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Naval and Aviation Art of Anthony Saunders

Anthony Saunders must be one of the most outstanding naval and aviation artists around today. He has extraordinary skill in portraying scenes of aerial combat that took place before he was born. Although in his own words Anthony prefers the artistic side of painting war aircraft rather than the historic side, he will spend many hours researching a subject, making sure that it is technically correct in every detail before applying any oil to canvas. The results of this technical and artistic skill are easy to see in his paintings; breathtaking skyscapes graced with the machines of aerial warfare beautifully brought to life with the rich colour that is unique to oil paint. With this skill it is hardly surprising that Anthony also paints many subjects other than aviation; scenes from Crimea and Waterloo are a particular favourite. He is equally at home with landscapes and portraits.



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Dambusters 70th Anniversary Double Remarques by Anthony Saunders.

Final Briefing by Anthony Saunders. (RMB)

The Breach by Anthony Saunders. (RMB)
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Malta Spitfires Aviation Prints by Stan Stokes and Anthony Saunders.

Stung by the Wasp by Stan Stokes. (C)

Maltese Falcons by Anthony Saunders. (C)
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Battle for Italy Portfolio Remarques by Anthony Saunders.

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Berlin Bound by Anthony Saunders.
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The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 On the evening of 5th June 1944, at a dozen airfields across southern England, more than 13,000 American paratroopers prepared themselves for a mission that would change the course of history.  The next morning these brave young men found themselves at the forefront of the bitter fighting to secure the right flank of the Normandy beach-head.  The odds against them were huge and, if they failed, the American amphibious landings on Utah and Omaha beaches would face disaster - the destiny of the US First Army rested squarely on the shoulders of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.

Final Roster by Anthony Saunders.
 P-47 Thunderbolts of the 509th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Group, pass low over paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division advancing through heavy snow during the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945. Major Robert 'Blackie' Blackburn, in his distinctive aircraft <i>Chow Hound</i>, leads his unit as they head out on a morning low-level bombing mission.  In the early hours of 16th December 1944, out of nowhere, hundreds of panzers and thousands of troops poured forward as Hitler launched the last great German offensive of the war and, for once, the Allies had been wrong-footed.  The thinly-held Ardennes was the last place they had been expecting a counter-attack, but now three German armies were heading west across an 80-mile front.  Caught off guard the Americans rushed in reinforcements, including the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions encamped near Reims, over a hundred miles away.  Exhausted by the fighting in Holland during Operation Market Garden, they had been sent to Reims to recuperate.  They never got the chance.  Thrown into the thick of the action the 82nd helped to blunt the Germans' advance to the north, whilst at Bastogne, a pivotal town further south, the 101st, surrounded, out-numbered and besieged, refused to surrender.  The line held and three days before Christmas the panzers ground to a halt, stalled by lack of fuel.  As the weather improved the Allies could now bring their airpower into play. Hitler's last gamble had failed.

Thunder in the Ardennes by Anthony Saunders.
Swamped by mud amidst a desolate, shattered landscape, men and horses of the Royal Field Artillery drag their 18 pounder field-gun towards a new position on 15 November 1917, during the final days of the Battle of Passchendaele.  Whilst the army continues its grim fight on the ground, overhead Sopwith Camels from 45 Squadron Royal Flying Corps tangle in an equally deadly duel with German Albatros fighters of Jasta 6.  Flying the lead Sopwith Camel is the RFC Ace, 2nd Lt Kenneth Montgomery who scored the last of his 12 victories in this dogfight when he shot down the German Ace Leutnant Hans Ritter von Adam, the Commanding Officer of Jasta 6 with an impressive 21 victories to his name.  To commemorate one of the most significant anniversaries in history, Anthony Saunders has created a powerful painting portraying the bleak sacrifice made by so many heroic young men.  The names of the bitter battles they endured, however, still live on a hundred years later - Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Arras, Loos - and one of the most savage - Passchendaele.

The Big Push - Passchendaele 1917 by Anthony Saunders.

 The swaggering figure of the Reichsmarshal swept imperiously into the Air Ministry on Berlin's Wilhemstrasse, his jewel-encrusted baton and extravagant uniform as flamboyant as ever. This was Saturday, 30th January 1943, the tenth Anniversary of the Nazi Party coming to power, and Goering was about to deliver the main speech in tribute to the Party and its leader, the Fuhrer - Adolf Hitler.  The Royal Air Force had other plans for the anniversary.  In stark defiance of the imagined air security safeguarding Berlin, brave pilots of 105 and 139 Sqn's took to the air in de Havilland Mosquitoes, on course for Germany.  Their mission: RAF Bomber Command's first daylight raid on Berlin!  The raid was timed to perfection and three Mosquitoes of 105 Sqn raced headlong, low level towards their target - the Haus des Rundfunks, headquarters of the German State broadcasting company.  It was an hour before Goering could finally be broadcast.  He was boiling with rage and humiliation.  A few hours later, adding further insult, Mosquitoes from 139 Sqn swept over the city in a second attack moments before Goebbels addressed a Nazi mass rally in the Sportpalast.  Goering's promise that enemy aircraft would never fly over the Reich was broken, the echo of that shame would haunt him for the rest of the war.  This  dramatic painting pays tribute to this pivotal moment in the war, capturing the Mosquito B.Mk.IVs of 105 Sqn departing the target area, following their successful strike on the Haus des Rundfunk.

Strike on Berlin by Anthony Saunders.
 Brimming with overconfidence, few on board the Japanese carrier Sōryū noticed the SBD Dauntless bombers gathering overhead.  Within a matter of minutes a few courageous US Navy pilots would change the course of history.  Anthony Saunders' new action-packed painting recreates the scene from the Battle of Midway as the SBD Dauntless pilots pull out of their death-defying dives having delivered their 1000lb bombs perfectly on target with three direct hits on the Japanese carrier.  Already there is utter chaos aboard the Sōryū as exploding ammunition and igniting fuel erupt onto the flight deck from the hangars below.  Secondary explosions rip through the ship, fires rage beyond control and her hull shudders to contain the violent inferno.  The Sōryū is doomed.
Midway - Attack on the Soryu by Anthony Saunders.
 The words from Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. Ralph Cochrane., newly appointed as AOC of No.5 Group, to the young Wing Commander were simple enough.  <i>I can't tell you the target</i> he continued <i>but you've got to fly low-level, on the deck, and at night.  As far as aircrews are concerned, I want the best - you choose them.  And by the way... I want to see your aircraft flying on four days</i>.  Guy Gibson, the highly decorated Wing Commander concerned, had 173 operations behind him and was due to be rested when the unexpected call to see Cochrane had come.  <i> Would you like to do one more trip?</i> he'd been asked.  <i>What kind of trip?</i> he replied.  <i>An important one</i> was all Cochrane would say and now, two days later, he was being asked to form a squadron.  What the special target might be Gibson could only speculate but, whatever it was, he realised it would be dangerous.  Cochrane had given him four days.  Within an hour he'd selected the aircrew; he knew most of them personally and had flown with several before.  There was no doubt they were the very best in Bomber Command.  Exactly four days later Squadron X - soon to become 617 Squadron - was ready at RAF Scampton.  Many familiar faces were there to meet him : amongst the pilots he spotted Hoppy Hopgood, Dave Shannon from Australia, and Canadian Lewis Burpee from his own 106 Squadron. together with Dinghy Young whom he'd chosen as a flight commander.  The tall, lugubrious figure of New Zealander Les Munro was there along with two other pilots from 97 Squadron, David Maltby and the big, beefy, American pilot Joe McCarthy with his Bomb-Aimer George Johnny Johnson.  His B flight commander, Henry Maudsley was there, as was Australian Mick Martin, the expert in low-level flying.  Every one of the nineteen crews who would fly the mission was there and seven weeks of intensive low-level flying lay ahead before, on the afternoon of 16th May 1943, Gibson finally revealed the target - that night they were to attack the mighty dams of the Ruhr valley.

Pathway to the Ruhr by Anthony Saunders.
 Flying at low-level over the Astra Romana oil refinery, Lt James Merrick of the 98th Bomb Group powers his B-24 'Lil De-icer' through the pall of burning debris as time-delayed bombs, dropped in error by a previous Group, explode beneath them.  With any hope of surprise now lost, and taking heavy losses in the process, the crews of the 98th bravely hold their bombers on course.  Allied planners knew that just over a third of all Germany's oil came from a single source - the oil fields at Ploesti, far to the east of deepest Romania.  If the oilfields and refineries at Ploesti could be destroyed, then Hitler's armies would be dealt a savage blow from which they might never recover.
To Hell and Back - Operation Tidal Wave by Anthony Saunders.


 A poignant scene from the Battle of Britain, as a pair of battle weary Hurricanes return from a mission, young children play in the afternoon sun.

Salute the Few by Anthony Saunders. (B)

A poignant scene from the Battle of Britain, as a pair of battle weary Hurricanes return from a mission, young children play in the afternoon sun.



 Immediately following the Allied invasion of northern France in June 1944, 488 Sqn RNZAF found themselves in the thick of the fighting, keeping enemy intruders at bay, flying mainly at night, a role to which their young pilots aspired and excelled. Among those was Flt Lt G E 'Jamie' Jameson who, together with his navigator Norman Crookes, shot down no fewer than eight enemy aircraft in Mosquito NF.XIII MM466, this particular machine becoming the most successful Mosquito of WWII in terms of aerial victories.  Jameson was to be credited with a final total of eleven victories before being repatriated home.

Tribute to 488 Sqn RNZAF by Ivan Berryman. (C)
 On 18th February 1944, nineteen De Havilland Mosquito Mk.VIs and one photo-reconnaissance aircraft took off on a mission to attempt to free 120 French patriots being held captive by the Nazis in the prison at Amiens. Codenamed <i>Operation Jericho</i>, the attack on the jail was to be carried out in up to three waves - the first to break the prison walls in two places, the second to bomb the main building and a third standing by, should either of the first two fail.  The mission was a complete success despite some losses on the ground and two aircraft destroyed.  Here, the iconic moment is captured as a pair of Mosquitoes of 487 Sqn are seen breaching the wall at 12.03 hours.

The Jericho Boys by Ivan Berryman. (C)
 A pair of No.105 Sqn Mosquitos return over the English Channel in the early dawn light.

Home Again by Ivan Berryman. (C)
 A Mosquito Mk.BIX above the clouds in late 1943.  Mosquito B.IX LR503 holds the record for the most combat missions flown by a single Allied bomber in the Second World War, serving 213 sorties.

A De Havilland Beauty by Ivan Berryman. (E)

 A Lancaster of No.15 Squadron takes to the air at the start of a night sortie from Mildenhall in June 1944.

Last One Away by Ivan Berryman. (C)
 RAF Avro Lancaster flies low over occupied Europe.
The Shining Sword by Simon Smith. (B)
 The afternoon of 3rd August 1944 saw Lancasters of 15 Sqn assigned to an attack on German V-1  Rocket stores at Bois de Cassan.  While over the target the squadron encountered heavy flak.  During the return journey,  Lancaster LS-P fell behind the rest of the squadron but luckily for the crew, two P-38 Lightnings who had been involved in fighter sweeps, spotted the straggling Lancaster and escorted it back to base at Mildenhall.

Teamwork by Ivan Berryman. (C)
  Bf109 G2 of Major Gunther Rall pursues and downs an unidentified Soviet aircraft over the Caucasus, Russia, early Autumn 1943. Rall went on to become the third highest scoring ace of all time, with 275 victories in only 621 missions.

No Escape by David Pentland. (F)



A selection of some of the WW2 U-Boat Commander signatures that appear on the naval artwork of Anthony Saunders












A selection of some of the pilot signatures that appear on the aviation artwork of Anthony Saunders

Gunther Rall

Tony Pickering

Mickey Mount
Hector MacLean

Byron Duckenfield

Clyde East

Grant McDonald



Prints of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Collection of prints featuring the aircraft of the Royal Air Force

Prints of US Air Force
United States Air Force
A collection of prints and paintings featuring American aircraft.

Battle of Britain
Collection of prints featuring the aircraft of the Royal Air Force
Prints of Royal Naval Battleships
Royal Navy Battleships
HMS Prince of Wales / HMS Hood / HMS Warspite / HMS Barham......
Prints of Royal Naval Ships
Royal Navy Ships
All Royal Navy ships, including destroyers and cruisers.
Prints of US Naval Battleships
US Navy Battleships
USS Colorado / USS Iowa / USS North Carolina.....
Prints of US Aircraft Carriers
US Navy Carriers
USS Enterprise / USS Yorktown / USS Intrepid.....
Prints of German Naval Ships
German Navy Ships
Bismarck / Lutzow / Scharnhorst...
Prints of German U-Boats
German U-Boats
U-552 and many more famous U-boats...

Japanese Navy Ships
A selection of Japanese Navy vessels

On this day in Royal Navy history....

27 February

Found 106 matching entries.






27thFebruary1861HMS Black PrinceLaunched
27thFebruary1869HMS AudaciousLaunched
27thFebruary1890HMS CalliopeCapt. H.C. Kane in Command
27thFebruary1890HMS CalliopeSailed Aden
27thFebruary1890HMS GrapplerCommissioned at Sheerness for the East Indies Station
27thFebruary1890HMS GrasshopperLt. Paul W. Bush in Command
27thFebruary1891HMS AlexandraSailed Sheerness for Plymouth
27thFebruary1892HMS Empress of IndiaArrived Sheerness from Pembroke
27thFebruary1911HMS CornwallSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1911HMS AjaxLaid down at Scotts' shipyard at Greenock
27thFebruary1922HMS CalcuttaSailed Honolulu
27thFebruary1922HMS LaburnumSailed Brisbane
27thFebruary1933HMS DauntlessSailed Bahia
27thFebruary1933HMS DiomedeArrived Whangatoa
27thFebruary1933HMS DunedinArrived Whangatoa
27thFebruary1933HMS CaterhamSailed Portsmouth for exercises
27thFebruary1933HMS BruceArrived Manila
27thFebruary1933HMS L6Arrived Portland
27thFebruary1933HMS DelphiniumArrived Gibraltar
27thFebruary1933HMS HastingsArrived Malta
27thFebruary1933HMS KentArrived Hong Kong
27thFebruary1934HMS LaburnumSailed Whangaroa
27thFebruary1934HMS FrobisherSailed Barbados for St. Lucia
27thFebruary1934HMS CourageousArrived Gibraltar
27thFebruary1937HMS GalateaSailed Malta
27thFebruary1937HMS DorsetshireIn the Red Sea en-route to UK
27thFebruary1937HMS LondonSailed Malta
27thFebruary1938HMS EnterpriseArrived Trincomalee
27thFebruary1939HMS Ark RoyalCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS Ark RoyalSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS CachalotCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS CachalotSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS AuroraSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS AuroraCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS FurySailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS FuryCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS FaulknorCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS FaulknorSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS ExmouthSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS ExmouthCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS GlasgowCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS GlasgowSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS AjaxArrived Colon
27thFebruary1939HMS AjaxArrived Balbao
27thFebruary1939HMS ExeterArrived Colon
27thFebruary1939HMS BasiliskSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS BasiliskCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS BlancheCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS BlancheSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1939HMS BrazenCombined Exercise
27thFebruary1939HMS BrazenSailed Gibraltar
27thFebruary1940HMS HeartyRenamed HMS Hesperus to avoid phonetic confusion with destroyer leader HMS Hardy
27thFebruary1940HMS CossackArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.15
27thFebruary1940HMS ImogenArrived Leith with survivors from U 63
27thFebruary1940HMS AuroraArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.15
27thFebruary1940HMS FuryEscorted HMS Malaya and HMS Ascania from the Clyde
27thFebruary1940HMS FaulknorEscorted HMS Malaya and HMS Ascania from the Clyde
27thFebruary1940HMS CalcuttaArrived Lerwick
27thFebruary1940HMS CalcuttaArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.15
27thFebruary1940HMS DaringCdr S. A. Cooper in Command
27thFebruary1940HMS DaringSunk by U.23 off Duncansby Head
27thFebruary1940HMS DianaSearched for U.23 off Duncansby Head
27thFebruary1940HMS DianaArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.15
27thFebruary1940HMS EncounterSearched for U.23 off Duncansby Head
27thFebruary1940HMS FameEscorted HMS Malaya and HMS Ascania from the Clyde
27thFebruary1940HMS ForesterEscorted HMS Malaya and HMS Ascania from the Clyde
27thFebruary1940HMS GrenadeIn collision with Liner Orion in London
27thFebruary1940HMS HotspurCompleted refitting at Chatham
27thFebruary1940HMS ImperialArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.15
27thFebruary1940HMS ImperialArrived Lerwick for emergency repairs
27thFebruary1940HMS JackalSailed to the Tyne for repairs escorted by HMS Janus
27thFebruary1940HMS JackalSailed the Tyne escorting a TM Convoy
27thFebruary1940HMS JackalSank Swedish steamer Storfos in an accidental collision
27thFebruary1940HMS JanusEscorted damged Tanker British Governor into port
27thFebruary1940HMS JanusEscorted HMS Jackal to the Tyne after collision
27thFebruary1940HMS JervisSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.107
27thFebruary1940HMS KingstonReported her petrol compartment was leaking and she was only capable of sixteen knots.
27thFebruary1940HMS L23Commenced repairs at Blyth
27thFebruary1940HMS BidefordArrived Liverpool with Convoy HG.19
27thFebruary1940HMS HastingsArrived the Tyne with Convoy MT.19
27thFebruary1940HMS HastingsSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.107
27thFebruary1940HMS HastingsSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.107
27thFebruary1940HMS HastingsSailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.19
27thFebruary1940HMS GrimsbyArrived Southend with Convoy FS.105
27thFebruary1940HMS LeithArrived Liverpool with Convoy HG.19
27thFebruary1940HMS LondonderrySailed Southen escorting Convoy FN.104
27thFebruary1940HMS Black SwanSailed Portland for Rosyth
27thFebruary1940HMS Black SwanSailed Southen escorting Convoy FN.104
27thFebruary1940HMS BrazenSearched for U.23 off Duncansby Head
27thFebruary1940HMS IlexSearched for U.23 off Duncansby Head
27thFebruary1942HMS ElectraSunk
27thFebruary1945HMS Loch FadaAssisted in sinking U-1018
27thFebruary1945HMS Loch FadaAssisted in sinking U-327
27thFebruary1945HMS CockadeLt.Cdr. Terence Desmond Herrick, DSC, RN In Command
27thFebruary1945HMS Loch RuthvenAssisted in sinking U-327
27thFebruary1945HMS Loch RuthvenAssisted in sinking U-1018
27thFebruary1948HMS DevonshireSailed Kingston for Belize
27thFebruary1951HMS BermudaSailed Simonstown
27thFebruary1990HMS InvernessLaunched
27thFebruary1990HMS InvernessPennant M102
27thFebruary2002HMS LancasterKiel
27thFebruary2004HMS CardiffDevonport
27thFebruary2004HMS CardiffPlymouth Sound
27thFebruary2004HMS Iron DukeTrondheim
27thFebruary2006HMS CornwallDevonport
27thFebruary2008HMS ChathamPlymouth Sound

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