The Fastest Victory by Nicolas Trudgian


On the 16th August 1940, RAF Tangmere came under fierce attack from German aircraft including Ju87 Stukas of 3/STG2. which were protected by Messerschmitt 109’s of JG2.
Spitfires of 602 Squadron, based at the adjacent RAF Westhampnett airfield, were scrambled. Among them was that of Flight Lieutenant Findlay Boyd. Before he had crossed the boundary of his airfield and with the Spitfire’s undercarriage still only part way up, Boyd was surprised to encounter a Stuka streaking across the treetops in front of him. A short burst of gunfire from Boyd fatally wounded the crew, with their Stuka force-landing, otherwise quite intact, in a nearby field. Boyd completed a circuit of his airfield and landed. He had been airborne for less than one minute. This is thought to have been the fastest RAF victory of the war.

Main edition: Limited to 80 worldwide
Signed by Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE


Spitfire edition: Limited to 120 worldwide,
Signed by Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE, Squadron Leader Percy Beake DFC,
Flight Lieutenant Trevor Gray, Pilot Officer Norman Brown, Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC*, Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE, Flight Lieutenant Keith Lawrence DFC



Main Edition, Spitfire Edition