For the 75th anniversary of Battle of Britain day we decided that we wanted to offer you something special.
With that in mind, we are delighted to present you with 2 aviation desktop backgrounds featuring some exciting artwork, one depicting an impressive scene from Air Vanguard 23: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F Series, due to be released on 20 October 2015, and the other showcasing some fantastic artwork from our recently published Aircraft of the Aces 127: Polish Spitfire Aces.
So without further ado, here they are!
Illustration taken from Air Vanguard 23: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F Series
This piece of artwork illustrates the combat that took place on 6 September 1940, between Flt Lt Wirold Urbanowicz of No 303 (Polish) Squadron and the Bf 109E-3 (Werknummer 1380) of Hauptmann Joachim Schlichting, commanding III./JG 27. Schlichting's aircraft was shot down at Shoeburyness, Essex. The pilot baled out, badly burned, and was taken prisoner.
Illustration taken from Aircraft of the Aces 127: Polish Spitfire Aces
The summer of 1943 saw squadrons of the Northolt-based 1st Polish Wing repeatedly engaged in ‘Ramrod’ operations, escorting USAAF bombers to targets on the European Continent. Wg Cdr Aleksander Gabszewicz, the Northolt Wing Leader, said in his report from the morning operation on 19 August;
‘As the Wing Leader I was leading 316 (Polish) Squadron, which was the leading Squadron in the Wing taking part in Ramrod 209, with the task of providing forward target support for 36 Marauders bombing Amiens/Glissy aerodrome. Wing took off at 1035 hrs and made straight for France. When approaching Amiens I got a warning from Operations of e/a [enemy aircraft] north of Amiens. At the same time the leader of “A” Flight, Flt Lt Jeka, saw some Huns nearby and went to attack them. I then gave the order for the whole Squadron to attack.’
We will also be running competitions on our Facebook and Twitter pages to give you the chance to win copies of The Battle of Britain by Kate Moore and Spitfire by Tony Holmes, both of which are currently available at a 20% discount!