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Frank Wootton - PEENEMUNDE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Frank Wootton


Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 28"w x 21 1/2"h.
Published: February 1994

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During World War II, the Germans built a highly secret research station at Pennemunde - labratories, workshops and an administrative complex designed for creating huge stockpiles of newly developed pilotless airplanes and rockets. Hitler planned to launch thousands of these V-1 and V-2 weapons daily in a saturation onslaught against southern England, calculated to produce the final destruction of their will to continue the fight.

"The night mission I have pictured," said artist Frank Wootton, "flown by Bomber Command, was one of the most effective and important of the war. Six hundred aircraft flew more than 600 miles to wage the attack. Pathfinder flares illuminated the target with burning magnesium and a full moon carved the dark Baltic coastline in sharp relief. A wall of smoke was released in an attempt to hide the facility but it spread too slowly and too late."

In this image, English bombers and German fighters are in combat, set against the bright carpet of fire and explosion. Because of this raid, the great quantities of weaponry required were never realized and the plan to break the English will was defeated in a single blow.

Countersigners: Squadron Leader Charles Lofthouse, ret., Squadron Leader Norman Scrivener, ret., Squadron Leader Anthony D. Lambert, ret., Squadron Leader Lawrence "Pil" Pilgrim,ret., Flight Lieutenant Jack Stephens, ret., Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Whitten, ret. and Warrant Officer Andrew J. C. Pegrum, ret.

Frank Wootton
The late Frank Wootton can be credited with giving aviation art a bold new direction, transforming the genre from illustration to fine art. A gifted young artist when WWII broke out, Wootton volunteered for the Royal Air Force, but was invited by the commander-in-chief of the Allied Air Forces to accept a special duty commission as official war artist to the R.A.F. and Royal Canadian Air Force. Thus, between 1939 and 1945, Wootton painted the conflict from the front lines of France to remote airstrips in Southeast Asia. His aerial scenes brilliantly recreated the threat of enemy fire, the split- second maneuvers of fighter planes and the triumph of victory. After the war, Wootton’s paintings gained international recognition. His works hang in major aviation museums throughout the world, and he has painted numerous state occasions involving the R.A.F. and the Royal Family. In 1983 some fifty of his paintings were exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Following his death, Wootton remains one the aviation’s most widely respected artists.


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