"Black Travancore II Spitfire" - Framed Art Print by Craig Tinder
"Black Travancore II Spitfire"
By Artist Craig Tinder
Sgt. Peter Durnford became a handful of RAF pilots to take part in night interception duties in late 1941/early 1942. Painted completely black and omitting serial numbers and wing roundrels, black Spitfire Mk Vs of No. III Squadron, were tasked with the complex mission of seek and destroy missions at night. Using an array of search light techniques, reckoning, and radar communication, pilots hunted for key targets in the dead of night. Unfortunately, the "Smack" technique of intercepting night fighters proved to be terribly challenging.
Peter Durnford's Spitfire Mk VB JU-H "Travancore II" was temporarily painted black for these missions. However, Travancore II would not see action at night, but instead during the day. On February 12, 1942 Peter Durnford and elements of No. III Squadron were alerted to the presence of the German cruiser Prinz Eugen and cruiser Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the English Channel. Peter Durnford claimed a Messerschmitt bf-109 during this mission and would eventually claim a total of 5 confirmed air-to-air victories. "Travancore II" would eventually be repainted back to its original configuration.
Printed on a heavy, matte substrate, this archival art print is fade-resistant with an astonishingly high resolution to bring out rivet-level details. Our framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Make any room look more sophisticated by displaying framed art print with a smooth, white mat board. It’s printed on a quality matte paper and framed with a stylish black wood frame and 2-inch mat. The dimensions of the framed print are 29.5" x 21.5".
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