The Biggin Hill Wing by Nicolas Trudgian

THE BIGGIN HILL WING
By
Nicolas Trudgian

With the Battle of Britain won and the threat of Nazi invasion halted, by early 1941 the Royal Air Force High Command issued orders to take the fight back across the Channel against Adolf Hitler’s occupying forces in Northern Europe. By March, Air Chief Marshal William Sholto-Douglas had replaced Sir Hugh Dowding as Air Officer Commander of Fighter Command and had appointed Wing Leaders at each fighter station in No. 11 Group to lead offensive operations over France.

Among those chosen to lead the offensive operations were some of the top outstanding RAF squadron commanders, Wing Commander Harry Broadhurst DFC, AFC (Hornchurch), Squadron Leader Douglas Bader DSO, DFC (Tangmere), Squadron Leader John Peel DFC (Kenley) Wing Commander Victor Beamish DSO, DFC, AFC (North Weald) and Squadron Leader ‘Sailor’ Malan DSO, DFC who had been appointed to Biggin Hill. It was Malan above any other who re-wrote the rules of air combat tactics during this period; his ‘Ten Rules of Air Fighting’ became avid reading in every crew-room in Fighter Command.

The wings normally consisted of three squadrons of Spitfire, Hurricane or mixed formations. The new fighter sweeps it was hoped would entice the German Air Force up to fight, which in many cases it did. Another role for which the wings were used was to provide escort cover for light-bomber incursions to attack German installations and airfields. By late May and early June, the number of fighter sweeps had increased as the fine spring weather improved and daily combat with the Luftwaffe raged in the skies along the Channel Front.

Nicolas Trudgian has excelled himself once again as his latest painting depicts the legendary South African fighter pilot Adolph Gysbert ‘Sailor’ Malan, leading the Biggin Hill Wing Spitfire V’s of 74, 92 and 609 Squadrons out over the Kent countryside, on a early misty morning on another sweep across the English Channel into occupied Northern France. This new amazing atmospheric image portrayed by one of the worlds leading aviation artists is destined to become a collector’s item in years to come.

MAIN EDITION
LIMITED TO ONLY 225 copies worldwide, is signed by:
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron

£115 + postage and packing

ARTIST PROOFS
LIMITED TO ONLY 100 copies worldwide and comes with TWO companion prints

Sailor Malan by Nicolas Trudgian

Sailor Malan

Dukes First Victory by Nicolas Trudgian

Duke's First Victory
On the 25th of June 1941 Pilot Officer Neville Duke
flying as wing man to Flight Lieutenant Allan Wright DFC
claims his first victory a Me109f over the French coast near Dunkirk

Signed by:
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron
Squadron Leader Walter Johnston 92 Squadron
Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* 92 Squadron (Companion print)

£170 + postage and packing

REMARQUE EDITION
LIMITED TO ONLY 30 Copies worldwide and comes with TWO companion prints

Signed by:
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron
Squadron Leader Walter Johnston 92 Squadron
Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Squadron Leader Percy Beake DFC 92 Squadron

£285 + postage and packing

REMARQUE AND ORIGINAL DRAWING EDITION
LIMITED TO ONLY 10 copies worldwide and comes with TWO companion prints
With this edition Nick will add to the main print one of his superb Remarques and this edition is then accompanied with an A4 original drawing.

Signed by:
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* 74 Squadron
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC 92 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Sir Joe Atkinson KCB CB DFC 609 Squadron
Squadron Leader Walter Johnston 92 Squadron
Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC* 92 Squadron (Companion print)
Squadron Leader Percy Beake DFC 92 Squadron

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