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Lithograph, R.C.A.F. 404th Squadron

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Lithograph, R.C.A.F. 404th Squadron in Mannheim
Lithograph, R.C.A.F. 404th Squadron in Mannheim
Lithograph, R.C.A.F. 404th Squadron in Mannheim
Lithograph, R.C.A.F. 404th Squadron in Mannheim

The lithograph, which is firmly placed on sturdy paperboard, measures 19 X 15 inches. It is in very good condition. The painter, Don Anderson, was an official war artist with the R.C.A.F. and is well known for his paintings about the 404th R.C.A.F. Squadron. A Google search “don Anderson, 404 Squadron” reveals his background and the many paintings he created for this brave unit. The caption which underlines the lithograph reads: 'Off to Norway' - Merlin-engined, Beaufighers 11 of 404 Squadron, R.C.A.F. - Banff Scottland. It is signed by Don Anderson.

Background: The squadron was formed in Sussex, England on 15 April 1941 under Royal A.F. operational control. Tasked with coastal patrol and attack, the squadron flew the Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV & later the Beaufighter. From May 1944 to September 1944 they were based at RAF Davidstow Moor in Cornwall, England. The four Beaufighter-equipped squadrons attacked German ships on the Norwegian coast on 9 February 1945. The ships, which included a destroyer and "flak" ships as well as merchantmen, were located in a fjord and German fighter aircraft scrambled in defense. As a result of the heavy losses, the R.C.A.F subsequently called t he attack "Black Friday". The squadron disbanded on 25 May 1945.

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