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Celebrating 25 Years

This yearare very proud to have been in the Aviation and Signed book business for
25 years.
We have been on the air show circuit hosting signing events and raising many thousands of pounds for
RAF Charities over the years.
This year we will be exhibiting and producing some very collectable items to coincide with this milestone in our business.
We have been very honoured to have been associated with some of the most historical aviation aircrew from the Second World War.
Here's looking forward to seeing you all as the air show season approaches us.


Welcome

Hello and welcome to Vector Fine Art Prints. Here you will find a wide selection of Aviation Art prints by renowned artist's such as Frank Wootton, Robert Taylor, Nicolas Trudgian, Gil Cohen, John Shaw, Michael Turner, Richard Taylor and Ron Stark.

The choice of signed books is second to none and is so extensive that nowhere else can match it online.
We specialize in limited edition bookplates and take part in several book launches throughout the year.
For our forthcoming calendar visit the special events page.

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Colin and Rose


Check out our books page recently updated 29th January 2015

Please note: The forthcoming third edition of the " Men of the Battle of Britain" is due to be released and coincide with the opening of 'The Wing' at Capel - le - Ferne,  June 2015. Once again a lot more info of pilots have come to light.
I know that I have been saying it for a long time but it will be well worth the wait!

Also check out the recently updated print pages


Two superb original signature edition for your book collection

The Lancaster and the Tirpitz by Tony Iveson and Brian MiltonBookplate

THE LANCASTER AND THE TIRPITZ
BY
SQUADRON LEADER TONY IVESON
AND BRIAN MILTON

This is the story of the Lancaster bomber and the sinking of the battleship Tirpitz. Two of the most legendary war machines of the Second World War, they symbolised their nations' quests for victory in history's greatest ever conflict. The Lancaster was Britain's main heavy bomber - RAF Bomber Command's 'Shining Sword' - whose role was to take the fight to the enemy, delivering deadly payloads to targets deep in the heart of Germany. It was used in the famous Dam Buster raid, and later in the war carried out critically important precision-bombing missions on targets such as the V-weapons complex at Peenemunde. The Tirpitz was Germany's largest warship. This leviathan of a battleship boasted eight fifteen-inch guns and weighed 2,000 tons more than her sister ship the Bismarck which was sunk by the British in 1941. Stationed for most of the war in a Norwegian fjord, Tirpitz helped deter the Allied invasion of Norway and threatened the Arctic convoys, which were an essential lifeline for the Soviet Union. Written by a former Squadron Leader of the 617 'Dam Busters' Squadron, who took part in the Lancaster-bomber raid that finally sank the Tirpitz in November 1944, and published to commemorate the raid's 70th anniversary, The Lancaster and the Tirpitz is a brilliantly readable account full of first-hand memories that take the reader to the heart of the action.


We are proud and honoured to have known Tony since the early '80's this is a fitting tribute to a pilot who flew in the Battle of Britain and then transferred to Bomber Command with the famous 617 Squadron.
We only have a very limited quantity of this bookplate .

£45 + postage and packing

Behind the Wire by Philip KaplanBookplate

BEHIND THE WIRE
By 
Philip Kaplan

Philip Kaplan presents us here with a riveting account of the Allied experience behind enemy lines, detailing the trials and tribulations experienced by the British and American airmen who were shot down in European skies during World War Two, to be incarcerated 'behind the wire' in enemy camps. With eloquence and a clear enthusiasm for the subject at hand, the author describes how various individuals adjusted to their incarceration. Whilst some set their minds resolutely on escape, and dreamt up plots and plans to achieve this end, others retreated, away from their comrades and into them selves as the grim reality of their predicament pushed them ever deeper into debilitating depression. Others were determined that they would not waste their time; affected by the quick and brutal deaths they had witnessed during their wartime careers, they were unwilling to sit idle. Theatres, recreational areas, and other camp facilities were designed and built – a creative spur that made their time behind the wire, and the quality of life of their fellow comrades, infinitely more bearable. 

These small acts of enterprising heroism, alongside the harrowing tales of those who crumpled under the weight of their prison reality, combine to create a complete picture of this collective experience. The stories seep from behind the wire, and illuminate this area of World War Two history. Kaplan's skill lies in informing the reader of the facts of this history with both honesty and reverence.

Limited edition signed bookplate by
Flight Lieutenant Alan Bryett
Penguin and stooge in The Great Escape
Flying officer Leonard Hall
Meteorologist in The Great Escape
Squadron Leader Dennis Armitage AFC
Voulter in the Wooden Horse Escape
Group Captain Charles Hobgen
Sent to Stalag Luft 111 shortly after The Great Escape

£60 + postage and packing


The True Story of the Wooden Horse by Robert J LaplanderBookplate

The True Story of the Wooden Horse
by
Robert J. Laplander

Signed bookplate by Flight Lieutenant Oliver Lawrence Spurling Philpot MC DFC MA
One of the escapers

£50 + postage and packing


This is the year of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
and we are proud to release this part of the edition by one of
the world renown aviation artist Nicolas Trudgian

Five in One Day by Nicolas Trudgian

Five in one Day
By
Nicolas Trudgian

Artist proof

A limited edition of 40 worldwide, this was retained to help raise funds for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
This incredible print was signed several years ago with no less than 21 Battle of Britain aircrew 

Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Squadron Leader Gerald Stapleton DFC
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC
Flight Lieutenant William Walker AE
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson
Flight Sergeant John Keatings
Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC
Squadron Leader Michael Wainwright AFC
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose
Wing Commander Terence Kane
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
Wing Commander Richard Summers OBE Ostj AFM
Flight Lieutenant Trevor Gray
Flight Lieutenant Owen Burns
Leading Signalman Herbert Flower
Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
Group Captain Byron Duckenfield AFC
Squadron Leader Jocelyn Millard
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE
Squadron Leader Tony Pickering

For the first 20 orders your print will also be signed by:
Squadron Leader Graham Leggett

Sadly Graham was unable to sign the whole edition but wanted to try.

£145 + postage and packing


Pre publication announcement

This stunning limited edition book is exclusive to Vector, it is due to be released at the end of January 2015. We have produced a limited edition of only 10 copies worldwide with some incredibly rare Battle of Britain signatures.
Over half have been sold already!

A History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association by Geoff SimpsonBookplate

A HISTORY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN FIGHTER ASSOCIATION
By
Geoff Simpson

In 1945 it was announced that Allied airmen who had taken part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 would be entitled to the “immediate” award of the 1939-1945 Star, with Battle of Britain Clasp. This was the only Clasp awarded with the 1939-1945 Star.

In the following years holders of the Clasp held informal get-togethers. In 1958 the Battle of Britain Fighter Association(BBFA) was formed, with full membership only available to holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp. Lord Dowding was the first President. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother became Patron. That post is now held by HRH The Prince of Wales.

As well as organising reunions and providing some welfare assistance to members and widows, the Association has played a key role in researching entitlement to the Clasp and pronouncing on claims for the Clasp. A considerable part of the knowledge existing today on these matters came from the work of successive BBFA archivists, the late Group Captain Tom Gleave and the late Wing Commander John Young.

The Association has also become closely associated with the Battle of Britain thanksgiving service held every September in Westminster Abbey.

The Association's archives are held in part by the Secretary of the BBFA, Group Captain Patrick Tootal and in part by the Air Historical Branch, RAF(AHB)at RAF Northolt.

Geoff Simpson has now been invited by the Association to use these archives as the basis of a book on the history of the organisation.

We have produced a limited edition of only 10 copies worldwide with a custom made slipcase and a bookplate signed in pencil by 16 of 'The Few'.
Over half have been sold already!

The signatures are:
Wing Commander Terence Kane
 Flight Lieutenant  Mike Croskell
Flight Lieutenant Richard Jones
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
Wing Commander Jack Rose DFC MBE
Squadron Leader Tony Pickering
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC*
Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC
Squadron Leader Stan Duff DFC
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose
Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM
Flight Lieutenant Len Davies
Group Captain Richard Haine DFC
Squadron Leader Gerald Stapleton DFC
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson

£125 + postage and packing


Memorial Flight by Robert Taylor

MEMORIAL  FLIGHT
 BY
ROBERT TAYLOR

Signed by the following Battle of Britain and Bomber Command Aircrew

The Battle of Britain Signatures:

Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC O/C 145 Sqn
Group Captain Frank Carey CBE DFC DFM 43 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Gordon Batt 238 Sqn
Group Captain Tom Gleave CBE O/C 253 Sqn
Air Commodore John Thompson CBE DSO DFC O/C 111 Sqn
Commander Ronald Hay DSO DSC 808 Sqn, FAA
Squadron Leader Vernon Simmonds 238 Sqn
Wing Commander Pat Hancock OBE DFC 1 Sqn
Squadron Leader Henryk Szczesny DFC 74 Sqn
Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair OBE DFC 310 Sqn
Group Captain George Darley DSO O/C 609 Sqn
Squadron Leader Donald Stones DFC 79 Sqn
Squadron Leader Peter Down 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Michael Ingle-Finch DFC 151, 607, 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Geoffrey Page DSO OBE DFC 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Peter Parrott DFC AFC 145,605 Sqn
Wing Commander Michael Constable-Maxwell DSO DFC 56 Sqn
Squadron Leader Boleslaw Drobinski DFC 65 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Arnold Lauder 264 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Fred Gash DFM 264 Sqn
Wing Commander Archibald McNeill-Boyd DSO DFC 600 Sqn
Group Captain Brian Kingcome DSO DFC 92 Sqn
Squadron Leader Cyril Bamberger DFC  41,610 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Foster DFC 605 Sqn
Air Commodore Robert Deacon Elliott DFC 72 Sqn
Wing Commander William Gregory DSO DFC DFM 29 Sqn
Group Captain Desmond Sheen DFC 72 Sqn
Wing Commander Harbourne Stephen DSO DFC 74 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Harold Bird-Wilson CBE DSO DFC AFC 17 Sqn
Wing Commander George Unwin DSO DFM 19 Sqn
Air Commodore Peter Brothers DSO CBE DFC 32 Sqn
Wing Commander John Kilmartin OBE DFC 43 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Gibson DSO DFC 501 Sqn
Squadron Leader Ben Bennions DFC 41 Sqn
Wing Commander Joe Kyall DSO DFCO/C 615 Sqn
Squadron Leader Lionel Casson DFC AFC 616 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant James Renvoize 247 Sqn
Alex Henshaw MBE Spitfire test pilot)
Group Captain Peter Townsend DSO DFC O/C 85 Sqn
Squadron Leader Frank Usmar 41 Sqn
Wing Commander Wilfred Sizer DFC 213 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Raymond Homes 504 Sqn
Squadron Leader Charlton Haw DFC DFM504 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Doe DSO DFC 234, 238 Sqn
Squadron Leader Dennis Armitage DFC 266 Sqn
Wing Commander Douglas Grice DFC MBE 32 Sqn
Air Commodore Donald Macdonell CB DFC O/C 64 Sqn
Squadron Leader Hugh Heron AFC 266, 66 Sqn
Wing Commander Roland Beamont  DSO CBE DFC 87 Sqn
Wing Commander Bernard Jennings DFM 19 Sqn
Group Captain Dennis David CBE DFC AFC 87 Sqn
Wing Commander James Sanders DFC 615, O/C 422 Flt.
Wing Commander Ronald Kellett DFC 249 O/C 303 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal George Chamberlain CB OBE FIU
Air Vice Marshal Alexander Johnstone CB DFC O/C 602 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Denis Robinson 152 Sqn
Air Chief Marshal Christopher Foxley-Norris GCB KCB DSO CB OBE 3 Sqn
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC AFC AFM 249 Sqn
Wing Commander Ivor Cosby DFC 610, 72, 222 Sqn
Wing Commander Frederick Higginson OBE DFC DFM 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Stanford-Tuck DSO DFC 92, O/C 257 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Urwin-Mann DFC 238 Sqn
Air Marshal Denis Crowley-MillingKCB CBE DSO DFC 242 Sqn
Air Commodore Paul Webb CBE DFC 602 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Edward Crew CB DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Group Captain John Hill CBE O/C 222 Sqn
Wing Commander Hugh Kennard DFC 66 Sqn
Squadron Leader Arthur Pond AFC 601 Sqn
Wing Commander Timothy Vigors DFC 222 Sqn
Squadron Leader Percy Morfill DFM 501 Sqn
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM 501 Sqn
Wing Commander James Storrar DFC 145, 73, 421 FLT
Group Captain Alec Ingle DFC AFC 605 Sqn
Wing Commander Christopher Currant DSO DFC 605 Sqn
Air Commodore Ronald Berry CBE DSO OBE DFC 603 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Robert Carr-Lewty AFC 41 Sqn
Air Commodore James Leathart DSO O/C 54 Sqn
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC 92 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Bentley-Beard DFM AFC 249 Sqn
Group Captain John Cunningham DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Flying Officer Croskell 213 Sqn
Wing Commander Thomas Hayes 600 Sqn
Group Captain John Bisdee OBE DFC 609 Sqn
Wing Commander Patrick Barthropp DFC AFC 602 Sqn
Group Captain Peter Simpson DFC 64, 111 Sqn
Group Captain Hugh Dundas CBE DSO DFC 616 Sqn
Air Commodore Roderick Chisholm DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Air Commodore Archie Winskill KCVO CBE DFC 72, 603 Sqn
Commander Richard Gardner DSC OBE 242 Sqn
Group Captain Irving Smith CBE OBE DFC 151 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson CB CBE DSO DFC

Signed by the following Bomber Command Aircrew
The original Dambusters signatures:

Sergeant Jim Clay Bomb Aimer AJ-W
Flying Officer Harold Hobday Navigator AJ-N
Sergeant Dudley Heal Navigator AJ-F
Flight Sergeant George Chalmers wireless operator AJ-O
Sergeant Frank Appleby Flight Engineer AJ-W
Sergeant Johnny Johnson Bomb Aimer AJ-T
Sergeant Ray Grayston Flight Engineer AJ-N
________________________________

Group Captain James Tait DSO DFC  O/C 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
R W Hewitt 617 Sqn
Squadron Leader Benny Goodman 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
Squadron Leader Bob Knights DSO DFC 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
__________________________________

Wing Commander Roderick Learoyd VC
Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC
Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie DSO DFC  7 Sqn – Pathfinder

Colin has framed this to his usual high standards with an original wartime set of pilot wings, bombardier wings, navigator wings, air-gunner wings and radio operator wings.

All these are guaranteed original wartime.


Footnote: Check out the updated books page too!


Memorial TreePlaque

This tree was planted at the National Arboretum with the monies collected from Duxford Air show.
Thank  you for your support


Site Photo Nov 14

The building is now taking shape

Artist impression

The Battle of Britain Memorial TrustThe Wing Appeal

We have been proud supporters and fundraisers for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust since 1992. We have raised large sums of money through signing events and auctions over the years. On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with your help we raised a staggering amount of over £30,000.

In this year Colin was honoured to be nominated to become a Trustee of the trust, the fundraising this year with the trust and the Battle of Britain Fighter Association is going well.

On the 27th October 2011 we were privileged to be helping at the Charity Gala Dinner and Auction held at the RAF Club in aid of ‘The Wing’ appeal on behalf of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. The event was held in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
We would like to thank everybody for their support, as it raised as staggering £27,000.

On the 18th October 2012 we held another Charity Gala Dinner and Auction, this time raising the amazing amount of £40,000.

At the gala dinner in October 2014, we raised over £29,000.

This is raising funds for the eagerly anticipated ‘The Wing’ education centre at Capel Le Ferne, if you are interested in this project please go to this website for further details
www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/the-memorial
Thank you for your continued support.

STOP PRESS

The Wing appeal has raised £3.4 million so far.