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This section of our site breaks down our aviation art into the different squadrons depicted.  With over 400 different squadrons now in our database, the top menu is the best way to quickly find artwork of a particular squadron.  We have also picked a few squadrons of particular historical significance to feature on our squadron index page.  

 

Full Squadron Directory : Currently 444 Different Squadrons!
 
 

 

Most Popular Squadrons

 

Focus on : The Dambusters - No.617 Sqn

Rightly, the mission to destroy the dams supporting a key area of Germany war industry has become the most famous mission of the war, spawning innumerable documentaries, books, articles and paintings.  The guile, audacity, bravery and success of the mission make it a story that is hard to not engage with.  But it is the artwork that really brings to life the mission.

 

 

Click here for the complete list of No.617 Sqn aviation art.

 

The Dambusters - Most popular prints

With so many Dambusters prints available, we have highlighted some of the best.  Some have incredible signatures of the pilots and aircrew who took part in the mission to the dams.  Others are visually stunning pieces of artwork.  Some have both of these qualities! 

 

The Mohne Dam gives way as David Maltbys Lancaster releases its bomb to deliver the coup de grace on the night of 16th / 17th May 1943. Guy Gibsom, nearest, and Mick Martin, having already dropped their bombs, make dummy runs with lights on to draw enemy fire

Breaching the Dams

Nicolas Trudgian

Just after midnight, on the night of 16/17 May 1943, Lancaster crews of 617 Squadron undertook what was to become the most remarkable and probably best remembered air raid of the Second World War. Flying all the way from their base in England in darkness at tree-top height, with just the light of the moon to guide them, the specially selected crews made a surprise attack on the mighty hydro-electric dams in the Ruhr. Flying specially modified aircraft, each Lancaster was equipped with the unique cylindrical hydro-statically detonated bomb as conceived by Barnes Wallis. This huge device when released from the aircraft flying at exactly 230mph and at the precise height of 60 ft spun onto the surface of the water. To achieve the critical height above the water at moment of release, two beams of light, from front and aft, were projected from the aircraft on to the surface of the water, creating a neat figure-of-eight on the surface below. As each bomb bounced across the water towards its target, it struck the dam wall, sank to the pre-set depth, and exploded. The results were devastating. Led by the mercurial Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, ignoring furious defensive gunfire while flying perilously close to the water, each crew made their precision run at the target, released their deadly bomb, and those lucky enough to survive the barrage of tracer shells and anti-aircraft fire, escaped into the darkness. Not all of them did. In the space of those few, highly charged minutes, the Lancaster crews of 617 Squadron wrote their names into history. Sixty-four years on, the memory of their exploits and the courage displayed by the crews on that historic raid, together with the genius of Bames Wallis, remain undimmed. Gerald Coulsons painting shows a single Lancaster of 617 Squadron, one of the lucky ones having

Dambusters - The Morning After

Gerald Coulson

 

Tragedy at the Eder

Ivan Berryman

Lancasters of 617 Sqn Dambusters get airborne from their Scampton base at the start of their journey to the Ruhr Valley on the night of 16th May 1943 under the codename Operation Chastise. These are aircraft of the First Wave, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the Second Wave having already departed some ten minutes earlier to negotiate a more northerly route to their targets. On this momentous night, both the Möhne and Eder dams were successfully breached, whilst the Sorpe was also hit, but without serious damage. Of the nineteen aircraft that took part in the mission, eleven returned safely.

The Dambusters

Ivan Berryman

 

 

 

 

AviationArtPrints.com has probably the largest range of aircraft art prints available anywhere in the world.  As part of the Cranston Fine Arts group we have full access to huge range of prints which are not available from any other dealer.  In addition to publishing hundreds of our own aviation art prints, in recent years we have bought over the entire back catalogue of aviation art prints of Nicolas Trudgian and Gerald Coulson from their publisher, as well as the prints of several other aviation artists.  Because of this, we can offer you these now very sought after aviation art prints with great discounts. 

What makes AviationArtPrints.com different to other online aviation art sellers?

We take pride in commissioning a number of aviation artists to produce new original paintings on a regular basis.  While other websites offer some of the same prints we stock, many do not commission any original artwork of their own, and are in effect drop-shipping the products as middlemen.  We have supported the production of original artwork for over 25 years.

At AviationArtPrints.com, a large percentage of our stock is not available anywhere else.  Not only is this due to us publishing our own prints from the art we commission, but also due to our buying power, which has allowed us to buy up thousands of prints from other publishers and artists.  Most notably of our recent acquisitions was the entire collection of Nicolas Trudgian prints, which now almost invariably can no longer be found anywhere else.  

We are also committed to exploring new areas of aviation art - we don't just do Spitfires and Lancasters!  While 'classic' images are of course part of our inventory of stock, in recent years we have commissioned artwork depicting wide and varied types of aircraft, from early WW1 aircraft like the Otto Pusher to post-war test planes like the TSR-2.  In fact, at the time of writing, there are over 370 different aircraft types in our art database, with 8500 products in our massive online shop. 

As you browse our site, we think you will agree we have the largest selection of aviation artwork online.  We have made our website extremely easy to browse, with easy to use menus to find any aircraft, squadron or aviation artist, and we have even integrated our signature database of over 2000 pilots and aircrew into our menus.  In our experience, you will rarely find anything other than a mention of who has signed a print on other websites.  We have collated all the information we can gather about the signatures on each print and provided this as part of our website - you can click a name and be taken to a list of all the artwork they have signed.  If you collect signatures on your artwork, or just want to know more about any of the signatures on aviation art, you will not find a better resource on the internet than this website.

 

 

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
Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley T4217 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley's crew were unable to pinpoint their position and abandoned the aircraft at Bircham Newton. )
Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4974 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley was ordered to divert course but misunderstood order and subsequently ran out of fuel, successfully abandoned. )
Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4981 : Aircrew updated
Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden P1328 :
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Rae : Squadrons updated (added No.149 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : D. N. Beal : Date of death updated, Deceased updated
New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 8th November 1941 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.317 Sqn RAF
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Jim Weston : Squadron service dates updated
350th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.
New victory claim added : He111 claimed on 19th August 1942 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.317 Sqn RAF
SEARCH OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES

 

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