For King and Country The Battle of Britain by Nicolas Trudgian

FOR KING AND COUNTRY
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
By
Nicolas Trudgian

In morning light, Hurricanes of No. 56 Squadron, with 'US-X' flown by Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page, scramble from North Weald to intercept a large formation of bombers heading for London. Below them, the airfield recovers from the damage of successive Luftwaffe attacks and the Hurricanes of No.151 Squadron which are receiving essential maintenance are, for safety, dispersed around the perimeter. Ground crews live under canvas to be close to their charges, while, just beyond the boundary hedge, life goes on as well as it can. On the 12th August 1940, Geoffrey Page would be shot down, bailing out, badly burned. It would be two years before he returned to flying.

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THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Main edition limited to only 210 worldwide
Signed by Five of ‘The Few’

Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
In July 1939 he joined 608 Sqn, AuxAF as an aircraft hand. On the 24th August he was called up and re-mustered as an airman u/t pilot. On completion of training he joined 151 Sqn. at North Weald on the 15th July 1940. On 28th August following combat over the Thames he was wounded in the leg, loosing allot 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, he had no option but to try and land, he overturned the Hurricane in one of the craters. After convalescence he re-joined the Squadron until January 1941 where he was posted to Malta.

Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE
On the 1st May 1939 he joined the RAFVR. On 2nd September he was called up for full time service, after initial training he was sent to Sutton Bridge to convert to Hurricanes. Commissioned on the 9th June he was then posted to 605 Sqn. on the 6th July. In combat with a Bf109 on 27th September his Hurricane was badly damaged, which he force landed at Gatwick, the following day he damaged a Ju88. Also seeing intense combats throughout October for which he clamed several victories. September 1941 he was posted to 55 OTU.  
His final score was 6 victories.

Flight Lieutenant Keith Lawrence DFC
In February 1938 he 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 Sqn. flying Blenheim’s but the Squadron started to receive Spitfires in March 1940. Seeing intense combat through July and August with several victories before being posted to 603 Sqn. at Hornchurch on the 15th September. On the 8th October he was posted to the newly formed 421 Flight 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.

Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
Joining the RAFVR in October 1938, he was called up for full-time service on the 2nd September. After initial training he was commissioned and joined249 Sqn. in May 1940 flying Hurricanes. On the 7th September he claimed a Bf 109, He 111 on the 11th two Bf 109 on the 15th and a DO 17. On the 27th he destroyed a Bf 110 and a JU 88and also a Bf 110 probable 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, on this same day he collided with another Hurricane bailing out unhurt. For these victories he was awarded a DFC on the 8th October 1940 and a bar on the 26th November 1940.

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC
Joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. When training was completed and converting to Spitfires he was posted to 92 Sqn. 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 Sqn 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.

Battle of Britain edition limited to only 50 worldwide
This comes with the companion print CROSSING THE EPPING ROAD signed by three pilots from 151 Squadron
FOR KING AND COUNTRY is signed by Ten of ‘The Few’ The five above and the following 

Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Joined the RAF VR in April 1938. After initial training and spending 6 months with the RAF he converted to Hurricanes. On the 14th September 1939 he joined 501 Sqn. The Squadron flew to France on the 10th May 1940 where he achieved several victories. Being withdrawn from France the Squadron regrouped and moved to Gravesend on the 26th July. During the next three months he fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain scoring more victories. He was awarded the DFM on the 22nd October 1940. November 1940 he was posted to 57 OTU.
He final tally was 8 victories with many damaged.

Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE
Joined with RAFVR in September 1938, being called up for full service on the 1st September 1939. On completion of training and converting to Spitfires he was posted to 616 Sqn. 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 Sqn. on the 11th October.

Squadron Leader Tony Pickering AE
In April 1939 he joined the RAFVR and began weekend flying. Called up for full time service on the 1st September1939. After training he was posted to 32 Sqn. at Biggin Hill with two other newly trained pilots. With no experience in flying Hurricanes the C/O sent them to 6 OTU. On the 25th August they rejoined 32 Sqn. Two days later the Squadron was posted for rest where Pickering and the two other pilots were sent to 501 Sqn. at Gravesend. On the 11th September he was shot down by a Bf109 on the 29th October he claimed a Bf109 destroyed. In December he was posted to 601 Sqn.

Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE
In March 1939 joined the RAFVR. After initial training and converting to Spitfires he joined 602 Sqn. 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.

Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson
He joined the RAF VR in March 1939, he was called up on the 1st September 1939. After initial training and converting to Spitfires he joined 611 Sqn then moved to 616 Sqn. On the 1st October he joined 19 Sqn, he was then posted to 56 OTU as an instructor. In February 1943 he joined 234 Sqn then moved on to 165 Sqn. He was commissioned in February 1944 and released in the RAF in 1945.

Crossing the Epping Road by Nicolas Trudgian

CROSSING THE EPPING ROAD BY NICOLAS TRUDGIAN
Hurricanes of No. 151 Squadron return to North Weald in the Summer of 1940.
Signed by Three of “The Few’
who flew with 151 squadron during the Battle of Britain 

Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
In July 1939 he joined 608 Sqn, AuxAF as an aircraft hand. On the 24th August he was called up and re-mustered as an airman u/t pilot. On completion of training he joined 151 Sqn. at North Weald on the 15th July 1940. On 28th August following combat over the Thames he was wounded in the leg, loosing allot 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, he had no option but to try and land, he overturned the Hurricane in one of the craters. After convalescence he re-joined the Squadron until January 1941 where he was posted to Malta.

Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
Joining the RAF in 1939 on a short service commission. After training he was posted directly to 151 Sqn. having never flown a Hurricane he was converted there and then. On the 24th August he shot down a He 111and on the 30th in combat with another He 111 he forced landed his damaged Hurricane and to his amazement the bomber he attacked crashed in the adjoining field. The following day he attacked a JUG 88 and was hit by return fire and had to bail out. Being burnt he was admitted to Southend Hospital. After convalescence he re-joined the Squadron in December 1940.

Squadron Leader Doug Nicholls DFC
Joining the RAFVR in September 1939 and called up for full time service at the outbreak of war. After initial training he converted to Hurricanes in June 1940. Briefly being posted to 85 and 242 Sqn's. He was then sent to join 151 Sqn. at Digby. Sharing the destruction of a JU88 on the 30th September in which his Hurricane was severely damaged by return fire. He stayed with the Squadron until August 1941 when he was posted to 258 Squadron.

There will be a one signature edition which is signed by Air Commodore John Ellacombe of Crossing the Epping Road available at a later date

The Blenheim Battle of Britain Tribute edition limited to only 10 worldwide

The Blenheim Battle of Britain Tribute Edition by Nicolas Trudgian

Included the signatures already listed and AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BLENHEIM signed by Seven of ‘The Few’

Wing Commander Owen Burns
He joined the RAF in October 1939 as a wireless operator / air gunner, after completing training he joined 235 Sqn in June 1940. The squadron mainly carried out aerodrome protection duties and escort aircraft who were attacking the French ports. On February 14th 1941 he was injured on a landing accident. Then in December he joined 279 ASR Squadron flying Hudsons. He left the RAF in March 1948

Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM AE
He joined 615 Sqn at Kenley in March 1938 as an aircraft hand he flew as a gunner in a Hawker Hectors on army cooperation duties. Called up for full time service 24th August 1939 and joining 219 Sqn at Catterick in July 1940. After the battle he converted to Beaufighters and being awarded the DFM 8th July 1941By the end of the war his crew had several victories and was released from the RAF November 1945

Group Captain John Cunningham DSO** CBE DFC* (Matted)
Her joined 604 Squadron AuxAF in November 1939 and after learning to fly he was asked by de Havilland to test light aircraft, on the 24th August 1939 he was mobilised and in September was made ‘B’ Flight Commander and after several victories he teamed up with Sergeant CF Rawnsley and they were to become the best know British night fighter partnership of the war, Being awarded the DFC on the 28th Jan 1941 and a DSO 8th August 1941 and a bar to DFC on 19th September 1941.
In august 1941 he was given command of 604 Sqn. Being awarded a bar to the DSO on the 24th August 1942 after claiming multiple victories the teams final success came in early 1944, and being awarded a second bar to the DSO on the 3rd March 1944. After the war Cunningham re-joined de Havillands.

Leading Signalman Herbert Flower
Joining the RAF in 1937 as a boy entrant (wireless operator). Later trained as an Air Gunner, and joined 248 Sqn. In late July 1940, he completed 126 sorties with coastal command off the shores of Scotland.

Flight Lieutenant Albert Gregory DFC
Joining the RAFVR in April 1939, In December he joined 151 Sqn flying Blenheims, when they were converting to Defiant it was found that Gregory was too tall and was posted to 219. He then joined 23 Sqn in December 1941 flying Bostons on intruder missions over France. March 1943 was awarded a DFC he retired from the Royal Air Force in 1955.

Flight Lieutenant Bob Hughes DFC AE
In the Spring of 1939 he joined the RAFVR enlisting in the RAF on 12th May 1939. On 17th August 1940 he joined 23 Sqn. as an Air Gunner flying in Blenheims. When the Squadron converted to Havocs on the 16th November he was posted to 9 Sqn. Bomber Command.

Flight Sergeant John Keatings
Joining the RAF in early 1935 being posted to Uxbridge In September 1935 he joined 45 Sqn. He took part in the 1937 Hendon Air display, after several postings he joined 219 Sqn then reforming as a night fighter unit at Catterick. He then combined operational flying and trained airgunner s at the end of th 1940 he became a senior armourment instructor, he was released from the RAF in 1945.

Wing Commander Richard Summers OBE Ostj AFM
 Joining the RAF in April 1939 as a direct-entry airman u/t Observer. On the 4th December he was posted to 242 Sqn. which were then equipped with Blenheims.  Then on April 16th 1940 he was posted to 219 Sqn. at Catterick, where he stayed operational with the Squadron until 28th September.

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Print edition sizes and prices

Main edition limited to only 210 worldwide £160 + postage and packing
Signed by 5 of the ‘Few’

Battle of Britain edition limited to only 50 worldwide £185 + postage and packing
Signed by 10 of the ‘Few’ 
This comes with the companion print CROSSING THE EPPING ROAD signed by 3 of the ‘Few’

The Blenheim Battle of Britain Tribute edition 
Limited to only 10 worldwide £995 + postage and packing
This comes with the print For King and Country signed by 10 of the ‘Few’ ,
the companion print CROSSING THE EPPING ROAD 
and an ORIGINAL DRAWING OF A BATTLE OF BRITAIN BLENHEIM

Artist Signed edition limited to only 200 worldwide £70 + postage and packing

For King and Country Overall print size - 730cm x 510cm Image size 610cm x 370cm
Crossing the Epping Road print size - 41cm x 30cm

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