We Guide to Strike by Gil Cohen


Flying ahead of the main bomber stream, a Lancaster of 156 Squadron Pathfinder Force makes a run over its target in the heavily defended industrial Ruhr Valley. Extreme concentration can be observed in the crews eyes as they focus on their critical task of  marking the target.  The Ruhr, the greatest industrial area in the whole of Germany, was the most heavily defended target in the world. The Ruhr Valley was nearly always covered by an almost permanent smoke-haze which, at night made visual pin-pointing of towns below nearly  impossible. The Pathfinder force was able to penetrate the industrial pollution with aircraft equipped with the blind-bombing devise known as Oboe.  This technology afforded the ability to seek out targets  regardless of weather conditions and illuminate desired areas with brilliant target markers which reflected back up from the ground through the haze.  The application of the crews precise identification of the target locations will enable the following bomber strikes to be incisively accurate further crippling the German war  effort.
“We Guide To Strike”
(motto of  No: 8 Pathfinder Force Group)

Aircrew of 156 Squadron Pathfinder Force
Signing “We Guide to Strike”

Group Captain G Womersley DSO* DFC MID Pilot
Flight Lieutenant W Cleland  DSO DFC Pilot
Flight Lieutenant T Timperley DFC Pilot
Flight Lieutenant H Hernaman DFC Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Wing Commander W Bagg OBE DFC Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Pilot Officer D Briggs DFC Flight Engineer/Bomb Aimer
Warrant Officer J Chapman DFM Flight Engineer/Bomb Aimer
Flying Officer C Dee Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Flight Sergeant C Follit DFM  Air Gunner
Flying Officer W Kerry Navigator
Warrant Officer R Noye DFC Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Flight Lieutenant D Reed DFM Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Warrant Officer J McCrum DFM Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Warrant Officer J Watson DFM Flight Engineer/ Bomb Aimer

Aircrew and personnel of 156 Squadron Pathfinder Force
based at  RAF Upwood signing the
Artist Proofs, also to include the above signatures
Leading Aircraft Woman Mrs C Versey (nee. Taylor), Motor Transport Section
Corporal Mrs W Carter, Signals, Leading Aircraft Woman Miss D Search, Cook
Leading Aircraft Woman Mrs N Peters (nee. Ashton), Meteorologist Assistant
Corporal A Barnes Administration

Details about the limited edition print
“We Guide to Strike”

400 Signed and numbered prints with 14 signatures £120.00
50 Artist Proofs with 21 signatures £175.00 SOLD OUT
Artist signed £60.00
+ postage and packing

Overall print size 31” width 23” height  Image size 26” width 18” height
120lb McCoy Silk Cover  Stock Archival ph neutral  paper

Copyright of “We guide to Strike” is retained by Gil Cohen/Knightsbridge Press
Published by Vector Fine Art Prints

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Artist Signed, 14 Signature Signed and Numbered of 400