Flight of Freedom by Roy Cross, Artist’s Presentation Print to Wing Commander Bob Doe.
A rare one off artists personal presentation print to Battle of Britain Ace, Wing Commander Bob Doe. The print depicts a Spitfire flying above the clouds during the Battle of Britain looking for trouble. The print is signed in pencil by the artist and Bob Doe, with the additional text by the artist saying ”To Bob and Betty”. The print has just been framed in a contemporary gun metal grey metallic border and grey mount. This particular Flight of Freedom by Roy Cross is said to have come directly from the estate of Wing Commander Robert Francis Thomas ‘Bob’ Doe.
Image size: 63cm x 39.5cm, Overall size: 77.5cm x 58cm.
NB: Due to the fact that this Flight of Freedom by Roy Cross print is behind glass I will only ship this item within the UK mainland.
NB: please note that I’ve done my utmost to try to remove any reflections from the pictures but with the best will in the world I cannot eradicate them all, so if you see anything that you think shouldn’t be seen on this Flight of Freedom by Roy Cross print you can guarantee that it is only reflections and NOT on the picture unless otherwise stated on the condition report below.
Robert Francis Thomas ‘Bob’ Doe DSO, DFC & Bar: was with fighter command during World War Two. He was a flying ace of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain and served with the Indian Air Force during the Burma campaign. After applying for a short service commission, Bob joined the Royal Air Force in the January of 1939 and trained with the Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School at RAF Redhill in Surrey and did his combat training at RAF Little Rissington. On the 6th of November 1939 Bob was posted to No. 234 Squadron, a Spitfire Squadron at RAF Leconfield, he served with 234 squadron for most of the Battle of Britain, claiming his first victory on the 15th of August 1940 when he shot down two Messerschmitt Bf 110’s followed by a Bf 109 and a Dornier Do 18 Flying Boat on the 16th of August, he shot down another Bf 109 of the “Jagdgeschwader 52” and damaged another Bf 109 on the 18th of August, he claimed a half share of a Junkers Ju 88 of the “Kampfgeschwader 54” on the 21st of August and a Bf 109 shot down on the 26th of August 1940. In September, he added to his tally with No 234 Squadron with three Bf 110’s on the 4th of September and another shared Bf 109 of the “Kampfgeschwader 54” on the 5th of September, to add to his tally he damaged three Dornier Do 17’s and a Bf 109 which he shot down on the 6th of September and a Heinkel He 111 destroyed on the 7th of September. On the 27th of September 1940 Bob was posted to 238 Squadron, flying Hawker Hurricanes from RAF Middle Wallop in Wiltshire, claiming his first victory for the squadron on the 30th of September by shooting down a He 111 and on October the 1st he shot down a Bf 110 then six days latter on the 7th he shot down a Ju 88 which was the last of his 14 and 2 shared aerial victories of the battle and of the war. Flight of Freedom by Roy Cross.
Wing Commander Robert Francis Thomas Doe, DSO, DFC & Bar, 1920 – 2010
Very Good Condition. Flight of Freedom by Roy Cross. There are a few age related spots on the left hand top corner of the picture but these do not detract from the overall grandeur of the picture.