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Battle of Britain - Art Chronology
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29 July (continued)

Open Assault by Robert Taylor

The Junkers Ju 87 Sturzkampfbomber, known to the British simply as the Stuka, had already acquired a deadly reputation across Europe, it’s siren screaming as the ungainly dive-bomber struck terror into the hearts of those below. In 1940 it’s pilots crossed the Channel with their grim-looking aircraft to terrorise the southern towns and port of England. Robert Taylor’s memorable painting “Open Assault”, depicts Hurricanes of 501 Squadron attacking a force of Ju 87 Stukas as they dive-bomb naval vessels and installations in the port of Dover on 29 July 1940. High explosive bombs detonate within the sheltered anchorage as escorting Bf 109s from JG 51 race in to protect their lumbering charges. Four Stukas and two Me 109s are despatched, for the loss of just one RAF aircraft.

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Thanks for including RR, Roger! ? 😀

hey, I love this one! ? Way to go Wade! ? too bad there are no prints, I would jump right now!

Thanks, CBI! ? That is a small painting based on a black & white photo I found in the book Roger cited. I did the piece as a quick exercise in interpolating color from values only. Great brush practice, but commercial prints wouldn’t be kosher from somebody else’s photo. Sort of the same motivating principle as copying masterworks in museums (a long-established practice). ? I did several paintings-from-photos in the early days as a quick way to get paint on canvas, but these days if I feel the urge to do even a small quick work I’ll run outside and shoot a model.? 

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30 July

Close Combat by Ivan Berryman

Whilst flying with A Flight of 85 Squadron on 30th July 1940, Geoffrey Allard encountered a pair of Messerschmitt Bf 110s about 40 miles from the coast, apparently patrolling near a convoy. After Squadron Leader Townsend, flying Red 1, had made two unsuccessful attacks, Allard closed to 150 yards and began to fire continuously, eventually closing to just 25 yards, whereupon the starboard engine of the Bf 110 began to disintegrate. This was just one of eight victories that Allard claimed during the Battle of Britain to add to a previous eight that he had scored flying Hurricanes during the Battle of France.

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31 July

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman

Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk 1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain. Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (Red 12). The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

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11 August

First Flap Of The Day by Nicolas Trudgian

“HM” Stephen – one of the Battle of Britain’s top scoring fighter pilots, brings down two Me 109s in quick succession over the White Cliffs of Dover, early on August 11, 1940. Flying a Spitfire with 74 Squadron, “HM” shot down five German aircraft on this day, and damaged a further three. The note in his log book starts “First flap of the day at 0600 hrs …”.

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Phase Two: 12 August – 23 August
Adlerangriff – Attacks on Forward Fighter Airfields and Radar Stations

12 August

Manston, 12th August 1940 by Gerald Coulson

A German raid catches the airfield at Manston by surprise, and Spitfires are scrambled in the midst of the exploding bombs in an attempt to knock down the marauding Luftwaffe aircraft.

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12 August (continued)

One Probable by Alex Hamilton

A Hurricane pilot scores a “probable” on a Ju 88A-1 of KG 51 (Edelweiss Geschwader). Even the 88 “schnellbomber” with it’s speed and agility had it’s bad days in the Battle of Britain. On August 12th 1940, KG 51 lost no fewer than ten aircraft over southern England and the English Channel.

The RAF awarded a confirmed victory if the aircraft attacked was seen by the claimant and a witness to crash or force-land. A probable was awarded if the enemy aircraft was seen to be hit and catch fire, but could not be confirmed to have been brought down.

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12 August (continued)

First Combat by Robert Taylor

Don Kingaby is the only pilot in the RAF to have been awarded 3 DFMs. During his first combat on August 12, 1940, he severely damaged an Ju 88 over the Isle of Wight and Robert Taylor captures the moment of break, with the Ju 88 already smoking. Don Kingaby flew a further 450 operational sorties on Spitfires.

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Looks like August 12 was a busy day – at least on canvas!

Anyone have a pic of the actual Coulson Manston print they could post? That one looks kind of interesting.

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Adlertag – Eagle Day

13 August

The Battle For Britain by Geoff Nutkins

The Hawker Hurricane flown by Sergeant Mike Croskell of No 213 Squadron in combat with a Messerschmitt Bf 109E, one of two aircraft he destroyed on Tuesday August 13th, 1940.

Mike Croskell joined No 213 Squadron at Wittering on January 26th, 1940. His first success – a “probable” – was on May 29th, 1940 when he attacked a Ju 87 Stuka over Dunkirk. On August 11th he claimed a Ju 88, a Bf 109 and a Bf 110 destroyed.

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13 August (continued)

Hande Hoch! by Geoff Nutkins

Oberleutnant Paul Temme of Jagdgeschwader 2 “Richthofen” belly-lands his Messerschmitt Bf 109E at Shoreham-By-Sea on the 13th August 1940, the day known as “Adler Tag” – Eagle Day.

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13 August (continued)

Merlin Chorus by Anthony Saunders

The Battle of Britain – 13th August 1940. Fresh from a successful action over a marauding group of Me 110s and Me 109s attempting to raid port facilities at Portland during the Battle of Britain, Spitfires of 152 Squadron return to their base at Warmwell to refuel and rearm. As the distinctive sound of their Merlin engines echoes around Lulworth Cove, one of the Spitfires – hit during the engagement – is starting to smoke. Thankfully all will land safely, ready to continue the bitter struggle while Goering’s Luftwaffe begin to intensify their attacks as they try to gain air superiority during one of the most decisive battles ever fought.

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13 August (continued)

Eagle Attack by Robert Taylor

ADLERTAG (EAGLE DAY) – that was Hitler’s code name for the start of the Luftwaffe’s great and decisive aerial offensive that was intended to bring the RAF to it’s knees, clear the skies of Spitfires and Hurricanes above the South Coast of England and prepare the way for the 250,000 German troops standing in readiness to cross the Channel. Like fighter pilots of any airforce the Me 109 Geschwaders of the Luftwaffe were made up almost entirely of young men who simply wanted to fly. Primed and ready these combat-experienced pilots were eager for battle. The disadvantage of fighting at the extremity of their range – often allowing them no more than 10 minutes of actual combat – was balanced by well tried battle tactics, great leadership and undisputed courage. Adlertag saw twelve hours of almost continuous battle, and the uniquely talented aviation artist Robert Taylor takes up the story on this momentous 13th August 1940 when the Luftwaffe staged their most concentrated attacks. A swarm of Me 109s peel off to attack a bunch of Spitfires which have dived out of the sun upon a large formation of He 111 bombers. Already the lead pair of Me 109s are bringing their guns to bear and moments later the two pilots in the foreground will flick-roll their fighters and follow into attack.

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14 August

Untitled by Mark Postlethwaite

The He 111 of Oberst Alois Stoeckl, the Geschwaderkommodore of KG 55 about to be shot down on 14th August 1940 by Spitfires of 609 Squadron.

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Merlin Chorus by Anthony Saunders

Nice! 8)

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Schwarzer Donnerstag – Black Thursday

15 August

Hot Work by Ivan Berryman

79 Sqn Hurricane of F/Lt Owen Tracey trying to get airborne again amid explosions from the attacking German Dorniers on 15th August 1940.

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15 August (continued)

One On The Run by Ivan Berryman

A pair of 79 Sqn Hurricanes attacking a Heinkel 111 on 15th August 1940. The nearest Hurricane is that of F/Lt Owen Tracey, who eventually destroyed the He 111 that was on it’s way to bomb Newcastle.

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Black Thursday by David Bryant

On 15th August 1940, or “Black Thursday” as it was to be known to the Luftwaffe, whilst on a “free hunt” Adolf Galland is victorious over a Spitfire, his 23rd victory. Two days later he was called to “Karinhall” the country estate of Hermann Goring where he received promotion to “Kommodore” of JG 26.

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North Ashey Down by Piotr Gorka

Spitfire Mk I of No 609 Squadron, flown by F/O Piotr Ostaszewski who, assisted by P/O Jan Zurakowski of No 234 Squadron, shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 110C twin-engined fighter of 6./ZG 76 (coded MB+BP) at 6:06 pm on 15th August 1940 near the Isle of Wight.

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15 August (continued)

Schwarzer Donnerstag by Piotr Gorka

Junkers Ju 87 brought down by a 501 Sqn RAF Hurricane flown by Polish pilot Sgt Antoni Glowacki, on August 15, 1940.

This day, later called “Schwarzer Donnerstag” (Black Thursday) by the Germans, proved to be a victorious day for Sgt Antoni and P/O Witorzenc Stefan, another Pole of 501 Squadron, two of the future fighter aces of the Polish Air Force.

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15 August (continued)

Greenheart Leader by Roy Grinnell

August 15th 1940. Me 109Es of 9./JG 54 escort Dornier 17s of KG 3 en route to attack Rochester. Led by Hans Ekkehard Bob in “Gelbe Eins” (Yellow One), the Messerschmitts peel off to break up the counter-attack of No 151 Sqn Hurricanes at the height of the Battle of Britain.

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