TO SINK THE TIRPITZ - Original Drawing by Nicolas Trudgian
The Mighty battleship 'Tirpitz' had long been a threat to the Arctic Convoys and Royal Navy ships. Despite numerous raids to sink her, Tirpitz had somehow managed to survive. Now, Bomber Command were going to have another attempt - this time with bombs that could REALLY sink her.
Termed 'Operation Catechism', the Lancasters of the famed 617 Squadron were joined by those of 9 Squadron and equipped with the massive 'Tallboy' bombs each weighing 5.5 tonnes. In the 12th November 1944 the 30 Lancasters departed for their target, moored near Tromso Norway. Although Flak was encountered over the target, Luftwaffe fighters (from JG5) failed to intercept the British force and the Lancasters had a clear bomb run. Two 'Tallboys' struck the Tirpitz, which capsized with heavy loss of life.
Nicolas Trudgian's drawing shows Lancaster 'KC-F' flown by Tony Iveson of 617 Squadron taking-off on 12th November for the attack. The Drawing is on A3 Paper and has been Signed by no less than THIRTEEN 617 Squadron veterans:-
The Drawing is unframed and in Mint condition.
A rare opportunity to own an original drawing with some great 617 signatures.