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Thread: 220 Sqd attack on Alesund-Oct 1941

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    Default 220 Sqd attack on Alesund-Oct 1941

    I am aware that a poster was published depicting this attack which has been described as perhaps the most successful strike undertaken by Coastal Command--can anyone advise me where a copy of this poster can be located?
    I believe that it appeared in the London Gazette.
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    Bjorn,

    Found a post on http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/attachment.php?attachmentid=98057 which has a Spanish version of the poster you're looking for ("La Gran Breta˝a defensora de la Libertad!)


    Hilser,

    Leendert
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    That's a brilliant poster but try as I might I can't find another copy on the web. There are some good examples of other WW2 Airforce posters at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/theartofwar/prop/the_fighting_forces/

    and https://www.mplib.org/wpdb/index.asp?searchsubject=Great%20Britain&pg=2

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    Bjorn:
    Strange you should ask that question as I have just returned a package to the family of a pilot who was on the raid. It included a folded and rather delicate copy of a painting like the Spanish version although I thought the format was horizontal rather than vertical... but I may be mistaken. I didn't make a copy but could help get one if you were interested. Again, the condition was rather poor!
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    I am grateful for this information.
    Leendeert, thanks for the link to the Spanish version--I can see the image of it. Is a copy of it for sale on that site?
    Rosbitt, I was interested to hear that you recently saw a copy of it which belongs to the family of a pilot who was on the mission. I am very interested in this and, if the family would be prepared I would very much like to get in touch with them. My father who unfortunately died a few years ago was a pilot on this mission having been flying out of Wick with 220 until he was shot down off Sola and then spending the rest of the war,except for a couple of escape attempts and freedom for short spells , in various POW camps. A copy of the poster would be greatly appreciated(naturally all costs will be paid)
    Bjorn

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    Howard,where was it you saw the poster?
    Bjorn

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    Bjorn:
    Will get in touch with them and see if they would be willing to copy. Will then ask you for and pass on your mailing address. Next time I'll make copies of everything - will I never learn!
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    Hei Bj°rn,

    I can mail you photographs of the graves of the two airmen (Hamer & Henderson) from your fathers crew who died and are buried at Sola if you want them. The photographs were taken last week.

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    Bjorn,

    I was trying to find the thread that the picture Leendert posted was associated with. I have now found it:

    http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/archive/index.php?t-48535.html

    From this it seems that the image was seen in a Spanish Museum which may be able to provide copies. I looked in the catalogues of the IWM, The National Archive and the Victoria & Albert Museum to see if a copy was available in the UK and did not come up with anything.

    The reference to FIO in the text above is to http://www.fio.es/ I think.

    HTH

    Howard
    Last edited by Howdie; 1st December 2007 at 08:04. Reason: adding link to FIO

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    Bjorn,

    It seems that you'll have to go to Stanford University in California. Its Hoover Institution has the original poster you're after.

    Try http://hoohila.stanford.edu/poster/view_subject.php?posterID=UK+2774 in the Hoover Political Poster Database.
    Artist was C.E. Turner.

    Unfortunately the poster isn't shown online, but the site only says where to find it in the library. Link will give you some other details.

    Hilser,

    Leendert

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