Shark Patrol Artist Proof
Signed & numbered Artist's Proof, edition size: 30. Prints remaining as of 2 November 2018: 27. Overall print size: 22" x 28". Each print is co-signed by Bobby Gibbes, Bruce Watson and Ted Sly.
Deputy Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes leading No. 457 Squadron RAAF on a sortie over a tropical island. The Mk VIII Spitfires of the "Grey Nurse" Squadron were based at Morotai island in the Halmaheras in mid 1945. Flying on Gibbes' wing is F/L Ted Sly in ZP-Q while S/L Bruce Watson leads another section in ZP-W. No. 457 Squadron was formed in the United Kingdom in June of 1941 and saw combat on the Channel front before being withdrawn and sent to Australia in mid 1942 to deal with the Japanese which had been bombing the Australian mainland since February of that year. Together with Nos. 54 and 452 Squadrons, 457 Squadron became part of No. 1 Fighter Wing under the command of the legendary Wing Commander Clive Caldwell.