Philip E. West
overall print size 16½” x 26½ ” / 42 cms
x 67 cms
legendary, much loved and respected 'wooden wonder' Mosquito was
perhaps the best twin-engined fighter-bomber of its size to see
combat action during WW11. More than 7,700 de Havilland Mosquitoes
were produced and served in many versions, from fighters, night
fighters, bombers, attack aircraft, trainers, reconnaissance aircraft,
torpedo bombers and civil transports.
Please see below for details of the signatories of this edition.
As with all our prints, this edition was signed in the presence
of Sean Whyte, owner and publisher of SWA Fine Art Limited.
Philip E. West is recognised as one of the world's finest aviation artists. Collectors of his original oil paintings span the globe, many waiting patiently for his next breath-taking canvas to appear. Self-taught, Philip has won many accolades for his paintings, not the least of which was the prestigious Duane Whitney Award for Excellence at the 1997 American Society of Aviation Artists Exhibition.
* The Primary Edition is signed by the artist.
** The Artist Proofs, Publisher Proofs, and Remarques are also signed by Wing Commander Branse Burbridge.
We do hope you will find this biography of interest. We think that by knowing a little about the man behind the signature, it will help you get the most from your copy of “Wings of Dawn”.
Wing Commander Branse Burbridge DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar (85 Sqn. Pilot) gained his wings in 1941. Putting duty before personal feelings as a conscientious objector Branse, together with his navigator, Bill Skelton, became known as “The Night Hawk Partners”.
The two of them went on to shoot down 21 enemy aircraft - 16 during a seven-month period. The total included a Bf110 and three Ju88Gs during the night of 4-5 November 1944. Their officially credited 21 enemy aircraft destroyed made the pair the top night fighting crew in the whole of the RAF. Branse recalls, “I always tried to aim for the wings of enemy aircraft – and not the cockpit. I never wanted to kill anyone.”
The citations for their awards paid tribute to both men setting “an unsurpassed example of outstanding keenness and devotion to duty”.