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We are pleased to announce that we have been privileged in obtaining the original art from the
OSPREY work of MIKE CHAPPELL

These are being sold on behalf of the family
Mike’s work is superb! A lot of his work went to print therefore it is unsigned but, Mike’s son
Wing Commander John Chappell MBE AE VR will provide a letter of provenance
and we will provide a certificate of authenticity.

Osprey JU87 StukaPlate notes

OSPREY JU87 STUKA
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 295mm x 220mm

Osprey German Night Fighter AcesPlate notes

OSPREY GERMAN NIGHT FIGHTER ACES
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 295mm x 215mm

Osprey US Paratrooper 1941-45Plate notes
Certificate

OSPREY US PARATROOPER 1941-45
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 365mm x 270mm

Osprey Pathfinder 101st Airborne DivisionPlate notes

OSPREY PATHFINDER 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 365mm x 260mm

Osprey Casino Plate APlate notes

OSPREY  CASINO PLATE A
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 365mm x 265mm

Osprey US Army WWII No.3Plate notes
Certificate

OSPREY US ARMY WORLD WAR II NO 3
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 365mm x 265mm

Osprey US Paratrooper 1941-45 Plate No.6Plate notes
Certificate

OSPREY US PARATROOPER 1941-45 PLATE NO.6
£495 + postage and packing
size inside tapelines 365mm x 265mm


ORIGINAL DRAWING By  Nicolas Trudgian
‘Memphis Belle’

Framed within the mount are the original signatures of the following Memphis Belle wartime crewmembers
Colonel Robert Morgan
Captain James A Verinis
Captain Charles Leighton
Lieutenant Robert Hanson
Sergeant Harold Loch
Lieutenant C E ‘Bill’ Winchell
Sergeant Casmir Nastal
Sergeant Johnny Quinlan

£1050 + postage and packing


Vector Fine Art Prints

We are proud to announce a stunning NEW limited edition print published by Vector Fine Art to commemorate the
80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
by the world renowned aviation artist
Nicolas Trudgian

THE VALIANT FEW

The Valiant Few by Nicolas Trudgian

The long days of early August 1940 witnessed the most intense period of fighting during the Battle of Britain. Following their first action of the day when the Hurricanes of No. 501 Squadron scrambled to intercept a morning raid, they now descend towards their forward base at Hawkinge to be refuelled and rearmed.
For a few minutes they share the sky with fellow pilots flying their Spitfires back to Manston. Soon, these brothers in arms will be airborne again as another large wave of enemy aircraft is detected crossing the Channel.
From the 10th July to the 31st October 1940, the tireless resolve of Fighter Command’s pilots bolstered Britain’s thin but impenetrable Front Line and would forever earn them the title 'The Few'.

Along side Nicolas Trudgian no less than EIGHT Hurricane Pilots from the Battle of Britain have signed this superb release.

 

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN SIGNATURES:
The MAIN edition limited to 85 copies worldwide
is signed by TWO Hurricane Pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain

Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
John Ellacombe joined the RAF in 1939 on a short service commission. After training he was posted directly to 151 Squadron where he quickly learned to fly the Hurricane. In the Battle of Britain, on the 24th August, he shot down an He 111. Six days later, while in combat with another He 111, his Hurricane was damaged by return fire and John elected to force-land his damaged aircraft. To his amazement, the bomber he had attacked crashed in an adjoining field. The following day he attacked a Ju 88 and was again hit by return fire and this time he had to bail out. Suffering from burns he was admitted to Southend Hospital. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron in December 1940.

Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
In July 1939 Len Davies joined 608 Squadron Aux AF as an aircraft hand. On the 24th August he was called up and re-mustered as an airman u/t pilot. On the 15th July 1940, after completion of training, he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald and on the 28th August, following combat over the Thames, he was wounded in the leg. Losing a lot of blood he decided to make a crash landing at Eastchurch. ‘Control' fired a flare to alert him to the bomb craters on the airfield but he had no option but to try and land. His Hurricane overturned in one of the craters but Len survived. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron until January 1941 when he was posted to Malta.

 

The HURRICANE edition limited to 95 copies worldwide
is signed by EIGHT Hurricane Pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain

Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
John Ellacombe joined the RAF in 1939 on a short service commission. After training he was posted directly to 151 Squadron where he quickly learned to fly the Hurricane. In the Battle of Britain, on the 24th August, he shot down an He 111. Six days later, while in combat with another He 111, his Hurricane was damaged by return fire and John elected to force-land his damaged aircraft. To his amazement, the bomber he had attacked crashed in an adjoining field. The following day he attacked a Ju 88 and was again hit by return fire and this time he had to bail out. Suffering from burns he was admitted to Southend Hospital. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron in December 1940.

Group Captain Herbert Pinfold
Herbert Pinfold joined the RAF on a short service commission in September 1934. He was posted to 6 Squadron in Egypt in 1935. Posted back to the UK in 1936 he joined 64 and then 502 Squadron.  Becoming an instructor and taking a refresher course, he converted to Hurricanes. Herbert took command of 56 Squadron on the 25th August 1940 and remained with the Squadron until January 1941.

Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
Joining the RAF VR in October 1938, Tom Neil was called up for full-time service on the 2nd September 1939. After initial training he was commissioned and joined 249 Squadron in May 1940, flying Hurricanes. On the 7th September he claimed a Bf 109, on the 11th an He 111 and two Bf 109s on the 15th. On the 27th, Tom destroyed a Bf 110 and a JU 88, along with a Bf 110 probably destroyed and sharing a JU 88. In October he shared a Do 17 on the 25th and destroyed a BF 109 on the 27th. On the 7th November he also destroyed a JU 87 and two BF 109’s but on this same day he collided with another Hurricane. Thankfully Tom bailed out unhurt. In recognition of his successes in combat he was awarded a DFC on the 8th October 1940 and a bar on the 26th November 1940.

Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Paul Farnes joined the RAF VR in April 1938. By the autumn, after initial training, he converted to Hurricanes and on the 14th September 1939 joined 501 Squadron. The Squadron flew to France on the 10th May 1940 where Paul achieved several victories. Being withdrawn from France, the Squadron regrouped and moved to Gravesend on the 26th July. During the next three months Paul fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain, scoring further victories. He was awarded the DFM on the 22nd October 1940. In November 1940 he was posted to 57 OTU.
His final tally was 8 victories and he was also credited with many enemy aircraft damaged.

Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE
On the 1st May 1939 Bob Foster joined the RAF VR. On 2nd September he was called up for full time service and after initial training was sent to Sutton Bridge to convert to Hurricanes. Commissioned on the 9th June he was then posted to 605 Squadron on the 6th July. In combat with a Bf 109 on 27th September his Hurricane was badly damaged and so he force-landed at Gatwick. In action again the very next day he damaged a Ju88. Throughout October he saw intense combat, during which he claimed several victories. Bob left 605 Squadron in September 1941 and was posted to 55 OTU.  His final score was 6 victories.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE
Peter Hairs joined the RAF VR in October 1937, on completing his training he converted to Hurricanes being posted to 501 Squadron on 24th January 1940. He went with the Squadron to France on the 10th May and on the 15th he shared with the destruction of a Do 17. On returning to the UK he fought with distinction throughout the Battle of Britain and destroyed a Bf 109 on September 5th. He was posted to 15 FTS on the 13th October 1940.

Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
In July 1939 Len Davies joined 608 Squadron Aux AF as an aircraft hand. On the 24th August he was called up and re-mustered as an airman u/t pilot. On the 15th July 1940, after completion of training, he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald and on the 28th August, following combat over the Thames, he was wounded in the leg. Losing a lot of blood he decided to make a crash landing at Eastchurch. ‘Control' fired a flare to alert him to the bomb craters on the airfield but he had no option but to try and land. His Hurricane overturned in one of the craters but Len survived. After convalescence he rejoined the Squadron until January 1941 when he was posted to Malta.

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green
Bill Green joined 501 Squadron Aux AF at Bristol in December 1939 as an AC2 fitter. He Learned to fly with the Squadron and was called up for service in 1939. After training he rejoined 501 and taught himself to fly the Hurricane, being made operational on the 20th August and seeing action with the Squadron throughout September and October.  He was posted to 504 Squadron in November 1940.

 

SPITFIRE ORIGINAL DRAWING TRIBUTE EDITION
LIMITED TO ONLY 10 WORLDWIDE
This stunning set combines The Valiant Few main print signed by EIGHT Hurricane pilots from the
Battle of Britain and an original drawing mounted to incorporate the signatures of THIRTEEN
Spitfire pilots from the Battle of Britain.

Framed within the mount is a superb reproduction miniature 1939-45 star with Battle of Britain Clasp.

The Valiant Few Tribute Edition by Nicolas Trudgian

 

Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas CBE DSO* DFC (matted - tribute edition only)
Hugh Dundas joined 616 Squadron Aux AF in May 1939, being called up for full time service on the 24th August 1939. He flew Spitfires in the defence of Dunkirk. During the Battle of Britain he saw action in July and August where he had several victories before being shot down and wounded on the 22nd August 1940. He stayed with the Squadron and had more successes before being posted in September 1941 to 610 Squadron. His total victories were 7 confirmed.

Group Captain Bobby Oxspring DFC** AFC (matted - tribute edition only)
Bobby Oxspring joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1938. Once training was completed he joined 66 Squadron in December 1938, he then joined 263 Squadron on the 9th May 1940 before re-joining 66 Squadron on the 18th May. He saw  extensive action through July and becoming ‘B’ Flight Commander on the 5th September.  By the end of September he became one of the most experienced pilots in the Squadron by becoming an Ace. Oxspring  was shot down by a Bf109 over Tunbridge Wells on the 25th October being slightly injured. He left 66 Squadron in April 1941 to become an instructor with 59 OTU.

Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* AFC (matted - tribute edition only)
Allan Wright entered college RAF Cranwell in 1938 as a cadet. On training he joined 92 Squadron flying Blenheims and being re-equipped with Spitfires in March 1940 he fought over Dunkirk claiming victories. He was with the Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain claiming several more enemy aircraft; he was awarded the DFC in September 1940 and a bar in July 1941 posted away from the famous 92 to 59 OTU. Being reposted to operations with 29 Squadron in March 1943.

Wing Commander Peter Olver DFC (tribute edition only)
In March 1938, Peter Olver joined the RAF VR at Derby and was called up for full time service on September 1st 1939. After 10 hour training he converted to Spitfires before joining 611 Squadron September 29th 1940. Moving to 603 Squdron at Hornchurch on October 24th.The very next day on his first operational sortie he was shot down by Bf109’s, and was slightly wounded. He finished the war as an Ace with 6 victories.

Wing Commander Edward B B Smith DFC (matted - tribute edition only)
Edward Smith joined 610 Squadron AAF in 1936 being called up for full time service on August 24th 1939. He saw extensive action over Dunkirk and was appointed a Flight Commander. Throughout the Battle of Britain he saw extensive action becoming an Ace, on the 12 July he was shot down in flames but rescued from the Sea, he was awarded the DFC on the 30th August 1940, he re-joined the Squadron on September 10th and was posted away from the Squadron on the 9th September 1940 to 2CFS Cranwell.

Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE (tribute edition only)
Tony Iveson joined the RAF VR in September 1938, he was called up for full service on the 1st September 1939. On completion of training and converting to Spitfires he was posted to 616 Squadron at Kenley at the beginning of September 1940. On the 16th he ditched in the North sea after running out of fuel chasing a JU 88. He was lucky enough to be picked up by a MTB and taken to Yarmouth. He was posted to 92 Squadron on the 11th October.

Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE (tribute edition only)
In March 1939 Nigel Rose joined the RAF VR. After initial training and converting to Spitfires he joined 602 Squadron at Drem on the 18th June.  They were posted to Westhampnett  where he claimed a BF 110 destroyed on the 25th August and another on the 7th September. He was injured on the
9th September and did not return to operations until the 7th October claiming a BF 109 destroyed on 29th. He stayed with the Squadron until the 2nd September 1941 which was forming at Hawkinge . On the 26th November he was shot down by Bf 109’s, badly injured and landing in the Channel he was picked up by a mine-sweeper and was taken to Ramsgate.

Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC (tribute edition only)
Basil Stapleton joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939, after initial training he joined 219 Squadron. He then went to 11 Group on the 23rd October 1939, after converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 32 Squadron then on the 20th November he joined 603 Squadron at Prestwick.
Serving with 603 with distinction throughout the Battle of Britain and is credited with shooting down Oberleutnant Franz Von Werra on the 5th September, by the end of the Battle of Britain he became an Ace being awarded a DFC on the 15th November 1940.

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC (tribute edition only)
Geoffrey Wellum joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. When training was completed and converting to Spitfires he was posted to 92 Squadron on the 21st May 1940. In June the Squadron was based at Pembury and then moved to the famed Biggin Hill base in September, flying throughout the Battle of Britain with 92 Squadron with a victory on the 11th September and the destruction of a Ju88 on the 27th. In August 1941 he was posted to 52 OTU as an instructor.

Flight Lieutenant David Denchfield (tribute edition only)
In May 1939, David Denchfield joined the RAF VR as an Airman u/t pilot, being called up on September 1st and after training he converted to Spitfires on the 23rd September 1940 and joined 610 Squadron on the 7th October at Acklington.  He was shot down by Bf 109’s on February 2nd 1941 and became a POW.

Flight Lieutenant Keith Lawrence DFC (tribute edition only)
In February 1938 Keith Lawrence enrolled in the civil reserve of pilots in New Zealand, in June was granted a short service commission in the RAF, leaving for the UK on February 1st 1939. After training he was posted to 234 Squadron flying Blenheim’s but the Squadron started to receive Spitfires in March 1940. Seeing intense combat throughout July and August with several victories before being posted to 603 Squadron at Hornchurch on the 15th September. On the 8th October he was posted to the newly formed 421 Flight.

Flying Officer Richard Jones AE (tribute edition only)
Richard Jones joined the RAF VR in July 1938 and was called up for active service on September 1st, converting to Spitfires he joined 64 Squadron in early July and moved to 19 Squadron at Fowlmere on the 12th September flying as part of the Big Wing. In November he re-joined 64 Squadron at Hornchurch. Being shot down and wounded in the leg on the 28th September In November 1940 Jones re-joined 64 Squadron and remained until April 1941.

Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson AE (tribute edition only)
Ken Wilkinson was called up on active service 1st September 1939, after initial training he was posted to 7 OTU to convert onto Spitfires where he joined 616 Squadron in Kirton-in-Lindsey. On 17th October he joined 19 Squadron as part of the ‘Big Wing’.  January 1941 he was posted to 56 OTU as an instructor.

Prices and sizes for the limited editions

MAIN EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 85 WORLDWIDE
Signed by the artist and TWO of the ‘FEW’
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC* and Flight Lieutenant Len Davies

The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35cm

£110 + postage and packing


HURRICANE EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 95 WORLDWIDE
Signed by the artist and EIGHT of the ‘FEW’
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
Group Captain Herbert Pinfold
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE
Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE
Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
Flight Lieutenant Bill Green

The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35cm

£175 + postage and packing


SPITFIRE ORIGINAL DRAWING TRIBUTE EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 10 WORLWIDE
This includes ‘The Valiant Few’ print signed by EIGHT of the ‘FEW’
And An ORIGINAL DRAWING with the original signatures of NINE of the ‘FEW’
Wing Commander Peter Olver DFC
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE
Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC
Flight Lieutenant  David Denchfield
Flight Lieutenant Keith Lawrence DFC
Flying Officer Richard Jones AE
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson AE
within the mount are the original signatures of a further FOUR of the ‘FEW’:
Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas CBE DSO DFC
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring DFC** AFC
Wing Commander E B B Smith DFC
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* AFC

Making a total of TWENTY ONE of the ‘FEW’

The mount measures 43cm  x 37cm,  original drawing paper measures 28cm x 19.5cm

£995 + postage and packing


ARTIST SPECIAL RESERVE EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 100 WORLDWIDE
Signed by the Artist
Nicolas Trudgian

The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35cm

£50 + postage and packing


 

REMARQUES AND GICLEE'S ARE AVAILABLE FROM WWW.NICOLASTRUDGIAN.COM

 


Friends with the Few

Friends with the ‘FEW’

Since I started collecting autographs nearly 45 years ago, I became personal friends with many of the ‘FEW’ 
I would visit many of them at their homes but so many would come to the air shows in their latter years signing for the public and raising tens of thousands of pounds for their charities.

There were a number of nights when we would accommodate them at a Hotel, that inevitably ended in long sessions at the bar and by the end of the evening having a hefty bar bill!  I’m sure they enjoyed sitting around reminiscing as I did listening.

Friends with the Few

Friends with the Few

 

I have so many stories, but two of my favourites were when Wing Commander Terry Kane would come to the signing events and once we had all sat down ready for signing, Terry would say to me “Is it 10 O’clock yet Colin?” and I would reply “Yes"
“that means the bar is open” he would say, and would send me off to pour a very large glass of Gin and Tonic.

On several official functions I would make sure the veterans were okay for drink and  another nice story is that I just leant over to make sure Geoffrey Wellum was okay and he said to me “I’m getting a bit bored now” I then suggested we discretely disappear for half an hour to the bar next door, this is one of my favourite photos with a great man.

This print was signed many years ago and we paid the pilots personally a signing fee to help them or the charity of their choice.
I just wanted to put this personal note as a thank you to them for always supporting me in my adventures in the aviation art business.

I hope you feel as we do that this is a true tribute to the valiant ‘FEW’ who protected our shores in the desperate months of 1940.

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A SUPERB INTRODUCTORY OFFER TO COINCIDE WITH THE RELEASE OF OUR NEW PRINT ’THE VALIANT FEW’

When you order your veteran signed copy of  'The Valiant Few' you will receive a free copy of 
BENTLEY PRIORY
(Headquarters for Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain)

Bentley Priory by Nicolas Trudgian

Signed by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson, Squadron Leader Tony Pickering AE

with compliments of Vector Fine Art Prints

THIS OFFER WILL END SEPTEMBER 2020


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