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Battle Of Britain Spitfire X4110
By Artist, Craig Tinder

Printed on a heavy, matte substrate, this archival art print is fade-resistant with an astonishingly high resolution to bring out rivet-level details.

In defense of the West Sussex airfields during the Battle of Britain, Flt. Lt. Dunlop Urie scrambled members of 602 Squadron against German interceptors. As the air raid bell rang, Dunlop Urie took off in a brand-new Spitfire "X4110″ that had just been armed for the first time. Against terrible odds, Urie broke into a formation of Messerschmitt Bf-109s and attacked four of them. Ammunition finally ran out and Urie broke off from the melee to return to base.

Upon heading home, he noticed what he thought was a friendly following him back until muzzle flashes erupted from the nose. This follower was clearly a German Messerschmitt Bf-109 and by the time Urie realized what had happened, his Spitfire took multiple hits around the wing root and fuselage with rounds embedding in both of Urie's feet. Expecting Urie to plummet, the German Messerschmitt broke off the attack. Urie was able to limp back to Westhampnett and amazingly, landed the badly damaged Spitfire.

In just 25 minutes, Spitfire "X4110′s" service life was over and the aircraft was written off the register. Flt. Lt. Dunlop Urie would later recover from his wounds and became a Wing Commander before the end of the war.

This fine art print includes an aged background designed from an actual World War II military map. A timeless design for any decor!

This item is printed on demand and typically requires 2-3 day for printing prior to shipment.

About the Artist:

Craig Tinder is an artist/historian specializing in the creation of digital aviation art work and has held a lifelong passion and interest toward history and painting. Craig grew up hanging on the fences at the Reno Air Races which fueled his passion for illustrating his favorite subject matter: WW2 aircraft. As a Loadmaster and restorer on a B-17 Flying Fortress, he understands the intricate details of his pursuits and re-creates one-of-a-kind warbird illustrations for the families of veterans. He has won numerous art shows and has contributed illustrations to a variety of publications and public education displays. Over the years, Craig has amassed a large collection of artifacts, period photos, clothing, weapons, and more, all of which are used as research materials in his paintings. He is an avid collector and serious historian - combined with his artistic talents, he produces exciting and accurate renditions of history. His original and limited-edition print work can be seen in many private collections around the world.

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