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On 5th August 1944, Canadian pilot Flt Lt Don Cheney DFC of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron was struggling to escape from a burning Lancaster ‘Dark Victor’ over the Bay of Douarnenez during a raid on the U-boat pens at Brest in France. He and four of his crew survived and the people of Douarnenez kept him safe from the Germans until they left the area some weeks later. Now 70 years later with Don in failing health, his daughter and family of the other crew members are returning to Douarnenez to present my specially commissioned painting to the town in recognition of their help on this day.
I worked closely with Don to create an exact representation of what happened on this day. (Don eventually had to squeeze himself out of the cockpit escape hatch as you can see in the painting.) He wrote such a moving account of what happened that I decided to include it all on this limited edition print as an extra side panel. This section can be left alongside the image or trimmed and mounted on the back if the print is framed.
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