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This page is our central aviation art directory page.  Here you can view all of the aircraft featured in our artwork, find any of the aviation artists on our site, see all the squadrons depicted and browse our pilot and aircrew signatures.

 

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  Seen here in company with other 485 Sqn machines, Spitfire Mk.IXc ML407 is depicted over the Normandy beaches shortly after D-Day.  Flown by New Zealander Fl Lt Johnnie Houlton, this aircraft claimed a Ju.88 on 6th June and shared in the destruction of another on the same day.  Coded 'V' in honour of his wife, Vickie, ML407 is still flying today, now converted to a two-seater and regularly displayed by Carolyn Grace.

Guardians of the Beaches by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Despite crippling damage to their Lancaster ED925 (G), the crew of AJ-M continued to press home their attack on the Mohne Dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943. With both port engines ablaze, Flt Lt J V Hopgood forced his blazing aircraft on, releasing the Upkeep bomb just precious seconds too late to strike the dam, the mine instead bouncing over the wall and onto the power station below with devastating results. ED925 attempted to recover from the maelstrom, but the fuel fire was too intense and the aircraft was tragically lost, just two of her crew managing to escape the impact to spend the rest of the war as PoWs.

No Way Back by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
  Following the successful attack on the Mohne dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943, three Lancasters of 617 Sqn turned their attention to the Eder, some twelve minutes flying time away, accompanied by Wing Commander Guy Gibson to oversee the next attack. After several aborted attempts to obtain the correct height and direction for their bomb run by Flight Lieutenant Shannon (AJ-L) and  Squadron Leader H E Maudslay (AJ-Z), Gibson called in Maudslay to try again. During his second approach, he released his Upkeep bomb too late. It struck the top of the dam wall and bounced back into the air where it exploded right behind Maudslay's aircraft, lighting up the entire valley and causing considerable damage to the aircraft that had dropped it. Despite what must have been crippling damage, AJ-Z did manage to limp away from the scene and begin the return journey, but Maudslay and all his crew were sadly lost when their aircraft was shot down by flak at Emmerich-Klein-Netterdn. The Eder was finally successfully breached by Pilot Officer Les Knight's aircraft, ED912(G), AJ-N, which returned safely.

Tragedy at the Eder by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Flying low across the North Sea en route to the Sorpe Dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943 as part of Operation Chastise, Flying Officer Geoff Rice's Lancaster ED936(G) clipped a large wave, ripping the Upkeep bomb from its mountings and pitching the aircraft into the sea. Somehow, in just a split second, Rice managed to haul AJ-H back into the air, but the aircraft had ingested a huge amount of water and, as Rice put his Lancaster into a climb to head back to Scampton, rear gunner Sgt S Burns and his turret were almost swept away as the water rushed to the back of the aircraft. AJ-H returned to Scampton otherwise unscathed and took no further part in the Dams Raids.

A Lucky Escape by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 

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Aircraft Portal

At Cranston Fine Arts, we have been publishing aviation art for over two decades.  We have artwork depicting the classic aircraft - Spitfires, Mustangs, Lancasters, Me109s - but we have also made a commitment to commission artwork of less well known aircraft.  This has led to us having the widest selection of aviation art available anywhere.  Just check the aircraft menus opposite to see for yourself!

Full Aircraft Directory : Currently 377 Different Aircraft!
 

British Aircraft Directory : Currently 120 Aircraft
 

German Aircraft Directory : Currently 72 Aircraft
 

American Aircraft Directory : Currently 107 Aircraft
 
Featured Aircraft

Thunderbolt

Halifax

Mosquito

Me110

 

 

Aviation Artist Portal

Full Artist Directory : Currently 101 Different Aviation Artists!
 

Featured Aviation Artists

Nicolas Trudgian
Nicolas Trudgian

Anthony Saunders
Anthony Saunders

Gerald Coulson
Gerald Coulson

Ivan Berryman
Ivan Berryman

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor

Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor

Our dedication to aviation art is such that we commission more of it than any other publisher.  We have more new releases by more artists than anyone else.  In addition to this, we have acquired the print collection of many artists in recent years, including Gerald Coulson and Robert Tomlin.  Our most significant purchase though, was the entire back catalogue of Nicolas Trudgian prints.  You'll find all remaining prints of Nicolas Trudgian from his days with Military Gallery on this website.  Other websites may advertise them, but we have found that very few actually have the product in stock.  

 

Squadron Aviation Portal

Many of our customers are looking for aviation art related to a specific squadron, usually because a relative once served in it.  We have taken the squadron details of every aviation print in our database where possible and collated the information into an easy menu which you will find opposite.  Most aviation art sites will offer you a few of the famous squadrons - we offer our visitors everything there is.  In addition to the prints, we have supplemented the information with all the available aircraft, pilot, ace, signature and any other data available from our historical databases.

Full Squadron Directory : Currently 444 Different Squadrons!
 

 

Aviation Signatures Portal

Full Aviation Signature Directory : Currently 2005 Different Signatures!
 

Featured Signatures

Douglas Bader

Paul Tibbets

Hans Joachim Jabs

Bill Reid

Chuck Yeager

Manfred von Richthofen

Pilot and aircrew signatures are valuable additions to aviation art prints - adding a connection to the pilots who often flew the aircraft depicted in the image.  The photograph above shows Erich Rudorffer signing an edition of a print recently.  A major Ace in the Luftwaffe, his signature is one of many that are sought after because of the connection to the past.  With the obvious attraction of high scoring German pilots aside, every one of our pilot and aircrew signatures represents a link to a time when every mission was potentially their last.  Bomber crews in the RAF rarely survived their full tour of duty - over 50% of airmen did not return from missions.  In addition to wartime signatures, we also have many signatures from more recent times - Falklands pilots, Iraq and Afghanistan among others.  Our pages show all the prints with the chosen signature, but are also connected to our massive databases of aircraft, squadrons and victories.

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