by Philip E. West
Overall size of prints 28” x 20”
Lysanders of 161 Special Operations Squadron turn onto their final course to a clandestine landing field somewhere in central occupied France during a full moon period in 1943. Based at Tempsford, Bedfordshire and often operating from Tangmere to shorten the flight, the pilots flew a dead reckoning course to their first turning point, usually on the River Loire, using rudimentary navigating equipment. The moonlit town of Blois is easily distinguishable by its chateau, churches and bridge with the Forest of Chambord beyond. The agents in the rear cockpit prepare themselves by torchlight for the forthcoming landing.
Flt Lt. MURRAY ANDERSON, DFC*, US Air Medal
Flt. Lt. R G (BOB) LARGE, DFC, Legion d'honneur
Sir LEWIS HODGES, KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC
Major E H VAN MAURIK OBE (Mil)
Captain GEORGE R MILLAR, DSO, MC
NANCY WAKE, GM, Legion - d'honneur, Croix De Guerre, A.C.M. French Resistance Medal, US Medal of Freedom. (Most highly decorated woman in WW2)
Flying Officer J A (TOMMY) THOMAS Legion d'honneur (Mail Drop Operator) Cpl. DONALD DUNSTAN (Flight Mechanic)
Lieutenant PETER ARKELL, OBE, USAF Medal of Distinction
Lieutenant MURRAY ANDERSON, DFC*, US Air medal
Lieutenant R G (BOB) LARGE, DFC, Legion d'honneur
Chief Marshal Sir LEWIS HODGES, KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC
following people have signed only the Artist Proofs and
E H VAN MAURIK
WAKE, GM, Legion d'honneur, Croix De Guerre, French Resistance
Medal, US Medal of Freedom.
His incredible book, "Maquis", tells of their many daring exploits which included the destruction of the giant railway turn-tables on the important rail junction at Besancon.
He vividly describes his day to day survival and the disruptive operations carried out on the German supply lines. He also depicts with understanding the characters of the ordinary men and women of the French Resistance who selflessly served with him to play their heroic part in the final liberation of France. "Emile" and his Maquis are still remembered in the quiet villages of the Ognon Valley.
Officer J A (TOMMY) THOMAS Legion d'honneur
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