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The Road to Dunkirk by Nicolas Trudgian
THE ROAD TO DUNKIRK
By Nicolas Trudgian

The 19th May 1940 was a day of hectic air fighting over northern France as the greatly outnumbered RAF battled to  keep the Luftwaffe away from the retreating British Army.  Max Aitken, flying his Hurricane of 601 Squadron, engages Ju87 Stukas of StG2 as they attempt to attack a British Army 
column retreating from the Panzer spearheads near Arras.  By the close of the day, Hurricane pilots had claimed close to 100 enemy aircraft.

After the little ships had gone (Companion print) by Nicolas Trudgian

AFTER THE LITTLE SHIPS HAD GONE (Companion print)
By Nicolas Trudgian

The beach at Dunkirk, early June 1940

Operation Dynamo (Companion print) by Nicolas Trudgian

OPERATION DYNAMO (Companion print)
By Nicolas Trudgian

Defiants of No.264 Squadron over Dunkirk during the most successful day’s action 
of any RAF squadron in history. 29th May 1940.  ’37 enemy destroyed for no loss.’

Dunkirk Tribute Edition Original Drawing by Nicolas Trudgian

Remarque
This is an example of the remarque on the print

DUNKIRK TRIBUTE ORIGINAL DRAWING EDITION

THE ROAD TO DUNKIRK print REMARQUED by the artist
with “After the little ships had gone”
Operation Dynamo”


THE AIRCREW

Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC*
Joining the RAF on a short service commission in July 1936, after initial training he was posted to  1 Sqn. in Tangmere in May 1937. The Squadron went to France in September 1939 where he had multiple victories before being shot down by Bf 110’s on the 13th May, bailed out and wounded he was hospitalised before being flown back to the UK returning to operational duties with 213 Sqn. at Tangmere on the 2nd October. Three weeks later he was posted to 421 Flight as a Flight Commander claiming several more victories. His final score was 19 victories. 

Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC
Joining the RAF in 1938 on a short service commission, he was then sent as part of the advance air striking force to France at the beginning of September 1939.
With several victories in the Battle of France he was also the first pilot to engage a BF109 in combat. With the fall of France he was recalled back to England where he became an instructor, then being posted to North Africa in 1942 he returned back to the UK in 1944 were he took part in the D-Day operations.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE
Joined the RAFVR in October 1937, on completing his training he converted to Hurricanes being posted to 501 Sqn 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 DO17. On returning to the UK he fought with distinction throughout the Battle of Britain and destroyed a Bf 109 of September 5th. He was posted to 15 FTS on the 13th October 1940.

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. 

Wing Commander Jack Rose GMC MBE DFC
He joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938. After training and converting to Hurricanes he joined 3 Sqn. at Biggin Hill. The Squadron was then posted to France where it was attached to 63 Wing, seeing  action for 10 days in May 1940 where he destroyed 3 enemy aircraft. The Squadron was withdrawn from France and returned to the UK. He was the posted to 232 Sqn. before joining 32 Sqn. on the 22nd August. On the 25th he was shot down over the Channel by Bf 109’s bailing out he was rescued from the sea.

Wing Commander Eric Barwell DFC* (ARTIST PROOF EDITION ONLY)
Joining the RAF VR in July 1938, on completing his training he was transferred to 264 Squadron converting to Defiants in late December 1940. In May 1940 he was heavily engaged in action over Dunkirk with several victories, until on the 31st his aircraft was damaged and ditched in the sea,
He flew with 264 during the Battle of Britain. During 1942 the squadron converted to Beaufighters were he spent the rest of the was flying operationally.

Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC* (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION)
Commissioned in the RAF in March 1938, after initial training and converting to Spitfires he was posted to 74 Sqn. on the 29th October. On the 21st May 1940 he claimed his first victory over the beaches of Dunkirk, scoring several more in quick succession. During the Battle of Britain he had multiple victories for this he was awarded the DFC on the13th August 1940. He was made a Flight Commander on the 28th.. Scoring several more victories before being posted to 57 OTU on the 6th June 1941.

Air Commodore Pete Brothers CBE DSO DFC* (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION)
He learnt to fly at 16 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1936. 
After initial training he was posted to 32 Sqn. at Biggin Hill flying Gauntlets, becoming a Flight Commander in late 1938. Flying Hurricanes claiming victories over France in May, also during the Battle of Britain. Then being posted as a Flight Commander to 257 Sqn. claiming more victories. He was awarded the DFC on the 13th September. Staying with the Squadron until January 1941.  Finishing the war with 16 Victories.

Flight Lieutenant Mike Croskell (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION)
Joining the RAFVR in June 1938, and awarded his wings in August 1939, being called up on September 1st.Converting to Hurricanes in January 1940 and being posted to 213 Sqn. He saw action over Dunkirk and had a victory on the 29th May. In August he had 3 victories before being shot down on the 15 September, he stayed with the Squadron until February 1941.

Squadron Leader Frank ‘Dimmy’ Joyce MBE (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION)
After initial training he was posted to 87 Squadron that went to France as part of the advance air striking force, he was shot down during the Battle of France were he bailed out and was badly wounded in the leg which he later lost. During convalescence he was fitted with an artificial limb, he spent the rest of the war operationally flying Defiants on Coastal patrols

Squadron Leader Peter Brown AFC (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION)
April 4th 1938 he joined the RAF, after training he was posted to 611 Sqn. at Duxford on September 21st 1939. He took part in the Dunkirk evacuations and on the 2nd June 1940 his Spitfire was damaged whilst attacking a large formation of Bf109’s, landing at Southend with a burst tyre. In September1940 he flew as part of the Duxford Wing, during this time he had 2 victories. On the 28th he was posted to Hornchurch with 41 Sqn. Having 3 victories including a Bf109 on the 20th October where he landed at West Malling to collect the German pilots life jacket as confirmation of his victory. He stayed with the Squadron until January 1942.

Squadron Leader Michael Wainwright AFC (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION)
He joined the RAF in September 1937, after initial training he joined 72 Squadron but on the 4th he moved to 64 Squadron, then the squadron was re-equipped with Spitfires, over Dunkirk he claimed a BF109 destroyed, he flew with 64 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain before becoming an instructor, before moving to West Africa on transport command.

Flying Officer Fred Barker DFM* (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION -  MATTED)
He joined the RAF in April 1939, he joined 262 Squadron in October 30th as a wireless operator and air gunner. Over the Dunkirk beaches he destroyed no less than 7 enemy aircraft, which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. He served with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain claiming more victories, becoming the highest scoring air gunner, he was awarded a bar to the DFM

Squadron Leader Kenneth Lee DFC (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION - MATTED)
He joined the RAF VR January 1937, he joined 111 Squadron in Northolt in March and then posted to 43 Squadron. Being called up for fall time active service on September 1st 1939 joining 501 Squadron the squadron went to France 10th May 1940 where he claimed 5 victories, being withdrawn from France on the 18th June he flew with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain being awarded the DFC In December 1941 he went to the Middle East where he became a POW on the island of Crete.

Group Captain Allan Wright DFC (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION - MATTED)
Entered RAF services in April 1938 on converting to Blenheims he joined 92 Squadron early March 1940 they were re equipped with Spitfires. Over the beaches of Dunkirk he claimed several victories. Throughout the Battle of Britain he served with 92 Squadron with distinction, in July 1941 he was posted to operational training unit as an instructor. Having several posts throughout the rest of the war serving with distinction.

Wing Commander Roland Beamont CBE DSO* DFC* (DUNKIRK TRIBUTE EDITION - MATTED)
Joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939, after training and converting to Hurricanes he joined 87 Sqn. in France, claiming a victory on the 13th May. The Squadron was with drawn to England on the 22nd May and after a refit was posted to Exeter where he had several victories. He stayed with 87 Sqn. until June 1941 where he was posted to 79 Sqn. as a Flight Commander. His total victories were 7 confirmed.


THE EDITIONS

HURRICANE LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 130 WORLDWIDE
The Road to Dunkirk has the original signatures of no less than 5 Hurricane pilots who fought in the skies over Northern France when the British expeditionary force withdrew to the beaches to be evacuated back to England.
The print measures 72.5cm x 50.5cm overall with an image size of 61cm x 35m
The Signatures are:
Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC, Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC
Wing Commander Peter Hairs MBE, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Wing Commander Jack Rose CMG DFC MBE
Also comes with pencil print
“After the little ships had gone”
The print measures 32cm x 44cm
£155 + postage and packing


HURRICANE ARTIST PROOF EDITION OF ONLY 75 WORLDWIDE
THE ROAD TO DUNKIRK limited edition print with the above signatures
and companion print
“After the little ships had gone”
Also pencil print
Operation Dynamo” signed by Wing Commander Eric Barwell DFC*
The print measures 44cm x 32cm
£185 + postage and packing


DUNKIRK TRIBUTE ORIGINAL DRAWING EDITION OF ONLY 5 WORLDWIDE
THE ROAD TO DUNKIRK print remarqued by the artist and signed by
Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC, Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC
Wing Commander Peter Hairs MBE, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Wing Commander Jack Rose CMG DFC MBE
Comes with “After the little ships had gone” and Operation Dynamo”
 signed by Wing Commander Eric Barwell DFC*
And the original drawing signed by:
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC*, Air Commodore Pete Brothers CBE DSO DFC*,
Flight Lieutenant Mike Croskell, Squadron Leader Frank ‘Dimmy’ Joyce MBE,
Squadron Leader Peter Brown AFC, Squadron Leader Michael Wainwright AFC
Matted signatures of:
Flying Officer Fred Barker DFM*, Squadron Leader Kenneth Lee DFC,
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC*, Wing Commander Roland Beamont CBE DSO* DFC

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ARTIST SIGNED EDITION OF ONLY 90 WORLDWIDE
£50 + postage and packing

Remarque and Canvas Giclee editions are only available from www.nicolastrudgian.com

Colin personally knew all of the veterans who have signed this edition and all understood that
this project would take many years to come to fruition. Each veteran was paid for all their time and
effort in signing so they could enjoy their well earned fee.

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