GEOFFREY PAGE HURRICANE Mk I – Artist’s Proof
The third in the Battle of Britain Series
The AP denotes Artist’s Proof, from the private collection of the artist. These are the first 50 – 100 prints off the press once the artist has approved the color. As a result, these are highly collectible editions and cost a bit more than the limited edition signed and numbered editions.
Image 19 1/2″ X 27″ With margins; 22 3/4″ X 30″ overall
Limited edition of 950 signed and numbered prints with 50 Artist’s Proofs.In addition to the artist’s signature, each print is co-autographed by the pilot Wing Commander Alan Geoffrey Page, DSO, DFC*, RAF (Ret.)
The Painting,: Before dawn on 20 July 1940, Blue Section of 56 Squadron intercepted and shot down a Ju 88 of 4(F)/122. Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page achieved a shared victory flying his Hurricane Mk I “Little Willie”. With their spinners painted blue for identification, Alan Geoffrey Page, Flt. Lt. “Jumbo” Gracie and Percy Weaver comprised the Blue Section.
Their Bogey, the Ju 88 was on a photo recon mission. The Hurricanes chased the bomber in and out of the clouds; this scene shows just after “Jumbo” Gracie fired then peels away and Page gets in his last burst before the Ju 88 disappears in a cloud bank. Blue Section was not sure they scored a victory until it was reported that the Luftwaffe bomber had crashed at Cockett Farm, St. Osyth. Blue Section shared the victory. One of the RAF’s most delightful and distinguished gentlemen, another perfect example of “..one of the few”, Geoffrey Page ended the war with 15 victories.