The Breach by Anthony Saunders
This is released with Final Briefing by Anthony Saunders
The Möhne Dam: 17 May 1943, 00.49 hrs
The journey had been eventful, flying low they had crossed the Dutch coast and headed inland, skimming along canals and the countryside at tree-top height and meeting heavy flak at various points along the route. Yet now the first two waves of Lancasters had reached the Möhne Dam and, as the enemy flak opened up, the six aircraft began to circle their target.
First Gibson in AJ-G attacked, his bomb exploding successfully, Hoppy Hopgood crashed after being hit by gunfire, and then Mick Martin in Lancaster AJ-P made his bomb run, yet despite being hit twice, the dam still held. Next Gibson called in Dinghy Young in AJ-A, he too scored a direct hit but it seemed the dam was still un-breached. Things were looking bad as David Maltby in AJ-J made his run into the target but the top of the wall was starting to crumble. Youngs bouncing bomb had in fact cracked the dense granite wall and Maltby finished the job with a direct hit the Möhne Dam was doomed.
The second in Anthony Saunders pair of Dambuster 70th Anniversary commemorative paintings, The Breach depicts the scene as Guy Gibson engages enemy flak positions whilst Lancaster AJ-J, with pilot David Maltby at the controls, banks steeply away after delivering the coup-de-grace. A huge explosion and towering pillar of water marks the breach where a vast torrent begins to flood the valley below.
Along with the artist, each print has been signed by a veteran who flew on the Dambusters mission:
Squadron Leader GEORGE 'JOHNNIE' JOHNSON DFM RAF
He served as Bomb Aimer on American Joe McCarthys Lancaster AJ-T, but as they were using a reserve aircraft, George did not have the benefit of the twin Aldis spotlights for accurate height keeping. So on their tenth pass George released his bomb, scoring a direct hit but the earth dam survived the blast.
Overall Print Size 26.5" x 19.5"
Edition Size 350 - Signed and Numbered Print
Edition Size 25 - Artist Proof
Edition Size 25 Remarque
Edition Size 10 Remarque
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