Operation Jericho - The Jailbreakers
Signed Limited Edition Print - World War II - Gerald Coulson
During January 1944, information was received in London that over 100 loyal Frenchmen were being held in the jail at Amiens, France, awaiting execution. At 1055 hours on the 18th February, with snow falling, 19 Mosquitos took off from RAF Hunsdon to execute Operation Jericho and one by one they disappeared into the murky sky, hoping to meet up with their Typhoon escort over Littlehampton. Their task was to breach the 20ft high, 3ft thick outer wall, open the main building and destroy the guard's quarters.
One of the RAF's most celebrated airmen was overall commander of the raid, Grp Capt PC 'Pick' Pickard, who was last over the prison just seconds before the delay fuse bombs explode. Pickard remained in the area to assess the results which were filmed by a specially equipped Film Photographic Unit Mosquito. Flt Lt Tony Wickham and his cameraman Plt Off Lee Howard flew three passes over the prison filming the results of 487 and 464 Squadrons' attack. Prisoners could be seen making their escape through the gaping holes in the walls and running in all directions across the snow-covered fields to be spirited away by Resistance comrades who had requested the airstrike. The prearranged success signal 'Hello Daddy, Red-Red-Red' was transmitted to 21 Sqn, who gratefully returned home without bombing.
Real Size: 28" x 18 1/2"
Edition : 850 (worldwide)
Signed by the artist, Gerald Coulson
18 legendary Jailbreakers including raid leaders Wg Cdr 'Black' Smith, Wg Cdr Bob Iredale and Resistance escapees