Albatross scouts instead of the Fokker DR.1 Triplane with which he is more often associated. History records that no fewer than 56 of his victims fell to the guns of a succession of Albatros scouts, so I have depicted him here flying D.III Nr.2253/17 in which he claimed (among others) victory number 52, his last in this aircraft before taking some long-overdue leave.  He went on to become the highest scoring ace of World War 1 with 80 confirmed victories to his credit before his untimely death in April 1918.

Red Danger by Ivan Berryman.
 The outstanding qualities of the Spad S.VII were exploited to the full by Lieutenant Paul Baer, who was to become the first ace of the United States Air Service whilst serving with the 103rd Pursuit Squadron. This former Lafayette Flying Corps volunteer is also recorded as the highest-scoring Spad pilot in the USAS, claiming 9 confirmed victories before being shot down on 22nd May 1918 and being taken prisoner. His aircraft is shown here in combat with Albatross scouts of Jasta 18.

1st Lieutenant Paul Baer by Ivan Berryman.
 The Sopwith Camel was with the mainstay of the Royal Flying Corps.  It is shown here downing an Albatros over the Western Front.

Sopwith Camel by Anthony Saunders.

Albatros Artwork Collection



The Sky Warriors by Anthony Saunders.


Difficult Journey Home by Ivan Berryman.


Oberleutnant Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen by Ivan Berryman.


Sous-Lieutenant Charles Nungesser by Ivan Berryman.


Sopwith Camel by Anthony Saunders.


1st Lieutenant Paul Baer by Ivan Berryman.


Richthofens Flying Circus by Nicolas Trudgian.


Red Danger by Ivan Berryman.


The Big Push - Passchendaele 1917 by Anthony Saunders.

Albatros Aces of World War One.

Albatros Aces of World War One, part 2.


Boom Boom Billy by Stan Stokes.

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Manchester Mk.I L7302 of No.207 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hans-Ekkehard Bob : Date of death updated, Deceased updated
New victory claim added : Me109 (Probable victory.) claimed on 11th November 1940 by Robert Innes of No.253 Sqn RAF
711th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.
Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD738 : Airframe notes updated (added 04-04-1941 : Hampden was shot down by flak at St-Renan near Brest in France, killing all crew.)
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Colonel William B McChessney Jr :
New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 11th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF
Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim R3884 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 31-03-1941 : Blenheim was shot down by a Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboot off the Dutch Island of Texel. )
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Colonel Herbert L Prevost :
Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley Z6556 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Whitley crashed at Trebeurden in France, killing all crew.)
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