Bombing up Yorker
This print depicts a Lancaster Mk. 111 powered by four Merlin engines. Assigned to 44 (Rhodesia) squadron on 5th February 1944 to Dunholme Lodge, KM (Yorker) ND 578 was flown by P.O. John Chatterton on its first fifteen operations after which he received the D.F.C. In fact the whole crew received the D.F.C after their tour, this being very unusual during the war, a gesture reflecting the heroism of the equally brave crew.
Y-Yorker completed its 100th sortie in February 1945 with F.O. Hayler as skipper, surviving to complete its 123rd operation by 17/18th April with Harold Parkin in the driving seat, by this time stationed at Spilsby.
The significance of the "spade" nose art reflects to the fact that John Chatterton was a farmer, a career that continued after the war, and became his logo. Unfortunately, his commander didn't approve of it, and it only lasted one week before it had to come off!
I am very proud to have my prints signed by both John Chatterton (the first skipper) and Harold Parkin (the last skipper). A rare coming together of two signatures that make this a truly collectable print.
Signed by PO. J.Chatterton (first skipper of Yorker) FO. Harold Parkin (last skipper of Yorker) and Robin Smith (Artist)
Signed limited edition of 500 - Litho print, overall size 23½" x 16¼", image size 21½" x 13"