Here is another print from Barry Spicer, a professional aviation artist living in Adelaide, Australia.
This recent work is one in his series of ink drawings commemorating the Battle of Britain. Entitled “Welcome to England”, this scene depicts a triumphant fly-by of two Spitfires over a shot-down German Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber.
The demise of the Stuka was an early indication of the forthcoming RAF victory in the Battle of Britain. The Stukas, which developed a fearful reputation during the first year of the war and which formed the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s light-bomber force, fell an easy prey to the RAF fighters operating over own territory. Due to excessive losses, Göring had to widthdraw the type from offensive operations over Britain. On 19 August 1940, the Stukas disappeared from the skies over England and they were never to return.
Inks on paper, 420mm x 500mm. This work is available as a limited-edition print, directly from the artist’s website at www.barryspicer.com
[Barry Spicer via Spitfire Association, used with permission of the artist]