Philip E. West
size of prints 28” x 20”
the sun setting behind them fully loaded Lancaster bombers from
57 Sqn. from East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, make their way out over
the English Channel on route to target. Each crew member knew the
dangers ahead but gave of their best at all times.
*The Primary Edition is signed by the artist.
The Artist Proof edition is signed by: Ron Clark DFC Lancaster pilot volunteered for flying duties in 1941 and after interviews completed initial training in Paignton. A flying grading course followed at Kingstown near Carlisle surprisingly near my family, before being sent as “Ambassadors” for Britain across the Atlantic to be trained by the USAAF. After more initial training to learn the American way, not a bad way, we embarked on the flying training and after receiving the silver wings, the next port of call was Bournemouth in a hotel which shortly afterwards was demolished by the Luftwaffe.
Several courses preceded our arrival at Lindholme heavy conversion unit before joining the “Battle of the Ruhr” with No 100 Squadron based at Waltham near Grimsby.
My crew and I were assigned a brand new Lancaster III EE139 which we almost did for on our twenty-fourth trip with her to Manheim, but she went on to complete 120 operations before being unceremoniously scrapped. Little did we think that over 60 years later she would be “recalled to life” by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
After a period of instructing I was then posted to No 7 Sqdn for deployment to the Far East, which was stymied by the dropping of the atomic bomb, I did a lot more instructing before applying for a secondment to BOAC.
(Publishers note: A very modest potted biography by Ron! I highly recommend a visit to this web site where you will find a lot more information about Ron's flying career. http://www.bbmf.co.uk/bomber.html
And additionally signed by the following Bomber Command crew.
Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM Pathfinder pilot
Aubrey Mann Pilot. Bostons and Blenheims as well as a POW
Benny Goodman 617 Lancaster pilot
F/O Ted Jenkins (Observer on Wellingtons)
Ted Dunford 608 Sqn Pathfinder Mosquito pilot
Remarqued prints are signed only by the artist.