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Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor.- Aviation Art Prints .com
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Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor.


Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor.

Mist and fog swirled eerily over the Eder Lake on the night of 16/17 May 1943 as four specially modified Lancasters of 617 Squadron, under the leadership of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, circled overhead. Their target, the mighty Eder Dam, was barely visible in the valley below. Immediately following the successful breach of the Mohne Dam, Gibson had led his remaining aircraft 50 miles to the south-east to hit their second target, the Eder Dam. Surrounded by high ground with thousand feet ridges, the Eder was altogether a more testing target. The Lancaster pilots would need to dive steeply into the gorge that formed the Eder lake before undertaking a steep turn towards the Dam itself. As if this were not demanding enough in the darkness of night, they then had to fly towards the target at precisely 60ft above the lake at the exact speed of 230mph, before releasing their Barnes Wallace designed hydrostatic bouncing bombs. Pilots Shannon and Maudsley tried time and again to position their laden bombers correctly before managing to release their weapons - but the dam still held. Now success depended solely on Knight carrying the last bomb! With time and fuel now a concern, Knights first effort to position, like Shannon and Maudsley before him, failed, but his second run favoured the brave. Knight released his bomb with absolute precision, striking the wall at precisely the crucial point. With a tremendous explosion the Eder Dam collapsed before their eyes. Robert Taylors sensational new painting vividly shows the dramatic moment of impact. In the cockpit Knight and flight engineer Ray Grayston fight the controls to clear the dam, combining their physical strength to haul the lumbering Lancaster up and over the dam and to clear the high ground that lies ahead. Below and behind them, the second of Germanys mighty western dams lies finally breached.
Item Code : DHM2708Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 400 prints.

Paper size 36.5 inches x 22 inches (92cm x 56cm) Image size 30 inches x 14 inches (76cm x 36cm) Grayston, Raymond E
Johnson, George L
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Other editions of this item : Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor. DHM2708
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Limited edition of 25 Collectors Edition artist proofs.

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Paper size 36.5 inches x 22 inches (92cm x 56cm) Image size 30 inches x 14 inches (76cm x 36cm) Sutherland, Frederick E
McDonald, Grant S
Munro, Les
Lucas, Kenneth
Grayston, Raymond E
Johnson, George L
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PRINT Collectors edition of 350 prints. Paper size 36.5 inches x 22 inches (92cm x 56cm) Image size 30 inches x 14 inches (76cm x 36cm) Sutherland, Frederick E
McDonald, Grant S
Munro, Les
Lucas, Kenneth
Grayston, Raymond E
Johnson, George L
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Paper size 36.5 inches x 22 inches (92cm x 56cm) Image size 30 inches x 14 inches (76cm x 36cm) Sutherland, Frederick E
McDonald, Grant S
Munro, Les
Lucas, Kenneth
Chambers, George
Martin, Harold Mick
Shannon, David J
Grayston, Raymond E
Johnson, George L
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Limited edition of 25 Giclee Canvas Proofs Size 30.5 inches x 17 inches (77cm x 43cm) Sutherland, Frederick E
McDonald, Grant S
Munro, Les
Lucas, Kenneth
Grayston, Raymond E
Johnson, George L

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The signature of Sergeant Raymond E. Grayston (deceased)

Sergeant Raymond E. Grayston (deceased)
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Ray Grayston had been serving in 50 Squadron when he was posted to 617 Squadron in March 1943. The flight engineer of Les Knights Lancaster AJ-N, they attacked and successfully breached the Eder Dam, Ray was shot down on 16th September 1943, and was taken to Stalag Luft III as a POW. Sadly, we have learned that Ray Grayston passed away on 15th April 2010.


The signature of Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM

Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM
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Joining the RAF in 1940, George Johnson served with 97 Squadron before joining 617 Squadron. Bomb aimer on American Joe McCarthys Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which he was awarded the DFM. Commissioned a few months later, George retired from the RAF in 1962.
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LancasterThe Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.

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