COUP DE GRACE - The Commemorative Limited Edition Book & Print Portfolio

by Anthony Saunders

Editions Edition Size US($) QTY
Limited edition 250 $170.00
617 squadron edition 50 Limited Availability Contact Us
Bomber command artist proofs 40 $375.00
Dambusters edition 35 Limited Availability Contact Us
Remarques 15 $715.00
Double remarques 10 $945.00
Tribute edition 5 Limited Availability Contact Us
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The fifth aircraft to attack the Möhne dam on the night of 16 / 17 May 1943, Flt.Lt. David Maltby powers Lancaster AJ-J away from the target as his Upkeep mine successfully detonates against the already damaged dam wall. Within seconds the dam will rupture releasing a terrifying wall of water flooding into the valley below. 

This prestigious limited edition portfolio, issued as a lasting tribute to the Dambusters and the men of 617 Squadron, includes an individually numbered copy of the book THE DAMBUSTERS. Presented in its own luxury embossed slipcase, each book is accompanied by a matching-numbered copy of Anthony Saunders’ dramatic limited edition print COUP DE GRÂCE – THE MÖHNE DAM.

The Limited Edition

Joining artist Anthony Saunders in signing every print of Coup de Grâce is one of the most highly-regarded veterans who flew on the Dambusters Raid:

  • Squadron Leader George Johnson MBE DFM

The 617 Squadron Edition

With Seven Signatures

With all the components of the Limited Edition, each book contains a special collector’s bookplate signed by seven Aircrew who flew with 617 Squadron during WWII:

  • Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC
  • Warrant Officer Frank Tilley
  • Squadron Leader Lawrence 'Benny' Goodman
  • Flight Lieutenant Ken Trent DFC*
  • Flight Lieutenant Sydney Grimes
  • Flight Sergeant Charles Avey
  • Squadron Leader George Johnson MBE DFM

The Bomber Command Artist Proofs

With Thirty Five Signatures

Recognising the incredible sacrifice made by the airmen of Bomber Command, this highly restricted edition comprises all the components of the 617 Squadron Edition, but the collectors’ bookplate is additionally signed by 28 aircrew who served with great distinction in RAF Bomber Command during WWII:

  • Flight Sergeant Tom Sayer DFM
  • Warrant Officer Roy Briggs
  • Warrant Officer Derek Gurney
  • Flight Lieutenant Tom Payne
  • Warrant Officer Charlie Darby
  • Flight Lieutenant George Dunn DFC MiD
  • Flight Lieutenant Alan Payne DFC
  • Squadron Leader Douglas Joss MBE
  • Warrant Officer Rex Statham
  • Warrant Officer Eric Horsham
  • Warrant Officer Ken Johnson Ld'H
  • Flight Lieutenant John Cooper AFM
  • Warrant Officer Frank Tolley
  • Warrant Officer Harry Irons DFC
  • Warrant Officer Cecil Chandler Ld'H
  • Flight Lieutenant Jack Blanchard DFC
  • Flight Sergeant Ron Gard
  • Flight Lieutenant Gordon Mellor
  • Warrant Officer Ted Key
  • Warrant Officer Ron Tomlin
  • Flight Lieutenant Russell 'Rusty' Waughman DFC AFC Ld'H
  • Flight Lieutenant John Trotman DFC*
  • Flight Sergeant Len Manning
  • Warrant Officer Reg Payne
  • Warrant Officer Harry Winter
  • Flying Officer Vic Farmer
  • Flight Lieutenant 'STEVIE' STEVENS DFC AE
  • Warrant Officer Harold Kirby Ld'H

The Dambusters Edition

With Forty Two Signatures

To commemorate the 133 airmen who took part in Operation Chastise, this historic and exclusive edition comprises all the elements of the Bomber Command Artist Proofs but includes an additional bookplate which is personally autographed by EIGHT veterans of the legendary Dambusters Raid:

  • Sergeant Douglas Webb DFM
  • Squadron Leader Les Munro CNZM DSO QSO DFC
  • Sergeant Fred Sutherland
  • Sergeant Ray Grayston
  • Corporal Maureen Stevens
  • Dr. Mary Stopes-Roe
  • Corporal Ken Lucas
  • Squadron Leader George Johnson MBE DFM

The Dambuster Remarques

With Forty Two Signatures 

The Dambuster Edition is further enhanced by the inclusion of two remarque editions, each containing an original pencil drawing, crafted to order by artist Anthony Saunders in the lower margin of the print. 

The Tribute Edition

With Fifty Signatures

With all the components of the Dambusters Edition, each highly-collectible FIFTY SIGNATURE portfolio is issued with a unique original pencil drawing by Anthony Saunders which is signed by two of the most iconic pilots ever to fly with 617 Squadron:

  • Group Captain James 'Willie' Tait DSO*** DFC* ADC
  • Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC

Each drawing has been conservation matted to include the signatures of six more highly-decorated Bomber Command aircrew:

  • Squadron Leader Norman Scrivener DSO DFC AE
  • Air Commodore 'Dim' Strong CB AFC
  • Group Captain Drane Lowe CBE, DFC, AFC
  • Marshal of the RAF Sir Michael Beetham GCB CBE DFC AFC FRAeS
  • Warrant Officer Ernest Kenwright DFC DFM
  • Flight Lieutenant Eric Jones DFC
Lithograph and book set
27.5 x 20 inches
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Editions that feature original and unique artwork, such as Remarque, Tribute and matted editions, are specifically hand-crafted to order. As a result, our normal delivery policies do not apply to these items but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as your drawing is complete. If you have any particular request for your remarque drawing – such as specific aircraft markings – please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate.

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