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Desert Scramble
by Jim Petrie
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112 Sqn Kittyhawks emerge from a dust storm of their own creation as they launch a strike against Rommel’s infamous Afrika Corps during 1942. 

Each copy of this unique and rare edition of only 50 prints is individually signed by 112 Squadron’s CO and Australia’s top scoring fighter pilot of WWII, Group Captain Clive Caldwell DSO DFC and Bar, Polish Cross of Valour.

Overall size: 27 1/2” wide x 20” high.  Image size 25” wide x 16 1/2" high.

Becoming operational in the Middle East in May, 1941 as a pilot officer with 250 Squadron RAF, Caldwell flew P-40 Tomahawks.  He experienced a rapid rise in the hard and dangerous world of the fighter pilot bagging 5 Stukas in one combat on 5 December. 

A month later he was promoted to command the famous 112 “Shark” Squadron RAF on 6 January, 1942 – this unit was equipped with Kittyhawks.

Caldwell was the first Empire Air training Scheme pilot to achieve squadron command.  Soon after having done so, he became the most successful pilot of the Desert Air Force with a total of 20.5 victories. 

He was then rested from operations, but not for long.

Following a quick stint on operations with the Kenley Wing in England to gain experience on Spitfires, Caldwell returned to Australia via the Curtis factory in the USA.  He was then attached to No. 2 O.T.U. where he flight tested the Australian Boomerang fighter. 

On 26 November, 1942, Caldwell was assigned to No. 1 Fighter Wing known as the “Churchill Wing” which comprised of 452 of 457 Squadrons RAAF and 54 Squadron RAF.  No. 1 Fighter Wing arrived in Darwin on 15 January, 1943 - the unit was equipped with Spitfire Vc (Tropical).

His third tour got underway on 14 April, 1944; Caldwell, now a Group Captain was placed in command of No. 80 Fighter Wing, RAAF.  This unit included 79, 452 and 457 Squadrons which were equipped with the Spitfire MkVIII.

Only 50 prints were personally signed by Gp. Capt. Clive Caldwell, this endorsement conferring great significance to the Edition, guaranteeing it an important place in this history of aviation art. 

The signature: 
GP CAPT CLIVE R CALDWELL DSO DFC and BAR, Polish Cross of Valour

 
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This Sceptered Isle
by Robert Taylor
Battle of Britain Spitfires
Hunters at Dawn
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