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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