Return of the King
K-King of 158 Squadron returns in the evening light of 6th November 1944. She has been to Gelsenkirken to attack synthetic oil plants north of the Ruhr in Germany.
K-King had suffered heavy flak damage and it seemed that she would have to be ditched. Flown by Flt. Lt W. N. "Bill" Sharp DFC he ordered the crew to carry out their ditching duties. Remarkably, with skilful flying she held together for Bill Sharp to divert the aircraft and perform an emergency landing at Woodbridge in Suffolk.
Based on a first-hand account from her rear gunner Flt. Sgt. Geoff Towers BEM (pictured here with Simon), Simon's striking portrayal magnificently captures this epic struggle. The painting shows the strength and durability of the Halifax, which is still flying despite the extensive damage, making land against all the odds. It shows a human triumph.
It took 2 days for repairs to be completed at Woodbridge. Taking off the starboard outer engine blew up but she successfully completed the trip to her home base at Lisset in Yorkshire.
Full width remarque: £445
Overall size 24”x18”; image 20”x13”
158 limited edition prints
50 Veteran signed: £120
108 Artist signed: £95
15 Artist signed artist proofs: £115
Overall size 24”x20”; image 20”x13”
25 Single remarques
10 Veteran signed: £280
15 Artist signed: £245
Overall size 24”x22”; image 20”x13”
15 Full width remarques: £445
The larger size editions
Overall size 33”x24”; image 29”x19”
25 Larger size artist signed limited edition prints: £130
Overall Size 33”x28”; image 29”x19”
5 Larger size artist signed limited edition prints with full width remarque: £555
10 Canvas prints: details to be released in 2012
Original 36”x24” for sale. Please contact for details
10 Presentation copies
Prints are produced using the giclee digital inkjet printing process. Colour matching of the copies to the original is painstakingly carried out, ensuring faithful reproduction of the original. Copies are printed on archival paper with lightfast inks, producing prints of exceptional quality.
All print sizes are to the nearest inch.
Titles are hand written by Simon Atack ensuring that titles do not interfere with the full width remarques.
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