|Click Here For Full Artist Print Indexes||Aviation History Archive|
|Massive savings on this month's big offers including our BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offer on many prints and many others at HALF PRICE or with FREE PRINTS! |
Many of our offers end in 11 hours, 42 minutes!
View our Special Offers
|Signatures on this item|
|*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.|
Flt Lt Ian de Hamel (deceased)
*Signature Value : £25
|Flt Lt Ian de Hamel flew Sunderlands with Coastal Command, 1944-1945. His introduction to flying was with the University Air Squadron whilst at Oxford, and he volunteered as a pilot in the RAF in 1942. His request to be allowed to serve on flying boats was granted due to his experience and skill in sailing, and he trained with the US Navy at Pensacola. However, due to the RAFs insistence that all flying boat pilots must also be fully trained navigators, he flew on Oxfords for a while before starting operations on Sunderlands with 228 Sqn at Pembroke Dock. These consisted of long and exhausting patrols hunting U-Boats in the Bay of Biscay and the North Atlantic before his transfer, as Captain, to 201 Sqn, also at Pembroke Dock. His flying career ended with this unit at Calshot in 1945 when he left the RAF. He died in 2003.|
Some other related items available from this site, matching the aircraft, squadron or signatures of this item.
Good Morning, Spartan by Robert Barbour.
Atlantic Patrol by Keith Woodcock.
War in the Atlantic by Stan Stokes. (GS)
Touchdown by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
|The Aircraft :|
|Sunderland||The Short Sunderland, Patrol and Reconnaissance Flying Boat. normal crew level 10. maximum speed of 210mph for Mark I, 205mph Mark II and Mark III, and 213mph Mark V. ceiling 17,900 feet and range of 2110 miles (mk I) 2880 miles for Mark V. endurance in the air 13.5 hours. The Sunderland carries 1 .303 machine gun in the nose, (mark I) and four .303 browning machine guns in the Tail Turret. Also in the Mark II four Vickers .303 inch machine guns were used in the body positions. and four browning machineguns in the nose flanks in the Mark III. Maximum bomb load of 4960 lbs. Based on the design of the Civil Empire class flying boat. The Short Sunderland entered service with the Royal Air Force in June 1938 with 230 squadron. and by the end of the war, 20 squadrons of the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force were equipped with Sunderland's. By the end of the production in 1946 a total of 749 were built, The roles the Short Sunderland played, mainly were in Maritime and anti Submarine duties, especially in the battle of the Atlantic, The Sunderland accounted for 58 U-Boats sunk or badly damaged. The Sunderland was also used in other theatres of the war and in the Mediterranean helped in the evacuation of troops from Crete and Greece, as well as helping in the evacuation of troops in Burma. The Short Sunderland remained in service with the Royal Air Force until 1959. used during the Korean War, The Berlin Air Lift, and during Operation Firedog, , The Malayan Emergency.|
See our aviation history timeline for all today's historical aviation events - air victories, aircraft losses and pilot details.
|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|750th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim R3900 : Airframe notes updated (added 31-03-1941 : Blenheim was lost off the Dutch Island of Texel. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Jay A Harrington :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim L9270 : Airframe notes updated (added 04-04-1941 : Blenheim was on patrol off the Dutch coast before it was lost without trace. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Group Captain Dennis David :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD753 :|
|Lieutenant Colonel Ralph F Kling added to aircrew database :|
Joining the 365th in May 1944 he flew over D-Day and Normandy shooting down an Me109 on 2nd July. His luck ran out in September when he was hit while strafing and bailed out of his burning P-47 Poppie. He was captured becoming a POW at Stalag Luft III.
|Hampden Mk.I AD753 of No.106 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4947 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Whitley was iced up and crashed while making a second circuit of Waddington. The aircraft is reported to have stalled at around 300 feet before crashing into the ground and bursting into flames. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Helmut Eberspacher : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|SEARCH OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
Sign Up To Our Newsletter!
This website is owned by Cranston Fine Arts. Torwood House, Torwoodhill Road, Rhu, Helensburgh, Scotland, G848LE
Contact: Tel: (+44) (0) 1436 820269. Fax:
(+44) (0) 1436 820473. Email: