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An exhibition reuniting the 133 squadron members of the Dambusters' in time of the 75th anniversary

by Indian YMCA Centenary Mural in London, England, United Kingdom

Dambusters Reunited

by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall

A limited opportunity to invest in a historic portrait exhibition including a specially commissioned portrait of the last surviving British Dambuster, Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE, DFM, now aged 96.  

The night of 16th/17th May 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the famous 'Dambuster' raid over Germany by 617 Squadron of the RAF using the ‘bouncing bombs’ invented by Barnes Wallis.  The raid was dramatised in the classic 1955 film, ‘The Dam Busters’. The fund will make it possible to hold a special exhibition to commemorate this historic event and reunite Johnny with his 132 squadron members.  

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Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, the youngest artist to paint a portrait of the Queen, and also a portrait of the late WW1 veteran Harry Patch, sat with Johnny in February and decided to mount a special exhibition that will feature preliminary studies, and the final portrait to be unveiled ahead of an exhibition that will include portraits of ALL 133 crew members from the original Dambusters raid. Of the 133 aircrew that took part, 53 men were killed and three became prisoners of war. On the ground, almost 1,300 people were killed in the resulting flooding. Although the impact on industrial production was limited, the raid gave a significant morale boost to the people of Britain.

There are opportunities to own a piece of our nation’s history in either print form, or as one of the preliminary drawing studies.  Any donations & investments will help to make the exhibition possible and help support the charities that Johnny has nominated.

The exhibition will take place in a central London gallery and proceeds will benefit three charities elected by Johnny: RAF Benevolent Fund, International Bomber Command Centre (in Lincoln); Group 617 (help for veterans. Based in Penarth)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

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Dambusters Reunited hardback (fully illustrated)

Fully illustrated, Linen, hardback A5 book, 160 colour pages with with introduction by Charles Foster - author of the forthcoming book 'The Complete Dambusters'. Individually signed and numbered by the artist. All the 133 crew members of the original raid will be reunited in this exhibition and the book will be a lasting memento to the 75th anniversary. You will be posted the book ahead of the exhibition with an invitation to the launch.

£125 or more

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Johnny Johnson portrait (unveil in May)Screenprint

A signed limited edition screen print of 'Johnny' Johnson The Last Dambuster by Dan Llywelyn Hall including a limited edition catalogue . The edition is limited to 75. You will also be invited to the private view evening (date TBC) between 20-27th May with a plus one. The print will be posted to you with a recorded courier a week prior to the exhibition opening.

£1,200 or more

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Original study: Dambuster Johnny Johnson portrait

The first to pledge for the 3 studies available will have first choice on the studies available in late April. The studies vary up to A3 in size and are mixed media. One study will be presented to the Royal Collection and another to the National Portrait Gallery. The study may be required for the exhibition 'Dambusters Reunited' but will be returned by 28th May, 2018.


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