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Friendly Smoke by Michael Turner.- World War Two Aviation, Military and Naval Art
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Friendly Smoke by Michael Turner.


Friendly Smoke by Michael Turner.

As dawn breaks over Normandy on the 6th June 1944, a low flying RAF Douglas Boston of 88 Squadron defies hostile fire to lay a protective smoke screen over the first wave of British troops approaching the invasion beaches. The Boston E for Easy is Piloted by Flight Officer Leslie Valentine C de G. ad his Navigator Pat McVeigh.
Item Code : GT0153Friendly Smoke by Michael Turner. - This Edition
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 500 prints.

Image size 20 inches x 17 inches (51cm x 43cm) Mackenzie, John
Valentine, Leslie
+ Artist : Michael Turner


Signature(s) value alone : £60
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*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Flight Lieutenant John Mackenzie
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Navigator on Bostons as 88 Squadron took part in the D-Day operations flying smokescreen and bombing operations.


The signature of Flying Officer Leslie Valentine CdeG (deceased)

Flying Officer Leslie Valentine CdeG (deceased)
*Signature Value : £30

Entrusted with one of the RAFs most critical roles on D-Day, Valentine took his 88 Squadron Boston down to between 30 and 50 feet above the D-Day beaches laying smoke to protect the invasion fleet from enemy fire. Above and over his aircraft arched the trajectories of shells from the capital ships of the Royal Navy and the German heavy guns firing back. Before and after D-Day Valentine flew many sorties against tactical targets by both night and day. He flew two tours back to back, 60 operations in all. Valentine had originally joined the army and saw action in France in 1940 with the Highland Light Infantry. Gaining selection for pilot training in the RAF he was sent to Canada for training, returning to 13 Operational Training Unit at Bicester in January 1943. He joined 88 Squadron in May 1944. Leslie Valentine died in April 2014.

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