Dambusters – Courage and Sacrifice by Mark Postlethwaite
Limited Edition of 200
Flt Lt John Hopgood DFC* hauls his crippled Lancaster over the
Mohne Dam after making the second bombing-run of Operation
Chastise, 17th May 1943. The Lancaster, ED925, M for Mother, had
been badly hit by flak on the way to the dam, but despite being
injured along with other members of his crew, Hopgood decided to
press on to the target. Unfortunately, having been alerted by Guy
Gibson’s first attack, the defences were ready and knew where the
second attack was coming from. M for Mother flew into a sustained
barrage of 20mm cannon shells and was repeatedly hit in the port
wing and fuselage, catching fire just as the Upkeep was dropped.
With the aircraft rapidly becoming uncontrollable, Hopgood
managed to gain enough height to allow three of his crew to bale out,
(two successfully), before the Lancaster exploded and crashed in
pieces, taking the remaining crew members to their deaths.
John Vere Hopgood was just 21 years old.
This painting is one I had in my head for a while and is a
follow-up to our hugely successful ‘Dambusters – The Opening Shots’
print that sold out years ago.This is a return to the Mohne attack, this
time depicting John Hopgood’s valiant attempt where his Lancaster
was repeatedly hit on the run-in to the target. I wanted to try to visualize
how it must have been on the dam itself as this huge Lancaster
roared over the crest of the Dam with the long stream of flames
trailing from its port wing.In the cockpit you can see the crew members
now turning their attention to saving their aircraft and in the nose you
can see bomb-aimer John Fraser having just dropped the Upkeep
now looking through his side window at the blazing port-inner
engine. (Both Fraser and Tony Burcher in the rear turret managed to
bale out successfully minutes later).
Overall Size 71cm x 43cm
Availability: In stock