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Blenheims into the Battle


Blenheims of 30 Squadron engage Italian SM79s over the Mediterranean Fleet on 13th July 1940.


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On 13th July 1940, three Bristol Blenheims of 30 Squadron, based at Ikingi Mariut in Egypt, were tasked to fly a defensive patrol over the British Mediterranean Fleet which had been under regular attack from the Italians for several days. As soon as the fleet was located, three Italian SM79 bombers were sighted and engaged by two of the 30 Squadron Blenheims, K7177 (VT-T) flown by Fg Off Ronald Le Dieu with Wop/AG Sgt Herbert “Lofty” Lord and K7181 (VT-X) flown by Plt Off Derryk “Dick” Lea with Wop/AG Sgt Christopher Burt. The third Blenheim, K7106 piloted by Fg Off Derek Walker with Wop/AG Sgt William Gair, remained over the fleet as top cover. After a short combat, one of the enemy aircraft was seen diving away trailing smoke and a second was damaged with the rear gunner put out of action. Sadly Blenheim K7181, was shot down with the loss of the crew. Thus, 13th July 1940 marked 30 Squadron’s first victory of the war but also its first loss.

Overall limited edition of 200

No’s 1-150 signed by the artist….£50

30 Artist’s Proofs signed by the artist …£65

*10 Single remarques, signed by the artist with an original pencil drawing in the margin…£250

*10 Double remarques, signed by the artist with two original pencil drawings in the margin…£350

*These are drawn to order and usually take up to four week to complete.  Please contact Mark for an estimate of time and also let him know if you want a specific subject drawn.


Overall Size (approx)

59cm x 42cm (23″ x 16″)

Image Size (approx)

46cm x 30cm (18″ x 12″)

Limited Edition of

150 + 30 Artist’s Proofs + 10 remarques + 10 double remarques