Against The Bismarck
Philip E. West
Overall print size 16” x 26” / 40cms x 66cms.
Royal Navy's week long chase of the formidable German battleship
Bismarck culminated in the foul evening weather of 26th May 1941.
the deck of HMS Ark Royal pitching through 55 feet, S/Lt John
one of fifteen Swordfish pilots who took off to attack Bismarck.
minutes of arduous and turbulent flying the Swordfish found their
and dived through the intense anti-aircraft fire to drop their
One of these hit and jammed Bismarck's rudder and condemned the
to sail in slow circles. The Royal Navy's own capital ships then
and pounded Bismarck into a burning wreck.
is only one example of heroic acts by the many Swordfish crew
who flew and fought so valiantly for their Queen and country throughout
WW2. Most of which has gone unrecognised.
Five Swordfish pilots, one of is John Moffat - whose aircraft is depicted in the picture, have signed all Artist Proofs and Remarqued prints. Other print signatories have been involved in the Malta Campaign and one pilot who flew Swordfish from converted oil tankers in the North Atlantic on convoy protection duties against German U-Boats.
Brand RNVR (Pilot)
Norman Gillis RNVR (Pilot)
Lt. John Moffat RNVR (Pilot)
Commander Sidney H. Suthers DSC, DFC (Pilot)
Cdr. Bruce Vibert (Pilot)
biographical details please click here:
signed by three pilots. ** signed by five pilots.